IPT Mission

The Information Processing and Transmission (IPT) Lab is intended to provide a research platform that investigates problems at the interface of wireless communication theory, signal processing theory, and Applied Mathematics. The research at IPT helps in solving theoretical problems that find applications in real system. The mission of the lab is to provide innovative solutions from a variety of areas, including communication and information theories, statistical signal processing, signal estimation and detection, multi-hop cooperative networks, green wireless communications, smart grid communications, and multi-user systems.

Lab Director

Associate Professor

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

National University of Sciences and Technology

Faculty Website

Biography: Syed Ali Hassan received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA in 2011. He received his MS Mathematics from Georgia Tech in 2011 and MS Electrical Engineering from University of Stuttgart, Germany, in 2007. He was awarded BE Electrical Engineering (highest honors) from National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan, in 2004. His broader area of research is signal processing for communications. Currently, he is working as an Associate Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS), NUST, where he is heading the IPT research group, which focuses on various aspects of theoretical communications.

Dr. Syed Ali Hassan



[J51] F. Hussain, S. A. Hassan, R. Hussain, E. Hossain , “Machine Learning for Resource Management in Cellular and IoT Networks: Potentials, Current Solutions, and Open Challenges“, IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, Vol. to appear , No. -, Jan, 2020. IF: 23

[J50] A. Y. Kiani, S. A. Hassan, B. Su, H. Pervaiz, Q. Ni , “Minimizing the Transaction Time Difference for NOMA-Based Mobile Edge Computing“, IEEE Communications Letters, Vol. to appear , No. -, Jan, 2020. IF: 2.8

[J49] A. Umer, S. A. Hassan, H. Pervaiz, L., Musavian, Q. Ni, M. A. Imran , “Secrecy Spectrum and Energy Efficiency Analysis in Massive MIMO-Enabled Multi-Tier Hybrid HetNets“, IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking, Dec, 2019.

[J48] B. B. Chaoudhry, S. A. Hassan, J. Speidel, and H. Jung , “Energy Efficiency of a Decode-and-Forward Multiple-Relay Network with Rate Adaptive LDPC Codes“, Sensors, Vol. 19 , No. 21, PP. 4793, Nov, 2019. IF: 3.088

[J47] Uferah Shafi, Rafia Mumtaz, José García Nieto, Syed Ali Hassan, Syed Ali Raza Zaidi, Naveed Iqbal , “Precision Agriculture Techniques and Practices: From Considerations to Applications“, Sensors, Vol. 19 , No. 17, Sep, 2019. IF: 3.088


[C97] Ayesha B Saleem, Syed Ali Hassan , “On the Performance of Spatial Modulation Schemes in Large- Scale MIMO under Correlated Nakagami Fading”, Proceedings of the IEEE VTC Spring 2020, May, 2020, Antwerp , Belgium.

[C96] Q. Abbas, S. Zeb, S. A. Hassan, R. Mumtaz, S. A. R. Zaidi , “Joint Optimization of Age of Information and Energy Efficiency in IoT Networks”, Proceedings of the IEEE VTC Spring 2020, May, 2020, Antwerp , Belgium.

[C95] M. U. Akram, U. Saeed, S. A. Hassan, H. Jung , “UAV-based Air-to-Ground Channel Modeling for Diverse Environments”, Proceedings of the IEEE WCNC, Apr, 2020, Seoul , Korea, South.

[C94] M. A. Jan, S. A. Hassan, H. Jung , “QOS-based Performance Analysis of mmWave UAV-assisted 5G Hybrid Heterogeneous Networks“, Proceedings of the IEEE Globecom, Dec, 2019, Hawaii , USA.

[C93] Rida Mustafa, Syed Ali Hassan , “Machine Learning-based Context Aware Sequential Initial Access in 5G mmWave Systems “, Proceedings of the IEEE Globecom, Dec, 2019, Hawaii , USA.

[C92] Shah Zeb, Qamar Abbas, Syed Ali Hassan, Aamir Mahmood, Rafia Mumtaz, S. M. Zaidi, Syed Ali Raza Zaidi, and Mikael Gidlund. “NOMA Enhanced Backscatter Communication for Green IoT Networks.” In 16th ISWCS, Aug 2019.


[Chapter 7] S. A. Hassan , M. S. Omar, M. A. Imran, J. Qadir, D. N. K. Jayakody , Universal access in 5G networks, potential challenges and opportunities for urban and rural environments“, Wiley WileyISBSN 9781119332732, Sep 2018.

[Chapter 6] R. I. Ansari , M. A. Aslam, S. A. Hassan, C. Chrysostomou , Network Coding for Distributed Antenna Systems“, InTechOpen InTechOpenISBSN 978-1-78923-614-9, Aug 2018.

[Chapter 5] S. A. R. Naqvi, S. A. Hassan, F. Hussain, “IoT Applications and Business Models“, Springer International Publishing, ISBN 978-3-319-55405-1, 2017.

[Chapter 4] S. A. Hassan, S. S. Syed, F. Hussain, “Communication Technologies in IoT Networks“, Springer International Publishing, ISBN 978-3-319-55405-1, 2017.

[Chapter 3] S. A. R. Naqvi, S. A. Hassan, Z. Mulk, “Encoding and Detection in mmWave Massive MIMO“, Springer, ISBN 978-0-12-804418-6, Nov, 2016.

[Chapter 2] S. A. Hassan, M. S. Omar, M. A. Imran, J. Qadir, D. N. K. Jayakody, “Universal access in 5G networks, potential challenges and opportunities for urban and rural environments“, 5G Networks: Fundamental Requirements, Enabling Technologies, and Operations Management. Wiley. ISBN 9781119332732. 2017

[Chapter 1] R. I. Ansari, S. A. Hassan, C. Chrysostomou, “Device-to-device communications for 5G“, Access, Fronthaul and Backhaul Networks for 5G & Beyond, IETISBSN 978-1-78561-213-8, Aug 2017

Completed Projects

Estimates of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) are used in many wireless receiver functions, including signal detection, power control algorithms and turbo decoding etc. Although SNR is an important parameter in studying performance analysis of different communication systems, it can also be used in determining which nodes to participate in the Cooperative Transmission (CT), which is an emerging area of research.

Multi-hop wireless transmission, where radios forward the message of other radios, is becoming popular both in cellular as well as sensor networks. This research is concerned with the statistical modeling of multi-hop wireless networks that do cooperative transmission (CT). CT in a physical layer wireless communication scheme in which spatially separated wireless nodes collaborate to form a virtual array antenna for the purpose of increased reliability. The key contribution of this research is to model the transmissions that hop from one layer of nodes to another under the effects of channel variations, carrier frequency offsets, and path loss. It has been shown that the successive transmission process can be modeled as a quasi-stationary Markov chain in discrete time..

Blind source separation (BSS) has become an area of prime interest. Conventional adaptive source separation systems use a training sequence to estimate and separate sources with the help of predefined optimization criteria. In BSS, the key idea is to use the data statistics to get apriori knowledge and thus separate the sources blindly

Cooperative relaying methods have attracted a lot of interest in the past few years. A conventional cooperative relaying scheme has a source, a destination, and a single relay. This cooperative scheme can support one symbol transmission per time slot, and is called full rate transmission. However, existing full rate cooperative relay approaches provide asymmetrical gain for different transmitted symbols..

The objective of this study is a comparison of WiMAX and Wireless DOCSIS, two access technologies for fixed wireless access (FWA), for rural environments. The band of interest is 2.5 GHz. In this band, WiMAX is called Mobile WiMAX, even though it is used also for FWA. The technologies will be compared in terms of data density, expressed as Mbps per km. The study is to be limited to the PHY layer and for a single cell in the downlink direction.

The IEEE 802.11 WiFi standard has been widely used in wireless local area networks (WLAN), which specifies an over-the-air interface between wireless clients and access point or between two wireless clients. With the recent development of multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems at the physical (PHY) layer and frame aggregation at the medium access control (MAC) layer, the IEEE 802.11n standard provides the fastest data rates and larger coverage areas in different environments. However, as wireless network proliferates in indoor environments specially homes, the network topology has evolved from simple single access point-based network into more complex multi-hop topologies.

Current Projects

Design and Development of Opportunistic Large Array Networks for Smart Grid Communications

ICT)logoSensors and sensor networks have an important impact in meeting environmental challenges. Sensor applications in multiple fields such as smart power grids,smart buildings/meters and smart industrial process control significantly contribute to more efficient use of resources. Wireless sensor and actuator networks (WSANs) are networks of nodesthat sense and potentially also control their environment. They communicate the information through wirelesslinks enabling interaction between people, devices, or computers and the surrounding environment.

Interference Alignment in Femtocells

hecThe topology and architecture of cellular networks are undergoing a major paradigm shift from voice- centric, circuit switched and centrally optimized for coverage towards data-centric, packet switched and organically deployed for capacity. Current cellular systems in the world, especially in Pakistan, are homogenous in the sense that there is a base station that serves a specified larger area (in kilometers) and then an adjacent base station serves the adjacent area. This macro-cellular system is deployed in most parts of the world since 3 last decades. However, a disadvantage of the macro-cellular system is that in remote areas or some typical terrains where the base-station’s signal cannot reach the end-user, the probability of outage (i.e., a user without signal coverage) increases

Design of Efficient Algorithms in Massive MIMOs for Next Generation Cellular Networks

hecIn recent years, wireless data traffic has exponentially grown due to a change in the way today’s society creates, shares and consumes information. This change has been accompanied by an increasing demand for higher speed wireless communication. Massive MIMO links are expected to become a reality within the next ten years. Towards this aim, the Massive MIMO communication is envisioned as one of the key wireless technologies of the next decade. These very high bit-rates will enable a plethora of long-awaited applications, such as ultra-fast massive data transfers among nearby devices, or high-definition videoconferencing among mobile personal devices in small cells, also to address spectrum scarcity and capacity limitations of current cellular systems. The latter application of current cellular systems is one of the most critical one that motivates one to carry out research in this particular area.

Collaboration between Sweden and Pakistan to Investigate Reliable Information and Communication Technologies for Realizing Smart Electricity Systems

The objective of this project is to initiate a research collaboration between Mid Sweden University (MIUN) and the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) to investigate enabling ICT technologies for power distribution systems that can reliably monitor the load variations and transmission losses in real-time. Such monitoring is essential to i) cope with the potential failures in the distribution network caused by gap in demand and capacity, ii) develop smart metering solutions and, iii) guard against transmission losses and theft. The project aims to extend this effort for M2M and future 5G enabling technologies.

In summary, the project will focus on these elements:

1) Research Visits: We organize two-sided short visits (1-3 weeks) of senior researchers and MSc/PhD students to work on the problem
2) Guest Lectures: Senior researchers deliver thematic lectures at the universities
3) Workshops: We intend to organize a workshop by inviting other researchers and the specialists. The main purpose of this workshop is in depth discussion on the research problems and gathering real-life requirements.