Professor Jie Zhang

Professor of Wireless Systems


Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 5380

JIE ZHANG joined the Communications Group, the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Sheffield to take a Chair in Wireless Systems, in Jan. 2011.

His research interests cover radio propagation, indoor-outdoor radio network planning and optimisation, femtocell, self-organising network (SON), smart building, smart city and smart grids etc. Since 2003, as the Principal Investigator, he has been awarded 17 projects worth over £4.0 million (his share) by the EPSRC, the European Commission (FP6/FP7) and the industry etc. He was/is a Co-Investigator of two EPSRC-funded projects on femtocell and (B)4G mobile communications. These projects are centred on new radio propagation models, UMTS/HSPA /LTE/WiMAX simulation, planning and optimization, indoor radio network design and femtocells.

He received his MEng and PhD degrees from the Department of Automatic Control and Electronic Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China.

From the beginning of 1997 to the end of 2001, he was a postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London (UCL), Centre for Process Systems Engineering, Imperial College London, the Department of Engineering Science, Oxford University, and a Software Engineer with Aircom.

From Jan. 2002 to Jan. 2011, he was with the Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Bedfordshire (UoB), UK, first as a Senior Lecturer, then becoming Reader in Wireless Communications and Professor of Wireless Communications and Networks in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

He is an Area Editor of Computer Communications (Elsevier) and an Associate Editor of Telecommunication Systems (Springer).

He has been a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College since 2006 and frequently takes part in proposal evaluation for EU Framework Program and a number of foreign national research councils.

Since 2006, he has published over 100 papers in referred journals (e.g., IEEE Trans. on WC/Communications/Antenna and Propagation/Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE JSAC/Comm. Mag./Network/Comm. Lett./Signal Processing Lett., IET Communications, Wireless Networks, …) and conferences. He is a lead author of the first technical book on femtocell – “Femtocells: Technologies and Deployment” (Wiley, Jan. 2010). He and his colleagues published the first two papers on OFDMA femtocell, a widely referenced paper on OFDMA femtocell interference avoidance and some early work on femtocell self-organisation and some known work in indoor<-> outdoor radio propagation etc.

Prof. Zhang founded CWiND (Centre for Wireless Network Design) in 2006. With his students and colleagues he developed CWiND into a well known and world leading research group in radio propagation modelling, indoor, outdoor, indoor-outdoor radio network planning and optimisation, femtocell, and SON etc, in a short time. For more information about the work of the CWiND team, see the link in the box on the right.

He constantly looks for talented researchers to join the team. If you think you fall into that category, please contact him for possible PhD, postdoc and visiting opportunities.

He and his colleagues are interested in joint EU FP7 project applications in LTE-Advanced, ICT for energy, femtocells, smart building, smart city and smart grids and believe the group can contribute significantly in these areas. If you feel we can contribute, please contact.