Deakin-Coventry Cotutelle - 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


Geelong Waurn Ponds 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 Coventry 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 3.5 years and scheduled to commence in May 2023.

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

UAV(Unmanned Aerial Vehicle)s are commonly referred to as drones. These aerial devices fly without on board pilots and are controlled through a remote ground controller. Utility of UAVs includes rendering of medical services, observation of weather phenomena and reconnaissance/surveillance. UAV-based delivery systems pose critical security 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. A proposal of a mobile-edge integrated UAV system will foster security of communication channels for UAV-based supply chain and delivery systems.

Project aim

The aim of this PhD research is to explore requirement specifications for AAM security-by-design, study identity and access management solutions based on one+ factors for authentication and to design customised intrusion detection systems for both on-device as well as for integrated AAM-Cloud platforms. This work will comprise a comprehensive analysis on security issues for future transport comprising heterogeneous and smart processes and evolving threat vectors. Additionally, the communication layer dynamics for an AAM-integrated platform will add to the challenge of system security modelling, which will be addressed through this research.

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 Coventry University, is available over 3.5 years and includes:

  • Stipend of £15,000 per annum
  • A Tuition Fee Waiver
  • Travel Support Package including one return economy airfare to Deakin University to support residency period in Australia
  • Student visa and health insurance costs for period of residency at Deakin University in Australia

Deakin University will also provide a full tuition fee waiver for a duration of up to 4 years.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • 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 Associate Professor Zubair Baig 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:

Associate Professor Zubair Baig
+61 3 5227 9535