Dr. Muhammad Azhar Iqbal


Muhammad Azhar Iqbal completed his PhD in Communication and Information Systems in 2012 from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China. Later he worked in different universities on different positions. Prior to his current tenure at University of Leeds, Dr. Azhar held significant roles (as Teaching Fellow) at Lancaster University (LU, United Kingdom),  (as Associate Professor) at Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU, China), and (as Associate Professor) at Capital University of Science and Technology (CUST, Pakistan). He has received senior membership IEEE and fellowship of Higher Education Academy. 

He is one of the founding members of Parallel Computing and Network (PCN) research group at CUST and conceptualized key projects of PCN related to the parititioning and distribution of large-scale simulations in Cloud. He has authored several international conferences/journal publications and leading author of two textbooks. He has supervised a number of Masters/PhD students. Dr. Azhar's current research is at the cutting edge of the agriculture digitalization. He is dedicated to developing artificial intelligence-based solutions aimed at improving sustainable crop/animal production systems. 

Research interests

My current research include

  • Wireless Ad hoc Networks
  • Cloud Computing
  • Deep Learning
  • Internet of Things
  • Digital Agriculture

My pedagogical research interests include

  • Technology Enhanced Student Learning
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  • PhD (Communication and Information Systems)
  • MS (Computer Software Engineering)

Professional memberships

  • IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
  • IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT)
  • Fellow HEA (Higher Education Academy)

Student education

Currently, I am involved in teaching the following courses:

  • User Adaptive Intelligent Systems (Undergrad Module)
  • Introduction to Web Technologies (Undergrad Module)

I have also taught the following courses in the past:

  • Master Level: Advanced Computer Networks, Wirelss Ad hoc Networks, Mobile and Wireless Networks 
  • Undergraduate level: Advanced Computer Programming, Computer Networks, Distributed Systems, Internet of Things, Human-Computer Interaction