Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mohamed Ibnkahla, Ph.D.


Dr. Mohamed Ibnkahla

Dr. Ibnkahla was born in Sousse, a famous coastal city in Tunisia, founded by Phoenician mariners in the 9th century BC (even earlier than Carthage).

He obtained the Ph.D. degree and the Habilitation a Diriger des Recherches degree (HDR) from the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse (INP), Toulouse, France, in 1996 and 1998, respectively. He obtained an Engineering degree in Electronics (1992) and a Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies degree (equivalent to MSc) in Signal and Image Processing (1992) all from INP.

He currently holds a Full Professor position at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. He has been previously an Assistant Professor at INP (1996-1999) and Queen's University (2000-2004) and Associate Professor at Queen's University (2004-2012). He is also the founding Director of the Wireless Communications and Signal Processing Laboratory (WISIP) at Queen's University.

Dr. Ibnkahla has been leading several projects with industry and government agencies. He is currently involved in a number of projects applying wireless communications in key areas of the e-Society, including: smart power grid, control of renewable energy, water management, public health, environment monitoring, wildlife tracking, food traceability and safety risk monitoring, highway safety, intelligent transportation systems, etc.

Dr. Ibnkahla has been the Technical Manager of a major European Advanced Communications Technologies and Services (ACTS) Program (1996-1999). He is now playing major roles in a number of Research Networks and Partnership Programs such as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) DIVA Network, 2010-2015, Ontario Research Fund (ORF) WISENSE Project, 2009-2014, NSERC COGWSN project, 2011-2014.

He has published the following books: Signal Processing for Mobile Communications Handbook, Taylor and Francis Publishers - CRC Press, 2004, Adaptive Signal Processing in Wireless Communications, Taylor and Francis Publishers - CRC Press, 2008, Adaptive Networking and Cross-layer Design in Wireless Networks, Taylor and Francis Publishers - CRC Press, 2008, Wireless Sensor Networks: A Cognitive Perspective, Taylor and Francis Publishers - CRC Press 2012, and Cooperative Cognitive Radio Networks: The Complete Spectrum Cycle, Taylor and Francis Publishers - CRC Press, 2014.

He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal papers and book chapters, 20 technical reports, 80 conference papers, and 4 invention disclosures.

Since 1993 he gave more than 45 invited talks and tutorials in various conferences and seminars. He supervised 9 post-doctoral fellows and more than 14 PhD and 20 MSc students. He was the General Chair or Technical Chair of a number of international conferences including the Biennial Symposium on Communications (General Chair in 2010 and 2012).

Dr. Ibnkahla received the INP Leopold Escande Medal for the year 1997, France, for his research contributions to signal processing; the prestigious Prime Minister's Research Excellence Award (PREA), Ontario, Canada in 2000, for his contributions in wireless mobile communications; and the Favorite Professor Award, Queen's University, in 2004 for his excellence in teaching.

Dr. Ibnkahla is a Registered Professional Engineer (PEng) of the Province of Ontario, Canada.

Research Interests

  • Cognitive Communications
  • Cognitive radio networks
  • Smart grid communications
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system design
  • Wireless sensor networks analysis, design and applications
  • Signal processing for wireless communications
  • Heterogeneous networks
  • Cross-layer design (including the physical layer)
  • Self-organizing networks
  • Adaptive signal processing and system identification

Current Research Projects

  • Wireless sensor networks for environment monitoring
  • Wireless sensor networks for smart grid
  • Wireless sensor networks for intelligent transportation systems
  • Multi-band cognitive radio
  • Cognitive communications networks
  • RFID system design and integration
  • Adaptive modulation for wireless communications
  • Adaptive signal processing for wireless communications

Research and Graduate Studies Opportunities (See application form)

  • Many offers are available at the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels.
  • Postdoctoral fellowships.

2015-2015 Courses

  • ELEC 323 (Fall): Signals of Systems


Wireless Communications and Signal Processing Laboratory (WiSiP)


Dr. M. Ibnkahla
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Walter Light Hall, Room 408
Queen's University
Kingston ON K7L 3N6

Telephone: (613) 533-3074

Fax: (613) 533-6615

E-mail: mohamed.ibnkahla AT queensu.ca

Updated by Lindy Mechefske, Communications Officer
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
May 2014