Research Talk


Dr. Georgios B. Giannakis

Georgios B. Giannakis (born February 27, 1958) is a Greek–American Professor, engineer, and inventor. At present he is an Endowed Chair Professor of Wireless Telecommunications with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Director of the Digital Technology Center at the University of Minnesota. Giannakis is internationally known for his work in the areas of statistical signal processing, distributed estimation using sensor networks, wireless communications and cross-layer network designs, on topics such as auto-regressive moving average system identification using higher-order statistics, principal component filter banks, linear precoding, multicarrier modulation, ultra-wideband communications, cognitive radios, and smart grids. Seminal work includes the development of linear precoding wireless communication systems, which provided a unified approach for designing space-time block codes that achieve data high rates and reliability, and proposal of zero-padding as an alternative to the cyclic prefix for multi-carrier communication systems, which had impact in the multi-band ultra wide band standard. Current research focuses on big data and network science with applications to social, brain and power networks with renewables.

Dr. Sidney Fels

Sidney Fels has been in the department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at UBC since 1998. Dr. Fels received his PhD and MSc in computer science at the University of Toronto in 1994 and 1990 respectively and his BASc in electrical engineering at the University of Waterloo in 1988. He was recognized as a Distinguished University Scholar at UBC in 2004. He was a visiting researcher at ATR Media Integration & Communications Research Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan from 1996 to 1997. Dr. Fels previously worked at Virtual Technologies Inc. in Palo Alto, CA. He is internationally known for his work in human-computer interaction, 3D displays, biomechanical modeling, neural networks, intelligent agents, new interfaces for musical expression and interactive arts. His lab website is at Dr. Fels is also the director of the Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC) at UBC (

Dr. Nicolas A. F. Jaeger

Nicolas A. F. Jaeger is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Since his appointment in 1989, his work has included the development of optical sensors to measure primary voltage and current in power transmission and distribution systems, the development of optical sensors to monitor the health of installed power equipment, the development of ultrahigh-speed, integrated-optic modulators in compound semiconductors and the special electrodes used in them, and the development of photonic integrated components and circuits on silicon-on-insulator platforms. To date, his research has resulted in two spin-off companies. He currently offers a nationwide graduate course in silicon photonics with colleagues at UBC, Université Laval, and CMC Microsystems. For research and technology transfer, Professor Jaeger has received the Canadian Institute of Energy’s Research and Development Award, the BC Advanced Systems Institute’s Technology Partnership Award, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Conference Board of Canada’s Synergy Award for Innovation, the Canadian Association of Physicists and the National Optics Institute’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics, and the British Columbia Technology Industries Association’s Excellence in Technical Innovation Award. For teaching and mentoring, Professor Jaeger has received the Killam Teaching Prize and the Killam Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring.

Dr. Vincent Wong

Vincent Wong is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. His research areas include protocol design, optimization, and resource management of communication networks, with applications to the Internet, wireless networks, smart grid, fog computing, and Internet of Things. Dr. Wong is an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Communications and an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. He has served as a guest editor of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications and IEEE Wireless Communications. Dr. Wong is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Dr. Shen-En, Qian

S.-E. Qian is a world renowned scientist with 30 years' experience in space science and technology. He is currently a top scientist with the Canadian Space Agency, where he serves as the Scientific Authority of Canadian government contracts, leads the industry and academia in the development of innovative space technologies and satellite missions. He heads an in-house R&D team in the development of space technologies and spaceborne electro-optical instruments and their applications for Earth observation. He holds 35 patents worldwide and published over 100 scientific papers. He is the sole author of 2 books on optical satellites and their signal processing published by SPIE Press and a co-author of 4 others. He led around 200 experts at national space agencies and edited a must-have handbook "Optical Payloads for Space Missions", published by John Wiley & Sons in 2016. He has made over 20 lectures in universities worldwide. He received the Ph.D. degree in telecommunication and electronic systems in 1990. He is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the SPIE, and a Senior Member of IEEE.

Dr. Behraad Bahreyni

Behraad Bahreyni is an Associate Professor and the founding Director of the Intelligent Sensing Laboratory (ISL) at the School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering at Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada. He received his BSc in electronics engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran, and MSc andPh.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Manitoba, Canada, in 1999, 2001, and 2006, respectively. He was a post-doctoral researcher with the NanoSicence Centre at Cambridge University, UK, where he conducted research on interface circuit design for microresonators. He joined Simon Fraser University in 2008 after a one-year tenure in the industry as a MEMS design engineer. Over the past decade, his research activities have focused on the design and fabrication sensing systems comprising micro/nano sensors from silicon, polymers, or nanocomposites, their interface electronics, and the required signal processing algorithms. Dr. Bahreyni is the author of more than 100 technical publications including a book on the fabrication and design of resonant microdevices.


Important Deadlines

Full Paper Submission:2nd September 2018
Acceptance Notification: 17th September 2018
Final Paper Submission:25th September 2018
Early Bird Registration: 25th September 2018
Presentation Submission: 20th October 2018
Conference: 1 - 3 November 2018

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