PhD Position in Channel Modeling and Prediction for 6G Non-Terrestrial Wireless Networks

Catholic University of Leuven Department of Electrical Engineering

The research group WaveCoRE in the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) of KU Leuven focuses on wireless communication fundamentals and systems. Within WAVECORE, the Networked Systems research unit covers research on several fields of wireless networking such as Cell-Free Massive MIMO, Non-Terrestrial Networks, Internet of Things, Joint Communication and Sensing, Machine Learning-based Signal Processing as well as Simultaneous Wireless Information and Power Transfer.

Project

The sixth-generation (6G) mobile communications are expected to provide seamless wireless coverage by incorporating aerial and space communication nodes such as drones, high-altitude platforms, and satellites to assist terrestrial networks. To realize the vision, wireless channels play an indispensable role in the design and deployment of integrated terrestrial and non-terrestrial networks, in which air-ground and space-ground channels are more challenging to model, considering mobility, altitude, frequency, and environment. 

This project will focus on both the fundamental theory and practical implementation of channel modeling. The preliminary drawn-up directions can include but are not limited to i) UAV channel measurement and modeling, ii) Geometry-based non-stationary channel modeling, iii) Deterministic channel simulation by ray tracing, and iv) Machine-learning-based propagation channel prediction. This project will consist of both analytical and experimental work. The Networked Systems lab has fully operational drones, and USRPs, as well as a 64-antenna Massive MIMO testbed, facilitating researchers to conduct proof-of-concept experiments.

Profile

We are looking for highly motivated Ph.D. researchers with interests in hardware, software, modeling, simulations, and algorithms. 

  • The applicant should hold a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, or relevant fields. 
  • The applicant should also meet the minimum eligibility criteria for enrolling as a Ph.D. student at KU Leuven, namely, having exceptional grades as well as proficiency in English. 
  • The applicant should have a background in wireless communication and channel modeling. The peer-reviewed publication held by the applicant will be a plus.
  • Additionally, the applicant should have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in an international team.

Offer

  • A Ph.D. scholarship for up to four years (subject to positive intermediate evaluations). If the applicant is non-EER, also up to 1-year pre-doc will be supported.
  • An exciting research environment, working on the intersection between theory and implementation, in a very multidisciplinary research environment.
  • A Ph.D. title from a highly ranked university (after approximately 4 years of successful research).
  • A KU Leuven affiliation, one of the largest research universities in Europe.
  • The possibility to participate in international conferences and collaborations.

Interested?

For more information please contact Dr. Zhuangzhuang Cui, tel.: +32 16 32 86 10, E-mail: zhuangzhuang.cui@kuleuven.be or Prof. dr. ir. Sofie Pollin, tel.: +32 16 32 10 51, E-mail: sofie.pollin@kuleuven.be.

You can apply for this job no later than November 30, 2022 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: November 30, 2022
  • Tags: Elektrotechniek
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