Dr Zohair Abu-Shaban

School of Engineering and Information Technology
Space Research

Dr Zohair Abu-Shaban has a strong background in Communication and Signal Processing formed at top world universities, and an international research experience shaped in the UK, Australia, Luxembourg, Sweden, and Spain. His active research collaboration network spans different countries: USA, Canada, Sweden, Spain, and Australia.

Zohair is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He obtained a PhD degree from the Australian National University (ANU) in 2018, and his thesis title was "Towards the Next Generation of Location-Aware Communications". He also holds an MSc (Distinction - top of cohort) in Communications and Signal Processing from Imperial College London, UK, in 2010.

During his PhD, he was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain, and Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.

Prior to his PhD, he was an Early-Stage Researcher at the University of Luxembourg, from January 2012 to May 2014, pursuing research in collaboration with SES S.A, funded by the National Research Fund, Luxembourg (FNR).  During this stint, he also worked on a project with the European Space Agency (ESA). The theme of this research was signal processing and receiver design for satellite communications.

Throughout his career, he received several scholarships and awards including the Hani Qaddumi Scholarship, a US Fulbright Scholarship, the Department Prize for Outstanding Achievement from Imperial College London and the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) research fellowship from the European Commission. His PhD thesis received the Best Thesis Prize from the Australian Communication Theory Workshop 2019, Australia's largest conference for researchers in communication, signal processing, coding and information theory.

Besides his research activities, Zohair has a wide experience in higher education (lecturing and tutoring) and has been teaching in Australia and Overseas, courses that include satellite communications, wireless communications, digital communications, signal and systems, DSP, radar technologies, probability theory and stochastic processes, and electrical and electronic circuits.

Zohair is the Chair for Young Professionals on the Executive Committee of the IEEE ACT Section, and the Canberra Representative on the Early Career Academic Network Executive Committee (ECAN EC).

My research interests are in the areas of:
  • 5G Location-Aware Communications
  • Beamforming and Localization
  • Millimetre-Wave Communications
  • Vehicles-to-Vehicle Communications.
  • Satellite Communications
  • Signal Processing for Communications
  • Physical Layer Security
  • Software-Defined Radio

A list of my publications can be viewed on Google Scholar.

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the above areas. PhD scholarships ($35,000 per year) are available for high-achieving students (with H1/High Distinction in UG and/or Masters by Research) in engineering, mathematics or relevant sciences.

If you are interested, complete the self-assessment through https://selfassessment.research.unsw.edu.au/ and send me its results at zohair.abushaban@unsw.edu.au. I will then contact you if I believe it is feasible.


Journal articles

Mendrzik R; Wymeersch H; Bauch G; Abu-Shaban Z, 2019, 'Harnessing NLOS Components for Position and Orientation Estimation in 5G Millimeter Wave MIMO', IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 18, pp. 93 - 107, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TWC.2018.2877615

Abu-Shaban Z; Zhou X; Abhayapala T; Seco-Granados G; Wymeersch H, 2018, 'Error Bounds for Uplink and Downlink 3D Localization in 5G mmWave Systems', IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 17, pp. 4939 - 4954, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TWC.2018.2832134

Abu-Shaban Z; Mehrpouyan H; Bhavani Shankar MR; Ottersten B, 2018, 'Reduced complexity satellite broadcast receiver with interference mitigation in correlated noise', International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking, vol. 36, pp. 402 - 415, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sat.1243

Abu-Shaban Z; Zhou X; Abhayapala TD, 2016, 'A Novel TOA-Based Mobile Localization Technique under Mixed LOS/NLOS Conditions for Cellular Networks', IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, vol. 65, pp. 8841 - 8853, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TVT.2016.2517151

Abu-Shaban Z; Mehrpouyan H; Bhavani SMR; Ottersten B, 'Interference Mitigating Satellite Broadcast Receiver using Reduced Complexity List-Based Detection in Correlated Noise',

Abu-Shaban Z; Wymeersch H; Abhayapala T; Seco-Granados G, 'Single-Anchor Two-Way Localization Bounds for 5G mmWave Systems: Two Protocols',

Conference Papers

Abu-Shaban Z; Wymeersch H; Abhayapala T; Seco-Granados G, 2019, 'Distributed Two-Way Localization Bounds for 5G mmWave Systems', in 2018 IEEE Globecom Workshops, GC Wkshps 2018 - Proceedings, presented at , http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/GLOCOMW.2018.8644178

Abu-Shaban Z; Zhou X; Abhayapala T; Seco-Granados G; Wymeersch H, 2018, 'Performance of location and orientation estimation in 5G mmWave systems: Uplink vs downlink', in IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC, pp. 1 - 6, presented at , http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/WCNC.2018.8376990

Abu-Shaban Z; Wymeersch H; Zhou X; Seco-Granados G; Abhayapala T, 2016, 'Random-phase beamforming for initial access in millimeter-wave cellular networks', in 2016 IEEE Global Communications Conference, GLOBECOM 2016 - Proceedings, presented at , http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/GLOCOM.2016.7842197

Abu-Shaban Z; Bhavani Shankar Mysore R; Mehrpouyan H; Ottersten B, 2014, 'Enhanced List-based Group-wise overloaded receiver with application to satellite reception', in 2014 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2014, pp. 5616 - 5621, presented at , http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICC.2014.6884216

Abu-Shaban Z; Bhavani Shankar MR; Christopoulos D; Arapoglou PD, 2013, 'Timing and frequency synchronisation for multiuser detection on the return link of interactive mobile satellite networks', in 31st AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference, ICSSC 2013, presented at , http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2013-5707

Abu-Shaban Z; Mehrpouyan H; Grotz J; Ottersten B, 2013, 'Overloaded satellite receiver using SIC with hybrid beamforming and ML detection', in IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications, SPAWC, pp. 450 - 454, presented at , http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/SPAWC.2013.6612090

Conference Posters

Abu-Shaban Z; et al, 2018, 'Asteroids observation from the southern hemisphere using planetary radar', in , The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) 2018, Pasadena, CA, USA, presented at The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) 2018, Pasadena, CA, USA, 14 - 22 July 2018

Theses / Dissertations

Abu-Shaban Z, 2018, Towards the Next Generation of Location-Aware Communications, thesis, The Australian National University

Abu-Shaban Z, 2010, Localisation Testbed using Software-Defined Radio, thesis, Imperial College London