Deakin-Coventry Cotutelle - Logistics Security for Advanced Aerial Mobility

This is a doctoral cotutelle project in logistics security for advanced aerial mobility between Deakin University (Australia) and Coventry University (United Kingdom).

Deakin Project Supervisor

Additional Supervision


Melbourne Burwood Campus (Australia) and Coventry University (United Kingdom)

Research topic

This is a doctoral cotutelle project between Deakin University (Australia) and Coventry University (United Kingdom).

The successful PhD Student will be awarded a scholarship from Deakin University with the supervision team being drawn from Deakin University and Coventry University. The PhD Student will graduate with two testamurs, one from Deakin University and one from Coventry University, each of which recognises that the program was carried out as part of a jointly supervised doctoral program. The program is for a duration of 4 years and scheduled to commence in May 2023.

The PhD Student is anticipated to up to 12 months of the total period of the program at Coventry University, with the remainder of the program based at Deakin University.

AAM (Advanced Aerial Mobility) refers to emerging aviation technologies to foster movement of people and goods. Passenger-carrying AAMs are realisable in the foreseeable future. Through fool proof and risk-managed security design, integrated AAM platforms can be proposed for adoption by both the Government in policy-making as well as by the industry. Consequent design and development of products would entail resilience against evolving threat vectors.

Project aim

The aim of this PhD research is to address the “last mile” problem in logistics, namely, security with efficiency and low incurred cost. Security issues in UAV delivery systems raise critical concerns due to the existence of multiple participants (such as the sender, middle block, and the receiver) who may not maintain a mutual trust relationship amongst each other. This research project will provide a study comprising a security analysis of the UAV delivery processes and their interaction (communication modelling and data exchange) in an untrusted environment. A proposal of a mobile-edge integrated UAV system will be presented and analysed. Through the security analysis and performance evaluation, solutions are to be proposed to address communication channel security issues in UAV delivery systems.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Thursday 15 December 2022

Please be aware that screening for this advert will commence immediately and the scholarship may be awarded prior to the closing date.


This scholarship is supported by Deakin University, is available over 3 years and includes:

  • Stipend of $28,900 per annum tax exempt (2022 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate
  • International students only:  Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the student visa.
  • Tuition fees offset for the duration of 4 years.
  • Funding to support travel of PhD Student between Deakin University and Coventry University.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate currently residing in Australia. Domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship
  • meet the PhD entry requirements of both Deakin University and Coventry university, including English language proficiency requirements (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
  • a masters degree in a relevant subject area, with overall mark at minimum 80%
  • be enrolling full time
  • be able to physically locate to both Coventry University (UK) and Deakin University (Australia)

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page and Coventry’s research entry criteria page for further information.

How to apply

Applicants should firstly contact Dr Frank Jiang to discuss the project. After discussing your application with the Deakin Supervisor, you will be required to submit an Expression of interest directly with the relevant Faculty.

If successful, you will be invited by Deakin University to lodge a formal HDR application. The successful applicant will also be required to lodge a separate PhD application to Coventry University via the Coventry University application page.
Please be aware that screening for this advert will commence immediately and the scholarship may be awarded prior to the closing date.


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact:

Dr Frank Jiang
+61 3 924 4667