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PhD projects

Active/passive microwave/millimeter-wave antennas (application specific)
Beamformers (application specific)
AI-inspired applied electromagnetism
Metamaterials and transformation electromagnetics


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Personal profile


Muhammad Ali Babar Abbasi is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the Centre of Wireless Innovation (CWI) at the Queen's University Belfast since 2019. He joined the CWI as a Postdoc Research Fellow in 2017. He completed his PhD under the prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarship from Frederick University in 2017. He received an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) and a B.S. degree in electrical (telecommunication) engineering from COMSATS-UI in 2013 and 2011, respectively. He has been an IEEE-APS Young-Professional Ambassador since 2022, an IET-young-professional since 2017, and a grand prize winner of the Mobile World Scholar Challenge at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019. His research grant portfolio includes academic ownership of over £850k.

THREE fully funded PhD positions are available 

Position 1: Context Awareness Enhancement of Physical layer Security Schemes in Multi-user 6G Wireless Networks

Position re-advertised
Application Deadline: 15 September 2023
Start Date: 1 February 2023

Position 2: Machine Learning-assisted Compressive Antenna Optimization for Millimeter-wave Wireless Channels

Position offered
Application Deadline: 28 February 2023
Start Date: 1 October 2023

Position 3: Advanced Beamforming Hardware at Millimeter-waves: Antenna Design Choice and Characterization

Position offered
Application Deadline: 28 February 2023
Start Date: 1 October 2023

Research Interests

Device physics level

  • Microwave/millimeter-wave Active/passive antennas 
  • Metamaterials and transformation electromagnetics
  • Beamformers and multi-antenna systems
  • Computational electromagnetics & Multiphysics

Higher Level Telecoms

  • Millimeter-wave channels
  • Multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) systems
  • Smart cooperative networks: like body area
  • Physical-layer security schemes
Modeling and Algorithms:
  • AI-inspired applied electromagnetism
  • Antenna array optimization (application specific )


PhD Supervisor for: 

  • Larmour, Christopher, 75.00%, 30/09/2021 → …
  • Zhang, Jiaming, 25.00%, 07/09/2022 → …
  • Li, Aobo, 25.00%, 01/04/2022 → …
  • Alali, Bader Saad F, 25.00%, 01/04/2022 → …
  • Ebadi, Zohreh, 10.00%, 07/09/2022 → …
  • Petit, Barnabas, 25.00%, 01/06/2023 → …


ELE3037 - High Frequency Systems Techniques
ELE2040 - Communications (Electromegnetics and Antennas)

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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