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I am Reader in Computer Networks in the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of the West Scotland (UWS), Paisley, Scotland. At UWS,  I have been investigating commercial / non-commercial research projects in the areas of Information and communication technologies (ICT) of worth more than £900k funded by bodies such as Innovate UK, EU programmes such as ERASMUS and matched by industries such as British Telecom and MODO Ltd and Carfiguano Ltd.  Recently, I have been awarded with UWS STARS (Staff Appreciation and Recognition Scheme) award 2018 for Outstanding Research and Enterprise performance at UWS. I have been awarded with Best Journal paper award 2019 jointly by IEEE Communications Society and China Institute of Communications for our research on millimeter wave communications for 5G. 


Before joining UWS in Fall 2016, I have worked as a Senior Researcher in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University, Canada where I served as a project manager for Carleton-Industry collaborative R&D projects and led the teams of graduate and undergraduate researchers working on Drones-enabled communications for 5G networks. During my stay at Carleton University, most of my research has been sponsored by local industry partners and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). In this role, I have also served as a Consultant for R&D at Communications Theory Lab, KAUST where I was responsible for providing expertise for the development of FSO based sustainable fronthaul network for 5G communications. Previously, from July 2012 to July 2015, I worked as an Assistant Research Scientist at Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ), Qatar where I was a Co-Lead PI of 1M $ project awarded by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) on heterogeneous networks. Prior to joining, TAMUQ in July 2012, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia where I received a collaborative research award from the KAUST Global Collaborative Research initiative for research project on cognitive radio enabled heterogeneous networks with University of Surrey. From September 2010 to December 2010, I was a Visiting Researcher at Institute for Communication Systems (ICS), University of Surrey, UK.


My main research interests lie in design and development of heterogeneous wireless networks for urban and rural coverage via unconventional aerial and regular architectures.  I am also interested in emerging 5G technologies IoT, AI, V2X and Smartgird. I have diversified experience in evaluation of cyber-physical systems from the perspective of resilience/reliability and energy/spectral efficiency. I have been also directly engaged in the development and standardization of IEEE DySPAN 1900.7 standard project. I have a track record of more than 100 technical journal and conference publications including many in the world’s most reputable journals in the areas of wireless communications, communication theory and green communications networks. I have also contributed to 7 books. I am co-editor of two books and co-author of a book on Green Heterogeneous Wireless Networks published by Wiley John & Sons and endorsed by IEEE Press. For more details on my research activities, visit my Google Scholar and Research Gate profiles. Pre-prints of my recent research publications are avaiable at arXiv


I have been/am giving tutorials/keynote speeches on emerging wireless communication systems at International events such as the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) IRACON 2018, Nicosia and at IEEE flagship conferences such as IEEE NOF 2017, London, IEEE ICC 2016, Kuala Lumpur, IEEE ICUWB 2015, Montreal, IEEE GLOBECOM 2014/2015, Austin/San Diego, IEEE BlackSeaSom 2017/2015, Istanbul/Constanta and IEEE ICC 2014, Sydney. I have been/am also serving as a symposium/track Chair/Co-Chair of IEEE flagship ocnfernces such as GLOBECOM 2019, IEEE VTC-Fall 2019, EuCNC 2019. I am/have been also serving as Chair/Co-Chair of several workshops/special sessions such as GS5GW 2018, GRASNET 2017/2016, GreenICT 2015 and ReAP 2015 in IEEE flagship conferences, such as ICC, VTC and GlobalSIP. I have been also serving on the technical program committee of different IEEE conferences, including Globecom, ICC, and WCNC. I am the founding organizer and technical Chair of IEEE Workshop Next Generation Backhaul/Fronthaul Networks - BackNets, collocated annually with IEEE flagship conferences since 2015. BackNets has now been considered as a successful consortium of key academic and industrial players to bridge the R&D gaps in in this area.


I have been serving as an senior editorial board for IEEE ComSoc Technology News (CTN) (ranked #1 online resource for communications technology news). I am an Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Communications Letters and have served as a lead Guest Editor/Guest Editor for IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Wireless Communications and IEEE Access. I am also serving as an Editor for Elsevier Journal PHYCOM. I am serving as a Chair of IEEE ComSoc emerging technical initiative on backhaul/fronthaul communications and networking. I have been serving as an active member to several IEEE ComSoc technical committees. From January 2012 to January 2016, I served as an elected Secretary to the IEEE DySPAN 1900.7 working group.  I am 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 - KTP (Innovate UK funded), 2019 - 2022
  • Artificial Intelligence enabled autonomous 5G network and beyond, 2018 - 2021

  • Erasmus+ Athika, 2018 - 2021
  • Cloud computing for image cluttering with MODO – KTP project (Innovate UK funded), 2018-2020
  • EVaaS: Reliable operation of distributed energy resources – towards microgrid resilience, 2017 - 2020

  • Toward AI-enabled smart learning in higher education, 2018-2021
  • Airborne self srganising networks, 2017-2019

  • Remote condition monitoring for rail networks, 2018-

  • Smart home monitoring using IoT, 2017-

Research Team:

PhD Students: (Director of Studies - first supervisor)

MSc Students:

  • Yingbo Zhu (2019-)

  • Craig Middleton (2019-)

  • Obabiolorunkosi Malaolu (2019-)

  • Constance Farrell (2019-)

  • Nicky Carr (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:

  • Andrew Cooper (2018-)

  • Robert Mackiewicz (2018-)

  • Greg Francis (2018-)

  • Donald Carroll (2018-)
  • 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 2007 2019

3 Downloads (Pure)

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
Millimeter waves
Communication systems

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
Health care
Patient monitoring
Wireless networks
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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
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
Wireless networks
Telecommunication traffic
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New development and evaluation model for self-regulated smart learning environment in higher education

Gambo, Y. & Shakir, M. Z., 30 May 2019, IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON). 2019 ed. Dubai, UAE: IEEE Conference Publications, p. 990-994 5 p. (IEEE Conference Proceedings).

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

Open Access
learning environment
learning process

Optimized link distribution schemes for ultra reliable and low latent communications in multi-layer airborne networks

Wang, D., Al-Ahmed, S. A. & Shakir, M. Z., 2 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Wireless networks
Set theory
Base stations


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 Zeeshan Shakir (Recipient), 1 Oct 2018

Prize: Appointment

Activities 2010 2019

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

Insights into emerging 5G trends

Muhammad Shakir (Speaker)
10 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

European Conference on Networks and Communications

Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir (Chair)
1 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

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


Electric vehicles
User interfaces
Virtual reality