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Dr Wei Ni

Principal Research Scientist


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Dr Wei Ni was awarded BE and PhD degrees in Electronics Engineering in 2000 and 2005, respectively, both from Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He is the Principal Research Scientist of the Information Security and Privacy Group (ISP) in CSIRO, where he drives cutting-edge research in the security and privacy of future network systems, e.g., sixth-generation (6G) network systems, supply gain integrity and traceability, federated measurable circular economy, and coordinates research activities with government, defence, industries, and universities.

Previously, he was the Group Leader of the CSIRO Cybernetics Group, where he was directly responsible for bringing $4.6m and contributed and helped bring over $12m in research projects from the industry in the past four years. He has helped bring $2.5m in appropriation projects internal to CSIRO. In the same period, the technologies he contributed brought in over $400k p.a. in royalty. Dr Ni is also an adjunct professor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) since 2018 and an honorary professor at Macquarie University (MQ) since 2019. Before joining CSIRO, he was a Senior Researcher at Nokia Devices R&D (Jan 2008 – March 2009), and a Deputy Project Manager at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs Research & Innovation Centre (Jan 2005 – Dec 2007). His research interest covers deep learning, deep reinforcement, stochastic optimisation, analytics and modelling, and their applications to network integrity, security and efficiency.

Dr Ni has published five book chapters, 231 journal papers (including 118 IEEE Transactions and 19 IEEE Magazine papers), and 93 conference papers and contributed significantly to the industry with successful launches of an Alcatel-Lucent internal venture and two projects, 25 patents and 10 accepted IEEE standard proposals. His scientific breakthroughs include the world's fastest wireless broadband demonstrator; patented adaptive topology control of software-defined radio network; and QoS provision to unreliable energy-harvesting powered wireless links. His patents have been officially referenced by over 260 patents (from Apple, Intel, Ericsson, Samsung, Nokia, Qualcomm, Blackberry, and Huawei) with a substantial impact on industrial roadmaps.

Dr Ni serves as Chair of IEEE VTS NSW chapter since 2020, Editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Techonology since 2022, Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications since 2018, served as first Secretary and then Vice-Chair of IEEE VTS NSW chapter (2015 – 2019), Editorial Board Member for Hindawi Journal of Engineering (2012 – 2015), Track Chair of VTC2017-spring, Track Co-chair of VTC2016-spring, Publication Chair of BodyNet 2015, and Student Travel Grant Chair of WPMC 2014. He is a Senior Member of IEEE. He was awarded 2021 IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Chapter of the Year Award.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2005

    Fudan University

  • 2000

    Fudan University

Professional Experiences

  • 2022-now

    Principal Research Scientist
    Information Security and Privacy Group, Data61, CSIRO

  • 2019-2021

    Group Leader
    Cybernetics Group, Data61, CSIRO

  • 2016-2018

    Team Leader
    Cyber-Physical System Program, Data61, CSIRO

  • 2013-2016

    Senior Research Scientist
    CSIRO Computational Informatics

  • 2009-2013

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO ICT Centre

  • 2008-2009

    Senior Researcher

  • 2005-2007

    Deputy Project Manager
    Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs

Achievements and Awards

  • 2021-2021

    2021 IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Chapter of the Year Award

  • 2011-2011

    Inventor Award

  • 2010-2010

    Inventor Award

  • 2009-2009

    Inventor Award
    Nokia Corp.

  • 2007-2007

    Inventor Award
    Alcatel-Lucent Corp.

  • 2006-2006

    Inventor Award
    Alcatel Corp.

  • 2005-2005

    Outstanding Contribution on Product Concepts Award
    Alcatel Corp.

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2022-now

    Editor for IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology

  • 2020-now

    Honorary Professor, School of Computing, Macquarie University

  • 2020-now

    Chair, IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) NSW Chapter

  • 2018-now

    Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications

  • 2018-now

    Adjunct Professor, Discipline of Network and Security, The University of Technology Sydney

  • 2018-2019

    Vice-Chair, IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) NSW Chapter

  • 2015-now

    Secretary of IEEE VTS NSW Chapter

  • 2016-2016

    Track Chair of IEEE VTC'16-Spring

  • 2017-2017

    Track Chair of IEEE VTC'17-Spring

  • 2012-2015

    Editor for Hindawi Journal of Engineering since 2012

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