Sep 23, 2010

PhD Studentship in Content - Centric Networking - University College London - Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

A PhD studentship in Content-Centric Networking (CCN) is available following the award of the recent European Union FP7 research project COMET - Content Mediator Architecture for Content-aware Networks. Funding is available to support overseas fees and stipend costs for a period of three years. We are looking to recruit a very high calibre PhD student to work in this emerging area of crucial importance. While the fundamental Internet protocols were originally designed to enable host-to-host communication, the vast majority of the current Internet interactions address user-content access (web, content delivery networks, video/photo sharing sites, etc.) or user-user communication (voice over IP, text-based chatting, etc.) As such, many researchers are currently considering evolutionary and revolutionary new architectures that will better support content-centric operation. Evolutionary approaches operate in the application layer and start from previous content-delivery architectures while revolutionary approaches examine radical new network architectures focus on user-content and also support user-user interaction. The emerging content-centric networking area has started receiving significant attention worldwide, with an underlying belief that it will lead to a CCN-oriented Future Internet.

This area brings together new naming architectures, dynamic content caching, anycast communication and better-than- best-effort quality of service among other constituents and potentially involves new protocol design, modelling, implementation and evaluation for the best support of efficient content access. The PhD student will work in the context of the COMET project team and will benefit from (and contribute to) relevant ongoing research.

The studentship available will be supported by UCL and the COMET project (Content Mediator Architecture for Content-aware Networks), see looks at both evolutionary and revolutionary approaches for future CCNs, starting from an overlay-based content mediation plane and examining potential approaches to realise this natively in network routers for the future Internet. As such, we are looking for candidates with excellent computer and/or electronic engineering background while strong analytical/mathemat ical skills will be a significant advantage. Experience of research, design/development and evaluation on networking, network management, ns-2 simulator, Linux, Java, C/C++ or similar would be desirable.

The studentship is available for three years and covers overseas tuition fees, plus a stipend at c. £15,000 pa (tax free), increasing with inflation. We are looking for the prospective student to start in October 2010 or at the latest in January 2011. As such, a selection may be made before the closing date of the 30 September 2010.

Applicants must fulfil the normal academic requirements for acceptance for postgraduate study in the Department and applications should be made using the postgraduate application form, at, or from PhD Enquiries, +44(0) 20 7679 7307. Candidates should indicate under "Programme of Study" that they are applying for "PhD Electronic & Electrical Engineering. COMET - PAVLOU". Two complete sets of the application should be sent; one to UCL Admissions and the other addressed to PhD Administrator, Dept of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.

Informal inquiries can be made to Prof. George Pavlou (

Closing Date: 30th September 2010

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