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Please Note: There are NO opportunities for internships as such schemes do not fit at all well with our academic year as they fall right in the middle of examinations and marking. Also, there is no funding for such a placement here.


For the Mathematicians out there:

Erdös Number = 6 (Mark S Leeson -> Ioan Grosu -> E. Atlee Jackson -> Alfred W. Hübler -> Michael Baym -> Douglas B. West -> Paul Erdős)

Less formal route = 4 (Mark S Leeson -> Sadie Creese -> A. W. Roscoe -> Mary Ellen Rudin -> P. Erdös)

Research Interests

Mark is a member of the Connected Systems Research Group.

His current major research interests are:

Communication Systems

Optical Wireless, Optical Networks, Coding Schemes, Modulation Formats, Emergent Behaviour, Applications of Machine Learning.

Network Coding Link opens in a new window

An exciting EPSRC project (EP/F033591/1 Network Coding via Evolutionary AlgorithmsLink opens in a new window) produced some interesting and significant results [Hu et al., Computers and Operations Research, 39(5), 952-963, 2012].

Complex Systems

The EU Outgoing International Fellowship Project (PIOF-GA-2011299725), Integrated Risk Governance via Spatial Complexity Inspired Models and Algorithms (IRGSCIMA)Link opens in a new window (Engineering web pageLink opens in a new window) supported Dr Xiaobing Hu working with the State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology at Beijing Normal UniversityLink opens in a new window.

Current Research Supervision 

PhD -First Supervisor

Name Project Year Second Supervisor Funding
Sami AlSaadi Intrusion Detection for Software-Defined Networks 3rd N/A Self
Dyah Agustika Early Detection of Pepper Yellow Leaf Curl Virus-Infected Chilli Plants Submitted

Dr D Iliescu

Home Government


PhD -Second Supervisor 

Name Project First supervisor Year Funding
Yulin Wang Optical Fibre Systems

Dr T Xu

1st Self
Yifei Wu Optical Fibre Triggering for Power Electronics

Prof. L Ran

Prof. P Mawby

4th Renewable Energy Catapult


Previous Research Supervision as First Supervisor (and as Second SupervisorLink opens in a new window)

Student Degree Year Thesis
Tertsegha Joseph Anande PhD 2024

Machine Learning for Network Traffic Generation and Classification

Al-Amin Umar PhD 2021

Non-line of Sight Underwater Optical Wireless Communications


Baohua (Edward) Shao PhD 2020

Predictive Smart Relaying Schemes for Decentralized Wireless Systems

Zichao (Enzo) Rong PhD 2019

Terahertz Communications at the Nanoscale

Jennifer Jackson PhD 2018

A Biodiversity Approach to Cyber Security

Yangzhe (Roy) Liao PhD 2017

System Design and Performance Analysis of Wireless Body Area Networks

Chenyao Bai PhD 2016 Error Control in Bacterial Quorum Communications
Alaa Al Sebae PhD 2016 Network Coding for Computer Networking
Tony Mo PhD 2015 Deterministic Ethernet for Safety Critical Applications
Joe Yu PhD 2014 Urban VANET Performance Optimisation
Lalith Karunarathne PhD 2013 Network Coding via Evolutionary Algorithms
Ade Awoye PhD 2013 Predistortion as a Cost-Effective Means to Tackle Nonlinearity in Radio over Fibre Links
Hüseyin Kusetoğullari PhD 2012 Network Routing Optimization and Effective Multimedia Transmision to Enhance QoS in Communication Networks
Shaobo Sun* PhD 2011 Coding and Modulation for Spectral Slicing
Kai Cui+ PhD 2010 Performance Enhancing Codes for Spectral Amplitude O-CDMA
Pingfan Wang MPhil 2007 Optimization of AP Placement and Channel Assignment in Wireless LANs
Ioannis Pavlosoglou PhD 2006 Emergence in the Security of Protocols for Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks
Ridha Rejeb PhD 2006 Fault and Attack Management in All-Optical Networks
Lei Xue PhD 2005 Internet Connection Method for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks
Dimitrios Delivasilis PhD 2004 Data Security for Third Generation Telecommunication Systems
Mike Handley PhD 2002 Dynamic Wavelength Assignment in WDM Passive Optical Networks
Yousif Jamro PhD 2001 Wavelength Conversion Technologies for All-Optical WDM Networks

*Winner of 2005 IET MSc Prize

+Winner of 2009 National Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Chinese Students Study Abroad by the China Scholarship Council 


Research Opportunities

As I am retiring at the end of September 2024, I am no longer accepting PhD students.