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We regularly supervise PhD, Masters, and undergraduate students, in partnership with Universities across Australia and Internationally. Prospective PhD students at Australian Universities are eligible to apply for a Data61 scholarship with us, which provides a stipend and/or a top-up to students for the duration of their PhD. Interested applicants should explore the Group’s Research and Projects pages before contacting us to discuss possible supervision.


UNSW PhD Scientia Scholarship on Blockchain Based Decentralized Management of Energy Resources in Smart Grids

School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia
The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme is part of our dedication to harnessing our cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the lives of people in local and global communities. Scientia scholars will have a strong commitment to making a difference in the world with demonstrated potential for contributing to the social engagement and/or global impact pillars of the UNSW 2025 Strategy.
Project Summary:
The development of Internet of Things (IoT) smart metering devices together with the prospect of renewable energy integration has increased the level of adoption of decentralized energy networks. However, electricity is, by its nature, difficult and usually uneconomical to store in large-scale and generation has to be available on demand in real-time. Consequently, integration of distributed generation poses additional challenges due to its intermittent and unpredictable nature. This PhD project aims to develop a blockchain-based transactive energy platform in the distribution level. The distributed elements in the grid will be integrated with a blockchain architecture and associated smart contracts to ensure the programmatic definition of expected energy flexibility levels, to enable the transparent demand response agreements among transacting parties and to ensure sufficient grid and market stability margins. A prototype implementation using Ethereum will be developed to validate and test the proposed architecture, interoperability standards, and communication protocols. By unifying techniques from computer science and power systems, this project will address a high-risk high-reward problem crucial for ensuring a sustainable and affordable energy future for Australia.
The scholarship includes:
·  $40K a year stipend for four years (tax-free)
·  Tuition fees covered for the full 4 year period
·  Coaching and mentoring will form a critical part of your highly personalised leadership development plan
·  Up to $10K each year to build your career and support your international research collaborations.
There is additional travel allowance for conference presentations supported by the School of Computer Science and Engineering.
The PhD research student will work with a team comprised of Associate Professor Salil Kanhere (CSE), Prof. Raja Jurdak (Data61 CSIRO) and Dr. Ke Ming (EET). Further information can be obtained from Associate Professor Salil Kanhere (
Deadline for prospective applicants to contact supervisors regarding support: 20 July 2018.
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