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The Systems Research Group (SRG) is an enthusiastic group of academics at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Our aim is to explore many aspects of parallel and distributed computing, computer networks, and green computing.

We study such diverse areas as wireless sensor networks, multicore computing, distributed event-based systems, e-Research, ad-hoc and mesh networks, cyber-physical systems, parallel and distributed algorithms, transactional memory, parallel programming environments, energy saving in parallel/distributed systems, embedded systems, mobility management and QoS in mobile networks, and target localization. We incorporate skills drawn from many areas of computer science including operating systems, computer architectures, systems analysis, data communications, network protocols, and system modeling and simulation.

Joining us

If you are seeking PhD study at SRG, please read the following information before sending queries.

PhD Scholarships are available at the University of Otago!

Applications are sought for PhD positions in the aforementioned areas, especially on topics like wireless sensor networks, distributed event-based systems, parallel computing, body sensor networks, green computing, and real-time scheduling on multi-core platforms, at the Department of Computer Science in the University of Otago, New Zealand's top-ranked university for research quality. The PhD work is to be carried out under the supervision of Haibo Zhang, David Eyers, and Zhiyi Huang.

To be considered for admission to the Computer Science department's PhD programme, applicants must have completed an MSc/Honours degree in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, or a relevant subject. The MSc/Honors degree must have a research project worth at least 25% of a full-time load in their final year.

To be considered for a PhD scholarship, applicants must have

  1. an 'A' average or better in their MSc/Honors study,
  2. strong analytical/experimental skills,
  3. a solid background in relevant areas,
  4. good communication skills in English (both oral and written)
  5. previous research experience in relevant areas is a plus.

Otago's PhD scholarships are open to qualified students from any country, and cover both course fees and living expenses.

If you have questions about the application or the research project, please contact Haibo Zhang (haibo at, or David Eyers (dme at, or Zhiyi Huang (hzy at For additional information of the supervisors, see here.

If you wish to apply for this PhD position, please email one of the supervisors, attaching an electronic copy of your CV and your transcripts for your Bachelor's and MSc/Honors degrees. If you have a Master's degree, please attach an abstract of your thesis. If you have publications, please select your single best publication and send a PDF version of that, identifying the conference or journal that accepted it in sufficient detail to allow verification. (Kindly don't send zip files, as our antivirus software quarantines them.)

There is no deadline for applications.

Otago University is in Dunedin, a university town on the South-East coast of New Zealand's South Island. Dunedin sits on a spectacular harbour, with unspoiled beaches for wildlife and surfing, and lies within a few hours' drive of Queenstown and Wanaka in the Southern Alps.

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