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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am permanently looking for outstanding UK/EU candidates interested in pursuing a PhD thesis in:

- wireless communications
- signal processing for communications
- massive MIMO
- millimeter-wave systems

The successful candidates should have strong mathematical background and willingness to work in a diverse research team.


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Personal profile


Michail (Michalis) Matthaiou was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1981. He obtained the Diploma degree (5 years) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2004. He then received the M.Sc. (with distinction) in Communication Systems and Signal Processing from the University of Bristol, U.K. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Edinburgh, U.K. in 2005 and 2008, respectively. From September 2008 through May 2010, he was with the Institute for Circuit Theory and Signal Processing, Munich University of Technology (TUM), Germany working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. He is currently a Professor of Communications Engineering and Signal Processing and Deputy Director of the Centre for Wireless Innovation (CWI) at Queen’s University Belfast, U.K. after holding an Assistant Professor position at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. He has also held research visiting appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A., Linköping University, Sweden and Southeast University, China. His research interests span signal processing for wireless communications, beyond massive MIMO, intelligent reflecting surfaces, mm-wave/THz systems and deep learning for communications. He has published in excess of 230 papers on these topics, including some 110 IEEE journal papers.
Dr. Matthaiou and his coauthors received the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Leonard G. Abraham Prize in 2017. He currently holds the ERC Consolidator Grant BEATRICE (2021-2026) focused on the interface between information and electromagnetic theories. He was awarded the prestigious 2018/2019 Royal Academy of Engineering/The Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship and also received the 2019 EURASIP Early Career Award. His team was also the Grand Winner of the 2019 Mobile World Congress Challenge. He was the recipient of the 2011 IEEE ComSoc Best Young Researcher Award for the Europe, Middle East and Africa Region and a co-recipient of the 2006 IEEE Communications Chapter Project Prize for the best M.Sc. dissertation in the area of communications. He has co-authored papers that received best paper awards at the 2018 IEEE WCSP and 2014 IEEE ICC and was an Exemplary Reviewer for IEEE Communications Letters for 2010. In 2014, he received the Research Fund for International Young Scientists from the National Natural Science Foundation of China. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier Physical Communication, a Senior Editor for IEEE Wireless Communications Letters and IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. He is an IEEE Fellow.

Research Interests

  • Statistical analysis of communication systems
  • Communication theory
  • Communications signal processing
  • Massive MIMO systems
  • Intelligent reflecting surfaces
  • Milimeter-wave/THz communications
  • Machine/Depp learning for wireless communications


  • 2023: IEEE Fellow for ''contributions to fundamental research and practical implementation of massive MIMO''
  • 2022: 2022 Research.com World Ranking of Top EE Scientists (ranked 2204th in the world)
  • 2021: Queen’s University Belfast Vice Chancellor’s Research Innovation Prize 
  • 2021: Honorary Professor at Amity University, India
  • 2021: Guide2Research World Ranking of Top Computer Scientists (ranked 5773th in the world)
  • 2020: ERC Consolidator Grant
  • 2019: EURASIP Early Career Award
  • 2019: Grand Winner Team of the 2019 Mobile World Congress Challenge
  • 2018/2019: Royal Academy of Engineering/The Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship
  • 2017: IEEE Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize
  • 2014: Best Paper Award at 2014 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC)
  • 2013: IEEE Senior Member
  • 2011: IEEE ComSoc Best Young Researcher Award for the Europe, Middle East and Africa Region
  • 2011: Solveig and Karl G. Eliasson Memorial Fund, Department of Signals and Systems, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • 2010: Exemplary reviewer for IEEE Communications Letters
  • 2006: Best M.Sc. dissertation in the area of communications, IEEE Communications Chapter Project Prize, University of Bristol, U.K.
  • 2005: Academic distinction for scholastic achievement (top 9% of a class of 52), Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol, U.K.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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