PhD Scholarship in Trust Computing

PhD Scholarship in Trust Computing

The University

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) has been at the forefront of computer science education since the early 1960s; pioneering some of Australia’s first computing courses, while forging a reputation for research excellence in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT).

The School

Collaborating with blue chip industry partners and maintaining a strong research presence, the School of Computer Science and Information Technology is one of the country’s largest and most industry-focused ICT program providers.

Rising in the rankings

RMIT’s reputation in the field of ICT continues to rise:
Ranked in the top group of eight Australian universities for Computer Science and Information Systems (2014 QS World University Rankings).
Rated in the top 100 universities worldwide for Computer Science and Information Systems (2014 QS World University Rankings).
Ranked 1st in Australia for Database research (Microsoft Academic Search) and 2nd in Asia/Oceania for Information Retrieval research (Microsoft Academic Search).
Rated “Above World Standard” (ERA 4) for research in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing (0801) and Information Systems (0806) by the Australian Research Council.

The Project

Sensor cloud service is the next generation platform for Internet of Things services delivery and management. A sensor cloud service employs sensors for data collection, clouds for data storage and processing, and services paradigm for data delivery. Security and privacy are critical issues in sensor cloud services, considering the dispersity, diversity, and heterogeneity of these services. Trust is well acknowledged as an efficient means to preserve security and privacy. The aim of this project is to design a novel and innovative framework for ascertaining trust in sensor cloud services. A trust management system will be specifically implemented by means of a set of techniques that deals with the end-to-end establishment, management, and propagation of trust in sensor cloud services. Additionally the important issue of services trustworthiness bootstrapping will be investigated.

Value and duration

The scholarship is valued at up to $25,000 per annum for three years. International candidates may be eligible for a tuition waiver.

Number of scholarships available

There is one scholarship available.


To be eligible for these scholarships you must:

  • meet RMIT’s PhD entry requirements
  • have a honors or a masters degree in the area of Computer Science or related discipline, with outstanding grades
  • show evidence of research ability — e.g., a graduate thesis or research publications
  • have an interest in cross-disciplinary research and ability to work in a team
  • be proficient in programming using Matlab, C++, C# or Java
  • meet the minimum English requirement (IELTS 6.5 with no unit less than 6 or TOFEL IBT 92 with no section less than 20)

How to apply

With approval from the project supervisor, you will need to submit your PhD application to RMIT University.

Open date

Applications are now open.

Close date

Applications close whenever qualified applicants are determined.


Professor Athman Bouguettaya


For further information about these scholarships and projects, email Dr. Hai Dong,

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