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Dr Weisi Guo

Associate Professor

turingHead of Data Embedded Networks (DEN) Lab
Alan Turing Institute - Turing Fellow & Group Leader
University of Cambridge: MEng, MA, PhD


NYU_newCo-Lead for Research Theme on Cities
New York University (NYU) - CUSP
Warwick Institute for Science of Cities (EPSRC CDT)

F329, School of Engineering,DEN_Lab1 University of Warwick,
West Midlands, CV4 7AL
weisi.guo [AT]
wguo [AT]
Phone: 024 765 22223

Support & Feedback Hours: Mon (1-2pm), Tue (2-3pm)
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guo2Weisi is an innovative researcher and engineering professional, with over 10 years experience in both academia and industry. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with MEng (2005), MA, Ph.D. degrees (2011). His applied research is underpinned by fundamental breakthroughs in network science, communication theory, and signal processing. He has won numerous international awards and currently leads a team to achieve new breakthroughs by bridging engineering, computer science, and social physics. Over the past few years, he is PI to £1.7m funding to host institution, has published over 100 papers, holds an IET Innovation Award and been twice a runner-up in the Bell Labs Prize.

In his private life, his experiences include working in UNHCR refugee camps in Africa, being part of the victorious Cambridge Varsity archery team (2002), solo climbed two of the highest sub-continent peaks, and served as badminton captains at Cambridge and Sheffield. He has also completed the full London (2007) and full Sahara (2010) marathons.

Data-Embedded-Networks (DEN) Lab

cpMy DEN Lab currently hosts 5 post-doctoral research fellows and 7 Ph.D. students and operates between the University of Warwick and the Alan Turing Institute. It is part of the global alliance for urban science (CUSP), and EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Urban Science (WISC). The lab works with a number of commercial and government bodies to deliver impact. The research areas, representative outputs, team members, and selected active grants are given below.

1) Machine Learning in 5G Networks: reinforcement learning, data-driven deployment, stochastic geometry:
  • "Learning-based Spectrum Sharing and Spatial Reuse in mm-Wave Ultra Dense Networks," IEEE Trans. Vehicular Tech., 2017 [Link]
  • "Estimating Mobile Traffic Demand using Twitter," IEEE Wireless Com. Letters, 2016 [Link]
  • "Dynamic Cell Expansion with Self-Organizing Cooperation," IEEE J. on Sel. Areas in Com. (JSAC), 2013 [Link]
2) Resilience in Complex Networks: resilience, coupled human-engineering systems, urban social physics, conflict prediction;
  • "The Spatial Ecology of War and Peace," arXiv, 2017 [preprint]
  • "Spatial Dynamics of Gang Confrontation in Medellin," arXiv, 2018 [preprint]
  • "Global Network Centrality of University Rankings," Royal Society Open Science, 2017 [Link][Media][Cover Feature]
3) Molecular Communications: bio-inspired signal processing, experimentation, secrecy, Internet of Nano-Things;
  • "Tabletop Molecular Communication: Text Messages Through Chemical Signals," PLOS ONE, 2013 [Link][Media][Top 10% Cited Paper]
  • "Analyzing Large-Scale Multiuser Molecular Communication via 3D Stochastic Geometry," IEEE Trans. MBMC, 2017 [Link]
  • "Bacterial Relay for Energy Efficient Molecular Communications," IEEE Trans. NanoBioscience, 2017 [Link][Cover Feature]
Current Team

*Indicates primary supervisor.
Full details of research and Ph.D. & Post-Doc opportunities at DEN Lab can be found here.

Selected Active Projects

Total grant value as PI to host: £1.7m (incl. 13+ Post-Doc Years)

  • EPSRC: CoTRE - Complexity Twin for Resilient Ecosystems, PI, Link, 2018-20, £238k
  • H2020: DAWN4IoE - Data Aware Wireless Network for IoE, Coordinator, 2017-21, €270k (Total: €1.1M)
  • H2020: Mo-IoNT - Molecular Internet-of-Nano-Things, 2018-20, €195k
  • InnovateUK: ODIN - Online Data Integrated Network, PI, Link, 2017-2020, £199k
  • Turing: GUARD - Global Urban Analytics for Resilient Defence, PI, Link, 2017-19, £250k
  • Turing: CHANCE - Coupled Human And Natural Critical Ecosystems, PI, Link, 2017-20, £290k
  • USAF: MolSig - Molecular Signalling in Complex Environments, PI, Link, 2017-21, $166k
Sticky News:

ME[News Coverage]: BBC Gordon Corera's Interview of my work with Sir Alan Wilson on global conflict prediction using network science [Link].

Recent News:

May 23 [Workshop] Excited to have been able to co-host with Liz the LRF DCE and EPSRC ENCORE+ funded workshop on AI for infrastructure monitoring at the Alan Turing Institute.

May 18 [Workshop] Excited to have been able to co-host with Nils and Kristian the ESRC funded workshop on forecasting political violence.

May [Preprint] Spatial Dynamics of Gang Confrontation in Medellin, arXiv [Link]

Apr [Preprint] Universal Model-Free Information Extraction, arXiv [Link]

Apr [Editorship] Happy to serve as associate editor to the award-winning IEEE Access [Link].

Apr [Journal] Data-Driven Deployment and Cooperative Self-Organization in Ultra-Dense Small Cell Networks, to appear in IEEE Access.

Mar [Grant] EPSRC: CoTRE - Complexity Twin for Resilient Ecosystems, PI, EP/R041725/1, 2018-20 [Link]