Professor Wei Xiang is the Foundation Professor and Head of Discipline Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Engineering, which is the first of its kind in Australia. He is a Fellow of the IET (FIET), a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust), and a Senior Member of the IEEE (SMIEEE). 

During 2004 and 2015, he was an Associate Professor with the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia. He was a co-recipient of three Best Paper Awards at 2015 WCSP, 2011 IEEE WCNC, and 2009 ICWMC. He has been awarded several prestigious fellowship titles. He was named a Queensland International Fellow (2010-2011) by the Queensland Government of Australia, an Endeavour Research Fellow (2012-2013) by the Commonwealth Government of Australia, a Smart Futures Fellow (2012-2015) by the Queensland Government of Australia, and a JSPS Invitational Fellow jointly by the Australian Academy of Science and Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (2014-2015). In 2008, he was a visiting scholar at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. During Oct. 2010 and Mar. 2011, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, USA. During Aug. 2012 and Mar. 2013, He was an Endeavour visiting associate professor at the University of Hong Kong. His research interests are in the broad area of communications and information theory, particularly coding and signal processing for multimedia communications systems.

PhD Scholarship Opportunities

I am an experienced PhD supervisor, having graduated 11 PhD students as principal and co-supervisors. I am interested in receiving inquiries from prospective PhD and Masters by Research candidates, who are interested in the research areas of the Internet of Things (IoT), wireless communications, and image and video communications. Scholarship funding is available through the Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA), the James Cook University Postgraduate Research Scholarships, the Australia Awards, and the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC).

To apply for a JCU Competitive PhD Scholarship, here is How to ApplyClosing deadlines31 August (international applicants) and 31 October (domestic applicants) 2017.

If you are prospective PhD candidate in a Chinese university, I would strongly encourage you to apply for a China Scholarship Council (CSC) scholarship to pursue your PhD studies at James Cook University. If you are an existing PhD student in a Chinese university, you are welcome to apply for a CSC visiting PhD scholarship. 

I am also supervising two postdoctoral research fellows. If you are a recent PhD graduate and want to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship, opportunities exist through the Australian Research Council (DECRA) and Endeavour Research Fellowship. Please contact me for details.  


I have over 180 publicaitons in refereered journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings. Most of them are published by the Institute of Electricla and Eletronics Engineers (IEEE), which represents the highest academic standards in the eletrical & eletronic, and telecommunications engineering disciplines. I have published extensively in some world's top-ranked journals in my areas such as IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications, etc. Moreover, four of my publications are rated by the Web of Science ESI (Essential Science Indicators) as Highly Cited Papers (top 1% citation in the chosen field). 

You are welcom to follow my publications at ResearchGate. Some recent publications that have been accepted but not yet formally published are: 

[1] L. Zhang, W. Xiang, and X. Tang, “An efficient bit-detecting protocol for continous tag recognition in mobile RFID systems,” IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, accepted for publication on 25 July 2017 (IF = 3.822, ERA 2010 A*).

[2] Y. Wang, L. Ma, Y. Xu, and W. Xiang, “Computationally efficient energy optimization for cloud radio access networks with CSI uncertainty,” IEEE Transactions on Communications, accepted for publication on 27 July 2017 (IF = 4.058, ERA 2010 A*).

[3] Y. Xiao, L. Song, L. Xia, H. Xiao, P. Yang, and W. Xiang, “Performance analysis for the N-continuous precoded SM-OFDM system,” IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, accepted for publication on 11 July 2017 (IF = 4.066, ERA 2010 A).

[4] L. Xiao, Y. Xiao, Y. Zhao, P. Yang, M. D. Renzo, S. Li, and W. Xiang, “Time-domain turbo equalization for single-carrier generalized spatial modulation,” IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, accepted for publication on 29 May. 2017 (IF = 4.951, ERA 2010 A).

[5] Y. Peng, P. Wnag, W. Xiang, and Y. Li, “Secret key generation based on estimated channel state information for TDD-OFDM systems over fading channels,” IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, accepted for publication on 10 May 2017 (IF = 4.951, ERA 2010 A).

[6] M. Jia, L. Wang, Q. Guo, X. Gu, and W. Xiang, “A low complexity detection algorithm for fixed up-link SCMA system in mission critical scenario,” IEEE Internet of Things Journal, accepted for publication on 26 Apr. 2017 (IF = 7.596).

  • CC2011: Digital Signal Processing (Level 2; CNS)
  • EE4000: Signal Processing 3 (Level 4; TSV)
  • EG1012: Electric Circuits (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • Wireless Communications
  • Internet of Things
  • Image and Video Communications
  • Communications Theory
  • Coding and Information Theory
  • Wireless Sensor Networks
  • 2016 to present - Foundation Professor and Head of Discipline Electronic Systems & Internet of Things Engineering, James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
  • 2015 - JSPS Invitational Professor, University of Tsukuba (Tsukuba, Japan)
  • 2013 to 2015 - Associate Professor, University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba, Australia)
  • 2012 to 2013 - Endeavour Visiting Associate Professor, University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China)
  • 2009 to 2012 - Senior Lecturer, University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba, Australia)
  • 2010 to 2011 - Visiting Scholar, University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS, USA)
  • 2006 to 2009 - Principal Advisor (Research, 0.2 FTE), University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba, Australia)
  • 2008 - Visiting scholar, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
  • 2004 to 2008 - Lecturer, University of Southern Queensland (Toowoomba, Australia)
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2017 - Pearcey QLD Entrepreneur Award (Highly Commended)
  • 2017 - Engineers Australia Cairns Regional Engineer of the Year
  • 2016 - Tropical North Queensland Innovation Award
  • 2015 - USQ Publication Excellence Award (1st Prize)
  • 2015 - Best Paper Award, 7th International Conference on Wireless Communications and Signal Processing (WCSP’2015), Nanjing, China, Oct. 2015
  • 2014 - USQ Publication Excellence Award (1st Prize)
  • 2014 - USQ Excellence in Research Award (sole recipient in the open category)
  • 2014 - Named by the Queensland Science Minster’s as one of the seven Queensland world-glass research leaders
  • 2012 - Endeavour Award, Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
  • 2012 - Faculty Research Excellence Award, Faculty of Engineering, University of Southern Queensland
  • 2011 - Best Paper Award, IEEE Wireless Communications & Networking Conference (WCNC), 2011
  • 2009 - Best Paper Award, ICWMC, 2009
  • 2012 - Endeavour Research Fellow, Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
  • 2011 - Queensland International Fellowship, Queensland Government of Australia
  • 2012 to 2016 - Smart Futures Fellow (Mid-Career), Queensland Government of Australia
  • 2015 - Tsinghua Global Scholars Fellow, Tsinghua University, China
  • 2014 to 2015 - JSPS Invitational Fellow, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
  • 2016 - Fellow of Engineers Australia
  • 2015 - Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • 2008 - Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • 2017 - Vice Chair - IEEE Northern Australia Section
  • 2016 - Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank Delegate, Australia Academy of Science

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 133+ research outputs authored by Prof Wei Xiang from 2009 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

QLD Department of Science, Information, Technology and Innovation - Advance Queensland Innovation Partnerships

Smart Ear Tag for Livestock

Indicative Funding
$1,500,000 over 4 years
CeresTag is investing in the development of a smart ear tag for livestock to enable near real-time geo-location and health monitoring. The developed ear tag will be compliant with the current NLIS identification system and cost only marginally more than existing tags. This technology will revolutionise the industry through enhanced animal welfare, improved land management practices and increased profitability. It will form the starting point of block chain traceability that will underpin the continued success of this important component of the Australian economy and help maintain the premium status of Australian livestock products.
Ian Atkinson, Wei Xiang, Bronson Philippa, Ed Charmley, Greg Bishop-Hurley, Nigel Bajema, Scott Mills, Gordon Foyster and Richard Keaney (Research Infrastructure, College of Science & Engineering, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation and Taggle Systems)
Animal tracking; Internet Of Things; Microelectronics; Geo-location; Precision Agriculture; Beef Cattle

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd - Huawei Innovation Research Program

Light Field Video Compression and Streaming

Indicative Funding
$311,564 over 2 years
Recent advances in light field (LF) photography open a new horizon for digital video streaming, where the single-shot LF capture and glasses-free 3D display capabilities are perfect for a wide range of 3D interactive applications. This proposal aims to propose an interactive 3D VR streaming system based upon the state-of-the-art LF video compression and transmission technology. The proposed new framework and novel algorithms will be able to efficiently compress the enormous amounts of LF-based VR video data, ensure the quality of the views of interest, and achieve low-latency and error-resilient 3D video transmission.
Wei Xiang (College of Science & Engineering)
Virtual reality; Video communications; Light field video

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Program (NESP) - Tropical Water Quality Hub (TWQ Hub)

Improving water quality for the Great Barrier Reef and wetlands by better managing irrigation in the sugarcane farming system

Indicative Funding
$458,103 over 3 years
This project will work in partnership with industry, extension, NRM, research and government organisations to develop and deploy an irrigation system that is automatically controlled by remotely accessing feedback from the IrrigWeb decision support tool. Irrigweb provides optimal irrigation schedules on a paddock-by-paddock basis by linking information abut climate, soils and management regimes. If new water quality targets as specified in the revised Burdekin Water Quality Improvement Plan are to by met by 2025, it will be critical to establish pathways that enable industry partners to capitalise on new technologies.
Yvette Everingham, Wei Xiang and Bronson Philippa in collaboration with Stephen Attard (College of Science & Engineering and AgriTech Solutions)

TCB Innovations Pty Ltd - Contract Research

Virtual Reality 3D First Aid Training Scene Capture Solution

Indicative Funding
To provide a much more immersive experience for first aid training, the funding body - Rescue Swag is seeking a solution to replace the conventional 2D first aid scene capture solution. This project is aiming at design a 3D stereoscopic shooting solution using the high definition camera, including both system design, hardware and software solutions. At the end of this project, a system will be experience, and improve the training outcomes.
Wei Xiang and Eric Wang (College of Science & Engineering)
Virtual Reality; First aid training; First person view

Huawei Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd - Grant

Joint Huawei-JCU Internet of Things Laboratory

Indicative Funding
To enable the collaboration on opportunities that include: a) establishing a joint Huawei-JCU Internet of Things (loT) Laboratory: b) use the joint loT Lab to promote strong academic-industry collaboration; leveraging on Australia's first loT Engineering degree program run by JCU etc.
Wei Xiang (College of Science & Engineering)
Narrowband (NB); Communication and information; Internet of Things

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Enhancing Stroke Survivors' Ability to Persevere with Practice in the Home Environment using Assisted-Living Technology (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • A Wearable Internet of Things (IoT) System for the Real-Time Monitoring of Critical Health and the Provision of Emergency Healthcare (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • High Efficient Tag Identification Protocols for Large-scale RFID Systems (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Leveraging IoT technology to Increase Clinical Space Utilisation in the Healthcare Sector (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • IoT based Distributed Energy Generation Control in Microgrid (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Development of High-Level Programming Tools to Improve the Robustness of Internet of Things Networks (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Spatial modulation aided millimeter wave communications (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
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  • 1 collaboration
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