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27 April 2021

Queen’s scientist Dr Hien Quoc Ngo has featured in the 2021 AI 2000 Most Influential Scholar Annual List having been included in the Most Influential Scholars Honorable Mention in the Internet of Things (IoT) category.

Dr Ngo is a researcher at the Centre for Wireless Innovation, based at ECITQueen’s University Belfast. Over the past ten years he has produced a body of influential work on Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO), a fundamental technology concept to enable 5G mobile networks. The Massive MIMO technology allows the base station equipped with many antennas to simultaneously serve many users over the same radio resource.

Recognised in the AI 2000 Most Influential Scholars Honorable Mention are the top 11–100 most cited scholars in the field of Internet of Things over the past 10 years (2011–2020).

The identified top venues of this field are IEEE Internet of Things Journal and IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, which published 9,509 papers authored by 9,876 scholars between 2011 and 2020. The ranking is calculated by weighting the number of citations and the author’s order in selected papers in the most recent ten years.

Dr Ngo, whose research addresses many challenges in the evolving wireless space, commented:

“The last ten years have seen a massive growth in the number of connected wireless devices (IoT). Billions of devices are connected and managed by wireless networks. At the same time, each device needs a high throughput to support applications such as voice, real-time video, movies, and games. Demands for wireless throughput and the number of wireless devices will always increase.

“I am honoured that my research has contributed to the progress of other scholars throughout the world in advancing innovation in 5G and IoT wireless communications.”

AI 2000 is an online e-magazine. The list is conferred in recognition of outstanding technical achievements with lasting contribution and impact. Inclusion is determined solely based on the Tsinghua AMiner academic data, which indexes more than 133 million expert profiles and 270 million publications. The AMiner academic search system has been in operation on the Internet since 2006 and has been visited by more than 10 million independent IP accesses from over 220 countries and regions.

Dr Ngo is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at Queen's, and a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow. His specific research interests include massive (large-scale) MIMO, cell-free massive MIMO, and cooperative communications. 

Since 2015 he has received four prestigious awards, including: the IEEE ComSoc Stephen O. Rice Prize in 2015, the IEEE ComSoc Leonard G. Abraham Prize in 2017, the Best PhD award 2018 by the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP), and the QUB Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Researcher Prize in 2020.

For more on Dr Ngo’s research visit

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