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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
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Phone: 024 765 22223

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guo2Weisi is an innovative researcher and engineering professional, with over 12 years experience in both academia and industry. His research in networks, complexity, and information have won numerous international awards and he currently leads a team of 12 researchers to achieve new breakthroughs bridging engineering, computer science, and social physics. Weisi has seen significant success over recent years: £1.7M funding as PI to host, published over 100 papers (55 journal papers with total IF 180+), and accumulated over 1400 citations (h-index 18). He holds an IET Innovation Award and been twice a runner-up in the Bell Labs Prize.

Weisi graduated from the University of Cambridge with MEng (2005), MA, Ph.D. degrees (2011). Since then:

  • In 2012, Guo joined the University of Warwick, where he continued his research into efficient capacity scaling for 4G/5G networks, and now focuses on data-driven network design and optimization.
  • In 2013, Guo began investigating synthetic molecular communications for future nano-systems, and he was part of the team that prototyped the world’s first system (with A. Eckford at York & N. Farsad at Stanford) [Link] (Top 10% Cited Paper, Bell Labs Prize F'14, IET Innovation Award'15).
  • In 2016, Guo became interested in the stability of dynamic interaction networks and developed a network theory to quantify the geography of conflicts [Link] (Bell Labs Prize SF'16). He now continues this work with Sir A. Wilson at the Alan Turing Institute, where he is exploring the relationship between functional-topological stability coupling and fuzzy community boundaries [Link] (BBC News Coverage [Link]).

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
Research Areas

cpI head the DEN Lab with 5 post-doctoral research fellows, 2 research assistants, and 6 PhD students between Warwick and the Alan Turing Institute. I am part of the global alliance for urban science (CUSP), and EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Urban Science (WISC). To that end, I am actively involved in developing appropriate data collection and complex network modeling methods for cities, critical infrastructures, as well as designing novel communication networks for hostile environments.

My 3 research areas and representative outputs are:

1) Machine Learning in 5G Networks: reinforcement learning, data-driven deployment, stochastic geometry, device-to-device networking;
  • "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, 2015 [Link]
  • "Iunius: A Cross Layer Peer-to-Peer System with Device-to-Device Communications," IEEE Trans. Wireless Communications, 2016 [Link]
  • "Dynamic Cell Expansion with Self-Organizing Cooperation," IEEE J. on Sel. Areas in Com. (JSAC), 2013 [Link]
2) Resilience in Complex Networks: stability & resilience, coupled human-engineering systems, urban informatics, social physics, conflict prediction;
  • "The Spatial Ecology of War and Peace," arXiv, 2017 [preprint]
  • "Global Network Centrality of University Rankings," Royal Society Open Science, 2017 [Link][Media][Cover Feature]
3) Molecular Communications: bio-inspired signal processing, experimentation, security, 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]
  • "Local Convexity Inspired Low-complexity Noncoherent Signal Detector for Molecular Communications," IEEE Trans. on Com., 2016 [Link]

Current Team at DEN Lab

Full details of research and PhD & 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
  • DSTL: Molecular Communications for Electromagnetic-Denied Environments, PI, 2017-18, £90k
  • 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:

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

Recent News:

Jan [Grant] H2020 MSCA-IF: Mo-IoNT - Molecular Internet-of-Nano-Things, PI (SiC), L. Lin (IF), 792799, 2018-20 [Link]

Jan [Conference] Twitter Usage Across Industry: a Spatiotemporal Analysis, to appear in IEEE Big Data Service.

Jan [Journal] Asynchronous Device Detection for Cognitive Device-to-Device Communications, to appear in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.

Jan [Journal] One Symbol Blind Synchronization in SIMO Molecular Communication Systems, IEEE Wireless Communications Letters [Link].

Jan [Journal] RACH Preamble Repetition in NB-IoT Network, IEEE Communications Letters [Link].

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

Dec [Impact] Excited to have contributed to the Turing's evidence to National Infrastructure Commission's Report on Data for Public Good [Link]


Nov [Journal] Global Centrality of University Rankings, cover feature in Royal Society Open Science [Link], featured also in Times Higher Education [Link].


Oct [Journal] Bacteria Relay for Energy Efficient Molecular Comms., cover feature in IEEE Transactions on NanoBioScience [Link].