Qi Wang

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PhD topics: 5G/6G mobile networks; artificial intelligence; visual communications. More details at: http://beyond5ghub.uws.ac.uk/index.php/careers/


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Qi Wang is a Full Professor with School of Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), UK. He has served as Board Member of the Technology Board of EU 5G-PPP (Fifth-Generation Public Private Partnership), Member of several 5G-PPP Working Groups, Scotland’s Developing AI and AI Enabled Products and Services Working Group, and ITU-T Focus Group on Autonomous Networks. He has been a lead researcher in various nationally or internationally funded research projects, in collaboration with worldwide academic and industry partners. He is Technical Co-Manager for EU Horizon 2020 projects SELFNET and SliceNet (total overall budget of about 15 million euros), Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI for a number of other projects funded by EU (Horizon 2020 projects 6G BRAINS, 5G INDUCE, and ARCADIAN-IoT, total overall budget of about 18 million euros), EPSRC (Mobile HEVC), CENSIS (SmartRPAS, NG-PRAS, SmartCrane) etc., and co-investigator for several projects. His research interests include computer and telecommunication networks, visual communications and artificial intelligence. He has published more than 170 papers in these areas. He was a Best Paper Award Winner of IEEE Consumer Electronic Society’s flagship conference ICCE 2014 and IEEE ICCE 2012, SOFTNETWORKING 2017, and SIGMAP 2014, and Best Paper Award Finalist of IEE 3G2003. He was also Winner of UK Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2020 - Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative of the Year Award and Winner of 2020 Scotland CeeD (Centre for Engineering Education & Development) Industry Awards - Innovation Award, among others. He has served as Editor or Guest Editor for several international journals, and Chair or Invited Speaker for numerous international conferences and events. He has been the Director of Studies for a group of postdoctoral research fellows and PhD students, and has supervised more than 10 PhD students to successfully graduate in UK. He serves as an invited external PhD/research degree examiner for a number of other UK and European universities. He received his PhD degree in Mobile Networking from the University of Plymouth, UK.



Current research activities

Current research areas include wireless/mobile/softwarised/virtualised networks especially 5G and beyond, video/multimedia networking, and artificial intelligence. Recent and on-going projects have been funded by EU (Horizon 2020), EPSRC, CENSIS, InnovateUK etc. in these areas.

Desired research direction

Desired research direction will cover more multi-disciplinary research to investigate innovative application of networking, video and other state-of-the-art technologies in other applications and vertical businesses.

Target collaborative companies

Target collaborative companies include national/internal telecommunication operators, service providers, vendors, and vertical businesses etc.

Target collaborative organisations

Target collaborative organisations include national/international standardisation bodies, innovation centres, public sectors, and research centres working on related areas.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment 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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

Board Member of the Technology Board of EU 5G-PPP (Fifth-Generation Public Private Partnership), European Commission

7 Jul 201531 May 2020


  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • Video networking/processing
  • 5G mobile networks
  • Software-define networking
  • Network management
  • artificial intelligence


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