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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom


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    I received the BEng and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering from Southwest Jiaotong University, China, in 1982 and 1985, respectively. I did research on channel coding for digital communication systems at the University of Manchester, and was awarded the PhD degree in 1995.

    I am a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Power Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science. I am the Head of the Adaptive Communications Networks Research Group and Head of Wireless Communications – 5G Research Group in Aston Institution of Photonic Technology. I have published more than 120 academic papers in journals and international conferences, including IEEE Transactions papers on Information Theory, Wireless Communications, Vehicular Technology, and Circuits and Systems for Video Technology. I am the Senior Member of IEEE. My research interests include wireless communications & networking, mobile networks (4G/5G), connected & autonomous vehicles, video streaming and quality assessment.  

    Research Projects/Collaborations

    I have led more than 15 research projects sponsored by research councils such as EPSRC, Royal Academy of Engineering, and industries such as British Telecom (BT), Xyratex, BlackBerry, BAE Systems, Jaguar Land Rover, and Highways England. For example:

    * Robust Vehicular Communications with 5G (EPSRC, Highways England, 2017-21)

    * An Integrated Intra-Vehicle Wireless Sensor Network (Jaguar Land Rover, 2017-19)

    * Optimising Resource Utilisation Efficiency in Wireless Mobile Networks (BlackBerry, 2011-15)

    * Mobiles into Falcon (BAE, 2014)

    * Simulation Platform for Mobile Cellular Networks in the HSPA Environment (BlackBerry, 2013)

    * Evaluating and Improving Performance of Video Content Distribution in Lossy Networks (Xyratex, 2007-2010)

    * Combining Wireless sensor networks with Knowledge based Engineering for e-health (RAE, 2010)

    * Models and Performance of Wireless Multiple-Antenna Systems (BT, 2006-2009)

    * Optimised Data Storage Caching with High Availability Data Delivery within a Distributed Storage Network (EPSRC, 2005-2008)

    * Cooperative Relaying in Broadband Wireless Access Networks (BT, 2006)

    * Efficient Trellis Decoding and Soft-Decision Decoder for Mobile Communications (EPSRC, 1999-2002)


    Ph.D.  Digital Communications, University of Manchester, 1995
    MSc.  Electrical Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, 1985 
    BEng. Electrical Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, 1982

    Teaching Activity

    I am teaching the following modules:

    * Radio Systems and Personal Communication Networks (MSc)

    * Mobile Data Networks (MSc)

    * Radio Systems and Personal Communication Networks (BEng)


    Modules taught previously:

    * Information Theory and Coding (MSc)

    * Advanced Communication Systems (MSc)

    * Telecommunication and Broadband Systems (BEng)

    * Digital Transmission (BEng)

    * Digital Circuits (BEng)


    I am the coordinator of Guest Lecture, delivered by industrial specialists on a wide range of topics such as:

    * Think small, think infinite: Technology futures in data processing and storage.

    * From Collar Stud to Cloud: The Evolution of Telecommunications Network Technologies

    * A Complex and Distributed Computer Network, Programmed as a Car

    * Do We Need 5G?

    * From stone tablets to 5G mobile. What next?

    * Future Enterprise Telecommunications Networks and Services.

    * Improving Your Commercial Skills.

    * Engineering in a complex environment.

    * High Dynamic Range Television.

    * Unregulated Wireless.

    * Commercial Skills and Product Development.

    * The Impact of Implementing Green Electric Cars


    PhD Supervision

    *  I have successfully supervised eight PhD students and one MSc-by-Research student so far as the main supervisor.

    *  I have five PhD students currently under my supervision (as main supervisor for three and associate supervisor for two).

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    *  Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineer (SMIEEE).

    *  Member of the IEEE ComSoc Signal Processing for Communications and Electronics Technical Committee (SPCE TC).

    *  Member of EPSRC Peer Review Colleg.

    *  Editorial Board Member of IET Journal on Wireless Sensor Systems.


    Contact Details

    Phone number:  +44 (0)121 2043527
    Room number:  N519

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    Research Output

    Adaptive cooperative communications for enhancing QoS in vehicular networks

    Osman, R. A., Peng, X. & Omar, M. A., 1 Jun 2019, In : Physical Communication. 34, p. 285-294 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Improving Emergency Collision Avoidance with Vehicle to Vehicle Communications

    Knowles Flanagan, S., He, J. & Peng, X. H., 22 Jan 2019, Proceedings - 20th International Conference on High Performance Computing and Communications, 16th International Conference on Smart City and 4th International Conference on Data Science and Systems, HPCC/SmartCity/DSS 2018. IEEE, p. 1322-1329 8 p. 8622958

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

  • Energy Efficiency and Achievable Data Rate of Device-to-Device Communications in Cellular Networks

    Osman, R. A., Peng, X-H. & Tang, Z., 1 Feb 2018, 2017 IEEE International Conference on Internet of Things (iThings) and IEEE Green Computing and Communications (GreenCom) and IEEE Cyber, Physical and Social Computing (CPSCom) and IEEE Smart Data (SmartData). IEEE

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

  • Point-to-point channel modelling within offshore wind farms

    Mbogo, J., Peng, X. H. & Tang, Z., 29 Sep 2018, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing. Springer, p. 201-210 10 p. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; vol. 797).

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

    Open Access
  • Design concept evaluation based on rough number and information entropy theory

    Hu, J., Zhu, G., Qi, J., Peng, Y. & Peng, X., 21 Jul 2016, Proceedings - 2015 IEEE 12th International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing, 2015 IEEE 12th International Conference on Advanced and Trusted Computing, 2015 IEEE 15th International Conference on Scalable Computing and Communications, 2015 IEEE International Conference on Cloud and Big Data Computing, 2015 IEEE International Conference on Internet of People and Associated Symposia/Workshops, UIC-ATC-ScalCom-CBDCom-IoP 2015. Ma, J., Yang, L. T., Ning, H. & Li, A. (eds.). Piscataway, NJ (US): IEEE, p. 1425-1431 7 p.

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

    Open Access
  • Thesis

    An efficient cluster-based service model for vehicular ad-hoc networks on motorways

    Author: Shi, Y., 2017

    Supervisor: Peng, X. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science (by Research)


    An evaluation of TCP over wired-to-wireless networks

    Author: Taank, R., 2008

    Supervisor: Peng, X. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Evaluating and improving the performance of video content distribution in lossy networks

    Author: Porter, T. R., 2010

    Supervisor: Peng, X. (Supervisor) & Holding, D. J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    H264 data partitioned video streaming

    Author: Haywood, R., 2009

    Supervisor: Peng, X. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Models and performances of wireless MIMO and cooperative communication systems

    Author: Zhang, G., Jul 2009

    Supervisor: Peng, X. (Supervisor) & Gu, X. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy