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Dr. Usman Hadi is currently working as an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in the School of Engineering at Ulster University, Jordanstown campus. Prior to that, he worked as a Post-Doctoral researcher at Aalborg University & Ext Research Engineer at Nokia Standards (Nokia Bell Labs) in Aalborg Denmark (2019-2021). He received his Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering from the Department of Electronic Engineering University of Bologna, Italy in 2019.  At the same time, he was a Visiting Researcher (2017–2019) at Université Paris-Est, ESYCOM, ESIEE Paris, Noisy-le-Grand, France and Nokia Bell Labs, NJ, USA. His research interests are in the area of wireless communication for 5G and Beyond 5G particularly Time Sensitive Networks, microwave photonics, machine learning including RoF systems, devices for telecommunications, and wireless sensor networks. He was among the top 2% of cited researchers for three consecutive years (2023, 2022, 2021). 

Active Collaborations:

  • Nokia Bell Labs
  • University of Leeds, UK
  • University of East Anglia, UK
  • University of Texas, USA
  • Boise State University, USA
  • MD Anderson Institute, Texas, USA
  • The University of Melbourne, VIC Australia


PhD Students: 

Ms. Cara Rose, funded by Department of Economy (Sept. 2023–Present)

Mr. M.Y. Daha, funded by Vice Chancellor's Research Studentship  (Sept 2022–Present)


Have a look at our recent in-house drone MADNI (Made in UU) Demo equipped with state-of-the art 5G connectivity, object detection, and facial detection



Research Interests

Radio over Fiber

Long Haul Optical Front Hauls

Wireless Communication (MIMO, Beamforming, Time Sensitive Networks)

Machine Learning for Optical Communications

AI for IoT

Smart Home Automation

Teaching Interests

Cyber Security (COM771)

Digital Signal Processing (EEE 834)

Mechatronics-1 (EEE 412)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Digital SIgnal Processing Techniques Applied to Radio over Fiber System, Alma Mater Studiorum-Università di Bologna

Master, Digital Predistortion for the Compensation of Nonlinearities in Radio over Fiber Links, University of Bologna

External positions

3GPP RAN, International Telecommunication Union


  • QB Astronomy
  • Radio over Fiber
  • Optical Communication
  • Microwave Photonics
  • QC Physics
  • Wearable Technology
  • Wireless Communication


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