Prof R Malekian (Reza)



    Extraordinary Professor

Research Oppurtunities (Bursary support) 

Bursary support for 1 Master's student and 1 Honours degree student:
I am looking for two talented “South African” students interested in pursuing Master's study(one student) and Honours degree (one student) with expertise on "NB-IoT in the context of 5G" to join the department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at University of Pretoria. 

This bursary covers 1-year research study for MEng (and a short research secondment in Europe for MEng student). A bursary equivalent to full tuition/registration fees for honours degree will be offered.

A candidate should possess a bachelor's degree in engineering (4 years) in Electrical/Electronics or Computer Engineering from a South Africa University.

Candidates can submit CV together with other supporting documents such as copies of "BEng project" to [email protected]
Closing date 15 January 2020.


I am looking for a talented “South African” PhD student with expertise on IoT in Wireless Communications to join the department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at University of Pretoria. This PhD position includes research secondment in Europe and the bursary support for only three years.

A candidate should possess a bachelor's degree in engineering (4 years) and master's degree in Electrical/Electronics or Computer Engineering, with solid background in Mathematics from a South Africa University.

Candidates can submit CV including list of publications together with supporting documents such as copies of dissertation/thesis and previous publications to [email protected]
Closing date 15 August 2019.


Address and contact details

    Department of Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering 
    Office #15-9, Engineering 1 Building, 
    University of Pretoria
    Hatfield (main) Campus
    Cnr Lynnwood and University Road 
    Pretoria, 0002 
    South Africa 

    Telephone no: (+27 12) 420-4305
    Email:  [email protected] 


  • B.Eng, Computer Engineering (NU)
  • M.Eng, Information Engineering, Secured Telecommunication (IUST): Distinguished Student Award
  • Ph.D., Computer Sci., Mobile Communications (UTM/UVic-VRS)
  • Postdoc, Internet of Things 
  • Level 6,7,8; Malta QRIC

Professional status

  • Chartered Engineer (CEng) (UK) ~Professional Engineering 
  • National Research Foundation (NRF)- rated researcher (Y-rated)
  • IEEE Senior Member
  • ACM Senior Mmber
  • Fellow, British Computer Society (FBCS)

Professional Activities:

  • Associate Editor, IEEE Internet of Things Journal
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Editor, IET Networks
  • Editor, IEEE Internet Initiative Newsletter
  • Lead Guest editor, “Cyber-physical systems and context-aware sensing & computing”, Computer Networks, Elsevier, 2016-2017.
  • Area Editor, Ad Hoc Networks, Elsevier 

Research Interests

My research is focused on IoT, Sensors & Systems.
  • Internet of Things;
  • Sensors networks & Technologies;
  • Communication networks;
  • Cloud Computing & Big Data(SKA- Square Kilometre Array)
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems;
  • Data Centres: Utilization of Internet Data Centres
  • Have a look at my research publications as well.


  • For an updated list, please refer to my researchgate page.
  • Johan Wannenburg, Reza Malekian, “Physical Activity Recognition from Smartphone Accelerometer Data for User Context Awareness Sensing”, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Systems- Accepted (Impact Factor: 1.699).
  • Johan Wannenburg, Reza Malekian, “Body Sensor Network for Mobile Health Monitoring, a Diagnosis and Anticipating System”, IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol.15, No. 12, pp. 6839 - 6852 , 2015. ISI/SCIR, (Impact factor: 1.852).
  • Reza Malekian, Ntefeng Ruth Moloisane, Lakshmi Nair, BT(Sunil) Maharaj, Uche A.K. Chude-Okonkwo, "Design and Implementation of a Wireless OBD II Fleet Management System", IEEE Sensors Journal, Accepted.(Impact factor: 1.852).
  • Arun Cyril Jose, Reza Malekian, "Improving Smart Home Security; Integrating Logical Sensing into Smart Home", IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 17, Issue 3, pp. 4269-4286, 2017.
  • Arun Cyril Jose, Reza Malekian, Ning Ye, "Improving Home Automation Security; Integrating Device Fingerprinting into Smart Home", IEEE Access, Vol. 4, pp.5776-5787, 2016. (impact factor: 1.270). 
  • Ning Ye, Yingya Zhang, Ruchuan Wang, Reza Malekian, "Vehicle trajectory prediction based on Hidden Markov Model", KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, Vol. 10, No.7, pp. 3150-3170, 2016. (Impact factor: 0.365).
  • Valdo Henriques, Reza Malekian, "Mine Safety System Using Wireless Sensor Network", IEEE Access, Vol.4, pp. 3511-3521, 2016. (Impact factor: 1.270). 
  • Niel A. Cloete, Reza Malekian, Lakshmi Nair, “Design of Smart Sensors for Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring“, IEEE Access, Vol.4, pp.3975-3990, 2016. (impact factor: 1.270).
  • Zhongqin Wang, Ning Ye, Reza Malekian, Fu Xiao, Ruchuan Wang, "TrackT: Accurate Tracking of RFID Tags with mm-level Accuracy Using first-order Taylor series approximation", AD Hoc Networks, Elsevier, Vol.53, pp.132-144, 2016. (Impact factor: 1.67). 
  • Jaco Prinsloo, Reza Malekian, “Accurate Vehicle Location System Using RFID, an Internet of Things Approach“, Sensors MDPI, Vol.16, No.6, pp.1-24,Article no.825, 2016. (Impact factor: 2.245).
  • U. Chude, Reza Malekian, BT. Maharaj, "Biologically Inspired Bio-Cyber Interface Architecture and Model for Internet of Bio-NanoThings Applications", IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol.64, No. 8, pp.3444-3455, 2016. (Impact factor: 1.99). 
  • Benyu Su, Reza Malekian, Jingcun Yu, Xihui Feng, Zhixin Liu, “Electrical Anisotropic Response of Water Conducted Fractured Zone in the Mining Goaf”, IEEE Access, Vol.4, pp.6216-6224, 2016 (impact factor: 1.270). 
  • U. Okonkwo, Reza Malekian, B.T. Maharaj, “Molecular Communication Model for Targeted Drug Delivery in Multiple Disease Sites with Diversely Expressed Enzymes”, IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience, Vol. 15, Issue 3, pp.130-145, 2016. (Impact Factor: 2.309).
  • Tianhe Gong, Haiping Huang, Ping Chen, Reza Malekian , Tao Chen, “Secure Two-party Distance Computation Protocol Based on Privacy Homomorphism and Scalar Product in Wireless Sensor Networks”, Tsinghua Science and Technology (IEEE), Vol.21, No.4, pp. 385-396, 2016. (Impact Factor: 1.063).
  • Yingya Zhang, Ning Ye, Ruchuan Wang, Reza Malekian, "A Method for Traffic Congestion Clustering Judgment Based on Grey Relational Analysis”, ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, MDPI, Vol.5, No.5, pp.1-15, article ID: 71, 2016. (Impact factor: 0.651).
  • Xuefeng Li, Shibo Wang, Reza Malekian, Shangqing Hao, Zhixiong Li, "Numerical Simulation of Rock Breakage Modes under Confining Pressures in the Rock Cutting Process: an Experimental Investigation, IEEE Access, Vol.4, pp.5710-5720, 2016. (impact factor: 1.270).
  • Jaco Marais, Reza Malekian, Ning Ye, “A review of the topologies used in smart water meter networks: A wireless sensor network application“, Journal of Sensors, Hindawi, Article ID: 9857568, PP.1-12, 2016 (Impact factor: 0.712).
  • Xiangjun Jin • Jie Shao • Xin Zhang • Wenwei An, Reza Malekian, "Modeling of nonlinear system based on deep learning framework", Nonlinear Dynamics, Springer, Vol.84, No. 3, pp.1327-1340, 2016 (Impact factor: 2.419).
  • Reza Malekian, Dijana Capeska Bogatinoska, Aleksandar Karadimce, Jasna Trengoska, William A. Nyako, "A Novel Smart ECO model for Energy Consumption Optimization", 2015, Elektronika ir Elektrotechnika, Vol. 21, No.6, pp.75-80, 2015 (Impact Factor: 0.445).
  • Ning Ye, Zhong-qin Wang, Reza Malekian, Qiaomin Lin, and Ru-chuan Wang, "A Method for Driving Route Predictions Based on Hidden Markov Model", Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Vol.2015, pp.1-12, 2015. (Impact Factor: 1.082).
  • Ning Ye, Zhong-qin Wang, Reza Malekian, Ying-ya Zhang, Ru-chuan Wang "A Method of Vehicle Route Prediction Based on Social Network Analysis," Journal of Sensors, Hindawi, vol. 15, pp.1-10, 2015 (ISI/SCIE, Impact factor: 1.182).
  • Shao Jie, Zhao Weisong, Jin Xiangjun, Zhang Xin, Reza Malekian, "Underwater Broadband Acoustic Scattering Modelling Based on FDTD", Elektronika ir Elektrotechnika, Vol.21, No.2, pp.58-64 , 2015 (Impact factor: 0.445).

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