Professor Jie Zhang

PhD, MEng

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Chair in Wireless Systems

Communications Research Group

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Professor Jie Zhang
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

I have held the Chair in Wireless Systems at the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Sheffield since Jan. 2011.

Prior to joining Sheffield, I had studied/worked with Imperial College London, Oxford University and University of Bedfordshire, becoming a Lecturer, Reader and Professor in 2002, 2005 and 2006 respectively.

I received MEng and PhD in Industrial Automation from East China University of Science and Technology in 1992 and 1995.

Along with my students/colleagues, I have pioneered research in femto/small cell and HetNets and published some of the earliest and most cited papers/book in these topics, e.g., "OFDMA femtocells: A roadmap on interference avoidance", "Enhanced inter-cell interference coordination challenges in heterogeneous networks", and "Femtocells: technologies and deployment".

As of 01 June 2018, my Google scholar citations were over 5700, with an H-Index of 30.

I am a co-founder and Board Director of RANPLAN , which is listed on NASDAQ First North stock exchange and produces a suite of world leading in-building DAS, indoor-outdoor small cell/HetNet network design and optimisation tools including Ranplan Professional, Tablet and Manager that have been used by the largest telecom equipment manufacturers and mobile operators across the globe.

I am also the founder of Cambridge AI+ Ltd.

Since 2005, I have been awarded over 20 grants by the EPSRC, Innovate UK, Eurostars, and the EC FP6/FP7/H2020, including some of world’s earliest research projects on femtocell/HetNets. My share in these grants is over £10M.

My current research interests include the application of AI and machine learning in virtualised 5G RAN, data-driven proactive network optimisation, millimetre wave small cell communications in the built environments, and modelling and design of smart environments.

I welcome talented researchers to join my team to work on some exciting research projects that will change the world.

  • PhD, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China
  • MEng, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China
Research interests
  • 5G radio access technologies
  • Data analytics for social and mobile networks
  • Modelling, analysis and optimisation of small cell and heterogeneous networks (HetNets)
  • Millimetre wave communications in the built environments
  • Modelling and design of smart environments


  • Zhang J & Roche GDL (2009) Femtocells: Technologies and Deployment. Wiley. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


Conference proceedings papers



  • Yang S, Zhang Z, Zhang J, Chu X & Zhang J (2022) Adaptive Modulation for Wobbling UAV Air-to-Ground Links in Millimeter-wave Bands. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Lagkas T, Eleftherakis G, Dimopoulos K & Zhang J (2018) Signal strength based scheme for following mobile IoT devices in dynamic environments, arXiv. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gao Y, Hu H, Wu Y, Chu X & Zhang J (2018) Energy Efficient and Fair Resource Allocation for LTE-Unlicensed Uplink Networks: A Two-sided Matching Approach with Partial Information, arXiv. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Guo W, Wang S, Chu X, Chen J, Song H & Zhang J (2013) Automated Small-Cell Deployment for Heterogeneous Cellular Networks, arXiv. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching activities
  • EEE6432 Wireless Packet Data Networks and Protocol
Professional activities and memberships
  • Professor (Chair) of Wireless Systems
  • Founder and Director of Centre for Wireless Network Design
  • Co-founder, Ranplan Wireless
  • Board of Director, Ranplan Holdings Ltd
Research students
Student Degree Status Primary/Secondary
Davenport C J PhD Graduated Primary
Lan T PhD Graduated Primary
Liu Y PhD Graduated Primary
Tu X MPhil Graduated Primary
Long L PhD Graduated Secondary
zhu F PhD Graduated Secondary