Syed Awais Wahab Shah

PhD Candidate
Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
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Research Focus

From a broad perspective, my research focus is to extract meaningful information from the “Big Data”.
Currently, under the supervision of Prof. Matthew McKay, I am analyzing “viral genomic data” using inter-disciplinary “statistical signal processing” and “statistical machine learning” methods and tools.
Previously, I have used statistical and signal processing methods for various applications of wireless communications such as blind source separation and incorporation of UAVs in a 5G network.


  • Sep. 2013 – Jan. 2016:   MS in Electrical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia    MS Thesis
  • Feb. 2008 – Jan. 2012:   BS in Electrical Engineering, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad, Pakistan

Research Experience

  • Nov. 2016 – Jul. 2018:    Research Assistant, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar
  • Jun. 2015 – Aug. 2015:   Visiting Research Scholar, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Delft, Netherlands
  • Jan. 2015 – May. 2015:   Visiting Research Scholar, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


Honors and awards

  • Jun. 2022:                       Gold Award at Global AI Challenge for Building E&M Facilities 2022   certificate   gold medal
  • Aug. 2018 – present:      Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), Hong Kong
  • Sep. 2013 – Jan. 2016:    MS Scholarship from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
  • Mar. 2012:                      Chancellor Gold Medal from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Pakistan    The News
  • Mar. 2012:                      Campus Gold Medal from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Pakistan
  • Aug. 2008 – Jun. 2011:   Merit Scholarship from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad, Pakistan