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Dr Weisi Guo

Assistant Professor


University of Cambridge: MEng, MA, PhD

Alan Turing Institute Faculty Fellow [DCE Group Leader]cusp.pngnyu
New York University (NYU)'s CUSP
Co-Lead in Engineering's Research Theme on Cities 
Warwick Institute for Science of Cities (WISC)


A419, School of Engineering,
University of Warwick,
West Midlands, CV4 7AL
weisi.guo [AT]
wguo [AT]
Phone: +44 (0)24 765 22223

Office Hours for Spring Term: Mon & Tue (2-3pm) Wed (11am-12pm)

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Brief Bio

guo2Weisi graduated from the University of Cambridge with MEng, MA, PhD (2011) degrees. His research expertise is in Information (signals, data, communications) and Networks (heterogeneous, dynamic, resilience). The multi-scale application areas range from connected interacting cities to telecommunication networks to the Internet of Nano Things. He is an ambitious "early-career" academic - published over 90 peer reviewed papers (42 journal papers) and has 900+ citations (h-index 15). His research has won him a number of awards & nominations (IEEE, Bell Labs, IET) and he has received funding from the Royal Society, British Council, US Air Force, and the ATI/LRF.

In his private life, his experiences include working in UNHCR refugee camps in Africa, being part of the victorious Cambridge Varsity archery team (2002), solo climbed two of the highest sub-continent peaks, and served as badminton captains at Cambridge and Sheffield. He has also completed the full London (2007) and full Sahara (2010) marathons.

Research Overview

cpI am generally interested in the physical laws which govern multi-scale communication and interaction networks, and the research intersection with urban science and social physics. I am part of the core team in an alliance of smart city research universities worldwide: (NYU, Warwick, Toronto, CMU, Mumbai, KCL), and a faculty fellow and group leader at the UK government's Alan Turing Institute.

To that end, I am actively involved in developing appropirate data collection and spatial network modeling methods for cities, as well as designing novel communication networks for extreme and hostile environments.

My current research areas and associated key outputs are:

  • [Multi-Scale & Multiplexed Networks]: dynamic heterogeneous networks, spatial processes to spatial networks, topological resilience, network scalability;
    "The Spatial Ecology of War and Peace," 2017 [preprint]
  • [Multi-Scale Molecular Communications]: test-bed system design, hostile environment testing, low complexity signal processing, biomedical applications;
    "Tabletop Molecular Communication: Text Messages Through Chemical Signals," PLOS ONE, 2013 [Link][Media]
  • [Data-Driven 4G/5G Mobile Networks]: self-organisation, HetNet, D2D, LTE-U, stochastic geometry;
    "Dynamic Cell Expansion with Self-Organizing Cooperation," IEEE J. on Sel. Areas in Comm. (JSAC), 2013
    "Estimating Mobile Traffic Demand using Twitter," IEEE Wireless Comm. Letters, 2015 [Link]

Anyone interested in collaboration or degree opportunities, please visit my research page here. My current research team details are here.

Current Team
  • Research Assistant (4): Song Qiu, with 3 adverts soon
  • Visiting Research Fellow (1): Xueke Lu
  • PhD Students (6): Neha Gupta, Guillem Mosquera, John Gilchrist, Aseel Alturki, Lanting Zha, 1 incoming
  • Graduated/Submitted PhDs (2): Hu Yuan, Song Qiu
  • MSc Students (2): Jiaxin Li, Najeeb Kabawa

Active Projects
  • "MolSig: Molecular Signaling in Complex Environments," PI, US Air Force (2017-21) [Link]
  • "CHANCE: Coupled Human And Natural Critical Ecosystems," PI, Lloyd's Register Foundation (2017-20) [Link]
  • "ODIN: Online Data Integrated Network," PI, InnovateUK (2017-20) [Link]
  • "SmallTalk: Talking between Small Things," PI, Royal Society & NSFC (2016-18) [Link]
  • "High Speed Rail Health Monitoring," Co-I, Warwick RDF (2016-17) [Link]
  • "SEED - Sunlight ExposurE Database," PI, Warwick Alumni Donation & WMG (2014-20) [Link]

Sticky News:

CN[3 PDRAs Opening]: Looking for PDRAs in: network science (2) and social media analytics (1), for 2.5-3 years [Adverts Soon].


[Funded PhD Opening]: Looking for a new PhD student for molecular signalling networks under the MolSig project. Funded at UK/EU rates for 3.5 years [Link].

WISC[Funded PhD Openings]: Looking for PhD applicants to Science of Cities EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre. Funded at UK rates for 4 years [Link].

Recent News:

Apr 04 [Grant] 3-year project: CHANCE - Coupled Human And Natural Critical Ecosystems, funded by Lloyd's Register Foundation via the Alan Turing Institute. [Link]

Apr 04 [Grant] 2.5-year project: ODIN - Online Data Integrated Network funded by InnovateUK.

Apr 04 [Journal] Uncovering Wireless Blackspots using Twitter Data accepted to IET Electronics Letters.

Apr 01 [New PhD] Warm welcome to Aseel Aturki for starting her PhD (co-sup. with Prof. Jarvis) in Complex Networks for Critical Infrastructures.

Mar 30 [Journal] Interference Guided Multihop Path Selection for D2D-Cellular Networks accepted to IET Communications.

Feb 16 [Preprint]: The Spatial Ecology of War and Peace available on arXiv [Link].

Jan 11 [Preprint]: Transposition Errors in Diffusion Signal Channels available on arXiv [Link].