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Dr. Adnan Ahmed Khan
Head of Department
Department of Computer Software Engineering

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
Humayun Road, Rawalpindi
Tel : 56152-33055 (O), 03215204266 (M), 051-5508371 (R)

Wireless Communications

Ph.D in Computer Engineering, UET Taxila, Pakistan

  • PhD in Computer Engineering from Center of Advanced Studies in Engineering (CASE) affiliated with UET Taxila. Research area –Wireless Communications
  • Masters of Engineering in Computer Engineering (MCE) with specialization in Networks and Communications from University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila
  • Center of Advanced Studies in Engineering (CASE) (3.5 CGPA)
  • Bachelors of Engineering in Telecommunication Engineering (B.E T.E) from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. Graduated from Military College of Signals (NUST), Rawalpindi in 1994 (First Division). 
  • Short Courses on LTE, WCDMA, CDMA-2000 EVDO based 3/4G Systems 
  • Qual CDMA2000 1x Release 0, RC1 and RC2, NW Planning, Long Term Evolution (LTE), High Speed Packet Data Access (HSPA), Universal Mobile Universal Mobile Telecommunications Standard (UMTS)/ Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) and WiMax Training by QUALCOMM, US. 
  • Cisco Internetwork Trouble Shooting, Windows Server and Solaris Training from Digital China, Shangai.
  • Multi-Input Multi-Output Systems, Cooperative Communication Systems, Cognitive Spectrum Sensing, Compressed Sensing, Wireless Channel Modeling and Satellite Communications. Details are as under :-
    1)    Cooperative system and Network Coding
    a.    Novel Relaying Protocol for Cooperative Wireless Networks. Reducing the effect of Co Channel Interference (CCI) in Cooperative Wireless Networks. Optimal Cooperative Combine and Forward Relaying Protocol.
    b.    Network Coding. Random Linear Network Coding (RLNC). Network Coded TCP to enhance the throughput.
    c.    Applying Network Coding at Phy and MAC Layers.
    d.    Using Network Coding in MultiHop Cooperative Communication System
    e.    Extension of work in which Multiple Hop Cooperative Communications System is implemented using HARQ with Network Coding.
    2)    Interference Mitigation in Femto Cells: Evolutionary Algorithm Based Resource Allocation and Interference Mitigation for OFDMA Macrocell-Femtocells Networks.
    3)    Compressed Sensing Application in
    a.     Analog to Information (Digital) Conversion
    b.     Channel Coding, etc
    4)    Cognitive Spectrum sensing
    a.    Periodogram-Based Energy Detector in Fading Channels
    b.    Adaptive threshold in Energy detection
    c.    Cooperative Spectrum Sensing techniques, etc
    5)    MIMO Systems
    a.    Massive MIMO and Random matrix theory
    b.    Soft MIMO Detection
    c.    Codebook based Channel Feedback Techniques
    d.    MIMO Symbol Detection using Nature Inspired techniques like ACO, PSO, etc
    e.    MIMO over satellite. Multi Satellite MIMO communications over Ku Band.

    6)    Game theory and stochastic estimation with applications to wireless systems. Resource allocation problems in Wireless Systems becomes NP-hard because of the curse of dimensionality, it is important to incorporate some type of intelligence in the system such that we are able to solve the resource allocations / power allocation problems using relative low computational cost.
    7)    Wireless Green Communications and Networking


    Dr. Adnan Ahmed Khan – Publications

     Book Publication

     1) A. Khan “Efficient Signal Processing Techniques in Advanced Wireless Systems” by LAMBERT Academic Publishing Germany, ISBN: 978-3-8383-7402-4.


    2)  A. Khan, S. Bashir, S. I. Shah and A. U. Sheikh, "Binary Ant Colony Algorithm for Symbol Detection in a Spatial Multiplexing System," LNCS 4618, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 115-126, 2007. (
    3)  A. Khan, S. I. Shah and Xiaodong Li, "Symbol Detection in Spatial Multiplexing System using Particle Swarm Optimization Meta-heuristics," International Journal of Communications System, vol 21, issue 12, John Wiley Sons, 2008. (IF: 0.229)
    4) A. Khan, and S. I. Shah, "Meta-heuristics for Symbol Detection in a Spatial Multiplexing system," NUST Journal of Engineering and Sciences. 2009.
    5) S. Bashir, A. Khan, M. Naeem and S. I. Shah, "An Application of Univariate Marginal Distribution Algorithm in MIMO Communication Systems," International Journal of Communications System, Vol 23,Issue 1, John Wiley Sons, 2009. (IF: 0.229)
    6) I. Shafi and A. Khan “High resolution time-frequency methods’ performance analysis” EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing. 2010  (IF: 1.01)
    7) I. Shafi and A. Khan “Validity guided fuzzy clustering evaluation for neural network based time-frequency reassignment” ” EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing. 2010. (IF: 1.01)
    8) K. Khursheed and A. Khan, “Application of Heuristic (i-Opt Local Search) and Metaheuristic (Ant Colony Optimization) Algorithm for Symbol Detection in MIMO Systems” Journal of Communications and Networks, Scientific Research Publishing ISSN 1947-3826.
    9) M. Tabish and A. Khan, “Passive source Localization in a Randomly Distributed Wireless Sensor Networks” International Journal of Computer applications. 2011.
    10)   Rehan Khaild, Adnan A Khan, “Analysis of Codebook Based Channel Feedback Techniques for MIMO-OFDM Systems”, World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, 2011.
    11) Rehan Khaild, Adnan A Khan, “Performance Evaluation of Adaptively Modulated MIMO-OFDM System with Low Rate Channel Feedback Techniques”, JARCE: Volume 5, Number 1, January-June 2012, pp. 49-54, Global Research Publications–ISSN:0974-4320.
    12) Hijab Zahra, Adnan A. Khan, "Performance Comparison of Adaptive Power Control in UMTS for Indoor Propagation" International Journal of Future Generation Communication and Networking, 2012.
    13) M. Ahsan Ali, Imran Rashid and Adnan A Khan. Article: Selection of VoIP CODECs for Different Networks based on QoS Analysis. International Journal of Computer Applications 84(5):38-44, December 2013. Published by Foundation of Computer Science, New York, USA


     International Conference Proceedings

    14) A. Khan, S. Bashir, and S. I. Shah, "An Analysis of the effects of Multiple Access Interference in DS-CDMA Reverse Link," in Proc. IEEE Int. Conference on Emerging Technologies (ICET 2005), Islamabad Pakistan, pp. 182-187, September 2005.
    15) A. Khan, S. Bashir, M. Naeem and S. I. Shah, “Heuristics assisted detection in High speed Wireless Communication Systems”, in Proc. IEEE Int. Conf. (INMIC'06), Islamabad, Pakistan, pp. 1-5, December 2006.
    16) A. Khan, S. Bashir, M. Naeem, S. I. Shah, “An application of GA for Symbol detection in MIMO Communication Systems”, Third International Conference on Natural Computation, Vol-2 ICNC ‘07
    17) A. Khan, M. Naeem, and S. I. Shah, “A Particle Swarm Algorithm for Symbols Detection in Wideband Spatial Multiplexing Systems”, in Proc. Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), UK, London, pp. 63-70, 9-11 July 2007.
    18) A. Khan, S. Bashir, S. I. Shah and A. U. Sheikh, " Binary Ant Colony Algorithm for Symbol Detection in a Spatial Multiplexing System,“ in Proc. 6th International Conference on Unconventional Computation (UC 2007), Canada, pp. 115-126, August 2007.
    19)  K. T. Tasneem, A. A. Khan, S. Bashir, S. I. Shah, “Spatial Multiplexing System using Orthogonal Data Streams”, In Proc. of 3rd IEEE ICET, Islamabad, pp. 17-21, November 2007.
    20)  A. Khan, K. T. Tasneem, S. Bashir and S. I. Shah, “Low Complexity Near Optimal MIMO Decoding Based On Nature Inspired Techniques”, 5th International Workshop on Frontiers of Information Technology, Islamabad, December 2007.
    21)  A. Khan and S. I. Shah, “Simplified Maximum Likelihood Detection for Hi Orthogonal Space-Time Block Coded System”, 2nd IEEE International Conference on Computers, Controls and Communications, Feb 2009.
    22) A. Khan, S. Irteza and S. I. Shah, “Analysis of Detection Schemes in MIMO Spatially Correlated Channels”, IEEE Symposium on Industrial Electronics and Applications, 2009, Malaysia.
    23)  A. Khan, S. Irteza and S. I. Shah, “Improved ZF-ML Decoder for Space-Time Block Codes over Time Selective Channels”, IEEE Symposium on Industrial Electronics and Applications, 2009, Malaysia.
    24)  A. Khan, S. Irteza, K. Riaz, and S. I, Shah “Efficient Detection of Space Time Block Codes in Time-Selective Channels via Sphere Decoder”, 5th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies 2009 (ICET 2009).
    25) A. Khan, K. Kursheed and S. Irteza, “Analysis of Ant Colony Optimization in MIMO Detection” IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computing (CEC-2010).
    26)  M. Farooq, S. A. Khan, and A. A. Khan, “Hostname Addressing in Heterogeneous Mobile Ad hoc Networks”, 3rd IEEE International Conference on Computer Science and Information Technology, (ICCSIT 2010) China.
    27) Hassaan Ajaz, Adnan A. Khan, “Time Analysis of Cooperative MIMO using an SDR Platform” in WOCC 2011-Wireless Communications and Networks Symposium, 2011.
    28) Rehan Khaild, Adnan A Khan, “Performance Evaluation of Codebook based Channel Feedback Techniques for MIMO-OFDM” in The 2011 International Conference on Wireless and Optical Communications (ICWOC 2011).
    29) Sumreen Umer and A. Khan, “Optimal Relay Station Placement in Cooperative Networks using Particle Swarm”, in Proc. 13th annual Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), ACM, New York, USA, ISBN 978-104503-0690-4. 2011.
    30) Ibrahim Khalil, Adnan A Khan, Zohaib-ur-Rehman, “Turbo-coded HARQ with switchable relaying mechanism in single hop Cooperative wireless system”, in Frontiers of Information Technology (FIT 2011), Islamabad, Pakistan, December 19-21, 2011.
    31) Zohaib-Ur-Rehman, Adnan A Khan, Ibrahim Khalil, “Comparative Study of Self-Encoded Spread Spectrum and PN Coded Spread Spectrum in Cooperative Communication”, 2011.
    32) Rehan Khaild, Farhan Hanif, Adnan A Khan, “Performance Evaluation of Adaptively Modulated MIMO-OFDM Systems with Low Rate Channel Feedback Techniques” in Wireless Telecommunications Symposium (WTS) 2012, London.
    33) Adeel, Adnan A. Khan, “4G Evolution and Multiplexing Techniques with solution to implementation challenges”, International Conference on Cyber-Enabled Distributed Computing and Knowledge Discovery (CyberC 2012), Sanya, China, Oct. 10-12, 2012.
    34) Mehak, Adnan A. Khan, “Bit Loading for Mobile WiMAX Physical Layer" ICTC 2012.
    35) I Khalil, Adnan A. Khan, “Turbo-Coded HARQ Scheme in Multi-hop Cooperative Wireless Networks”, 6th Joint IFIP Wireless and Mobile Networking Conference (WMNC'2013), UAE (Dubai) – 23-25 April 2013.

    36) N Akbar, Adnan A. Khan, “Performance Analysis of Energy Detection Spectrum Sensing using MIMO-OFDM VBLAST Test Bed”, 6th Joint IFIP Wireless and Mobile Networking Conference (WMNC'2013), UAE (Dubai) – 23-25 April 2013.



    1. Advanced Digital Wireless Communication Systems

    2. Advanced Digital Communication

    3. Satellite Communication Systems

    4. Telecommunication Systems

    5. Space-Time Communication

    6.  Mobile Communications

    7. Analog Communication Systems

    Telecommunication Engineer                         1994-1997

    •    Configured and commissioned Ericssion MD-110 Exchange. Installed Ericssion Microwave Radios NL181 and NL 242.

    •    Installed and Configured VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminals). Installed and configured SATCOMS (Satellite Communication Systems).

    •    Designed a mobile Adhoc network solution incorporating Tsunami bridges and Harris Radios for mobile troops during operations. 


    Internetworking Engineer – C4I Dte              1998-2002

    •    Involved in designing, development and Implementation of Routers based Wide Area real time network with multiple E1 back bone for operational system for defence in collaboration with Chinese Experts.

    •    Established multiple LANs with more than 70 nodes.

  • Cisco Routers, Multitech modems and Catalyst Switches  
  • •     Implemented and Configured standard and extended Access list on routers for security. Configured routing protocols (EIGRP, OSPF, RIP & BGP).

    •    Configured TFTP server to upgrade IOS in routers.

    •    Administration of IP addresses, Designed IP addressing using VLSM and route summarization. Configuration of VLAN on Cisco Layer 3 Catalyst switches.

    •     Configured and maintained 3 Com routers (Super Stack-II 227) and switches.

    •     Configured Wide Area Network incorporating cylink Radio modems, Sun Servers, Bull machine, Main Street Bandwidth manger 3600, HDSL, DSL , 2700 series broad  band modems. Configured BM and GM Multitech modems for E1.

  • Video Conferencing
  • •    Video conferencing and application sharing using sun show me on sun machine and Picture Tel 550.

  • Windows 2000 Server and Exchange Server 2000
  • •    Configured  LAN’s, MANs and Campus Networks using Win 2000 Advance Server.

    •    Experience with Exchange Server 2000.

  • CDMA EVDO RF Planning using ATOLL
  • •    Worked on ATOLL for CDMA RF planning.

  •  Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • •    Installed GPS for retrieving data on Computer Networks. Experimentation of V-Track systems.

    •    Interfaced Garmin-38, Magellan-7000 with Computers. Interfaced Aerostar GPS with Computers using VHF and HF Radios. Detailed study for Interfaced GPS with   Operational Command and Control System.

  • Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV)
  • •    Trials for RPV with AWC in the field.

    •    Detailed study for Interfacing RPV lives video with Operation Command and Control System. Studied establishment of a RPV control center for transceiving  data from Computer Networks.

    MIMO and Cooperative MIMO Test Bed (ICT R&D project)             2007

    •    Planned, designed and developing MIMO (Multi-Input-Multi-Output) and Cooperative MIMO systems test-bed through ICT R& D Funded project worth Rs 15 M  at Iqra University, Islamabad

    •    Planned, designed, and developed as Principal Instigator (PI) an Advanced Wireless Systems test- bed Platform for practical implementation of MIMO-OFDM based SDR Systems. NUST HQ (Rs .386 M) funded project being implemented at MCS, NUST

    Satellite Communications Systems Lab establishment at NUST    2008

    •    Designed and Commissioned Satellite Communication Sys lab comprising of two earth stations (linked in C-Band) and test eqpt such as 30-GHz Spectrum Analyzer and Signal Analyzer. The lab is configured to carryout state of art R&D in Satellite Communications.

    •    This is first such facility in a Pakistani University for practical trg. The Offr also visited University of Surrey, UK, Centre for Comm Sys Research (CCSR) for tfr of tech in this regard. 

  • SUPARCO Student Satellite Project.
  • •    Designed a TubeSat based Pico-Sat proj to initiate indigenous dev of expertise in Satellite Technology. Developed Proposal in consultation with Institution of Space Technology (IST) for funding from HEC.

    •    Involved as PI in the student Satellite development project in consultation with SUPARCO.

    VHF/UHF SDR Waveform Design                                                                                      2011- 2012

    •    Involved in Software Defined Radios (SDR) Waveforms design and development with CARE  

    Android Based Home Automation and Surveillance System              2013 - Onwards

     •    Development of a complete product for Andriod Based Home Automation, Surveillance and Control System.