Dr Wei Liu (BSc, LLB, MPhil, PhD, CiLT, SMIEEE)

I received my BSc in Space Physics (minor in Electronics) in 1996 and LLB in Intellectual Property Law in1997 from Peking University, China (I passed the Lawyer Qualification Examination of China in 1997 and practised as a trainee lawyer and then received my full lawyer's licence in 1999), MPhil from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Hong Kong, in 2001, PhD in 2003 from the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, U.K. I then worked as a postdoc first in Southampton and later in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London. In September 2005, I joined the Communications Research Group, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Sheffield as a lecturer, and then promoted  to senior lecturer in January 2015.

My research interests cover a wide range of topics in signal processing, with a focus on sensor (antenna, hydrophone, microphone, seismometer, etc.) array signal processing (beamforming and source separation/extraction, direction of arrival estimation, target tracking and localisation, etc.), and its various applications, such as robotics and autonomous vehicles, human computer interface, big data analytics, radar, sonar, satellite navigation, and wireless communications.

I received two “Best Paper" awards (“Improving SSVEP-BCI Performance Using Pre-Trial Normalization Methods” from the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Infocommunications, and “Reduced Complexity MIMO Receiver with Real-Valued Beamforming” from the 2015 15th IEEE International Conference on Computer and Information Technology), and one “Excellent Paper" award (“Robust DOA Estimation for a MIMO Array Using Two Calibrated Transmit Sensors” from the 2013 IET International Radar Conference).

A brief list of my professional memberships and activities:

  1. Senior Member of IEEE, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the UK.
  2. Associate editor for IEEE Trans. Signal Processing (IEEE TSP) (03/2015 to present) and IEEE Access (04/2016 to present).
  3. Editorial board member for the journal Frontiers of Information Technology & Electronic Engineering (FITEE) (01/2016 to present).
  4. Guest editor for the IEEE Access Special Section: “Emerging Trends, Issues and Challenges for Array Signal Processing and Its Applications in Smart City” (2018). 
  5. Lead guest editor for a special issue of the International Journal of Antennas and Propagation: “Recent Advances in Design and Signal Processing for Antenna Arrays” (2015).
  6. Elected member/Vice-Chair of the Sensor Array and Multichannel Technical Committee (SAMTC) of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (member from 01/2017 and Vice-Chair from 01/2019).
  7. Elected member of the Digital Signal Processing Technical Committee (DSPTC) of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (05/2015 to present).
  8. Half-day  tutorial entitled "Wideband Beamforming for Next-Generation Wireless Communication Systems" at the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), Florence, Italy, 27-30 May 2018.
  9. General Co-Chair of the 2018 IEEE Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing Workshop, Sheffield, UK. 
  10. Workshop Chair of the International Conference on Recent Advances on Signal Processing, Telecommunications, and Computing (SigTelCom), Da Nang, Vietnam, 2017.
  11. Registration Chair for the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC2015), London, UK.
  12. Publications Chair of the 2009 European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO2009), Glasgow, UK.
  13. Organizer of the special sessions “Sparse Array Design and Its Applications” at the 10th IEEE International Workshop on Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing, Sheffield, UK, 2018, and “Tensor/Hypercomplex Numbers and Their Applications in Signal Processing” at the 2014 19th International Conference on Digital Signal Processing (DSP), Hong Kong.
  14. Regular reviewer for all major journals in areas related to signal processing, such as IEEE TSP, IEEE SPL, IEEE TALSP, IEEE TAP, IEEE TAES, Elsevier SP, Elsevier DSP, and IET SP.
  15. Technical programme committee (TPC) member (or similar role, or session chair) for more than 60 international conferences, such as IEEE ICASSP, EUSIPCO, DSP, IEEE VTC, IEEE GLOBECOME, IEEE ICC, IEEE WCNC.
  16. External examiner for universities in the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, Canada, India and Pakistan.

You can click the following links for my Google scholar profile, my Researcher ID profile, my Scopus profile, my ResearchGate profile, my publication list, and fundings received from various sources such as UK DSTL, TSB, and European Commission.

If you are interested in studying for your PhD under my supervision, please send me your CV and academic transcripts by email and I will reply to you as soon as possible.

Administrative Duties:

Postgraduate Taught Programme Selector (from 2015), Postgraduate Taught Admissions Tutor (2007-2015), Departmental Tutorial Coordinator (2005-2011).

Teaching Duties:

EEE6222 Communication Principles (15 Credits) (18/19-present)

EEE339 Digital Engineering (20 credits, my part 10 credits) (13/14-17/18)

EEE6222 Communication Priciples (15 credits, my part 7.5 credits) (16/17-17/18)

EEE6222 Communication Principles (15 credits, my part 10 credits) (15/16)

EEE6209 Advanced Signal Processing (15 credits, my part 7.5 credits) (14/15)

EEE6222 Communication Principles (15 credits) (14/15)

EEE6400 Communication Principles (10 credits) (05//06-13/14)

EEE309/6033 Digital Signal Processing (10 credits) (08/09-13/14)

EEE6440 Advanced Signal Processing (10 credits, my part 5 credits) (11/12-13/14)

First-year lab session “Spectrum Analysis” (08/09-13/14)

Second-year lab session “Simulation of a Communication System Using MATLAB”, (05/06-10/11)

Module leader for Digital Signal Processing for the NCUK PG Cert Electronic Engineering programme (09/2009-09/2010)

Current Research Students:

Z. Wan: No-coherent array signal processing (2018-present).

J Zhang: Beamforming for millimetre wave communications (2018-present).

Z. Qi: Smart antenna techniques for millimeter wave communications (2016-present) 

X. Lan: Vector sensor array signal processing (2015-present) 

Current Postdoctoral Researcher:

Dr Q. Shen: Distributed sensor array signal processing.

Current Visiting Researchers:

Dr Z. Yu, School of Electronics and Information Engineering, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China.

Dr L. D. Zhang, School of Information and Electronics, Beijing Institute of Technology, China.

Dr X. F. Ma, Department of Communication, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China.

Former Postdoctoral Researcher:

Dr F. Wen: Sparse array signal processing.

Former Research Students:

S. Jafri (PhD 2018): Array Signal Processing Based on Traditional and Sparse Arrays.

Q. Liu, (MPhil, 2018): Sensor Array Signal Processing for Synthetic Aperture Radar.

B. Zhang (PhD 2018): Antenna Array Design for Directional Modulation.

J. Henshaw (PhD 2017): Improved Brain-Computer Interface Methods with Application to Gaming.

M. R. Anbiyaei (PhD, 2017): White Noise Reduction for Wideband Sensor Array Signal Processing.

J. X. Ma (PhD, 2017): Adaptive Beamforming for Distributed Relay Networks.

A. Zaytsev, (PhD, 2017): EEG Source Imaging for Improved Control BCI Performance.  

M. Jiang (PhD, 2016): Quaternion-Valued Adaptive Signal Processing and Its Applications to Adaptive Beamforming and Wind Profile Prediction.

Q. Shen (Joint PhD with Beijing Institute of Technology, 2016): Underdetermined Direction of Arrival Estimation Based on Sparse
Signal Reconstruction.

X. Gou (Joint PhD with Beijing Institute of Technology, 2016): Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing Algorithms Based on Signal Characteristics and Structural Features.

X. Zhang (Joint PhD with Beijing Institute of Technology, 2014): Tensor/Quaternion-Valued Robust Adaptive Beamforming with Electromagnetic Vector-Sensor Arrays.

M. Hawes (PhD, 2014): Efficient Design of Sparse Arrays for Narrowband and Wideband Beamforming.

W. Zhang (Joint PhD with Beijing Institute of Technology, 2014): Study on Adaptive Beamforming and Angle Estimation Algorithms for MIMO Radar.

B. Qiu (MPhil, 2013): Interference Suppression for Satellite Navigation Systems.

B. Peng (PhD, 2012): Blind Source Separation for Convolutive Mixtures in Subbands.

Y. Zhao (PhD, 2011): Wideband Beamforming with Frequency Invariant Constraints.

L. Zhang (PhD, 2011): Adaptive Beamforming Based on Array Structural Information.

L. Yu (PhD, 2010): Robust Adaptive Beamforming for Multipath Signals.

N. Lin (MPhil, 2008): Broadband Beamforming with Spatial-only Information.

Former Visiting Students/Researchers:

Dr J. Yan, Xidian University, China.

Dr Y. Zhu, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, China.

Dr J. J. Jiang, Tianjin University, China.

Dr Q. Li, Shenzhen University, China.

Dr J. CaiXidian University, China.
Dr W. Yang, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China.
J. Yang, Wuxi Institute of Communications Technology, China.

J. Shi, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.

H. Ngan, Hong Kong Baptist University, China.

Q. Li, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China.

S. Zhou, Beijing Research Institute of Telemetry, China.

L. Xue, Shanghai Institute of Satellite Engineering, China.

H. Gao, PhD student, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China.

H. Xu, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China.

S. Chang, MSc student, Northwestern Polytechnic University, China.

Y. Zhang, PhD student, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China.

P. Wang, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China.

S. Richardt, MEng student, Technical University Graz, Austria.
Z. Yu, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China.

Y. Liao, Harbin Engineering University, China

List of Publications



Dr Wei Liu

Room C26, Portobello Centre
Communications Research Group
Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
University of Sheffield
Sheffield, S1 4ET
United Kingdom

Tel:  0044-114-2225813  Fax: 0044-114-2225834
w.liu@sheffield.ac.uk or wliu.eee@gmail.com

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