Study level

  • Honours
  • Vacation research experience scheme


Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Research centre


Professor Raja Jurdak
Professor of Distributed Systems & Chair in Applied Data Sciences
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Science
Dr Gowri Ramachandran
Research Fellow in Distributed Systems, Blockchain and Internet of Things
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Science

External supervisors

  • Dr. Sara Khalifa, CSIRO


Indoor and outdoor network-driven applications heavily rely on wireless communications. Such wireless signals carry RF energy, which can benefit IoT applications. IoT applications can be self-powered by harvesting radio waves from the environment.

This project will investigate and develop wireless-powered IoT applications.

Research activities

The specific research questions include:

  1. How well RF energy harvesting works in indoor environments?
  2. How to build an energy-efficient wireless-powered IoT application?

We have a self-powered IoT application hardware that harvests energy from wireless signals. You are expected to focus on the following issues:

  • investigate the literature on wirelessly-powered IoT applications
  • work with the project supervisor to develop experiments to study self-powered IoT applications
  • build applications and test them on various environments.


We plan to write a research article describing the findings of this work. This project has immense potential for both the industry and the research community if the research activities are carried out diligently.

Skills and experience

You should have:

  • a willingness to work on new areas and challenging problems
  • a desire to read papers, develop software designs, and write software
  • the ability to code in Python or similar languages.



Contact the supervisor for more information.