Professor Jie Zhang
Tel: +44 (0)114 22 25380
Research Group: Communications
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.