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Data-Embedded-Networks (DEN) Lab


Welcome to the Data-Embedded-Networks (DEN) Lab, part of the Connected Systems Group (CSG). Here, my team and I work at the intersection between data analytics and network science for applications in critical infrastructures, smart cities, and multi-scale communication systems. My lab's mandate is simple: “To use data and network analysis to fundamentally improve the world by 10x.”

The DEN Lab has been awarded over £1.7m in funding (13+ post-doc years) and very grateful for its public funders: EPSRC, EC H2020, Royal Society, British Council, InnovateUK, DSTL, USAF, Lloyd's Register Foundation, NSFC, Alan Turing Institute, as well as commercial support from Ranplan. Details of research grants can be found Here.

Research Strands




Lab Members

My research team started in 2013 and continues to grow. Below is a list of current members:

Research Fellows
  1. Alessio Pagani* (Turing: LRF funded CHANCE grant) - coupled resilience in human and natural critical ecosystems
  2. Weijie Qi* (Ranplan: InnovateUK funded ODIN grant) - big data and machine learning for future 5G networks
  3. Gerardo Aquino* (Turing: D&S funded GUARD grant) - conflict prediction using statistical physics
  4. Giannis Moutsinas* (EPSRC funded CoTRE grant) - the resilience of networked complex systems
  5. Lin Lin* (EC H2020 MSCA Fellowship) - molecular communications for Internet-of-Nano-Things

Past Research Assistants/Fellows (3): Iresha Atthanayake* (2017-18), Siavash Esfahani* (2017-18), Ahmad Al-Shami* (2014-15)

Ph.D. Students
  1. Neha Gupta (EPSRC CDT: WISC) - smart city intelligence using Twitter and urban GIS data, with Prof. Jarvis, 2014-18
  2. Guillem Mosquera* (EPSRC CDT: MathSys) - network interactions of human ecosystems, with Dr. Johnson, 2015-19
  3. Aseel Alturki (EPSRC CDT: WISC] - complex networks for critical transport infrastructures, with Prof. Jarvis, 2016-20
  4. Arya Pamuncak (Indonesian Gov.) - deep learning for structural health monitoring, with Dr. Laory, 2016-20
  5. Mahmoud Abbaszadeh* (USAF funded MolSig grant) - molecular communication in complex environments, with Prof. Thomas, 2017-21
  6. Maria Liatsikou* (EPSRC CDT: WISC) - complex water delivery & nexus systems, with Prof. Guymer & Dr. Denissenko, 2017-21
  7. Andra Sonea (EPSRC CDT: WISC) - complex financial system networks, with Prof. Jarvis, 2017-21
  8. Lanting Zha - DNA modulation and coding, with Dr. Elkashlan at QMUL, 2017-21
  9. Vacancy (LRF funded ICON-23 grant) - molecular tagging for nano-scale security and safety, with Dr. Eckford at York, 2018-22

Past Ph.D. Students (2):

  1. Song Qiu* (2013-2017, IEEE ComSoc Best Ph.D. Project 2nd Prize, now research fellow on EC H2020 project)
  2. Hu Yuan* (2012-2016, now research fellow on EPSRC project)

*indicates primary supervisor

Awards in the DEN Lab

A number of academic achievements and awards were won in the past few years, including:

  • Semi-Finalist in Bell Labs Prize 2016
  • IET Award Winner 2015: Communications Category
  • IEEE Best Paper 2014: IEEE CSNDSP Conference (top 1%)
  • IEEE ComSoc Ph.D. Student 2014 - 2nd Prize: Communication Technologies Changing the World (top 5%)
  • Finalist in Bell Labs Prize 2014 (top 2%)

Opportunities at DEN Lab

If you are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in one of the above areas of research. Please

  • Step A - Self Check: I only consider students who have one or more of the following attributes:
    1) graduate from a top university; 2) strong publications at masters level; 3) awards for skills in certain areas
  • Step B - Email me directly with your interest and engage me in a conversation on:
    1) why you want to do a Ph.D. with me, 2) what topics interest you, and 3) your ambitions in 5-10 years.
  • Step C - Funding Opportunities: I will engage you in a conversation on scholarship opportunities (see below).

If all is agreed, you should officially apply in confidence after Step C. Doctoral degrees with me can be highly theoretical, or industrially applied.

Ph.D. Funding Pathways

Warwick University - Chancellor's International Scholarship
Chinese Scholarship Council
Alan Turing Institute

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunities

If you are interested in pursuing a PD fellowship with me, please contact me directly. There are many funding bodies in Warwick, nationally, and internationally; and I would expect that you already have a strong idea of the main thesis of the fellowship. Opportunities:

Leverhulme Fellowship
Marie Curie Fellowship
Research Grants

Professional Activities

Grant Evaluator/Reviewer
H2020 (EU)
NSERC (Canada)
Leverhulme (UK)

IEEE 1906.1-2015 - Recommended Practice for Nanoscale and Molecular Communication Framework

IEEE Access: Associate Editor
IEEE Journal on Selected Areas of Communications (JSAC'14) -- MBMC Series: Guest Editor

General Chair / Organizer
CUSP Workshop on Mobile Sensing, New York, USA, 19-22 Mar 2013
EAI Int. Conference on Sensor Systems and Software, Coventry, United Kingdom, Oct 2014

Track, Symposium, and TPC Chair
IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC'20) -- MBMC Track, Dublin, Ireland
IEEE International Conference on Computer and Information Technology (CIT'15) - 1 Symposium, Liverpool, UK
IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC'13) -- 3 Symposiums, Shanghai, China

Technical Program Committee Member
IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom'18) -- MBMC Track, Abu Dhabi
IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC'18) -- WCS Track, CT Track, Kansas, USA
IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom'17) -- MBMC Track, Singapore
IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC'17) -- MBMC Track, Paris, France
IEEE Big Data Conference 2013 -- 1 Workshop, New York, USA
IEEE Global Communication Conference (Globecom'12) -- 1 Workshop, California, USA
IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC-Spring'12) -- 1 Workshop, Yokohama, Japan

Standards Workshop
European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI'12) Energy Efficiency Workshop in Genoa, Italy