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Dr Weisi Guo

Associate Professor

turingHead of Data Embedded Networks (DEN) Lab
Alan Turing Institute - Turing Fellow & Group Leader
University of Cambridge: MEng, MA, PhD


NYU_newCo-Lead for Research Theme on Cities
New York University (NYU) - CUSP
Warwick Institute for Science of Cities (EPSRC CDT)

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

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guo2Weisi Guo is an Associate Professor in Information and Networks, and a Turing Fellow. He heads the Data-Embedded-Networks (DEN) Lab, and is PI on over £1.3M  of research funding to host. Guo received his M.Eng in General Engineering, and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge in 2011. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and works with a variety of commercial, government, and standardization bodies to expand the impact of his research. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and Fellow of Higher Education Academy.

In 2012, Guo joined the University of Warwick as an assistant professor, where he continued his research into efficient capacity scaling for 4G/5G networks, and now focuses on data-driven network design and optimisation. In 2013, Guo was part of the team that prototyped the world’s first molecular communication system (with A. Eckford at York & N. Farsad at Stanford) [Link] (Bell Labs Prize F'14, IET Innovation Award'15). In 2016, Guo developed a network theory to quantify the spatial ecology of conflicts [Link] (Bell Labs Prize SF'16), and he now continues this work with Sir A. Wilson at Turing [Link].

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 Areas

cpI head the DEN Lab with 4 post-doctoral research associates, 2 research assistants, and 6 PhD students between Warwick and the Alan Turing Institute. I am part of the global alliance for urban science (CUSP), and EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Urban Science (WISC). To that end, I am actively involved in developing appropirate data collection and complex network modeling methods for cities, critical infrasturctures, as well as designing novel communication networks for hostile environments.

My current 3 research areas and representative outputs are:

1) Resilience in Complex Networks: functional-topological stability/resilience, coupled human and natural systems, dynamic compression, community detection, conflict prediction;
  • "The Spatial Ecology of War and Peace," arXiv, 2017 [preprint]
  • "Global Network Centrality of University Rankings," Royal Society Open Science, 2017 [Link][Media][Cover Feature]
2) Molecular Communications: hostile environment testing, bio-inspired signal processing, internet of nano-things;
  • "Tabletop Molecular Communication: Text Messages Through Chemical Signals," PLOS ONE, 2013 [Link][Media][Top 10% Cited Paper]
  • "Analyzing Large-Scale Multiuser Molecular Communication via 3D Stochastic Geometry," IEEE Trans. MBMC, 2017 [Link]
  • "Bacterial Relay for Energy Efficient Molecular Communications," IEEE Trans. NanoBioscience, 2017 [Link][Cover Feature]
  • "Local Convexity Inspired Low-complexity Noncoherent Signal Detector for Molecular Communications," IEEE Trans. on Com., 2016 [Link]
3) Data-Driven Automation in 5G Networks: machine learning SON, HetNet, D2D, stochastic geometry;
  • "Learning-based Spectrum Sharing and Spatial Reuse in mm-Wave Ultra Dense Networks," IEEE Trans. Veh. Tech., 2017 [Link]
  • "Estimating Mobile Traffic Demand using Twitter," IEEE Wireless Com. Letters, 2015 [Link]
  • "Dynamic Cell Expansion with Self-Organizing Cooperation," IEEE J. on Sel. Areas in Com. (JSAC), 2013 [Link]

Current Team at DEN Lab
Full details of research and PhD & Post-Doc opportunities at DEN Lab can be found here. I particularly welcome high quality collaborations with aspiring and early-career researchers in: statistics, statistical physics, information theory, wireless communications, and network science.

Selected Active Projects

Total grant value as PI to host: £1.3M (incl. 9+ Post-Doc Years)

  • H2020 (RISE): DAWN4IoE - Data Aware Wireless Network for IoE, Coordinator, 2017-21, €270k (Total: €1.1M)
  • InnovateUK (KTP Ranplan): ODIN - Online Data Integrated Network, PI, Link, 2017-2020, £199k
  • Turing (D&S): GUARD - Global Urban Analytics for Resilient Defence, PI, Link, 2017-19, £250k
  • DSTL (Accelerator): Molecolar Communications for Electromagnetic-Denied Environments, PI, 2017-18, £90k
  • EPSRC (ENCORE+): Nature Inspired Routing for Resilient Networked Systems, PI, Link, 2017-18, £9.6k
  • Turing (PoDCE - LRF): CHANCE - Coupled Human And Natural Critical Ecosystems, PI, Link, 2017-20, £290k
  • US AFOSR: MolSig - Molecular Signalling in Complex Environments, PI, Link, 2017-21, $166k

Sticky News:

CN[Research Associate Opening Soon]: PDRA in statistical physics & mathematics.

WISC[PhD Scholarships]: I am open to high quality enquiries regarding for the 2018 cycle: (1) EPSRC Science of Cities DTC (UK students) [Link], (2) Warwick Chancellor's scholarship (international students) [Link], (3) CSC (chinese students) [Link], and (4) the Alan Turing Institute studentship (all) [Link].

Recent News:


Nov [Journal] Global Centrality of University Rankings, cover feature in Royal Society Open Science [Link], featured also in Times Higher Education [Link].


Oct [Journal] Bacteria Relay for Energy Efficient Molecular Comms., cover feature in IEEE Trans. on NanoBioScience.

Sep [Journal] Analyzing Molecular Communications with 3D Stochastic Geometry, accepted to IEEE Transactions on Molecular, Biological and Multiscale Communications [Link]