Salman Durrani

Professor and Associate Director Education

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  • Machine learning for wireless communications
  • UAV communications
  • Early bushfire detection
  • Backscatter and wireless powered communications
  • Internet of Things networks


Prof. Durrani’s research interests have spanned many topics in communications theory, wireless communications and signal processing for communications. Currently, his work focuses on emerging communication technologies, such as wireless energy harvesting and power transfer, low‐power backscatter communications, unmanned aerial vehicle networks in the context of practical Internet of Things (IoT) use cases.


Professor Durrani has been with the Australian National University since 2005. In 2021 he also took on the role of Associate Director Education (ADirE) for the School of Engineering. Professor Durrani completed his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia in 2004, and received his BSc (1st class honours) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan in 2000.

He has co-authored over 170 publications to date in refereed international journals and conferences. His papers have attracted +5700 Google Scholar citations at a citation h-index of more than 33 and citation i10-index of more than 79. He has been a chief investigator on six research grants, with a total funding of $1.91 million, including lead CI in 2 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery grants. He has supervised 95 students including 4 Postdoctoral Research Fellows, 14 PhD students (10 graduated), 6 ME Hons students, 28 BE R&D students and 43 BE Hons students.

Activities & Awards

Professor Durrani has been awarded multiple prizes, honours and awards for research, supervision, teaching and service. He was a recipient of the 2016 IEEE ComSoc Asia Pacific Outstanding Paper Award. He was awarded the AI 2000 Internet of Things (IoT) Most Influential Scholars Honorable Mention in 2020 and 2022. He was awarded the Special Commendation in the 2019 Australian Council of Graduate Research Award (ACGR) for Excellence in Graduate Research Supervision, 2018 ANU VC Award for Excellence in Supervision and the 2012 ANU VC Award for Excellence in Education. He was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for Notable Services and Contributions towards the advancement of Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Engineering Profession in 2018. He was the Chair of the ACT Chapter of the IEEE Signal Processing and Communications Societies from 2015 to 2016. He served as an Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMMUNICATIONS from 2015-2020. He has acted as external examiner for 30 PhD and 4 MPhil theses from Australia, Canada, India and Pakistan. Since 2014, his research, education and student achievements have been reported in 15 media stories. He is a Member of Engineers Australia, a Senior Fellow of IEEE, USA and a Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, UK.

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