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Artificial Intelligent, Visual Communications and Networks (AVCN) research centre at UWS is one of the strong research centres in the whole university in terms of research outcomes, patents/IPRs, and income generation. The AVCN research centre at the UWS has grown to a hub of cutting-edge research for AI, IoT and Big Data, 5G Networks and Visual Communications. AVCN has 7 academic staff and over many PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and KTP associates. AVCN has a proven track record of leading national/international projects from EU, UKRI, InnovateUK, SFC, SICs and industries. AVCN has its own cloud infrastructure, 5G network, and a complete mid-size data centre designed to carry out computational experimentation in the field of Big Data, Cloud Computing, Data Security and Privacy. AVCN staff has over 500 peer-reviewed publications in international journals, conferences and books. The contributions have been officially recognised through a number of research and enterprise awards.

Contact Details

Name: Professor Keshav Dahal

Email address:

Telephone: +44 141 848 3305

School: School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences

Our research themes

AVCN has established expertise with significant research outcomes in the following areas:

  • Applied AI

  • Machine/Deep Learning

  • Big data & Data Analytics

  • 5G and Beyond Networks

  • IoTs, Sensor Network, Cloud Computing

  • Blockchain Technology

  • Video & Image Compression & Transmission

  • Cyber and Network Security

  • Intelligent Decision Support Systems

  • Scheduling, Optimization & Logistics Management

  • Connected and Remote Healthcare

  • Public Safety and Security

  • SMART Environment

AVCN significant research outcomes can be found at:

Externally funded ongoing projects:

Ongoing Projects

  • EU Erasmus+, eACCESS – EU-Asia Collaboration for aCcessible Education in Smart Power Systems (eACCESS), Total fund Euro 1 million (Euro 156k for UWS activities), 2020-2024.

  • EU Erasmus+, SUNSpACe – SUstainable developmeNt Smart Agriculture Capacity, Total fund Euro 1 million (Euro 164k for UWS activities), 2019-2022.

  • EU Erasmus+ “ATHIKA- Advanced Technologies in Health Innovation”, 200k for UWS activities, 2019-2022.

  • EU H2020, “SliceNet– End-to-End Cognitive Network Slicing and Slice Management Framework in Virtualised Multi-Domain, Multi-Tenant 5G Networks”, funded under H2020-ICT-2016-2 call, Euro 700k for UWS activities, 2017-2020.

  • InnovateUK, Newton Fund, Personalised Service Assistant for Journey Planner, £60k for UWS activities, 2018-2020.

  • EU Erasmus Mundus Project “SmartLink”, Project coordinator for the consortium of 25 EU and South Asian university partners, Euro 695k for UWS activities, 2014-2019.

  • EU Erasmus Mundus Project “gLINK”, Partner in the consortium of 18 partners, Euro 246k for UWS activities, (2014-2019),

  • EU H2020, “SELFNET – Framework for Self-organized Network Management in Virtualized and Software Defined Networks”, funded under H2020-ICT-2014-2 call, Euro 700k for UWS activities, 2015-2018.

  • GCRF (Global Challenges Research Fund) “NetDiploma project”, Networking project with Northumbria University funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), 2018-2020. 

  • EU Erasmusplus, UK- Algeria Advanced Computing Framework, Euro 163k, 2017-2018.

  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project, “Developing intelligent applications for confectionary business”, with Golden Casket Group Ltd and InnovateUK, £173k, 2019-2021.

  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project, “Developing intelligent system for luxury chauffeur services”, with Little’s Ltd and InnovateUK, £183k, 2019-2021.

  • KTP project, “Eye Tracking: Predicting a viewer’s likely response to digital advert” with Lumen, £240k, 2017-2019

  • KTP project, To embed machine learning expertise and develop the next generation of digital content management platform, funded by Innovate UK with MODO Systems Ltd., £165k, 2018-2021

  • KTP Project, Maintenance monitoring capabilities. Funded by the Innovate UK and Hart Lifts Ltd £185,000, 2019-2022.

  • KTP Project, To embed IoT and machine learning capabilities for developing air quality monitoring framework for large scale deployment. Funded by the Innovate UK and BRS Technology £185,000, 2019-2021.

  • Fundacion Seneca, “Cognitive Management of Identities for Muti-tenant 5G Networks”, funded under National Programme for Research Talent and their employability call, Euro 68k for Fellowship Holder, 2019-2021

  • Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems (CENSIS), UK, and Thales UK, "Smart Unmanned Aerial System for Real-Time Object Detection", in collaboration with Police Scotland, UK, funded under CENSIS open call, £100k for UWS activities, 2018-2019.

  • Cancer research UK, “Audio technology to detect lung cancer earlier” £40k, 2017-19

  • Scottish Funding Council, “Utilizing Social Media Trends to Proactively Prevent Cyberattack”, funded under PhD Studentship, £55,000, 2016-2019

  • Zayed University, “Privacy-aware Data Curation for IoT Devices”, funded under RIF, £14k for UWS activities, 2016-2019

  • AI enabled coverage hole detection for wireless networks, funded under VP Strategic fund matched with BT, £96k, 2018-2021

  • CSI “Emotional Gym: Interactive Bike, Lorretto housing”, Wheatley Group, £50k, 2017-2019

  • Digital Health Institute “Smartcough”, funded with 90k£ (2015-2018). With University of Edinburgh, Cirrus Logic (former Wolfson Microelectronics), and CHSS.

  • Energy technology Partnership (ETP), “Validation of advanced control and protection solutions for active integration of renewables through high fidelity hardware-in-the-loop simulation, with Strathclyde University, 2015-2018


Key Staff Members

Name:  Professor Keshav Dahal
Position: Leader of the AVCN Research Centre and Professor in Intelligent Systems
Tel: +44 141 848 3305
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Name: Professor Qi Wang
Position: Professor in Computer Networking
Tel: +44 141 848 3945
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Name: Professor Jose M. Alcaraz-Calero
Position: Professor in Networks
Tel: +44 141 848 3419
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Name: Professor Naeem Ramzan
Position: Professor in Visual Communications
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Name: Professor Zeeshan Pervez
Position: Professor in Web Technology
Tel: +44 141 848 3183
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Name: Dr. Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir
Position: Reader in Networks
Tel: +44 141 848 3420
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Name: Dr. Hector Marco
Position: Lecturer in Computer Security 
Tel: +44 141 849 4418
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Name: Dr. Santiago Matalonga
Position: Lecturer in Software Engineering
Tel: +44 141 849 4341
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Previous Members

  • Professor Henry Wang

  • Professor Abbes Amira

  • Professor Christopher Grecos

  • Dr Pablo Casaseca

  • Dr Chunbo Luo

Research Industry Partners

Last updated: 29/04/2020