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Increasing connectivity and digitization continues to change our world.

Digital is everywhere.

The increasing connectivity and digitization of our world, or the Internet of Things, continues to change everything, from how we catch a taxi, book a trip or turn on a thermostat.

There are forecasts that 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020, representing a $19-trillion (U.S.) global market.

With projects spanning every aspect of the digital world, our research teams are pushing the limits of systems engineering. Whether it is cyber security and privacy, big data manipulation, hardware systems, large system integrations or the effects of these technologies on our society, our world renowned researchers are working with industry, government, and research partners in Canada and around the world to create fresh solutions to the world’s digital problems.

Challenges: Increasing amounts of data, cyber security, privacy, software safety and efficiency, security threats, ease of information sharing, social connectivity, hardware innovations (for example, smartphones, Fitbits)

 

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Dr. Mohamed Bakr

Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Optimization methods; computer-aided design and modeling of microwave circuits; neural networks applications; smart analysis of microwave circuits; efficient optimization using time domain simulation methods

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Dr. Jennifer Bauman

Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Hybrid and electric powertrain design and control; Power electronic converters; Advanced vehicle modeling; Smart-charging and EV integration into the smart-grid

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Dr. Berker Bilgin

Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Electric Machines and Energy Conversion Systems; Power Electronics and Electric Motor Drives; Acoustic Noise and Vibration Reduction in Electric Motor Drives; Electric and Hybrid Powertrains; Transportation Electrification

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Dr. Ian Bruce

Associate Chair (Graduate)
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Professor
McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering and signal processing, particularly development of mathematical models of auditory physiology for predicting auditory perception in normal-hearing and hearing-impaired individuals; assistive devices for the hearing impaired such as hearing aids and cochlear implants; auditory neurophysiology and psychophysics; digital speech processing; stochastic and nonlinear systems

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Dr. Chih-Hung (James) Chen

Associate Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

High-frequency characterization of deep submicron MOSFETs; Noise characterization of BJTs and MOSFETs; Ultra low-power, low-noise analog ICs for telecommunications; Analog and RF ICs for wireless transceivers

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Dr. Jun Chen

Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Information and Coding Theory; Wireless Communications; Multimedia Communications; Signal and Image Processing; Data Compression and Storage; Networking

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Dr. Tim Davidson

Department Chair
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Signal processing for communications and networking

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Dr. Jamal Deen

Distinguished University Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Distinguished University Professor
McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering

Associate Member
Department of Engineering Physics

Associate Member
Department of Computing and Software

Micro-/Nano-/Opto-Electronics, Nanotechnology and Data Analyics for Health and Environmental Applications, Bioimagers, Biosensor

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Dr. Thomas E. Doyle

Associate Professor
McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering

Associate Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Biomedical signal processing; Human-computer interfacing (HCI); Machine learning for the augmentation, rehabilitation, and enhancement of human attributes

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Dr. Sorina Dumitrescu

Associate Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Multimedia Computing and Communications; Network aware data compression; Signal quantization; Image coding and transmission

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Dr. Ali Emadi

Professor and Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Professor and Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Canada Research Chair in Transportation Electrification and Smart Mobility and NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Electrified Powertrains
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Canada Research Chair in Transportation Electrification and Smart Mobility and NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Electrified Powertrains
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Transportation Electrification; Electrified Vehicles; Autonomous-Capable Vehicles; Electric and Hybrid Powertrains; Power Electronics and Electric Motor Drives; Electric Machines and Energy Conversion Systems; Renewable and Efficient Energy Systems; Energy and Sustainability

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Dr. Tim Field

Associate Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Diffusion theory; Electromagnetic scattering and propagation in random media; Geometric phases in quantum theory and coherent states; MRI physics; Population dynamics; Radar scattering; Stochastic differential equations; Stochastic quantization

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Dr. Yaser Haddara

Associate Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Physics, modeling, and simulation of microelectronics fabrication process technology; the study of materials properties, process physics, and electronic devices both in conventional VLSI technologies and in emerging technologies

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Dr. Mohamed Hassan

Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

computer architecture; embedded systems; cyber-physical systems; hardware verification; systems-on-chip; digital design; verification; security; Internet-of-Things

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Dr. Simon Haykin

Distinguished University Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Cognitive Dynamic Systems (Cognitive Radar and Cognitive Radio)

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Dr. Matiar Howlader

Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Nano-bonding of materials, devices, and components from emerging technology of microelectronics, photonics, micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS), bio-MEMS, bio-MOEMS and microfluidics for miniaturized and robust micro- and nano-system for health and environmental applications

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Dr. Steve Hranilovic

Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Communication algorithms ; Information theory and experimental implementations for optical channels, especially wireless optical channels

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Dr. Aleksandar Jeremic

Associate Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Associate Professor
McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical signal processing ; Medical imaging ; Biochemical sensing ; Environmental monitoring ; Array signal processing

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Dr. Thia (Kiruba) Kirubarajan

Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Estimation: Target tracking ; Information fusion ; Signal processing ; Communications ; Sensor resource management ; System diagnosis and fault detection

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Dr. Shiva Kumar

Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Fibre optic communication systems; Photonic devices; Modeling and simulation of optical communication systems

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Dr. Xun Li

Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Photonic devices with emphasis on semiconductor laser diodes, packaging and integration of photonic devices and sub-systems ; Fiber-optic communication systems and networks

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Dr. Mehdi Narimani

Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Associate Member
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Power Electronics ; High-Power Conversion ; Medium-Voltage Motor Drives ; Application of Power Electronics in Power Systems ; Modeling and Control of Power Electronic Converters ; Renewable Energy Systems

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Dr. Nicola Nicolici

Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Computer-Aided Design for VLSI Circuits ; Design for Testability ; Hardware/Software Co-synthesis ; Low Power and Reliable Computing

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Dr. Natalia Nikolova

Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Microwave and millimeter-wave imaging and detection; Inverse problems; Computational electrodynamics; Computer-aided analysis and design; Radar ; Antennas ; Microwave devices

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Dr. Michael Noseworthy

Co-Director
McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering

Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Assessment of normal and diseased tissue microstructure and the resultant modulation of tissue metabolism using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and in vivo nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy ; Diseases of interest include cancer, musculoskeletal disorders and traumatic brain injury (TBI)

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Dr. James (Jim) Reilly

Professor Emeritus
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Professor Emeritus
McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering

Statistical signal processing, including blind signal separation, blind deconvolution, image processing, and applications of numerical Bayesian estimation (MCMC) techniques

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Dr. Shahram Shirani

Associate Chair (Undergraduate)
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Visual Communications ; Image and Video Compression ; Image/Video Indexing and Retrieval ; Robust Video Transmission over Error Prone Networks ; Image and Video Processing ; VLSI Architectures for Real-Time Signal and Image Processing ; Multimedia Hardware Architectures ; Ultrasonic Imaging

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Dr. Shahin Sirouspour

Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Professor
McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering

robotics ; telerobotics & haptics; medical robotics; aerial robotics; control of UAVs and drones; energy management in smart grid; mechatronics; control systems; optimization

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Dr. Peter M. Smith

Professor Emeritus
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Design tools for surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices ; Analysis, design and application of novel ultrasonic devices ; Circuits for medical telemetry

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Dr. Ted Szymanski

Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

High Speed Networking ; Intelligent Optical Networks ; Optical Switching ; VLSI Integrated Circuits ; Computing Systems ; Field Programmable Hardware

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Dr. Terry Todd

Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Computer networks ; Local and metropolitan area networks ; Wireless communications ; Smart antennas ; Fixed wireless internet access ; Embedded wireless communications ; Low power wireless protocols ; Picocellular radio networks ; Bluetooth ; Performance evaluation ; Queueing theory

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Dr. Kon (Max) Wong

Professor Emeritus
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Signal detection and estimation ; Sensor array processing ; Adaptive filtering ; Communication theory ; Optimum designs of transmitters and receivers ; MIMO communications ; Applications of wavelets and solutions in communications ; Biomedical signal processing

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Dr. Xiaolin Wu

Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

VISUAL/MULTIMEDIA COMPUTING AND COMMUNICATIONS, IMAGE/VIDEO PROCESSING (COMPRESSION, RESTORATION, VISUALIZATION), ULTRA HIGH FIDELITY IN SPATIAL, SPECTRAL AND TEMPORAL DOMAINS, COMPUTATIONAL IMAGING, COMPUTATIONAL DISPLAYS

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Dr. Jian Kang (JK) Zhang

Associate Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Multi-rate filterbanks ; Wavelet transforms ; Signal detection & estimation ; Signal Processing (linear algebra, number theory) ; Quantum information theory, random matrices, graphs & their applications in MIMO communication systems ; Coherent optimal trace-orthonormal linear dispersion coding & blind space-time modulation to identify MIMO fading channels & transmitted signals

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Dr. Dongmei Zhao

Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Wireless communication networks ; Design and performance modeling of wireless mobile communications networks ; Radio resource management, quality-of-service provisioning, mobility management, access control and admission control

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