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Professor Qiang Ni


Qiang Ni

Lancaster University




Tel: +44 1524 510328

Research overview

Prof Qiang Ni's interests are Wireless Networks, Communications, IoT, Cyber Security, AI and Machine Learning techniques, including Future Wireless (5G/6G), Intelligent Communication Techniques, Energy-Efficient Green Communications, Cognitive Radio Networks, SDN, Edge/Fog/Cloud Computing, Big Data Analytics, AI and Machine Learning, IoT, Cyber Security, Smart Grids, Sensor Networks, Vehicular Networks (VANETs), THz Communication, Quantum Communication, Quantum Machine Learning and Mobile Positioning. Prof Ni is a Voting Member of IEEE 1932.1 standard. He is a Vice Chair of Big Data with Computational Intelligence SIG, IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Big Data. He was an IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN standard Voting Member. China CSC PhD applicants/visitors are very welcome!

PhD supervision

You are welcome to contact me if you are interested in doing your PhD in Wireless/Mobile Communications, Networking, IoT, Big Data Analytics, Security, AI and Machine Learning techniques. Please email me your CV, academic transcripts and a draft PhD research plan/proposal. China CSC PhD applicants or visitors are very welcome.


Prof Qiang Ni is a Professor in Communications and Networking at School of Computing and Communications and he is with Data Science Institute and Security Lancaster Center at Lancaster University. He is the Head of Communication Systems Research Group and the School's Director of International Partnership (previously was School's Director of Postgraduate Studies and School's Deputy Director of Research). Prof Ni is a Fellow of IET, Fellow of Higher Education Academy and Senior Member of IEEE. China CSC PhD or visitors are very welcome!

Professional Role

IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer, 2021-2022;

Journal Editor/AE:

Editor of IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networks;

Editor of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC) - Machine Learning in Communications and Networks Series;

IEEE Access Journal;

Wiley Journal of Security and Communication Networks;

KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems;

IEEK Transactions on Smart Processing & Computing;

Elsevier Journal Computer Communications Special Issue on “Secure Artificial Intelligence in Mobile Edge Computing”, 2020;

Elsevier Journal Internet of Things Special Issue on “Towards Smart Vehicles: Emerging Marriage Applications via Internet of Things and Deep Learning Technologies”, 2019;

IEEE Communications Magazine Special Issue on “Orchestration of Ultra-Dense 5G Networks”, 2018;

IEEE Access Journal Special Issue on “Fairness in Futuristic Wireless Networks: Applications, Implementation, Issues, and Opportunities”, 2019;

Wiley Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies Journal Special Issue on “Data-Driven Intelligence in Wireless Networks: Issues, Challenges, and Solution”, 2018;

Springer Journal of Ambient Intelligent and Humanized Computing Special Issue on “Towards Enhancement of Communication Systems, Networks and Applications for Smart Environment”, 2017;

International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks Special Issue on "A Step Towards 5G: Lightweight IoTs and Energy Efficient Sensor Networking", 2016.  

IEEE Access Journal Special Issue on “Artificial Intelligence Enabled Networking (AI-enabled Networking)”, 2015;

IET Network Journal Special Issue on “A Smarter Environment through the Advancements of Communication Systems, Networks and Applications”, 2015;

Conference Chair:

Chairing various IEEE conferences, including IEEE ICC 2021, Cognitive Radio & AI-Enabled Networks Symposia, IEEE ICC 2020 workshop on ULMC6G networks Executive Committee, IEEE CPSCom 2017, mmWave5G 2016, IEEE ICUMT’ 2014/13/11/10/09, IUCC 12, CIT 10.

TPC committee member of over 100 international conferences, including regulary for IEEE Globecom, ICC.

Keynote Speaker at conferences such as IEEE GreenCom-2017, I-SPAN 2017.


Research Grants

  • Principal Investigator, "SANCUS: Analysis software scheme of uniform statistical sampling, audit and defence processes", EU H2020 SU-ICT Cyber Security RIA funded Project on 5G Security and Privacy Issues, 2020-2023.
  • Principal Investigator, "Developing Novel Quantum Machine Learning Algorithms", HIRP funded Project, 2018-2020.
  • Principal Investigator, "iCASE: Intelligent Remote Monitoring Systems for Digital Healthcare", UK EPSRC funded Project, 2019-2023.
  • Co Investigator, "DLINK: D-band Wireless Link With Fibre Data Rate", UK EPSRC funded Project, 2019-2021.
  • Principal Investigator, "Effective cooperative multicast towards 5G non-orthogonal multiple access systems", UK Royal Society funded Project, 2018-2020.
  • Co Investigator, "TERALINKS: TERAhertz high power LINKS using photonic devices, tube aplifiers and smart antennas", EU Chist-ERA and UK EPSRC funded THz Wireless Project, 2017-2019.
  • Co Investigator, "Simultaneously Wireless InFormation and energy Transfer (SWIFT)", UK EPSRC funded Project, 2015-2019.
  • Principal Investigator, "Cognitive Resources Scheduling Designs towards Green Wireless Systems (CogGreen)", UK EPSRC funded Project, 2013-2016.
  • Principal Investigator, "Cross-Layer Research on Green Cooperative Cognitive Radio Networks and Services (CROWN)", EU FP7 funded Project, 2014-2018.
  • Co Investigator, "5G Wireless Heterogeneous Millimetre Wave Communications (TWEETHER)", EU Horizon 2020 funded Project, 2015-2018.
  • Principal Investigator, Smart ICT Technology for Smart City: Big Video Data Analytics Research, International Cooperation funded Project, 2015-2018. 

Current Teaching

SCC160 Fundamentals of Communication Systems

SCC406 Broadband Communications

My Role

Networks Security Research Areas Lead, Security Lancaster Centre.

Group Lead, Communication Systems Group, School of Computing and Communications.

Director of International Partnership, School of Computing and Communications.

Theme Lead (Security and Defence) of the Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous systems (LIRA) Research Centre at Lancaster


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