Glasgow Caledonian University Interactive and Trustworthy Technologies Research Group are looking for PhD students.
The projects are eligible for funded Glasgow Caledonian University PhD Scholarships. The scholarship covers Home/EU tuition fees and a stipend of £14,600 per annum for three years. Please note that non UK/EU students are required to pay additional tuition fees.
The group currently consists of 5 Faculty/Staff (Lynne Baillie, Mike Just, Michelle Govan, Tom Buggy, Fiona Fairlie and Diane Joyce) and 5 PhD students and 2 RA/RFs, and is growing quickly. We have two new staff starting in May, and will be hosting a 2-year Marie Curie Fellow starting in September. The group works closely with other universities (UK and internationally), industry (e.g. France Telecom, Motorola, Immersion) and national organisations e.g. National Health Service and Police. The University Campus is in the centre of a vibrant European city.
The official University deadline is April 13th, however applicants are strongly encouraged to indicate their interest directly to the ITT Group by 2 April 2012.
PhD applications are sought in the following three areas:
Project Title: Designing a visual lingua franca to aid the mobile communication of volunteers/workers at live events
Project Reference: 04/02/10
Project Summary: A lingua franca (working or bridge language) is a language systematically used to make communication possible between people who do not share a mother tongue or domain‐specific vocabulary. When coordinating activities at complex events such a lingua franca could reduce misunderstandings and speed up communication, thereby increasing security and efficiency. Because of the advantageous location of such events as the Olympics and Commonwealth Games and Edinburgh Festivals over the next few years, we have a unique opportunity to investigate this and then build a mobile visual communication system that could aid quick understanding and reduce the need for complex textual or graphical information.
Project Title: Examination and recovery of deleted data on iOS devices in the context of digital forensics examinations
Project Reference: 04/02/11
Project Summary: The demand for understanding of digital forensic methods continues to increase as criminals exploit rapid technological advances to achieve unintended opportunities in the commission of crime, and employ ingenious methods to invalidate evidence. However, devices can inadvertently serve as silent witnesses to user activity, by storing information about user interactions. Traditionally research has been biased towards Microsoft based systems, meaning that research of Apple hardware from a forensic perspective is limited. However, the popularity of iOS devices is causing challenges for law enforcement. Understanding basic device functionality (e.g., what and how data is stored) is vital, therefore this project aims to consider the forensic impact of deleting data on iOS devices, and establish novel techniques for recovery. This also has significance to system trustworthiness and privacy.
Proposed Project Title: “Improved Visualisation of Network Attacks”
Project Reference: 04/02/12
Project Summary: As computer networks manage an ever‐growing amount of traffic, it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between “good” and “bad” traffic. For criminals, the Internet provides a fertile playground for nefarious activities. However, there is great potential with methods that learn the network behaviour and visually display the analysed results to a network investigator or administrator in an interactive way.
The goal of this project is to improve network security by developing methods and tools for the improved classification and visualisation of network attacks.
For further information on any of the above projects please contact the Interactive and Trustworthy Technologies Group: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
To apply fill out the attached application form and send it via email to the ITT group by 2nd April 2012.
University further particulars on the PhD studentships can be found here: http://www.gcu.ac.uk/research/phdstudentships/
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