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Dr Manish Nair

SWAN (Secure Agile Wireless Networks:

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.

Google Scholar:
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 (

Research keywords

  • 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