Emad Alsusa

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Net Zero Communication Systems
Integrated Sensing and Communications
6G Enabling Techniques

Personal profile


Emad Alsusa completed a PhD in Telecommunications from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom in 2000 and in the same year he was appointed to work on developing high data rates systems as part of an industrial project based at Edinburgh University. He joined Manchester University (then UMIST) in September 2003 as a faculty member where he is currently the Head of the Microwave and Communications Group. 

His research interests lie in the area of Communication Systems with a focus on Physical, MAC and Network Layers including developing techniques and algorithms for array signal detection, channel estimation and equalization, adaptive signal precoding, interference avoidance through novel radio resource management techniques, cognitive radio and energy and spectrum optimization techniques. Applications of his research include cellular networks, IoT and Powerline Communications. Emad’s research work has resulted in over 270 journals and refereed conference publications mainly in top IEEE transactions and conferences. Emad has supervised over 30+ successful PhDs to completion with several more ongoing.

Emad is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE, USA), a Fellow of the UK Higher Academy of Education, and has had senior roles in many IEEE functions including TPC Track Chair of a number of conferences such as Globecome'23, VTC’16, GISN’16, PIMRC’17 and Globecom’18, as well as the General Co-Chair of the OnlineGreenCom’16 Conference and the UK representative in the International Union of Radio Science. Emad has received a number of awards including the best paper award in the IEEE international Symposium on Power Line Communications 2015, the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networwking conference, 2018, and the IEEE International Symposium on Networks, Computers & Communications.

He has acted as an external PhD examiner at many universities in the UK and abroad and has been involved in consultancy work for a number of organisations including Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre (HMGCC), VerazLTD and Northern Consortium UK (NCUK) Group, Service Engineering, Geovitsa, etc. Emad has acted as the Undergraduate External Examiner at the University of Exeter, Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Middlesex and PGT External at the University of Edinburgh.

Emad is a frequent reviewer for many IEEE journal and funding organisations including EPSRC, EU H2020, Canadian NSERC, Qatar Foundation in Qatar, KFPUM in KSA and Khalifa Foundation in UAE. His research work has attracted funding from both government organisations (EPSRC & EU, Northwest Development) and industry including Philips, Alstom, Agilent, IP Group and UMIP. Emad has also been a member of major industrial telecommunications consortia such as MobileVCET (2000-2003) and GreentouchT (2010-1015) focussed on the development of next generation communication networks which include many of the key players in the wireless industry such as Bell-Labs, Vodafone, Hawaii, Nokia-Siemens, Alcatel-Lucent, and many others.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Senior member of the IEEE
  • Technical Program Committee Member and Session Chair in the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) from 2006-2009
  • Technical Program Committee Member and Session Chair in the IEEE International Conference on Global Telecommunications (GlobeCom) from 2006-2009
  • Technical Program Committee Member and Session Chair in the IEEE International Conference on Wireless Communications & Computer Networks (WCNC) from 2006-2009
  • Technical Program Committee Member and Session Chair in the IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC) from 2005-2009


PhD, BEng, Senior Member IEEE, Member IET

Research interests

My research interests are concerned with enhancement techniques for optimising complexity, power consumption and capacity of wireless and wired communication networks. This includes investigating and developing practical novel algorithms and network architectures.

Wireless Networks

  • Green communication netwroks
  • Short-range high data rate Wireless LANs 
  • IoT and 5G systems
  • Bandwidth efficient multiple access protocols

MAC Layer Techniques

  • Dynamic & Adaptive Channel Allocation Techniques
  • Scheduling and Radio Resource Management Algorithms
  • Energy Efficient Protocols
  • secure key exchange techniques

Interference cancellation, Receiver Algorithms and Architectures

  • Linear and Non-linear Multiuser detection, Precoding and Pre-processing Techniques
  • Spatial Modulation and Coding Techniques
  • Interference Exploitation and Interference Allignment

Channel Modelling, Estimation and Equalization Techniques

  • Maximum Delay and Dominant Paths Estimation
  • Advanced Channel Equalization Techniques  
  • Channel Estimation Techniques under Harsh Condtions/Environments

Wired networks

  • Smartgrid techniques
  • Impulsive noise mitigation techniques
  • Narrowband powerline systems

My group


I welcome applications from potential Postdocs and PhD students. Funding opportunities include:
Post-Docs and Research Fellows:
 research fellowships: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, Newton International Fellowships, UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships, Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship. You would be required to have support from Manchester as your Host Institution for these Fellowships, along with a very strong research proposal.
for PhDs:
Manchester and Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) are offering joint PhD studentships for Chinese scholars. Cuurent Deadline is Jan 2022.

Feel free to contact me by email with your CV and a scanned copy of your academic transcript.



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

External UG Examiner, Middlesex University

1 Sept 20161 Sept 2000

University of Sheffield Halam

1 Sept 201530 Aug 2018

University of Exeter, University of Exeter

1 Sept 20121 Sept 2016

External PGT Examiner, University of Edinburgh

1 Sept 20001 Sept 2004

Areas of expertise

  • ZA4050 Electronic information resources
  • wireless communications
  • Signal Processing
  • cellular communications
  • TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Institute for Data Science and AI


  • OFDM
  • Wireless Networks
  • Green Communications
  • Telecommunications
  • MIMO
  • Resource Management
  • nterference Mitigation/Exploitation/Alignment
  • 5G networks
  • IoT
  • Security


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  • Best Paper Award

    Alsusa, Emad (Recipient), 15 May 2019

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  • Best Paper Award

    Alsusa, Emad (Recipient), 3 Nov 2021

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