phd in Computer Science and Engineering

Fall 2019 Ph.D. Admissions

The College of Computer Science and Engineering at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Doha, Qatar, is inviting applications from highly qualified students for its Ph.D. program in Computer Science and Engineering. Our program, taught in English, provides students with strong research experience on major aspects related to computer science and engineering—we offer two majors: Data Science and Cyber Security.
Candidate requirements include a Master’s degree with excellent grades—GPA or equivalent above 3.0/4.0—in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related field and the ability to work independently.
For the Cyber Security career path, a background in Cyber Security is beneficial but not required, while a strong interest in the Cyber Security domain is.

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Roberto Di Pietro on innovative researches; a non-exhaustive list of topics follows:

• Distributed systems security and privacy (e.g. Blockchain, Deduplication, PoR, IoT)
• Virtualization Security (e.g. Docker, VM security)
• Cloud Security
• SDN security
• Wireless Security
• Mobile security
• On-line social network Security
• Drone Security (e.g. Hijacking, Jamming, secure swarming)
• Applications of Machine Learning and AI to security

During this program, students will develop the skills that prepare them to take leading roles in an exceptionally active and highly competitive area of the job market as well as given them solid foundation for a successful academic career within the field.

The selected candidates will enjoy full fellowship. It includes a generous monthly stipend and accommodation inside Education City, in one of HBKU Student Housing Villages, a residential complex when students from over 60 countries share knowledge, experiences and learn new and exciting things together. HBKU students have free of charge access to the facilities inside Education City like the Recreation Center, which contains several sports fields for different disciplines and two swimming pools, and the HBKU Student Center, that include cinema, theatre, bowling alley and a recreative room with table games. Moreover, the Qatar National Library provide students free access to electronic resources and research & other learning tools, including international scholarly databases and top academic journals, as well as popular literature, magazines and music. Academic fees are also covered by the scholarship.

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Applicant should submit their curriculum vitae and a personal statement explain why the candidate is applying to the program and how their studies will contribute to the achievement of their personal objectives including information about the applicant’s research interests and achievements via email to Dr. Roberto Di Pietro.

About College of Computer Science and Engineering:
As part of a growing university, the College of Computer Science and Engineering is recruiting the finest faculty and staff from around the world. Our incredibly talented staff create a unique environment for learning and research. HBKU faculties, who are leaders in their respective fields, offers students the opportunity to perform high quality research work. Students gain access to state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities within HBKU including the HBKU Research Complex.
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About Education City:
Education City is a hub for the generation of knowledge, provides researchers with world-class facilities and opportunities for international collaboration, while preparing future graduates to become leaders in Qatar and the region. As well as being home to prestigious universities and schools, cutting-edge research centers and laboratories, a string of new developments are under way to further increase public accessibility to the flagship community of Qatar Foundation (QF). The plans are ambitious and multi-faceted, including world-class hotels, thoughtfully designed public open space, high level sports, and recreation facilities.
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