Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir is Reader at Artificial Intelligence, Visual Communications and Network (AVCN) research centre, University of the West of Scotland (UWS), UK, received close to £1m funding from bodies such as Innovate UK through KTP programme (as PI and Co-PI), and ERASMUS+ programme (as Co-I) and matched by UK industries (as PI) in the areas of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). He has been actively involved in industry collaborative research project with centre of excellence for Sensor and Imaging Systems technologies (CENSIS) and has contributed to European project SELFNET and IEEE 4G/5G Standardisation. Previously, he has worked as PI/Co-PI on several commercial and non-commercial high impact research projects funded by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) of Qatar and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada.

With over 10 years of research expertise in design and development of wireless communication systems, he has published over 120 research articles including 40+ peer-reviewed top-tier journal papers; 70+ conference articles, and 10 books. He is a recipient of STARS Award 2018 (Staff Appreciation and Recognition Scheme) for Outstanding Research and Enterprise performance at UWS. He has been awarded with the Best Journal paper award 2019 jointly presented by IEEE Communications Society and China Institute of Communications for research on millimetre wave communications for 5G. Some of his research articles are listed in the Best Reading list on backhaul/fronthaul: communications, networking and signal processing by IEEE Communications Society. His research article published in IEEE Communications (2018) has been recognised in the top 1% highly cited papers in the field of Computer Science worldwide (Source: Web of Science).

He has been serving as Director of Studies/Lead supervisor for 4 PhD students; Supervisor for 5 PhD students; and Assessor for 5 PhD students. He has been appointed as an external PhD examiner at the University of York and the University of Bedfordshire during past 2 academic years; He has been supervising numerous MSc and Hons students with significant measurable outputs in the areas of IoT, Machine learning/Artifitial Intelligence, blockchain and 5G technologies.

He has been a frequent Keynote speaker/tutorial speaker at IEEE flagship conferences such as IEEE Globecom and ICC and international events such the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) programmes. He has been serving as Chair/Co-Chair of symposiums/tracks in several IEEE flagship conferences, such as VTC, EUCNC, Globecom and GlobalSIP. He has been also serving on the technical program committee of numerous IEEE conferences, including Globecom, ICC, and WCNC.

He has been serving as a senior editorial board for IEEE ComSoc Technology News (CTN) (ranked #1 online resource for communications technology news). He is an Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Communications Letters and has served as a lead Guest Editor/Guest Editor for IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Wireless Communications and IEEE Access. He is also serving as an Editor for Elsevier Journal PHYCOM.

He is serving as a Chair of IEEE ComSoc emerging technical initiative on backhaul/fronthaul communications and networking. He has been serving as an active member to several IEEE ComSoc technical committees. From January 2012 to January 2016, he has served as an elected Secretary to the IEEE DySPAN 1900.7 standard working group. He is full member of EPSRC Peer Review College. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, an active member of IEEE ComSoc and IEEE Standard Association.