Knowledge for better food systems

PhD: Securing Smart Farming via Blockchain, Newcastle University, UK

31 Jan 2021

The Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering at Newcastle University is advertising a PhD studentship on minimising the cyber risks of smart farming technologies via blockchain. The project will:

  • Evaluate, systematise, and contextualise existing knowledge and practice on the use of blockchain in smart farming,
  • Establish a state-of-the-art agri-tech experimental testbed, utilising the existing NUFarms platforms,
  • Design a lightweight blockchain-based framework for smart farming (particularly for automated crop management of cultivation, treatment, harvest,) exploiting sensor data,
  • Implement a proof-of-concept system using the NUFarms platform and evaluate it via real-world and simulated experiments.

This is an interdisciplinary project between computing science and agriculture and the student is expected to have a strong interest in practical problem solving. Previous experience with programming and basic understanding of hardware and software security is essential. Previous knowledge on blockchain, sensors and Internet of Things platforms is desirable.

Read more here. The deadline is 31 January 2021.