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Dr Manish Nair

Dr Manish Nair

Dr Manish Nair
PhD, MSc, BSc

Senior Research Associate

Area of research

SWAN (Secure Agile Wireless Networks:

Department of Computer Science,
Merchant Venturers' Building, Woodland Road BS8 1UB
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My current research is in RF and Wireless Communications Security. I am currently exploring RF-Cyber Physical Security Techniques based on Supervised Machine Learning (ML), Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs), Deep Neural Networks (DNNs), Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) and Demodulation Free Random Access (DFRA) for secure RF transmission and more importantly (i) localisation, (ii) identification, and (iii) classification of RF attacks and threats, for the SWAN project.
The SWAN research that I undertake, foucusses on PHY Layer and MAC Layer secuirty, and is interdisciplinary having a strong focus on RF active circuit design, passive circuit design and the design of SWAN transceiver as well, which will implement advanced signal processing and machine learning algorithms for RF cyber-physical (MAC-PHY) security.

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IEEE Xplore: 
[1] M. Nair, J. Wang, Y. Leiba, H. Zhu, N. J. Gomes and J. Wang, "Exploiting Low Complexity Beam Allocation in Multi-User
Switched Beam Millimeter Wave Systems", IEEE Access, December 2018, pp. 1-11.
[2] O. Alluhaibi, M. Nair, A. Hazzaa, A. Mihbarey and J. Wang, "3D Beamforming for 5G Millimeter Wave Systems Using
Singular Value Decomposition and Particle Swarm Optimization Approaches", 2018 International Conference on Information and
Communication Technology Convergence (ICTC), Jeju, December 2018, pp. 15-19.
[3] M. Nair, Q. Z. Ahmed, J. Wang and H. Zhu, "Low-Complexity Hybrid Digital-to-Analog Beamforming for Millimeter-Wave
Systems with High User Density", 2017 IEEE 85th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC Spring), Sydney, NSW, 2017, pp. 1-
[4] U. Habib, A. E. Aighobahi, M. Nair, H. Zhu, T. Quinlan, S. D. Walker and N. J. Gomes, "Performance Improvement for
OFDM-RoF Trans- ported 60 GHz System Using Spatial Diversity and Multiplexing", 2017 IEEE International Conference on
Communications Workshops (ICC Work- shops), Paris, 2017, pp. 211-216.
[5] M. Nair, Q. Z. Ahmed and H. Zhu, "Hybrid Digital-to-Analog Beam- forming for Millimeter-Wave Systems with High User
Density", 2016 IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Washington DC, December 2016, pp. 1-6.
[6] S. Aroor, M. Nair and R. Henderson, "Characteristics of Intercon- nects on FR408 at Millimeter-Wave Frequencies", 2011
International Microelectronics Assembly & Packaging Society (IMAPS) Conference, May 2011, San Francisco.
Peer Review Acitivity (IEEE ComSoc):
1. Technical Reviewer of IEEE Access Journals (2018 - Present)
2. Technical Reviewer of IEEE Communications Letters (2017 - Present)
3. Technical Reviewer of IEEE Vehicular Communication Technology (VTC) Conferences (2017 - Present)
4. November 2018 - Present: IEEE ComSoc Technical Program Committee (TPC) Member for Proceedings of the Wireless Communications Symposia (WCS) in (i) IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC), April 2019, Marrakech, Morocco; (ii) IEEE International Communications Conference (ICC), May 2019, Shanghai, China.
5. November 2017 - Present: IEEE ComSoc Technical Peer Review for Wireless Communications Symposia (WCS) Conference Proceedings in (i) IEEE International Communications Conference (ICC) May 2018, Kansas City, USA; (ii) IEEE International Communications Conference (ICC) May 2020, Dublin, Ireland.
Previous Honours:
1. Conference Poster Judged Winner of Competition JULY 2011: International Microelectronics & Packaging Society (IMAPS) San Francisco (
2. Graduate Research Assistant Award MAY 2010 - AUG 2010: Texas Analog Center for Excellence (TxACE)-Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) UT-Dallas TxACE-SRC Graduate Scholarship (
3. Ph.D. Research Salary Award DEC 2014 - DEC 2017: RAPID 5G EU H2020-Japan 5GPP Consortium (Brussels/Tokyo). RAPID 5G (Radio technologies for 5G using Advanced Photonic Infrastructure for Dense user environments) EU-H2020 Ph.D.
Salary Award (
4. Ph.D. Scholarship - Richard Collier Ph.D. Scholarship DEC 2014 - DEC 2017: The University of Kent. Postgraduate Research Scholarship Award for Non EU/UK Research Postgrads pursuing Postgraduate Research in the UK.
5. Research Associate Grant MARCH 2019 - MARCH 2020 5G DRIVE EU H2020 Consortium (Brussels). 5G DRIVE (harmonizeD Research and trIals for serVice Evolution) EU-H2020 Academic Grant (


I am a Senior Research Associate RF Transceiver Architect for the SWAN (Secure Wireless Agile Networks) EPSRC Project.

I completed my Ph.D., which was fully funded through the RAPID 5G EU H2020-Japan Consortium as well as Richard Collier Scholarship Programme, from the University of Kent in 2019. My research focus was on (i) 5G Massive MIMO, and (ii) millimetre wave (mmWave) hybrid beamforming. It also included experiments on multi-user mmWave radio-over-fiber (RoF) systems for implementing spatial multiplexing and mmWave sub-carrier multiple access [SCMA], and, experiments with mmWave lens antenna systems. I continued as a Research Associate which was partly funded by the 5G DRIVE EU H2020 Consortium, where my research was on (i) non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA), (ii) advanced antenna systems (AAS) for sub-6GHz massive MIMO, and (iii) vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications.

Before I joined the Academia, I spent a few years in the industry, where I was associated with Nokia Siemens Networks (R&D Engineering Intern during the Summers of 2009 and 2010), Skyworks Solutions Inc. (RF Design Engineer 2 from 2011 until 2013), Samsung Telecommunications America (RF Systems Design Engineer from April 2013 until December 2013), and Qualcomm Technologies India (September 2014 – December 2014), where I mainly worked on (i) R&D of GaAs HBT and LDMOS power amplifiers (waveform shaping, envelope tracking, bias, match and filter design) in quad-band GSM and band-1 WCDMA respectively, (ii) the design of absorptive and tunable filters for LTE-A (carrier aggregation) specifications, and (iii) PA and RF hardware applications.

I completed my MS in Electrical Engineering form the University of Texas at Dallas in 2010 and the Bachelor of Engineering (BE) from VTU, India in 2007.

At heart, I am still a power amplifier design engineer. My other interests are in (i) RFIC (radio frequency integrated circuits) design, (ii) filter design, (iii) microwave design, (iv) RF-MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems), and (v) antenna design.

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During my Ph.D., I have been a sessional lab demonstrator for various undergraduate and post graduate courses in electronics and communications engieering such as (i) electronic circuits, (ii) electronic devices, (iii) digital signal processing, (iv) micprocessors and micorcontrollers, (v) FPGA programming with VHDL, (vi) prograaming with adruino, (v) wirless communication with MATLAB, etc. 


  • 5G. Massive MIMO. Beamforming. Machine Learning
  • CNNs and GANs for Wireless Security and E2E Modelling of Wireless Communication Systems
  • Signal Processing and Optimisation Algorithms for Stochastic Processes
  • Power Amplifier (PA) Design
  • RFIC (Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits) Design
  • Filter Design
  • Microwave Design
  • RF-MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems)
  • Antenna Design



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