Xiangyun (Sean) Zhou

Senior Lecturer

Research School of Engineering

The Australian National University

115 North Road

Acton, ACT 2601, AUSTRALIA

Phone: +61 2 6125 4054       

Email: xiangyun.zhou@anu.edu.au




Teaching & Research Supervision










         Biography                 Research Interests                 Prospective Students



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·         Check out our recently submitted magazine article on backscatter communications which introduces an emerging communication paradigm for future IoT networks [link].Description: Description: Description: bookcover.jpg

·         Check out our magazine article on wirelessly powered communications which provides answers to some frequently asked questions in the field and points out possible research directions [link].

·         Check out our bookPhysical Layer Security in Wireless Communications” which provides a systematic overview of the foundations and recent developments of this emerging security paradigm. Published by CRC Press, November 2013.


Brief Biography:

Sean grew up in the city of Chengdu, China. He went to Australia in 2004 and obtained the Bachelor of Engineering (Hon) and the Ph.D. degrees from the Australian National University (ANU) in 2007 and 2010, respectively. He currently works as a Senior Lecturer* within the Research School of Engineering at the ANU. His primary research interests are in the fields of communication theory and wireless networks. From 2010 to 2011, he was a postdoctoral fellow at UNIK – University Graduate Centre, University of Oslo in Norway. He has also spent time as a visitor (duration varies from 1 week to 3 months) at a number of overseas universities in the past few years, including University of Texas at Austin, University of California at Irvine, Aalborg University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and National Tsing-Hua University.


Sean currently serves on the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and IEEE Communications Letters. He was a Guest Editor of the 2015 special issue on Wireless Physical Layer Security in IEEE Communications Magazine and the 2014 special issue on Energy Harvesting Wireless Communications in EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking. He was an organizer and chair of various reputable international workshops including ICC’14, ICC’15 and ICC’16 workshops on Wireless Physical Layer Security. He also served as a symposium/track chair for major IEEE conferences. He was the Chair of the ACT Chapter of the IEEE Communications Society and Signal Processing Society in 2013 and 2014. He was a recipient of the Best Paper Award at the IEEE ICC’11 and IEEE ComSoc Asia-Pacific Outstanding Paper Award in 2016.


* see Wikipedia page on what Senior Lecturer is [link]


Research Interests:

In the fields of Communication Theory and Wireless Networks, focusing on the wireless technologies underpinning future cellular networks and the Internet of Things. Specific research topics include:

  • Physical layer security
  • Wireless network security
  • Stochastic geometry
  • Small cells and heterogeneous cellular networks
  • Millimeter wave communications
  • Machine-to-machine communications
  • Wireless powered communications
  • Energy harvesting communications




Student Research Opportunities:

One full PhD scholarship available!

I’m looking for self-motivated students with strong mathematical background and good communication skills in English who want to pursue a Ph.D. degree in wireless communications, networking and security. Information about the application process and scholarships can be found here for both domestic and international students (also here for some additional information and here for students from China). Additional scholarships may be available subject to funding situation.

Prospective students (Ph.D., M.Phil, B.Eng (Hon), R&D) interested in working with me can send me an email together with your academic transcripts (and a CV for Ph.D. and M.Phil students). Please check out my research interests (and recent publications) before contacting me. Thanks.

Why choosing ANU for PhD study: ANU is consistently ranked among the top 50 universities in the world. According to 2015/2016 QS Top Universities Rankings, ANU is ranked 1st in Australia and 19th in the world and its Electrical & Electronics Engineering is ranked 2nd in Australia and 42nd in the world. ANU is located in Canberra - the capital city of Australia. ANU has its main round of international PhD scholarship applications due in August and domestic PhD scholarship applications due in October. In addition, another round of scholarship applications for both international and domestic applicants is due in March/April, subject to scholarship availability. In addition to the university scholarship, individual academic staff often have research fund available to support extra scholarships which may be offered any time throughout the year. The scholarship is at the rate of approximately AUD$26,000 per annum tax free. The normal duration of a full-time PhD study at ANU is 3 year to 3.5 years. No coursework is required. Teaching assistant duties are optional and will be paid with extra salary. Apart from the scholarship, extra funding is available to support conference travels and overseas university visits.