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

  • AI 2000 Internet of Things Most Influential Scholar, 2020
  • IEEE Fellow, Class of 2017
  • Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher, 2016
  • IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Communications Society (2020-2022)
  • IEEE Distinguished Speaker, Vehicular Technology Society(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)
  • Senior Editor, IEEE Wireless Communications Letters (from 2020)
  • 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]



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    Most Recent Journal Publications

    1. Y. Liu, Y. Deng, N. Jiang, M. Elkashlan and A. Nallanathan, 'Analysis of Random Access in NB-IoT Networks with Three Coverage Enhancement Groups: A Stochastic Geometry Approach', to appear in IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, 2020 [pdf].
    2. S. Hong, C. Pan, H. Ren, K. Wang and A. Nallanathan, 'Artificial-Noise-Aided Secure MIMO Wireless Communications via Intelligent Reflecting Surface', to appear in IEEE Trans. on Communications, 2020 [pdf].
    3. K. Wang, C. Pan, H. Ren, W. Xu, L. Zhang and A. Nallanathan, 'Packet Error Probability and Effective Throughput for Ultra-reliable and Low-latency UAV Communications', to appear in IEEE Trans. on Communications, 2020 [pdf].
    4. N. Jiang, Y. Deng, A. Nallanathan and J. Yuan 'A Decoupled Learning Strategy for Massive Access Optimization in Cellular IoT Networks', to appear in IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, 2020 [pdf].
    5. Y. Liu, Y. Deng, M. Elkashlan, A. Nallanathan and G.K Karagiannidis 'Analyzing Grant-Free Access for URLLC Service', to appear in IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, 2020 [pdf].
    6. T. Zhang, Y. Wang, Y. Liu, W. Xu and A. Nallanathan, 'Cache-enabling UAV Communications: Network Deployment and Resource Allocation', to appear in IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, 2020 [pdf].
    7. L. Fan, J. Xia, N. Yang, Y. Deng, T.Q Duong, G.K Karagiannidis and A. Nallanathan, 'Opportunistic Access Point Selection for Mobile Edge Computing Networks', to appear in IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, 2020 [pdf].
    8. T. Bai, C. Pan, Y. Deng, M. Elkashlan, A. Nallanathan and L. Hanzo, 'Latency Minimization for Intelligent Reflecting Surface Aided Mobile Edge Computing', to appear in IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, 2020 [pdf].
    9. T. Zhang, G. Liu, H. Zhang, W. Kang, G.K Karagiannidis and A. Nallanathan, 'Energy-Efficient Resource Allocation and Trajectory Design for UAV Relaying Systems', to appear in IEEE Trans. on Communications, 2020 [pdf].
    10. T. Bai, C. Pan, J. Wang Y. Deng, M. Elkashlan, A. Nallanathan and L. Hanzo, 'Dynamic Aerial Base Station Placement for Minimum-Delay Communications', to appear in IEEE Internet of Things Journal, 2020 [pdf].
    11. T. Zhang, Z. Wang, Y. Liu, W. Xu and A. Nallanathan, ‘Caching Placement and Resource Allocation for Cache-Enabling UAV NOMA Networks', to appear in IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Technology, 2020 [pdf].
    12. Z. Du, Y. Deng, W. Guo, A. Nallanathan and Q. Wu, ‘Green Deep Reinforcement Learning for Radio Resource Management: Architecture, Algorithm Compression and Challenge', to appear in IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, 2020. [pdf].
    13. G. Zhou, C. Pan, H. Ren, K. Wang, Marco Di Renzo and A. Nallanathan, ‘Robust Beamforming Design for Intelligent Reflecting Surface Aided MISO Communication Systems', to appear in IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, 2020 [pdf].
    14. X. Li, M. Zhao, Y. Liu, L. Li, Z. Ding and A. Nallanathan, ‘Secrecy Analysis of Ambient Backscatter NOMA Systems under I/Q Imbalance', to appear in IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Technology, 2020 [pdf].
    15. L. Xu, H. Xing, Y. Deng, A. Nallanathan and Zhuansun, ‘Fairness-Aware Throughput Maximization for Underlaying Cognitive NOMA Networks', to appear in IEEE Systems Journal, 2020 [pdf].
    16. X. Li, Q. Wang, Y. Liu, T. Tsiftsis, Z. Ding and A. Nallanathan, ‘UAV-Aided Multi-Way NOMA Networks with Residual Hardware Impairments', to appear in IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, 2020 [pdf].
    17. B. Li, W. Guo, X. Wang, Y. Deng, Y. Lan, C. Zhao and A. Nallanathan, 'CSI-independent Non-linear Signal Detection in Molecular Communications', IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing, Vol. 68, pp. 97-112, 2020 [pdf].
    18. G. Zhou, C. Pan, H. Ren, K. Wang and A. Nallanathan, 'A Framework of Robust Transmission Design for IRS-aided MISO Communications with Imperfect Cascaded Channels', IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing, Vol. 68, pp. 5092-5106, 2020 [pdf].
    19. G. Zhou, C. Pan, H. Ren, K. Wang and A. Nallanathan, 'Intelligent Reflecting Surface Aided Multigroup Multicast MISO Communication Systems', IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing, Vol. 68, No. 1, pp. 3236-3251, December 2020 [pdf].
    20. D. Bi, Y. Deng, M. Pierobon and A. Nallanathan, 'Chemical Reactions-Based Microfluidic Transmitter and Receiver Design for Molecular Communication', IEEE Trans. on Communications, Vol. 68, No. 9, pp. 5590-5605, September 2020 [pdf].
    21. H. Ren, C. Pan, Y. Deng, M. Elkashlan and A. Nallanathan, 'Resource Allocation for Secure URLLC in Mission-Critical IoT Scenarios', IEEE Trans. on Communications, Vol. 68, No. 9, pp. 5793-5807, September 2020 [pdf].
    22. C. Pan, H. Ren, K. Wang, M. Elkashlan, A. Nallanathan, J. Wang and L. Hanzo 'Intelligent Reflecting Surface Aided MIMO Broadcasting for Simultaneous Wireless Information and Power Transfer', IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Vol. 38, No. 8, pp. 1719-1734, August 2020 [pdf].
    23. C. Pan, H. Ren, K. Wang, W. Xu, M. Elkashlan, A. Nallanathan and L. Hanzo, 'Multicell MIMO Communications Relying on Intelligent Reflecting Surfaces', IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, Vol. 19, No. 8, pp. 5218-5233, August 2020 [pdf].
    24. Z. Ma, N. Nuermaimaiti, H. Zhang, H. Zhou and A. Nallanathan, 'Deployment Model and Performance Analysis of Clustered D2D Caching Networks under Cluster-Centric Caching Strategy', IEEE Trans. on Communications, Vo. 68, No. 8, pp. 4933-4945, August 2020 [pdf].
    25. W. Yi, Y. Liu, Y. Deng and A. Nallanathan, 'Clustered UAV Networks with Millimeter Wave Communications: A Stochastic Geometry View', IEEE Trans. on Communications, Vol. 68, No. 7, pp. 4342-4357, July 2020 [pdf].
    26. C. Pan, H. Ren, K. Wang, W. Xu, M. Elkashlan and A. Nallanathan, 'Joint Transmit Power and Placement Optimization for URLLC-enabled UAV Relay Systems', IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Technology, Vol. 69, No. 7, pp. 8003-8007, July 2020 [pdf].
    27. H. Shen, W. Yi, Z. Qin, Y. Liu, F. Li and A. Nallanathan, ‘Coverage Analysis of MmWave Networks With Cooperative NOMA Systems', IEEE Communications Letters, Vol. 24, No. 7, pp. 1544-1547, July 2020 [pdf].
    28. X. Yue, Y. Liu, Y. Yao, T. Li, X. Li, R. Liu and A. Nallanathan and, ‘Outage Behaviors of NOMA-based Satellite Network over Shadowed-Rician Fading Channels', IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Technology, Vol. 69, No. 6, pp. 6818-6821, June 2020 [pdf].
    29. J. Cui, Z. Ding, Y. Deng, A. Nallanathan and L. Hanzo, ‘Adaptive UAV-Trajectory Optimization Under Quality of Service Constraints: A Model-Free Solution', IEEE Access, Vol. 8, pp. 112253-112265, June 2020 [pdf].
    30. H. Ren, C. Pan, Y. Deng, M. Elkashlan and A. Nallanathan, 'Joint Pilot and Payload Power Allocation for Massive-MIMO-enabled URLLC IIoT Networks', IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Vol. 38, No. 5, pp. 816-830, May 2020 [pdf].
    31. C. Qi, X. Sun, Y. Deng and A. Nallanathan, 'QoS Constrained Pilot Allocation Scheme for Massive MIMO Systems', IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Technology, Vol. 69, No. 5, pp. 5661-5665, May 2020 [pdf].
    32. J. Du, W. Xu, Y. Deng, A. Nallanathan and L. Vandendorpe, ‘Energy-saving UAV-Assisted Multiuser Communications with Massive MIMO Hybrid Beamforming', IEEE Communications Letters, Vol. 24, No. 5, pp. 1100-1104, May 2020 [pdf].
    33. C. Qi, H. Chen, Y. Deng and A. Nallanathan, ‘Energy Efficient Multicast Precoding for Multiuser Multibeam Satellite Communications', IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 567-570, April 2020 [pdf].
    34. M. Hua, L. Yang, C. Pan and A. Nallanathan, ‘Throughput Maximization for Full-Duplex UAV Aided Small Cell Wireless Systems', IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 475-479, April 2020 [pdf].
    35. Y. Li, H. Zhang, K. Long, S. Choi and A. Nallanathan, 'Resource Allocation for Optimizing Energy Efficiency in NOMA-based Fog UAV Wireless Networks', IEEE Network, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 158-163, March/April 2020.[pdf].
    36. X. Yue, Y. Liu, Y. Yao, X. Li, R. Liu and A. Nallanathan, 'Secure Communications in a Unified Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access Framework', IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 2163-2178, March 2020. [pdf].
    37. H. Ren, C. Pan, Y. Deng, M. Elkashlan and A. Nallanathan, 'Joint Power and Blocklength Optimization for URLLC in a Factory Automation Scenario', IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, Vol. 19, No. 3, pp. 1786-1801, March 2020 [pdf].
    38. 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', IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 46-53, March 2020. [pdf].
    39. J. Cui, Y. Liu and A. Nallanathan, 'Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning Based Resource Allocation for UAV Networks', IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 729-743, February 2020 [pdf].
    40. X. Li, J. Li, Y. Liu, Z. Ding and A. Nallanathan, 'Residual Transceiver Hardware Impairments on Cooperative NOMA Networks', IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 680-695, January 2020 [pdf].
    41. T. Zhang, X. Fang, Y. Liu and A. Nallanathan, ‘Content-Centric Mobile Edge Caching', IEEE Access, Vol. 8, pp. 11722- 11731, January 2020 [pdf].

    Most Recent Conference Publications

    1. H. Ren, C. Pan, Y. Deng, M. Elkashlan and A. Nallanathan, ‘Transmit Power Minimization for Secure Short-packet Transmission in a Mission-Critical IoT Scenario', to appear in Proc. of IEEE GLOBECOM'20, Taipei, Taiwan, December 2020.
    2. G. Zhou, C. Pan, H. Ren, K. Wang and A. Nallanathan, ‘Outage Constrained Transmission Design for IRS-aided Communications with Imperfect Cascaded Channels', to appear in Proc. of IEEE GLOBECOM'20, Taipei, Taiwan, December 2020.
    3. S. Hong, C. Pan, H. Ren, K. Wang, A. Nallanathan and H. Li, ‘Robust Transmission Design for Intelligent Reflecting Surface Aided Secure Communications', to appear in Proc. of IEEE GLOBECOM'20, Taipei, Taiwan, December 2020.
    4. L. Zhang, C. Pan, Y. Wang, H. Ren, K. Wang and A. Nallanathan, ‘Robust Beamforming Optimization for Intelligent Reflecting Surface Aided Cognitive Radio Networks', to appear in Proc. of IEEE GLOBECOM'20, Taipei, Taiwan, December 2020.
    5. N. Jiang, Y. Deng and A. Nallanathan, ‘Deep Reinforcement Learning for Discrete and Continuous Massive Access Control Optimization', Proc. of IEEE ICC'20, Dublin, Ireland, June 2020.
    6. Y. Wang, C. Feng, T. Zhang, Y. Liu and A. Nallanathan, ‘QoE Based Network Deployment and Caching Placement for Cache-Enabling UAV Networks', Proc. of IEEE ICC'20, Dublin, Ireland, June 2020.
    7. H. Zhang, T. Zhang, K. Long, A. Nallanathan and V.C.M Leung, ‘Resource Allocation for Energy Efficient NOMA UAV Network under Imperfect CSI', Proc. of IEEE ICC'20, Dublin, Ireland, June 2020.
    8. W. Ahsan, W. Yi, Y. Liu, Z. Qin and A. Nallanathan, ‘Reinforcement Learning for User Clustering in NOMA-enabled Uplink IoT', Proc. of IEEE ICC'20 (NOMA5G Workshop), Dublin, Ireland, June 2020.

     


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