Dr Mohammad Rowshan

Dr Mohammad Rowshan

Associate Lecturer
  • Ph.D. in electrical engineering (communications technologies), Monash University, 2021,
  • M.Sc. in integrated circuit design engineering, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), 2016,
  • B.Eng. (Hons) in electrical and electronic engineering, the University of Nottingham, 2015 (ranked 1).


During his doctoral studies, he visited the telecommunications circuits laboratory (TCL) at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland for six months in 2019. Additionally, he holds a B.Sc. degree in industrial engineering as well.

Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications

Mohammad is an Associate Lecturer at the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications (EE&T). He contributes as a lecturer, researcher, and research supervisor. 

Desk L08, Room 320, G17 Electrical Engineering Building, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Kensington, NSW 2052, Australia

  • Exemplary Reviewer 2022, IEEE Communications Letters, 2023
  • Exemplary Reviewer 2021, IEEE Transactions on Communications, 2022
  • Postgraduate Publication Award (PPA), Monash University, 2021
  • Graduate Research Completion Award (GRCA), Monash University, 2021
  • Best Presentation Award, IEEE CCWC, 2021
  • Graduate Research Int’l Travel Award (GRITA), Monash University, 2019
  • Monash Graduate Scholarship (MGS), 2017
  • Monash Int’l Postgraduate Research Scholarship (MIPRS), 2017
  • Arthur and Louise May Scholarship for Young Engineers, HKUST, 2015
  • Excellent Student Scholarship, HKUST, 2015
  • Best BEng Student Award (Rank 1), University of Nottingham, 2015
  • Dean′s Excellence Scholarship Award, University of Nottingham, 2014
  • 1st Prize Winner in Autonomous Hovercraft Competition, 2014
  • Dean′s Excellence Scholarship Award, University of Nottingham, 2013

His research focuses on the intersection of coding and information theory, wireless communications, machine learning, and hardware architecture design. During his PhD studies, he concentrated on polar codes and their variants, including code construction, precoding design, and enhancing decoders, as well as Near-ML decoders for short codes. He is keen on tackling fundamental problems and exploring new research directions. 

For more info about his activities, you can:

  • visit his Google Scholar profile to learn about his publications, or
  • visit his Web of Science page (then click on the "Peer Review" tab) to learn about his review works, or
  • Feel free to get in touch; He usually responds to all emails.


If you are a researcher in his field:

  • You are welcome to contact him to ask any questions related to his published works,
  • You can find the MATLAB/Python/C/C++ scripts of his developed algorithms and schemes on GitHub or CodeOcean through the IEEExplore publication pages ("Code Available" button at the top-right corner, or "Code & Datasets" section).
  • He is interested to collaborate with the people in the field and contribute effectively by taking part in the work.
  • If you are interested in writing a review paper, he might have some ideas and contribute to your paper.

My Research Supervision

  • Hamish Shaw (Ph.D.), Delay-Doppler Communications
  • Xinyi Gu (Ph.D.), Channel Coding
  • Penelope Jurd (B.Eng), FPGA-based Implementation of a Signal Detector for OTFS System
  • Zhengqiao Lin (B.Eng), FPGA-based Implementation of a Generic Decoding Algorithm
  • Harry Umaharan (B.Eng), Rate-Splitting Multiple Access for Satellite Terrestrial Communications
  • Nan Yan (B.Eng.), FPGA-based Implementation of a Code-specific Decoding Algorithm


Former students:

  • Xinyi Gu (M.Phil.), Channel Coding, 2022-2023
  • Jingxi Zhang (B.Eng.), Passive Indoor Positioning (WiFi-based), 2023-2024


If you are currently a Bachelor's/Master's student at UNSW and looking for a project/thesis supervisor:

  • Please see the topics database on Moodle (click here) for the potential topics that you can work on. Note that you should enroll yourself (as a student) to access the topics, by clicking on "Continue" in front of "Self enrolment (Student)".
  • Further information about the enrolment can be found here.
  • If you want to see the topics without enrolment, drop me an email and I will share the topics with you as a pdf file.
  • You can also propose your topic of interest (related to signal processing, communications, or VLSI design (FPGA-based or ASIC)) and we can discuss it.
  • You can choose to work on a project in a group of two (with your friend). 
  • You can find useful information about thesis writing here. Also, the thesis template as Word document is available here.
  • Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.
  • Please do not contact several supervisors simultaneously. I answer all requests within one or two days. So, be patient and after receiving an answer (or not receiving an answer after a couple of days, in case of other supervisors), you may proceed with another option for supervision.


If you are looking for an MPhil/PhD supervisor:

  • Domestic candidates: You have a high chance of receiving a scholarship for the MPhil/PhD program. Please get in touch and let us discuss your plans and interests.
  • International candidates funded by foreign states: If you have received or going to receive a fund from your own country (covering living expenses and/or tuition fees), and you have a competitive grade, please get in touch to assess your situation.
  • Other international candidates: Please note that getting a scholarship from UNSW as one of the top Australian universities in engineering (see 2023 Times Ranking by subject: Engineering or past years') and the largest electrical engineering school in the country is quite competitive for international applicants and requires research degree (holding a master by research degree)/experience, high grades, a degree from a good university in your country and/or potentially quality publications (hope it doesn't discourage you from trying).
  • Please make sure you attach your CV and transcripts to the email. You may indicate your research interests and relevant previous experiences, describe your qualities, your purpose for doing PhD or MPhil, etc. 
  • The fields that the researchers in WCL are working on include theories, algorithms, machine learning models, and hardware architectures for the physical layer of communication systems, such as channel estimation, joint sensing/radar and communication, modulation, signal processing/detection, channel coding, etc. 
  • Note that there are three rounds for scholarship application corresponding to three academic terms. For more info about the deadlines, see the key dates page.

Some advice: Take the journey of finding a PhD position seriously. Be patient and careful. The following tips might be helpful for you:

  • Do not contact several professors from the same school/department simultaneously by sending an identical email. That is a red flag (regardless of your qualities and merit) if they find out you have already contacted another academic as well. You should assume there is a high chance that they find it out as they are in contact with each other or sometimes they may recommend a potential student to a colleague, etc. No academic wants to waste his/her time on potential candidates whose eyes are everywhere. They also care about the manner of a potential student.
  • Contact an academic whose research area is the closest to your research interests and experiences. Note that academics also prefer to hire someone who knows about the field and probably has some experience, because such students can get on the track quicker than those who need to learn about the field. There is usually one academic in every department whose research area is the closest to yours. Start with that potential supervisor.
  • Have a look at the recent publications of the potential supervisor to get ideas on the supervisor's research topics. This way you can see if your interests are matched and whether you have a chance or not. Note that academics receive many emails from prospective students all the time. You need to stand out among those emails. By writing an email/cover letter specifically targeting the research works of the potential supervisor and showing that you are a fit, you can have a chance.
  • You need to have a good answer for the typical questions such as: why do you want to do MPhil/PhD? why do want to do it with this specific supervisor? why do you want to join this specific university? why do you want to come to Australia or any other country? etc. You need to be clear about all these questions. First, these questions help you to find the right path for your future. Secondly, these questions are usually asked in interviews. 
  • Some academics may not reply to your emails. This means they either haven't found your case strong enough to stand a chance for a scholarship or they think you are not a fit in terms of your academic background for the research field. So, after a while, you can move on and contact other potential supervisors. In case they come back to you later, it is okay if you have already contacted another potential supervisor. The choice will be yours as you have behaved professionally.


If you are a senior PhD candidate and looking for an Exchange Opportunity:

  • We may be able to host a few students if you have a scholarship from your country to cover your living expenses.
  • The current research activities should be in line with or close to our recent publications in our group,
  • You should have proved your research capabilities in the past with a good publication record,
  • We prefer to host international students from nationally/internationally known universities.
  • You may send your application via email to m.rowshan@unsw.edu.au, describing your recent work and why you are interested in visiting our laboratory.

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