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Dr Weisi Guo

Assistant Professor, SMIEEE, MIET, FHEA

turingHead of Data Embedded Networks (DEN) Lab
University of Cambridge: MEng, MA, PhD


Alan Turing Institute - Faculty Fellow & Group LeaderNYU_new
New York University (NYU) - CUSP
Co-Lead for Research Theme on Cities
Warwick Institute for Science of Cities

A419, School of Engineering,DEN_Lab1
University of Warwick,
West Midlands, CV4 7AL
weisi.guo [AT]
wguo [AT]
Phone: 024 765 22223

Office Hours for Summer Term: Thur & Fri (2-3pm)
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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 (44 journal papers) and has 1000+ citations (h-index 15). His research has won him a number of awards & nominations (IEEE, Bell Labs, IET) and he has received over £730k funding as PI.

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.

Data-Embedded-Networks (DEN) Lab
Research Background

cpI head the DEN Lab with 4 PDRAs and 7 PhDs, which is part of the Connected Systems Group (CSG). I am generally interested in the physical laws which govern multi-scale communication and interaction networks, and the intersection with urban science and social physics. I am part of the global alliance for urban science (CUSP), core member of the EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in urban science (WISC), 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:

  • [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.

Current Team
  • Research Fellows (4): S. Qiu (HS2-HM), vacancy (ODIN), vacancy (CHANCE), vacancy (coming up)
  • Visiting Fellow (1): X. Lu
  • PhD Students (7): N. Gupta, G. Mosquera, J. Gilchrist, A. Alturki, L. Zha (QMUL),
    vacancy [MolSig grant], vancancy (York) [NanoTag grant],
  • Completed PhDs (2): H. Yuan, S. Qiu
  • MSc Students (2): J. Li, N. 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]
  • "Towards Invisible Nanoscale Chemical Tagging," Co-I, Lloyd's Register Foundation (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 (x2) and social media analytics (x1), for 2.5-3 years [Adverts Soon].


[2x Funded Nano-Comm. PhD Openings]: Looking for 2 new PhD students for molecular communications (both industry funded projects).

WISC[Funded Smart City PhD Openings]: Looking for PhD applicants to EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre [Link].

Recent News:

May 23 [Career] Elevated to IEEE Senior Member (<8% of 420,000+ members).

May 22 [Grant] 8-month Feasibility Study (PI) - Nature Inspired Routing for Resilient Networked Systems, funded by EPSRC ENCORE+ [Link].

May 16 [Conference]: Scalable and Adaptable Network Resilience, Royal Statistical Society's Advances in Data Science [Link].

Apr 26 [Preprint]: Analyzing Multiuser Molecular Communications via 3D Stochastic Geometry, preprint available on arXiv [Link].

Apr 26 [Grant] 3-year PhD studentship (Co-I) - Towards Invisible Nanoscale Chemical Tagging, funded by Lloyd's Register Foundation ICON [Link].

Apr 04 [Grant] 3-year project (PI): 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 (PI): ODIN - Online Data Integrated Network, funded by InnovateUK [Link].

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

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