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Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir is Reader at Artificial Intelligence, Visual Communications and Network (AVCN) research centre, University of the West of Scotland (UWS), UK, received close to £1m funding from bodies such as Innovate UK through KTP programme (as PI and Co-PI), and ERASMUS+ programme (as Co-I) and matched by UK industries (as PI) in the areas of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). He has been actively involved in industry collaborative research project with centre of excellence for Sensor and Imaging Systems technologies (CENSIS) and has contributed to European project SELFNET and IEEE 4G/5G Standardisation. Previously, he has worked as PI/Co-PI on several commercial and non-commercial high impact research projects funded by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) of Qatar and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada.

With over 10 years of research expertise in design and development of wireless communication systems, he has published over 120 research articles including 40+ peer-reviewed top-tier journal papers; 70+ conference articles, and 10 books. He is a recipient of STARS Award 2018 (Staff Appreciation and Recognition Scheme)  for Outstanding Research and Enterprise performance at UWS. He has been awarded with the Best Journal paper award 2019 jointly presented by IEEE Communications Society and China Institute of Communications for research on millimetre wave communications for 5G. Some of his research articles are listed in the Best Reading list on backhaul/fronthaul: communications, networking and signal processing by IEEE Communications Society. His research article published in IEEE Communications (2018) has been recognised in the top 1% highly cited papers in the field of Computer Science worldwide (Source: Web of Science).

He has been serving as Director of Studies/Lead supervisor for 4 PhD students; Supervisor for 5 PhD students; and Assessor for 5 PhD students. He has been appointed as an external PhD examiner at the University of York and the University of Bedfordshire during past 2 academic years; He has been supervising numerous MSc and Hons students with significant measurable outputs in the areas of IoT, Machine learning/Artifitial Intelligence, blockchain and 5G technologies. 

He has been a frequent Keynote speaker/tutorial speaker at IEEE flagship conferences such as IEEE Globecom and ICC and international events such the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) programmes. He has been serving as Chair/Co-Chair of symposiums/tracks in several IEEE flagship conferences, such as VTC, EUCNC, Globecom and GlobalSIP. He has been also serving on the technical program committee of numerous IEEE conferences, including Globecom, ICC, and WCNC.

He has been serving as a senior editorial board for IEEE ComSoc Technology News (CTN) (ranked #1 online resource for communications technology news). He is an Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Communications Letters and has served as a lead Guest Editor/Guest Editor for IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Wireless Communications and IEEE Access. He is also serving as an Editor for Elsevier Journal PHYCOM.

He is serving as a Chair of IEEE ComSoc emerging technical initiative on backhaul/fronthaul communications and networking. He has been serving as an active member to several IEEE ComSoc technical committees. From January 2012 to January 2016, he has served as an elected Secretary to the IEEE DySPAN 1900.7 standard working group.  He is full member of EPSRC Peer Review College. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, an active member of IEEE ComSoc and IEEE Standard Association.

Area of academic expertise - outline

  • Wireless communications and networks 

  • 5G technologies and systems

  • Smart grid networks and communications 

  • Networked flying platforms 

  • Smart cities 

  • Internet of everything 

  • Artificial Intelligence and machine learning 

Current research activities

Research and Enterprise Projects:

I am leading follwoing research and enterprise projects as a PI/Co-PI: 

  • Machine leanring and advanced data analytics for water leakage detection with Carfiguano, funded by Innovate UK through KTP prorgamme, 2019 - 2022
  • Artificial Intelligence enabled autonomous 5G network and beyond, funded through UWS Strategic VP fund and BIK BT, 2018 - 2021

  • Advanced Training in Health Innovation Knowledge Alliance (Athika), funded by Erasmus+ Prorgamme, 2018 - 2021
  • Cloud computing for image cluttering with MODO, funded by Innovate UK through KTP prorgamme, 2018-2020
  • EVaaS: Reliable operation of distributed energy resources – towards microgrid resilience, 2017 - 2020

  • Toward AI-enabled smart learning in higher education, funded by Adamawa State University, Mubi, 2018-2021
  • Proactive ambient environment monitoring and event detection for smart assisted living, joint supervison, funded by CENSIS and University of Glasgow, 2019 - 2022

  • Airborne self srganising networks, 2017-2019

  • Remote condition monitoring for rail networks, 2018-

  • Smart home monitoring using IoT, 2017-



Research Team:

PhD Students (Current): (Director of Studies - first supervisor)

PhD Students (Graduated):

  • Dong Wang (2016-2019)

  • Wuchen Tang (2012-2015)

  • Hafiz Atta Ul Mustafa (2012-2015)

  • Hina Tabassum (2010-2014)

  • Nariman Rahimian (2012-2015)

MSc Students:

  • Victor Ekaette (2019-)

  • Michael Okonkwo (2019-)

  • Maddasar Shahid (2019-)

  • Muhammad Waqas (2019-)

  • Craig Middleton (2019-)

  • Yingbo Zhu (2018-2019)

  • Obabiolorunkosi Malaolu (2018-2019)

  • Constance Farrell (2018-2019)

  • Nicky Carr (2018-2019)

  • Matthew Swinburne (2018-2019)

  • Tanveer Ahmed (2017-2018)

  • Syeda Sanober Jaffery (2017-2018)

  • Heather Brown (2017-2018)

  • Adil Arif (2017-2018)

  • Nilupulee Anuradha Gunathilake (2017-2018)

  • Madlena Padova (2016-2017)

  • Aqib Shehzad (2016-2017)

Hons Students:

  • Mohamud Ibrahim(2019-)
  • Darren Duff (2019-)
  • John Inglis (2019-)
  • Andrew Cooper (2018-2019)
  • Robert Mackiewicz (2018-2019)

  • Greg Francis (2018-2019)

  • Donald Carroll (2018-2019)
  • Edgars Griga (2017-2018)

  • Craig Torlay (2017-2018)

  • David Conolly (2016-2017)

  • Shannon Cuddihy (2016-2017)

External visitors:

  • Andrea Voisin-grall (Aix-Marseille University, France) (2019-)
  • Widad Belaoura (National Polytechnic School, Algeria) (2018)
  • Romain Menguy (Aix-Marseille University, France) (2018)

  • Muhammad Zainul Abideen (Eastwood High School, Newton Mearns, Glasgow) (2017)




Since recently, I have been collaborating with several industrial and academic partners such as:  

Industrial partners:

  • UK/EU: Express Communications Services, Toshiba Research Laboratory, T4i Engineering, BT, NATS, Picsel Technologies Ltd, NEC Germany, MODO.
  • International: Huawei, Canada, TELUS, Canada, Nokia, France, and Intel, USA.

Academic partners:

  • UK/EU: University of Glasgow, University of York, University of Essex, University of Surrey, University of Leeds, Sheffield Hallam University, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. 
  • International: KAUST, Saudi Arabia, Qatar University, Qatar, Carleton University, Canada, York University, Canada and Texas A&M University, Qatar, LUMS, Pakistan, European Univeristy Cyprus, Cyprus. 




Most of my research and development projects have been funded by national and international funding bodies and research councils such as:

  • Innovate UK (KTP)

  • UWS VP Doctoral fund (competitive)
  • NSERC (National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada)

  • QNRF (Qatar National Research Fund) 

  • KAUST GCR (Global Research Initiative)

Target collaborative companies

I would like to collaborate with national and international companies with in following domain (but not limited):

  • Information communication and technology 
  • Cellular and mobile operators and vendors
  • Device/sensor manufacturers
  • Smart city (transportation, energy, buildings, healthcare)

Target collaborative organisations

I would like to collaborate and build prolific ties with the following types of national and international organization: 

  • Ministries and Govt. bodies 
  • Local Councils and social welfare bodies 
  • National/international research labs/centrer
  • Standardization and development organizations

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

  • Smartphone Application development 

  • Commercialisation and development

  • Servitisation 

  • Industry 4.0

  • Smart teaching and learning approaches 

Desired research direction

Prototype and real time implementation of UAV/Drone based wireless links for emerging applications including but not limited to:

  • Smart city

  • Disaster communications

  • Smart transportation

  • Cattle farming and agriculture

Current teaching activities and interests

  • COMP11061 Internet of Things and Applications (PG)
  • COMP11062 Mobile Networks and Smartphone Applications (PG)
  • COMP11060 Emerging Topics in Smart Networks (PG)
  • COMP09022 Data Communications and Networks (UG)

External positions

PhD Examiner (PhD), University of Bedfordshire

21 Feb 2019 → …

Editor IEEE Communications Letters, IEEE Communications Society

1 Jan 2019 → …

Member EPSRC Peer Review College, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

15 Nov 2018 → …

Editorial Board Member for Communication Technology News, IEEE Communications Society

1 Oct 2018 → …

Board Member, Paisley YMCA

1 Oct 2018 → …

External Examiner (PhD), University of York

1 Oct 2018 → …

Consultant, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

1 Oct 201531 Mar 2016

Senior Researcher, Carleton University

1 Sep 201531 Aug 2016

Chair (IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee Backhaul/fronthaul networking & communications), Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

1 Sep 2015 → …

Research Scientist, Texas A&M University at Qatar

1 Jul 201231 Jul 2015

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

1 Nov 200930 Jun 2012


  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • Wireless communications
  • 5G Technologies
  • Communications Theory
  • Smart City and applications
  • Network flying platforms
  • Green networks
  • Small cells
  • Heterogeneous networks

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Research Output

Achievable rate of hybrid precoding for hardware impaired MIMO underground mine channel

Belaoura, W., Ghanem, K., Shakir, M. Z., Nedil, M. & Bousbia, H., 4 Apr 2019, In : Electronics Letters. 55, 7, p. 425-426 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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    AI for emerging verticals: human-robot computing, sensing and networking

    Shakir, M. Z. & Ramzan, N., 1 Dec 2019, (Accepted/In press) IET.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • EVaaS: a novel on-demand outage mitigation framework for electric vehicle enabled microgrids

    Umoren, I. A. & Shakir, M. Z., 21 Feb 2019, IEEE Globecom Workshops (GC Wkshps). 2018 ed. Abu Dhabi, 6 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Human bond communications: architectures, challenges and possibilities

    Iftikhar, T., Khattak, H. A., Ameer, Z., Shah, M. A., Qureshi, F. & Shakir, M. Z., 21 Feb 2019, In : IEEE Communications Magazine. 57, 2, p. 19-25 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Mode selection schemes for D2D enabled unmanned aerial vehicle-based wireless networks

    Omri, A., Hasna, M. O., Shakir, M. Z. & Shaqfeh, M., 25 Jun 2019, In : IET Communications. 13, 10, p. 1397-1404 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 95 Downloads (Pure)


    Award of appreciation for Lightening talk, IEEE Globecom,San Diego, USA

    Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir (Recipient), 7 Dec 2015

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Best Journal Paper Award 2019

    Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir (Recipient), 1 Aug 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Board Member Paisley YMCA

    Muhammad Shakir (Recipient), 1 Oct 2018

    Prize: Appointment


    IEEE Global Communications, Exhibition and Industry Forum

    Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir (Chair)
    9 Dec 201913 Dec 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Tutorial: Networked-Flying Platforms: Paving the Way Towards Global Wireless Connectivity

    Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir (Speaker), Mohamed-Slim Alouini (Speaker)
    8 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Energy efficient cognitive radio networks

    Muhammad Shakir (Examiner)
    21 Feb 2019

    Activity: Examination

    IEEE 89th Vehicular Technology Conference

    Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir (Chair)
    Aug 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Press / Media