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I graduated with BSc (Joint Honours) in Electronics and Mathematics from Keele University in 1994, and a PhD in Telecommunications from the University of Portsmouth in 1998. I worked for one year as a Research Associate and was appointed a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing and Electronics in 1999. From 2007 to February 2017, I held the posts of International Coordinator of the Faculty of Technology and Principal Lecturer in the School of Engineering at the University of Portsmouth. I joined UWS as Assistant Dean (International) of the School of Engineering and Computing in February 2017. In March 2018, I became the Assistant Dean (Global Engagement) and was responsible for the School of Engineering and Computing, School of Science and Sport, and School of Health, Nursing, and Midwifery. I became Interim Dean of the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences in November 2018 and then Head of Computing Division in May 2019. I am a Visiting Professor at the University of Perlis, Malaysia.

I am an experienced recruitment and partnerships manager. I am UWS' Director/Manager of The Scotland Academy - Wuxi, which is a joint institute between the University of the West of Scotland and Wuxi Taihu University approved by the China Ministry of Education. I also provide strategic management for other partnerships in subject areas that include engineering and physical sciences. 

Area of academic expertise - outline

  • Advanced experimental system development for wireless wideband channel studies
  • Fixed and mobile wireless communication systems and modelling
  • Wireless sensor networks, ad-hoc networks and mesh networks
  • Impact of vegetation on radio waves
  • Ambient information aggregation and management for resource management and security
  • Rain modelling and prediction for application in telecommunications, water resource management and flood prediction
  • Vision and image processing
  • Precision agriculture
  • AI-based environmental monitoring, modelling and prediction

I have organised and co-organised many conferences at both national and international levels. These include: IADAT International Conference on Telecommunications and Computer Networks, IADAT-tcn2005, IADAT-tcn2006 and UK URSI National Symposium 2007. I have also chaired many sessions at national and international conferences and published more than 50 research papers.

Current research activities

My research focuses on wideband wireless communication, channel characterisation and wideband wireless propagation experimental systems. I have worked for several years on the characterisation of communication transhorizon, line of sight, indoor, outdoor and through vegetation channels. My current research focuses on wireless sensor networks and mesh networks for applications in precision agriculture, environmental monitoring, behavioural economics, security, building control and energy management, etc. I am also working on rain modelling for high frequency networks planning, rain prediction using artificial intelligent techniques, flood prediction systems and water resource management.

Target collaborative organisations

Research and academic institutions and professional bodies (e.g. IEEE)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

External positions

UWS Manager/Director, The Scotland Academy - Wuxi Taihu University

1 Oct 2020 → …

Adviser, Iraq University College

1 Jan 2018 → …

External Examiner, Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur

1 Sept 200931 Aug 2014

Visiting Professor , Universiti Malaysia Perlis

1 Sept 2009 → …


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