Deakin - Coventry Cotutelle - Model-based Security Testing for RFIDs in Automotive

A doctoral cotutelle project and scholarship between Deakin University (Australia) and Coventry University (UK) is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic of 'Model-based Security Testing for RFIDs in Automotive'.

Additional Supervision Team


Melbourne Burwood Campus (Australia)

Coventry University (UK)

Research topic

This project and scholarship are offered as part of a collaborative doctoral cotutelle program with the Institute for Future Transport and Cities, Coventry University, UK. The successful candidate will be jointly supervised by a team of leading researchers from Deakin University and Coventry University and will graduate with a jointly supervised doctoral degree from each institution. The program is for a duration of 3.5 years. It is anticipated that the PhD candidate will spend at least 1 year during the program at Coventry University, with the remainder of the program based at Deakin University.

The PhD scholar will have access to the world class research facilities of both universities and work under joint supervision of an expert supervisory team Prof Robin Ram Mohan Doss from Deakin; Prof Siraj Ahmed Shaikh  from Coventry. This collaborative arrangement offers a unique research strength that data and resources from two different jurisdictions could be accessed for comparative analysis in this PhD research project.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology provides for a lightweight and small tagging technology for passive communication for a range of applications, including in the automotive manufacturing and supply chain, and also vehicle on-board systems (such as Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems).  Security assurance against such a technology remains a challenge. We proposed a model-based security testing framework for (active/passive) RFID, to address input domain coverage, test case generation and test coverage proofs.  Alongside the model-based development, a bespoke testbed would be set up for highly-interfaced RFID configuration and prototyping. This would be built in a transferrable fashion (for portability) and customised for automotive manufacturing and on-board systems.  Existing model-based security concepts using attack trees and process algebras would be the initial focus for exploration.  The emphasis would be on the software-driven security evaluation, but wider network vectors would also potentially be explored.

Project aim

The research objectives of this project include:

  • the development of a model-based security testing framework for RFID,
  • exploration of test input domain, test case generation and coverage analysis,
  • development of a bespoke novel testbed for rapid prototyping and testing,
  • analysis of a RFID use case in the automotive manufacturing context and,
  • assess for a combination of software and network attack vectors.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Monday 15th November 2021


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • 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:  Tuition fees offset for the duration of 4 years. Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the student visa.

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
  • 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 (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 contact Prof Robin Ram Mohan Doss to discuss the project before submitting an expression of interest as below. The successful candidate will be invited to lodge a formal HDR application to Deakin. The successful candidate will also be required to lodge a separate PhD application to Coventry University via the Coventry ‘Making an Application’ page.  Please be aware the scholarship may be awarded prior to the closing date.


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Prof Robin Ram Mohan Doss

Prof Robin Ram Mohan Doss
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+61 3 925 17305