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. 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', to appear in IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, 2018 [pdf].
    2. L. Xu, H. Xing and A. Nallanathan, ''Security-Aware Cross-Layer Resource Allocation for Heterogeneous Wireless Networks’’, to appear in IEEE Trans. on Communications, 2018 [pdf].
    3. Y. Liu, Z. Qin, Y. Cai, Y. Gao, Y. Li and A. Nallanathan, ‘UAV Communications Based on Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access', to appear in IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, 2018 [pdf].
    4. C. Pan, H. Ren, M. Elkashlan, A. Nallanathan and L. Hanzo, 'The Non-coherent Ultra-Dense C-RAN is Capable of Outperforming its Coherent Counterpart at a Limited Fronthaul Capacity', to appear in IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, 2018 [pdf].
    5. J. Zhao, F. Gao, G. Ding, T. Zhang, W. Jia, and A. Nallanathan, ‘Integrating Communications and Control for UAV Systems: Opportunities and Challenges', to appear in IEEE Access, 2018 [pdf].
    6. N. Zhao, F.R Yu, Y. Chen, J. Tang, A. Nallanathan and V.C.M Leung, ‘Caching UAV-Enabled Small-Cell Networks', to appear in IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, 2018 [pdf].
    7. 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', to appear in IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, 2018 [pdf].
    8. D. Fan, F. Gao, Y. Liu, Y. Deng, G. Wang, Z. Zhong and A. Nallanathan, 'Angle Domain Channel Estimation in Hybrid MmWave Massive MIMO Systems', to appear in IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, 2018 [pdf].
    9. S. He, C. Qi, Y. Huang, Q. Hou and A. Nallanathan, 'Two-Level Transmission Scheme for Cache-Enabled Fog Radio Access Networks', to appear in IEEE Trans. on Communications, 2018 [pdf].
    10. W. Yi, Y. Liu and A. Nallanathan, ’Cache-enabled HetNets With Millimeter Wave Small Cells', to appear in IEEE Trans. on Communications, 2018 [pdf].
    11. H. Ren, N. Liu, C. Pan, M. Elkashlan, A. Nallanathan, X. You and L. Hanzo, ‘Power-and Rate-Adaptation Improves the Effective Capacity of C-RAN for Nakagami-m Fading Channels', to appear in IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Technology, 2018 [pdf].
    12. 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', to appear in IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Technology, 2018 [pdf].
    13. J. Chen, Y. Deng, J. Jia, M. Dohler and A. Nallanathan, '’Cross-layer QoE Optimization for D2D Communication in CR-enabled Heterogeneous Cellular Networks'', to appear in IEEE Trans. on Cognitive Communications and Networking, 2018 [pdf].
    14. M.O Al-Kadri, A. Aijaz and A. Nallanathan, ‘X-FDR: A Cross-Layer Routing Protocol for Multi-hop Full-Duplex Wireless Networks', to appear in IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, 2018 [pdf].
    15. N. Jiang, Y. Deng, X. Kang and A. Nallanathan, 'Random Access Analysis for Massive IoT Networks under A New Spatio-Temporal Model: A Stochastic Geometry Approach', IEEE Trans. on Communications, Vol. 66, No. 11, pp. 5788-5803, November 2018 [pdf].
    16. N. Jiang, Y. Deng, A. Nallanathan X. Kang and T.Q.S Quek, '’Analysing Random Access Collisions in Massive IoT Networks',IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, Vol. 17, No. 10, pp. 6853-6870, October 2018 [pdf].
    17. J. Cui, Y. Liu, Z. Ding, P. Fan and A. Nallanathan, ‘QoE-based Resource Allocation for Multi-cell NOMA Networks', IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, Vol. 17, No. 9, pp. 6160-6176, September 2018 [pdf].
    18. L. Wang, K.K. Wong, S. Lambotharan, A. Nallanathan and M. Elkashlan “Edge Caching in Dense Heterogeneous Cellular Networks with Massive MIMO Aided Self-backhaul', IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, Vol. 17, No.9, pp.6360-6372, September 2018 [pdf].
    19. H. Zhang, B. Wang, C. Jiang, K. Long, A. Nallanathan, V.C.M. Leung and H.V. Poor, ‘Energy Efficient Dynamic Resource Optimization in NOMA Networks', IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 17, No. 9, pp. 5671-5683, September 2018 [pdf].
    20. X. Yue, Y. Liu, S. Kang, A. Nallanathan and Y. Chen, ‘Modelling and Analysis of Two-Way Relay Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access Systems", IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 66, No. 9, pp. 3784-3796, September 2018 [pdf].
    21. X. Yue, Y. Liu, S. Kang, A. Nallanathan and Z. Ding, ‘Spatially Random Relay Selection for Full/Half-Duplex Cooperative NOMA Networks", IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 66, No. 8, pp. 3294-3308, August 2018 [pdf].
    22. Z. Yang, C. Pan, M. Shikh-Bahaei, W. Xu, M. Chen, M. Elkashlan and A. Nallanathan, ‘Joint Altitude, Beamwidth, Location and Bandwidth Optimization for UAV-Enabled Communications', IEEE Communications Letters, Vol. 22, no. 8, pp. 1716-1719, August 2018 [pdf].
    23. H. Zhang, Y. Qiu, K. Long, G. K. Karagiannidis, X. Wang and A. Nallanathan, ‘Resource Allocation in NOMA based Fog Radio Access Networks'', IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 110-115, July 2018 [pdf].
    24. H. Xing, Y. Liu, A. Nallanathan, Z. Ding and H.V Poor, ‘Optimal Throughput Fairness Trade-offs for Downlink Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access over Fading Channels", IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Vol. 17, No. 6, pp. 3556-3571, June 2018 [pdf].
    25. N. Jiang, Y. Deng, M. Condoluci, W. Guo and A. Nallanathan, “RACH Preamble Repetition in NB-IoT Network'', IEEE Communications Letters, Vol. 22, No. 6, pp. 1244-1247, June 2018 [pdf].
    26. Z. Qin, X. Yue, Y. Liu, Z. Ding and A. Nallanathan, ''User Association and Resource Allocation in Unified Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access Enabled Heterogeneous Ultra Dense Networks'', IEEE Communications Magazine, Vol. 56, No. 6, pp. 86-92, June 2018 [pdf].
    27. H. Ren, N. Liu, C. Pan, M. Elkashlan, A. Nallanathan, X. You and L. Hanzo, ‘Low-Latency C-RAN: A Next Generation Wireless Approach'', IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 48-56, June 2018 [pdf].
    28. L. Pei, Z. Yang, C. Pan, N. Huang, M. Chen, M. Elkashlan, A. Nallanathan, “Energy-Efficient D2D Communications Underlaying NOMA-Based Networks with Energy Harvesting'', IEEE Communications Letters, Vol. 25, No. 5, pp. 914-917, May 2018 [pdf].
    29. W. Wang, Y. Liu, Z. Luo, T. Jiang, Q. Zhang and A. Nallanathan, ‘’Toward Cross-Layer Design for Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access: A Quality-of-Experience Perspective'', IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, Vo. 25, No. 2, pp. 118-124, April 2018 [pdf].
    30. Y. Liu, H. Xing, C. Pan, A. Nallanathan, M. Elkashlan and L. Hanzo, ‘Multiple Antenna Assisted Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access'', IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, Vol. 25, No.2, pp. 17-23, April 2018 [pdf].
    31. Y. Liu, S. Lambotharan, M. Derakhshani, A. Nallanathan and K.K Wong, ‘’Sensitivity and Asymptotic Analysis of Inter-Cell Interference against Pricing for Multi-Antenna Base Stations", IEEE Trans. on Communications, Vol. 66, No. 4, pp. 1758-1771, April 2018 [pdf].
    32. J. Cui, Y. Liu, Z. Ding, P. Fan and A. Nallanathan, ‘Optimal User Scheduling and Power Allocation for Millimeter Wave NOMA Systems", IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 1502-1517, March 2018 [pdf].
    33. C. Pan, M. Elkashlan, H. Mehrpouyan and A. Nallanathan, ‘’Joint Pilot Allocation and Robust Transmission Design for User-Centric Ultra-Dense TDD C-RAN with Imperfect CSI'', IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 2038-2053, March 2018 [pdf].
    34. T. Cui, F. Gao, A. Nallanathan, H. Lin and C. Tellambura ''Iterative Demodulation and Decoding Algorithm for 3GPP/LTE-A MIMO-OFDM using Distribution Approximation'', IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, Vol. 17, No.2, pp. 1331-1342, February 2018 [pdf].
    35. X. Yue, Y. Liu, S. Kang, A. Nallanathan and Z. Ding,'' Exploiting Full/Half-Duplex User Relaying in NOMA Systems'',IEEE Trans. on Communications, Vol. 66, No. 2, pp. 560-575, February 2018 [pdf].
    36. L. Xu, A. Nallanathan, X. Pan, J. Yang and W. Liao, ‘’Security-Aware Resource Allocation with Delay Constraint for NOMA-based Cognitive Radio Network'', IEEE Trans. on Information Forensics and Security, Vol. 13, No. 12, pp. 366-376, February 2018 [pdf].
    37. W. Guo, Y. Deng, H.B Yilmaz, N. Farsad, M. Elkashlan, C.B Chae, A. Eckford and A. Nallanathan, ‘’SMIET: Simultaneous Molecular Information and Energy Transfer'', IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 106-113, February 2018 [pdf].
    38. J. Ma, S. Zhang, H. Li, N. Zhao and A. Nallanathan, ‘‘Iterative LMMSE Individual Channel Estimation over Relay Networks with Multiple Antennas'', IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Technology, Vol. 67, No. 1, pp. 423-435, January 2018 [pdf].
    39. L. Xu and A. Nallanathan, ''Power and Bandwidth Allocation for Cognitive Heterogeneous Multi-Homing Networks’’, IEEE Trans. on Communications, Vol. 66, No. 1, pp. 394-403, January 2018 [pdf].