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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 at ECIT InstituteQueen’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, massive MIMO systems, hardware-constrained communications, mm-wave systems and deep learning for communications. He has published in excess of 200 papers on these topics, including some 85 IEEE journal papers.
Dr. Matthaiou and his coauthors received the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) Leonard G. Abraham Prize in 2017. 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 has been a member of Technical Program Committees for several IEEE conferences such as ICC, GLOBECOM, WCNC etc. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier Physical Communication, a Senior Editor for IEEE Wireless Communications Letters and an Associate Editor for the IEEE JSAC Series on Machine Learning for Communications and Networks. In the past, he was an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications, Associate Editor/Senior Editor for IEEE Communications Letters and was the Lead Guest Editor of the special issue on ''Large-scale multiple antenna wireless systems'' of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications. He is a Senior IEEE member.

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


  • 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.


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Research Output

Coherent MU-MIMO in Block Fading Channels: A Finite Blocklength Analysis

Feng, J., Ngo, H-Q. & Matthaiou, M., 01 Mar 2020, (Accepted) 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications. 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Deep energy autoencoder for noncoherent multicarrier MU-SIMO systems

    Luong, T. V., Ko, Y., Vien, N. A., Matthaiou, M. & Ngo, H. Q., Jun 2020, In : IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. 19, 6, p. 3952 - 3962 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 6 Downloads (Pure)

    DYVERSE: DYnamic VERtical scaling in multi-tenant Edge environments

    Wang, N., Matthaiou, M., Nikolopoulos, D. S. & Varghese, B., Jul 2020, In : Future Generation Computing Systems. 108, p. 598-612 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Fast Beam Training Architecture for Hybrid mmWave Transceivers

    Yang, J., Jin, S., Wen, C-K., Yang, X. & Matthaiou, M., 03 Jan 2020, In : IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 49 Downloads (Pure)


    Adaptive beamforming and coding for multi-node wireless networks

    Michalis Matthaiou (Examiner)

    13 Apr 2020

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    Efficient Resource Allocation and Spectrum Utilisation in Licensed Shared Access Systems

    Michalis Matthaiou (Examiner)

    30 Oct 2019

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    Xidian University

    Michalis Matthaiou (Advisor)

    21 Nov 201922 Nov 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    IEEE Wireless Communications and Signal Processing

    Michalis Matthaiou (Participant)

    20 Oct 201924 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Huazhong University of Science & Technology

    Michalis Matthaiou (Advisor)

    15 May 201925 May 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution


    Low-Cost Architectures for Future MIMO Systems

    Author: Fozooni, M., 12 Sep 2017

    Supervisor: Matthaiou, M. (Supervisor) & Duong, Q. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Reliable and Low-Complexity Multicarrier Systems

    Author: Luong, T. V., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Ko, Y. (Supervisor) & Matthaiou, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Resource Management for Edge Computing Systems

    Author: Wang, N., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Varghese, B. (Supervisor), Nikolopoulos, D. (Supervisor) & Matthaiou, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy