Sample content image, right-aligned with border Arumugam Nallanathan is Professor of Wireless Communications and the Founding 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. More information at Google Scholar.

Research Interests

  • Technologies for 6G Wireless Networks
  • Artificial Intelligence for Wireless Systems
  • Massive Internet of Things (mIoT)
  • Molecular Communications


  • Honors and Awards

  • IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize, 2022
  • Listed among the Top 20 Electrical and Electronic Engineering Scientists in the U.K, 2022
  • AI 2000 Internet of Things Most Influential Scholar, 2020, 2021
  • Listed among the World's Top 2% Scientists by Stanford University, 2020
  • IEEE Fellow, Class of 2017
  • IET Fellow
  • Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher, 2016
  • IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Communications Society (2020-2023)
  • IEEE Distinguished Speaker, Vehicular Technology Society(2014-2024)
  • 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)
  • Guest Editor, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (2021,2022)
  • Senior Editor, IEEE Wireless Communications Letters (from 2020)
  • Editor, IEEE Transactions on Communications (from 2011)
  • Editor, IEEE Signal Processing Letters (2009-2013)
  • Editor, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (2006-2017)
  • 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. X. Zhang, H. Zhang, W. Du, K. Long and A. Nallanathan, ‘IRS Empowered UAV Wireless Communication with Resource Allocation, Reflecting Design and Trajectory Optimization', to appear in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications , 2022 [pdf].
    2. W. Zou, C. Li, L. Fan, J. Xia and A. Nallanathan, ‘Joint Precoder, Reflection Coefficients, and Equalizer Design for IRS-Assisted MIMO Systems', to appear in IEEE Transactions on Communications , 2022 [pdf].
    3. L. He, K. He, L. Fan, X. Lei, A. Nallanathan and G.K Karagiannidis, ‘Towards Optimally Efficient Search with Deep Learning for Large-Scale MIMO Systems', to appear in IEEE Transactions on Communications , 2022 [pdf].
    4. W. Lu, Y. Ding, Y. Gao, Y. Chen, N. Zhao, Z. Ding and A. Nallanathan, ‘Secure NOMA-Based UAV-MEC Network Towards a Flying Eavesdropper', to appear in IEEE Transactions on Communications , 2022 [pdf].
    5. W. Huang, M. Wu, Z. Yang, K. Sun, H. Zhang and A. Nallanathan, ‘Self-Adapting Handover Parameters Optimization for SDN-Enabled UDN', to appear in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications , 2022 [pdf].
    6. W. Ahsan, W. Yi, Y. Liu and A. Nallanathan, ‘A Reliable Reinforcement Learning for Resource Allocation in Uplink NOMA-URLLC Networks', to appear in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications , 2022 [pdf].
    7. Z. Xiao, Z. Han, A. Nallanathan, O.A. Dobre, B, Clerckx, J. Choi, C. He and Wen Tong, 'Antenna Array Enabled Space/Air/Ground Communications and Networking for 6G' to appear in IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications , 2022 [pdf].
    8. T. Zhang, Z. Wang, Y. Liu, W. Xu and A. Nallanathan, ‘Joint Resource, Deployment and Caching Optimization for AR Applications in Dynamic UAV NOMA Networks', to appear in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications , 2022 [pdf].
    9. Z. Xie, W. Yi, X. Wu, Y. Liu and A. Nallanathan, ‘Downlink Multi-RIS Aided Transmission in Backhaul Limited Networks', to appear in IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, 2022 [pdf].
    10. X. Lai, J. Xia, L. Fan, T.Q. Duong, A. Nallanathan, ‘Outdated Access Point Selection for Mobile Edge Computing with Cochannel Interference', to appear in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology , 2022 [pdf].
    11. L. Jiao, R. Zhang, M. Liu, Q. Hua, N. Zhao, A. Nallanathan and X. Wang, ‘Placement Optimization of UAV Relaying for Covert Communication', to appear in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology , 2022 [pdf].
    12. R. Zhang, X. Chen, M. Liu, N. Zhao, X. Wang and A. Nallanathan, ‘UAV Relay Assisted Cooperative Jamming for Covert Communications over Rician Fading', to appear in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology , 2022 [pdf].
    13. Y. Wang, H. Lu, D. Zhao, Y. Deng and A. Nallanathan, ‘Wireless Communication in the presence of Illegal Reconfigurable Intelligent Surface: Signal Leakage and Interference Attack', to appear in IEEE Wireless Communications , 2022 [pdf].
    14. Y. Omid, S. Shahabi, C. Pan, Y. Deng and A. Nallanathan, ‘A Trellis-based Passive Beamforming Design for an Intelligent Reflecting Surface-Aided MISO System', IEEE Communications Letters, 2022. [pdf].
    15. Ali Krayani, Atm S. Alam, Lucio Marcenaro, A. Nallanathan and Carlo Regazzoni, ‘An Emergent Self-Awareness Module for Physical Layer Security in Cognitive UAV Radios', to appear in IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, 2022 [pdf].
    16. X. Liu, H. Zhang, K. Long, A. Nallanathan and V.C.M Leung, ‘Deep Dyna-Reinforcement Learning Based on Random Access Control in LEO Satellite IoT Networks', to appear in IEEE Internet of Things Journal, 2022 [pdf].
    17. M. Fayaz, W. Yi, Y. Liu and A. Nallanathan, 'Transmit Power Pool Design for Grant-Free NOMA-IoT Networks via Deep Reinforcement Learning', to appear in IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications, 2022 [pdf].
    18. L. Wang, K. Wang, C. Pan, W. Xu, N. Aslam and A. Nallanathan, 'Deep Reinforcement Learning Based Dynamic Trajectory Control for UAV-assisted Mobile Edge Computing', to appear in IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing, 2022 [pdf].
    19. T. Zhang, Y. Wang, W. Yi, Y. Liu, C. Feng and A. Nallanathan, ‘Two Time-Scale Caching Placement and User Association in Dynamic Cellular Networks', IEEE Transactions on Communications , Vol. 70, No. 4, pp. 2561-2574, April 2022 [pdf].
    20. S. Suman, S. De, R.K. Mallik, M. Elkashlan and A. Nallanathan, ‘Beamforming-based Mitigation of Hovering Inaccuracy in UAV-Aided RFET', IEEE Transactions on Communications , Vol. 70, No. 4, pp. 2691-2706, April 2022 [pdf].
    21. Y. Liu, Y. Deng, M. Elkashlan, A. Nallanathan and G.K Karagiannidis, 'Optimization of Grant-Free NOMA with Multiple Configured-Grants for mURLLC', IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, Vol. 40, No. 4, pp. 1222-1236, April 2022 [pdf].
    22. Y. Wang, H. Lu, D. Zhao, Y. Deng and A. Nallanathan, ‘Intelligent Reflecting Surface-assisted mmWave Communication with Lens Antenna Array', IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 202-215, March 2022 [pdf].
    23. X. Liu, H. Zhang, K. Long, A. Nallanathan and V.C.M Leung, ‘Energy Efficient User Association, Resource Allocation and Caching Deployment in Fog Radio Access Networks', IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology , Vol. 71, No. 2, pp. 1846-1856, February 2022 [pdf].
    24. Z. Zhao, J. Xia, L. Fan, X. Lei, G.K Karagiannidis and A. Nallanathan, ‘System Optimization of Federated Learning Networks with A Constrained Latency', IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology , Vol. 71, No. 1, pp. 1095-1100, January 2022 [pdf].
    25. X. Lai, L. Fan, X. Lei, Y. Deng, G.K Karagiannidis and A. Nallanathan, ‘Secure Mobile Edge Computing Networks in the Presence of Multiple Eavesdroppers', IEEE Transactions on Communications , Vol. 70, No. 1, pp. 500-513, January 2022 [pdf].

    Most Recent Conference Publications

    1. W. Shen, Z.Qin and A. Nallanathan, 'Federated Learning Enabled Channel Estimation for RIS-Aided Multi-User Wireless Systems', Proc. of IEEE ICC'22, Seoul, Korea, May 2022.
    2. M. Fayaz, W. Yi, Y. Liu and A. Nallanathan, ‘Throughput Optimization for SGF-NOMA via Distributed DRL with Prioritized Experience Replay', Proc. of IEEE ICC'22, Seoul, Korea, May 2022.
    3. Y. Liu, Y. Deng, M. Elkashlan and A. Nallanathan, ‘Cooperative Deep Reinforcement Learning based Grant-Free NOMA Optimization for mURLLC', Proc. of IEEE ICC'22, Seoul, Korea, May 2022.
    4. Y. Liu, Y. Deng, M. Elkashlan, A. Nallanathan and G.K Karagiannidis, ‘Multiple Configured-Grants Optimization in Grant-Free NOMA for mURLLC Service', Proc. of IEEE ICC'22, Seoul, Korea, May 2022.
    5. A. Krayani, N.J. William, A. Alam, L. Marcenaro, Z. Qin, A. Nallanathan and C. Regazzoni, ‘Generalized Filtering with Transport Planning for Joint Modulation Conversion and Classification in AI-enabled Radios', Proc. of IEEE ICC'22, Seoul, Korea, May 2022.
    6. W. Ahsan, W. Yi, Y. Liu and A. Nallanathan, ‘Reliable Reinforcement Learning Based NOMA Schemes for URLLC', Proc. of IEEE GLOBECOM'21, Madrid, Spain, December 2021.
    7. M. Fayaz, W. Yi, Y. Liu and A. Nallanathan, ‘Transmit Power Pool Design for Uplink IoT Networks with Grant-free NOMA', Proc. of IEEE ICC'21, Ottawa, Canada, June 2021.

     


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