Division of
Natural and Applied Sciences

Open PhD position -Robust security mechanisms for UAVs- 


Modern communication infrastructures (e.g., Internet of UAVs, Edge computing) provide flexible on-demand and online resources and services (e.g., computing power, storage) to host a wide range of applications, including marine environmental monitoring and surveillance applications (e.g., marine monitoring of wildlife, plants, natural habitats, facilities). These applications must ensure effective monitoring and surveillance of these environments considering various factors such as environmental conditions and mission requirements (e.g., level of coverage of the targeted geographical area, duration of the mission). 


In this project, we propose to leverage these advantages to develop a platform of edge computing nodes assisted by Internet of UAVs for maritime monitoring and monitoring and surveillance. The project is in collaboration with a leading Canadian aerospace company and the funded candidates will interact with a vibrant team of researchers and engineers. 


Objective of the project: 

The main objective is to develop robust security mechanisms ensuring the confidentiality and integrity of data exchanged between UAVs and Edge-assisted UAVs


We are looking for highly motivated candidates who are eager to devote themselves to high quality research. The candidate should have a master’s degree or equivalent in computer science or applied mathematics. 

The candidate should have a strong theoretical and practical background in cybersecurity in addition to a good grasp of blockchain concepts. 


Interested candidates should send the following documents to laaziz.lahlou@etsmtl.ca : 
– Complete CV 
– Bachelor’s and master’s transcripts 
– Motivation letter clearly explaining the interest in doing a PhD. thesis 
– Recommendation letters (at least one). 
– A proof of proficiency in English is appreciated but not mandatory.