Advanced Systems

Advanced Systems encompass big data and networks, communication networking, photonics and electromagnetics, robotics and controls and sensors.

Research Themes

Adapting new ideas and tools from information technology, coding theory, stochastic processes and design optimization to impact information & coding theory, wireless communications & networking, cloud computing & big data, and blockchain technology.

Theoretical and applied research pertaining to digital communications over wireless channels, orthogonal frequency division multiplexing, spread spectrum communications, statistical signal processing for wireless applications, and optical wireless communications.

Development and use of sophisticated numerical algorithms, software, and high-performance computer hardware to tackle challenging engineering problems. Activities include finite element analysis (FEA) of metallurgical castings, solidification, and welding; computational fluid dynamics (CFD) of fluid mixing, multiphase flows, and turbulence.

Design and optimize advanced electromechanical systems such as fuel injectors, high-speed machine tools, or earth quake dampers for buildings. These applications use advanced actuation technologies including custom design magnetic circuits and smart materials to control the behaviour of mechanical structures (at the micro and macro scale).

Research activities in broad applications of sensors, actuators, robotic systems and unmanned vehicles. Besides fundamental research on theories, a majority of the mechatronics and control activities are carried out in partnership with industrial partners who desire to increase the level of autonomy, precision and safety in their processes and plants.

Exploring new fabrication processes, new device concepts, and new integrated microsystems (and nanomaterials). Exploring novel materials based on polymers, carbon nanotubes, graphene and new processes using 3D printing and laser machining. Applications include lab-on-a-chip devices, organ-on-a-chip for drug screening and biochemical sensors for environmental sensing and medical diagnostics.

Faculty Researchers

Anas Chaaban – Assistant Professor
Relaying for Interference Management specifically network information theory. Researching optical wireless communications, communication theory, relay networks and coding theory.


Kenneth Chau – Associate Professor
At the intersection of nanotechnology and optics, moulding light to create the next generation of light tools. Using smart windows and incorporating nanotechnology and optics to distribute power and communications signals.


Julian Cheng – Professor
Improving Optical and digital wireless communications with an emphasis on fundamental research. Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing, spread spectrum communications, statistical signal processing for wireless applications, and optical wireless communications.


Chen Feng – Assistant Professor
Information and coding theory, big data and blockchains. Adapting new ideas and tools from information theory, coding theory, stochastic processes, and optimization to design better networking systems.


Jonathan Holzman – Professor
Integrated Optics including micro- and nano-photonic technologies targeted at a variety of applications, including ultrafast all-optical processing, optical wireless communications and terahertz spectroscopy.


Jahangir Hossain – Associate Professor
Contemporary wireless communication systems focused on bandwidth and energy efficient technologies for wireless systems leading to longer battery life and high data rate support.


Mina Hoorfar – Professor
Theoretical and experimental advancements in surface science and microfluidic technologies. Investigating electrochemistry (fuel cells), advanced imaging (microCT), computational modeling, and fabrication of microstructures.


Thomas Johnson – Associate Professor
Solving applied problems in radio frequency and microwave circuits and systems. Investigating RF power sources for wireless and industrial applications, applied electromagnetics and pulse encoders for switch-mode power amplifiers.


Richard Klukas – Associate Professor
Using optical, ultrawideband, and WiFi signals and sensors for indoor positioning and navigation. Improving methods for integrating various indoor positioning technologies and vehicle-to-vehicle ranging systems.


Sunny Li – Associate Professor
Advancing liquid / air cooling technologies, thermal / fluid sciences in sustainable energy systems and thermalfluidics in micro devices and systems.


Zheng Liu – Associate Professor
IoT-based sensing, intelligent systems, machine learning and data analytics, computer vision and pattern recognition, information fusion.


Loïc Markley – Assistant Professor
Electromagnetic wave engineering, with an emphasis on metamaterials and metamaterial-related devices to further the design of high-frequency electronic circuits and antennas.


Homayoun Najjaran – Professor
Mechatronics and control systems with applications in robotics, industrial automation and unmanned systems.


Stephen O’Leary – Professor
Wide-band gap III-V and disordered semiconductors related to optical response of materials, novel electron devices, solar cells, x-ray image detectors and large-area electronics.


Rudolf Seethaler – Associate Professor
Mechatronics for automobiles including development of high-speed and large displacement actuation devices, electromagnetic valve trains, distributed control sensor fusion and power distribution systems.


Mohammad Zarifi – Assistant Professor
Development of microwave resonator sensors, high-speed and lower power analog to digital converters, microelectromechanical Sensors.