Sample content image, right-aligned with border Arumugam Nallanathan is Professor of Wireless Communications and the Head of Communication Systems Research (CSR) Group in the  School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) from September 2017. He was with the Department of Informatics at King's College London from December 2007 to August 2017, where he was Professor of Wireless Communications from April 2013 to August 2017. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore from August 2000 to December 2007.

Research Interests

  • Artificial Intelligence for Wireless Systems
  • 5G and Beyond Wireless Networks
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Molecular Communications


  • Honors and Awards

  • IEEE Fellow, Class of 2017
  • Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher, 2016
  • IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, 2014-2021
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference 2018 (VTC’2018)
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE Global Communications Conference 2017 (GLOBECOM’2017)
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Communications 2016 (ICC’2016)
  • Best of IEEE Global Communications Conference 2014 (GLOBECOM’2014)
  • Editor, IEEE Transactions on Communications (from 2011)
  • Editor, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2006-2011)


  • To Prospective Students

    I am looking for self-motivated students who want to pursue a Ph.D degree in [Electronic Engineering and Computer science]. If you have solid background in wireless communications with good mathematical skills, please contact me. More information on the application process and funding opportunities are available here [PhD recruitment].
  • IDB Merit Scholarship for students from OIC countries [More information]
  • HEC scholarship for Pakistani Students [More information]
  • CSC scholarship for Chinese students [More information]



  • Most Recent Journal Publications

    1. N. Varshney, A. Patel, W. Haselmayr, A.K Jagannatham, P.K Varshney and A. Nallanathan, 'Impact of Intermediate Nanomachines in Multiple Cooperative Nanomachine-Assisted Diffusion Advection Mobile Molecular Communication', to appear in IEEE Trans. on Communications, 2019 [pdf].
    2. D. Zhang, Y. Liu, L. Dai, A. Bashir, A. Nallanathan and B. Shim,'Performance Analysis of FD-NOMA-based Decentralized V2X Systems', to appear in IEEE Trans. on Communications, 2019 [pdf].
    3. D. Fan, F. Gao, G. Wang, Z. Zhong and A. Nallanathan, 'Channel Estimation and Transmission Strategy for Hybrid MmWave NOMA Systems', to appear in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, 2019.[pdf].
    4. H. Ren, C. Pan, K. Wang, Y. Deng, M. Elkashlan and A. Nallanathan, ‘Achievable Data Rate for URLLC-Enabled UAV Systems with 3-D Channel Model', to appear in IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, 2019 [pdf].
    5. Y. Li, H. Zhang, K. Long, S. Choi and A. Nallanathan, 'Resource Allocation for Optimizing Energy Efficiency in NOMA-based Fog UAV Wireless Networks', to appear in IEEE Network, 2019.[pdf].
    6. N. Varshney, A. Patel, Y. Deng, W. Haselmayr, P.K Varshney and A. Nallanathan, 'Abnormality Detection inside Blood Vessels with Mobile Nanomachines', to appear in IEEE Trans. on Molecular Biological and Multi-scale Communications, 2019 [pdf].
    7. J. Cui, Y. Liu, Z. Ding, P. Fan, A. Nallanathan and L. Hanzo, ‘Next-Generation MmWave Small Cell Networks: Multiple Access, Caching and Resource Management', to appear in IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, 2019 [pdf].
    8. J. Li, X. Li, Y. Liu, C. Zhang, L. Li and A. Nallanathan, 'Joint Impact of Hardware Impairments and Imperfect Channel State Information on Multi-Relay Networks', to appear in IEEE Access, 2019 [pdf].
    9. H. Xing, L. Liu, J. Xu and A. Nallanathan, ’Joint Task Assignment and Resource Allocation for D2D-Enabled Mobile-Edge Computing', IEEE Trans. on Communications, Vol. 67, No. 6, pp. 4193-4207, June 2019. [pdf].
    10. W. Yi, Y. Liu, A. Nallanathan and M. Elkashlan, ’Clustered Millimeter Wave Networks with Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access', IEEE Trans. on Communications, Vol. 67, No. 6, pp. 4350-4364, June 2019 [pdf].
    11. M. Dissanayake, Y. Deng, A. Nallanathan, M. Elkashlan and U. Mitra, 'Interference Mitigation in Large-Scale Multiuser Molecular Communication', IEEE Trans. on Communications, Vol. 67, No. 6, pp. 4088-4103, June 2019. [pdf].
    12. N. Jiang, Y. Deng, A. Nallanathan and J.A Chambers, 'Deep Reinforcement Learning for Real-Time Optimization in NB-IoT Networks', IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Vol. 37, No. 6, pp. 1424-1440, June 2019.[pdf].
    13. M.O Al-Kadri, A. Aijaz and A. Nallanathan, ‘X-FDR: A Cross-Layer Routing Protocol for Multi-hop Full-Duplex Wireless Networks', IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, Vol. 26, No. 2, pp. 70-77, April 2019 [pdf].
    14. Z. Li, M. Chen, C. Pan, N. Huang, Z. Yang and A. Nallanathan, 'Joint Trajectory and Communication Design for Secure UAV Networks', IEEE Communications Letters, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 636-639, April 2019 [pdf].
    15. W. Huang, Z. Yang, C. Pan, M. Shikh-Bahaei, L. Pei, M. Chen, M. Elkashlan and A. Nallanathan, ‘Joint Power, Altitude, Location and Bandwidth Optimization for UAV with Underlaid D2D Communications', IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 524-527, April 2019 [pdf].
    16. C. Pan, H. Ren, Y. Deng, M. Elkashlan and A. Nallanathan, 'Joint Blocklength and Location Optimization for URLLC-enabled UAV Relay Systems', IEEE Communications Letters, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 498-501, March 2019 [pdf].
    17. N. Zhao, F.R Yu, Y. Chen, J. Tang, A. Nallanathan and V.C.M Leung, ‘Caching Unmanned Aerial Vehicle-Enabled Small-Cell Networks: Employing Energy-Efficient Methods That Store and Retrieve Popular Content', IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 71-79, March 2019 [pdf].
    18. L. Xu, H. Xing, A. Nallanathan, Y. Yang and T. Chai, 'Security-Aware Cross-Layer Resource Allocation for Heterogeneous Wireless Networks’’, IEEE Trans. on Communications, Vol. 67, No. 2, pp. 1388-1399, February 2019 [pdf].
    19. C. Pan, H. Ren, M. Elkashlan, A. Nallanathan and L. Hanzo, 'Weighted Sum-Rate Maximization for the Ultra-dense User-centric TDD C-RAN Downlink Relying on Imperfect CSI', IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 1182-1198, February 2019 [pdf].
    20. C. Pan, H. Ren, M. Elkashlan, A. Nallanathan and L. Hanzo, 'Robust Beamforming Design for Ultra-dense User-Centric C-RAN in the Face of Realistic Pilot Contamination and Limited Feedback', IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, Vol. 18, No.2, pp. 780-795, February 2019 [pdf].
    21. B. Li, W. Guo, H. Zhang, C. Zhao, S. Li and A. Nallanathan, ‘Spectrum Detection and Link Quality Assessment for Heterogeneous Shared Access Networks', in IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Technology, Vol. 68, No.2, pp. 1431-1445, February 2019 [pdf].
    22. Y. Liu, Z. Qin, Y. Cai, Y. Gao, Y. Li and A. Nallanathan, ‘UAV Communications Based on Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access', IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 52-57, February 2019 [pdf].
    23. S. Al-Jaboori, X. Fernando, Y. Deng and A. Nallanathan, ‘Impact of Interbranch Correlation on Multichannel Spectrum Sensing with SC and SSC Diversity Combining Schemes', IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Technology, Vol. 68, No. 1, pp. 456-470, January 2019 [pdf].
    24. X. Tang, Y. Deng, Y. Cai, W. Yang and A. Nallanathan, ‘Analyzing Power Beacon Assisted Multi-Source Transmission Using Markov Chain', IEEE Access, Vol. 7, pp. 3486-3499, January 2019 [pdf].
    25. S. He, C. Qi, Y. Huang, Q. Hou and A. Nallanathan, 'Two-Level Transmission Scheme for Cache-Enabled Fog Radio Access Networks', IEEE Trans. on Communications, Vol. 67, No. 1, pp. 445-456, January 2019 [pdf].

    Most Recent Conference Publications

    1. N. Jiang, Y. Deng, O. Simeone and A. Nallanathan, ‘Cooperative Deep Reinforcement Learning for Multiple Groups NB-IoT Networks Optimization'', Proc. of IEEE ICASSP'19 (invited paper), Brighton, United Kingdom, May 2019.
    2. H. Ren, C. Pan, Y. Deng, M. Elkashlan and A. Nallanathan, ‘Resource Allocation for URLLC in 5G Mission-Critical IoT Networks', Proc. of IEEE ICC'19, Shanghai, China, May 2019.
    3. Y. Liu, Y. Deng, M. Elkashlan, A. Nallanathan and J. Yuan, ‘Markov Model based Energy Harvesting for RACH Analysis in NB-IoT Network', Proc. of IEEE ICC'19, Shanghai, China, May 2019.
    4. D. Fan, F. Gao, G. Wang, Z. Zhong, G. Sidhu and A. Nallanathan, ‘Index Detection based Channel Estimation for Hybrid Massive MIMO MmWave Systems', Proc. of IEEE ICC'19, Shanghai, China, May 2019.
    5. X. Yue, Y. Liu, Y. Yao, X. Li, R. Liu and A. Nallanathan, ‘Secrecy Outage Performance of A Unified Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access Framework', Proc. of IEEE ICC'19, Shanghai, China, May 2019.
    6. J. Cui, Y. Liu and A. Nallanathan, ‘The Application of Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning in UAV Networks', Proc. of IEEE ICC'19 (ML4COM Workshop), Shanghai, China, May 2019.
    7. W. Yi, Y. Liu, M. Elkashlan and A. Nallanathan, ‘Modeling and Coverage Analysis of Downlink UAV Networks with MmWave Communications', Proc. of IEEE ICC'19 (IU5GB Workshop), Shanghai, China, May 2019.
    8. J. Cui, M. Bariq Khan, Y. Deng, Z. Ding and A. Nallanathan, ‘Unsupervised Learning Approaches for User Clustering in NOMA enabled Aerial SWIPT Networks', Proc. of IEEE SPAWC'19 (invited paper), Cannes, France, July 2019.
    9. H. Xing, J. Cui, Y. Deng and A. Nallanathan, ‘Energy-Efficient Proactive Caching for Fog Computing with Correlated Task Arrivals', Proc. of IEEE SPAWC'19, Cannes, France, July 2019.
    10. H. Li, H. Zhang, C. Jiang, and A. Nallanathan, ‘Performance of 3D Massive MIMO with Transceiver Impairments for K Composite Fading Channel', Proc. of IEEE ICCC'19, China, August 2019.
    11. D. Li, N. Zhao, Y. Chen, A. Nallanathan, Z. Ding and M-S. Alouini, ‘Joint Precoding Optimization for Secure Transmission in Downlink MISO-NOMA Networks', Proc. of IEEE PIMRC'19, Istanbul, Turkey, September 2019.
    12. D. Zhang, Y. Liu, L. Dai, A.K Bashir, A. Nallanathan and B. Shim, ‘Performance Analysis of Decentralized V2X System with FD-NOMA', Proc. of IEEE VTC'19, Hawaii, USA, September 2019.