Qi Wang

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PhD topics: 5G/6G mobile networks; artificial intelligence; visual communications.
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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 Fifth-Generation Public Private Partnership (5G PPP), Member of several 5G PPP Working Groups (Architecture, Software Networking etc.), EU 6G Industry Association (6G-IA), Scotland’s Developing AI and AI Enabled Products and Services Working Group, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Focus Groups of ML5G and Autonomous Networks, and Academic Member of ITU and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). He was Winner of UK Times Higher Education Awards 2020 - Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative of the Year Award and Winner of 2020 Scotland Centre for Engineering Education & Development Industry Awards - Innovation Award, among others. 

He has been a lead researcher in various funded research projects, in collaboration with worldwide academic and industry partners. He is Technical Co-Manager for EU Horizon 2020 projects SELFNET and SliceNet (with a total overall budget of about 15 million euros), Principal Investigator (PI) or Joint PI for further projects funded by EU Horizon 2020 (6G BRAINS, 5G INDUCE, and ARCADIAN-IoT) and EU Horizon Europe (INCODE, and RIGOUROUS)(with a total overall budget of about 32 million euros), EPSRC (Mobile HEVC), CENSIS (SmartRPAS, NG-PRAS, SmartCrane), industries etc., and Co-Investigator (Co-I) for UKRI SIPF project DDVC (with a budget of 21 million pounds) and so on. 

His research interests include computer and telecommunication networks, visual communications and artificial intelligence. He has published about 200 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. He actively contributes to international standardisation, and has been the lead editor of two ITU-T standards and contributors of several other ITU and ETSI standards. 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 Line Manager for a group of postdoctoral researchers. As Director of Studies (Lead Supervisor), he has supervised 16 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, 6G, IoT, UAV and beyond, video/multimedia networking, and artificial intelligence. Recent and on-going projects have been funded by EU (Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe), EPSRC, CENSIS, InnovateUK, UKRI, industries etc. in these areas.

Desired research direction

Desired research direction will continue investigating innovative applications and exploitation of 5G/6G networking, AI and other state-of-the-art technologies for 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 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 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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