HDR Scholarship - Development of a Security-Constrained Transactive Energy Trading Mechanism for Residential Microgrids

Applications now open

A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Development of a Security-Constrained Transactive Energy Trading Mechanism for Residential Microgrids'

Project Supervisor

Prof Aman Maung Than Oo (Deakin University) and Dr James Brusey (Coventry University)


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, Australia and Coventry University, UK

Research topic

This PhD scholarship is part of the Cotutelle arrangement between Coventry University, UK and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. The candidates will spend time at Deakin and Coventry, with a supervision team drawn from the two Universities. This project is offered as part of the Deakin-Coventry cotutelle program where the student is enrolled at both Deakin University and Coventry University (UK). This rewarding program offers international research experience undertaken at both institutions with a tailored program.

The energy data exchange between different energy management systems (EMS) levels needs to take place in a secured and reliable manner to ensure the effectiveness of energy management mechanism, as well as the safety of the physical power grid. The energy management operation in a microgrid can be significantly affected due to potential privacy and integrity threats at different EMS levels. Thus, the microgrid security mechanisms need to be embedded in the EMSs to secure the energy as well as pricing data from being hacked and corrupted by unauthorized malicious entities. In the microgrid EMS structure, unauthorized users can eavesdrop the energy generation, consumption and pricing data and later on, intentionally manipulate these data to break the supply-demand balance in the local energy market within the microgrid, and eventually create instabilities in the system. When the wireless transmitters at the EMSs forward energy consumption and generation, as well as pricing data to the next levels, eavesdroppers can overhear these transmissions and with their increasing computation power, they can decode this information. Access to the pricing and energy information enables the attackers to compromise the integrity of the energy management operation. .

The project’s innovations and contributions to knowledge will be evaluated through a number of demonstrator test beds in the UK and Australia. This project is part of the Research Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems (FCS). The Centre brings together over 100 leading applied mathematicians, experimentalists, theoreticians, and specialists in scientific computing to tackle the latest challenges in complex systems, with a focus on fluid flows and their measurement.

Our research benefits from an impressive and growing network of commercial, academic and government partnerships across the globe. Our unique combination of expertise and facilities from Coventry University and TÜV-NEL (NEL being the former National Engineering Laboratory), allows us to work across multiple industrial sectors to be the UK’s leading flow measurement and fluid mechanics research centre for the measurement and characterisation of complex flows.

Project aim

The proposed project aims to develop a security-constrained transactive energy trading mechanism, by addressing the following:

  • Developing a framework for integration of a microgrid security framework to ensure the security-constrained energy transactions in microgrids.
  • Development of an energy trading mechanism among neighbours as well as with the grid in residential microgrids using a game theoretic approach.
  • Investigating the impact of information manipulations or cyber-attacks on the transactive energy market.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Monday 10 June 2019.


For the scholarship is available over 3 years with a:

  • Stipend of $27,596 per annum tax exempt (2019 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate or overseas
  • International students only: Tuition fee and overseas health coverage for the duration of 4 years

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component
  • be able to physically locate to both Coventry University (England) and Deakin University (Australia).

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information or contact Coventry University via email.

How to apply

Applicants must apply to both institutions.

Learn more about submitting a successful application on Deakin's How to apply page.


Applicants should apply via the Coventry online portal.

Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Prof Aman Maung Than Oo or Dr James Brusey

Prof Aman Maung Than Oo
Head of School
Email Aman Maung Than Oo
+61 3 524 79216

Dr James Brusey
Professor of Computer Science
Email James Brusey