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Prof Yonghui Li


Prof Yonghui Li is an internationally recognised research leader and pioneer in wireless communications. Yonghui is currently directing the largest research laboratory within the school of EIE, the Wireless Engineering Laboratory, consisting of 6 academic staff, 5 postdocs and 40+ PhD students. He is also serving as the Research Director of the Centre for IoT and Telecommunications. The most recent Shanghai ranking in 2022, ranked the University of Sydney Telecommunication Engineering first nationally and no. 9 worldwide, just behind Stanford and MIT.
Widely cited in 2 communication standards, he has made significant impact in both theory and applications in wireless communications. His significant contributions are recognised by the academic community, through his IEEE Fellowship, 11 ARC grants, over 18,000 citations with h-index of 60, more than 260 IEEE journal papers and two advanced textbooks. He is the only researcher to be awarded both ARC QEII Fellow and ARC Future Fellow in communication technology. He has been listed as one of the top cited and most influential scholars by 3 academic databases. Internationally, the IEEE honoured Yonghui with elevation to Fellow status in 2018, an achievement reserved to recognise those with extraordinary accomplishments in their field.


Yonghui Li received his PhD degree in November 2002. Since 2003, he has been with the Centre of Excellence in Telecommunications, the University of Sydney, Australia. Li is now a Professor and Director of Wireless Engineering Laboratory in School of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Sydney. He is the recipient of theAustralian Research Council (ARC)Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship in 2008 and ARC Future Fellowship in 2012. He is an IEEE Fellow for contributions to cooperative communications technologies.

His current research interests are in the area of wireless communications, with a particular focus on IoT, machine to machine communicaitons, MIMO, millimeter wave communications, channel coding techniques, game theory, machine learning and signal processing. Li holds a number of patents granted and pending in these fields.

Professor Li is an editor for IEEE transactions on communications, IEEE transactions on vehicular technology and guest editors for several special issues of IEEE journals, such as IEEE JSAC, IEEE IoT Journals, IEEE TII, IEEE Communications Magazine. He currently serves as the Specialty Chief Editor, Frontiers Signal Processing Journal. He received the best paper awards from IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2014, IEEE PIMRC 2017, and IEEE Wireless Days Conferences (WD) 2014.

He has published one book, more than 200 papers in premier IEEE journals and more than 200 papers in premier IEEE conferences. His publications have been cited more than 13000 times, with an h-index of 56. Several of his papers have been included as ISI high cited papers by ESI Web of Science, defined as top 1% of papers in the field. Several of his papers have been the top most 10 most cited papers in the respective journals since the year it was published. He has been listed as AMINER AI2000 Most Influential Scholars in the field of Internet of Things (IoT).

Li has attracted more than $8 million in competitive research funding over the past 10 years, including more than 10 ARC grants. He has participated in $500 Millions Australia national demonstration project “Smart Grid Smart City” and designed last mile access networks.

He has led several commercialization projects, including Federal $500m Smart Grid Smart City Pilot project where he led the development of home area networks for smart grids. He co-founded a successful startup company Gridlink in 2012. He currently leads two large commercialisation projects, including the first NSW Physical Science Fund project at USyd and a $3m CRC-P project. In 2020, he developed the first long-range WiFi (LRWiFi) system, opening the significant potential benefits of WiFi. Together with UTS, he established the NSW Connectivity Innovation Network (CIN), where he is the Co-Technical Director. Funded with $1m/pa, the CIN aims to enhance Australia’s connectivity for remote communities by leveraging academia, industry, and government expertise.

He is the founder and director of IoT undergraduate major at the University of Sydney.

Research interests

Professor Li's current research interests are in the area of wireless communications, with a particular focus on5G, IoT, MIMO, millimeter wave communications, channel coding techniques, game theory, AI, machine learning and signal processing.