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IoT techniques for e-agriculture

The aim of this project is to design a distributed embedded system that can collect data in real-time for agricultural management, such as rice field water management, with IoT (Internet of Things) techniques.

Data can be gathered from a group of weather stations and provide a feedback to the field, such as water level, water temperature or soil moisture management. Within a PhD research period, several IoT elements, such as wireless communication and sensor technologies, would be investigated and implemented on a partial e-agriculture model system.

Eligible Criteria:

  • A BSc/BEng or MSc in the following subjects: Network Communications, Electrical Engineering or related field.
  • Experience of working on (or a willingness to quickly learn about) Wireless Communication, Micro-processor/Micro-controller programming 
  • A wish to publish academic research in the highest quality journals.
  • Good communication skills and ability to deliver on challenging tasks.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the above PhD topic please follow the steps below:

  1. Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you woold be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
  2. Click on the 'Apply here' button on this page and you will be taken to the relevant PhD course page, where you can apply using an online application.
  3. Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.

Good luck!

This is a self funded topic

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Research-degree-funding. The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.

Meet the Supervisor(s)


Take Itagaki - Dr Takebumi ITAGAKI obtained a BEng from Waseda University (Japan) and a PhD in Engineering/Music from University of Durham (UK) in 1998. In 2000, he moved to Brunel University London as a Lecturer in Engineering. He contributed towards the several EU-IST FP5/FP6 research projects, including the SAVANT Project as the prime contractor and administrative coordinator, and the INSTINCT Project as the project manager. He was coordinating the EU CIP PSP Project DTV4All. His expertise include: Digital TV system (DVB, ISDB), Digital Signal Processing, Parallel Processing, Computer Music and Computer Architecture. Currently, he is one of the coordinators of ITU-T Focus Group Audio Visual Accessibility – Working Group D.

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