Short Academic Biography
Shahram Yousefi is passionate for technology, innovation, teaching, learning, sustainability, harmony, and helping others. These passions are particularly fulfilled by teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in engineering, advising and supervising students, developing new ideas and technologies, developing curriculum, and organizing related workshops and conferences.
Shahram received his B.Sc. in electrical engineering from university of Tehran, Iran. Having worked in industry for a few years, in Sept. 1997, he joined the department of electrical and computer engineering of university of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, as an M.A.Sc. student where he received his PhD in Sept. 2002. While still a Ph.D. student at Waterloo, he instructed undergraduate courses and received more than 20 research and teaching awards and scholarships including the NSERC PGSB, OGS, OGS-ST, and Sandford Fleming foundation teaching awards.
Since 2002, he has held positions at Edward S. Rogers Sr. department of electrical and computer engineering of university of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, Ecole Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, and department of electrical and computer engineering of Queen's university, Kingston, Canada, where he is currently a tenured associate professor, a senator, and associate department head.
At Queen's, he has served as a member of the curriculum committee, undergraduate chair, IEEE chair and vice chair, chair of sub-committee on nonacademic discipline, and biennial symposium on communications chair. He is a senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) with PEO of Canada and currently serves as an editor for the IEEE communications surveys and tutorials journal. Prof. Yousefi was appointed the editor-in-chief of the Canadian journal of electrical and computer engineering in Jan. 2013.
- Faculty of Applied Science Golden Apple Teaching Award in 2004
- The ECE 4th-year Favorite Professor Award in 2005
- University-wide Frank Knox Teaching Award nominee in 2006 (one of only two from faculty of Applied Science)
- Persian Circle Award for Contributions to Canadian Society as an Academic and Researcher, 2006
- ECE Best Professor Award, April 2007
- Promoted to Senior Member of IEEE, Nov. 2008
- Professor of the Year, Queen's ECE, March 2009
- Tenured and promoted to Associate Professor as of July 1, 2009
- Discovery Accelerator Supplement (DAS) of NSERC, Apr. 2010 [NSERC: "The Discovery Accelerator Supplements Program (DAS) provides substantial and timely additional resources to accelerate progress and maximize the impact of outstanding research programs."]
- Appointed the co-Editor of the Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering (CJECE), Jan. 2012
- Appointed the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering (CJECE), Jan. 2013
- Guest Editor, Hindawi International Journal of Antennas and Propagation, Special issue on "Deployment challenges for Large-Scale MIMO Communications", Aug. 2013
ResearchShahram's research interests are in the general areas of Communication and Information Theory with emphasis on the Physical (PHY) layer: broadband wireless applications such as WIMAX and network multicast and content delivery. In particular:
- Channel coding/decoding and detection
- Performance evaluation of codes/constellations
- Application of graphical representations in efficient decoding
- Graph codes
- Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) code design/implementation
- MIMO systems and Space-Time Coding
- Network coding
- Rateless coding
- Polar coding
- Fountain network coding; multi-hop fountain codes
For more information on Prof. Yousefi's research, please go the Signal Design and Analysis Laboratory (SDAL) web-page. For a list of research papers click here.
- Electric Circuits, ELEC 221, Fall 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013: [Course summary] [Course web-page]
- Digital Communications, ELEC 461, Fall 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012: [Course summary] [Course web-page]
- Electrical/Computer Engineering Project, ELEC 390/49X, Fall and Winter terms 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013: [Course summary] [Course web-page]
- Practical Engineering Modules advisor, APSC 100, Fall and Winter terms 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011: [Course web-page]
- Coding Theory, ELEC 865, Winter terms 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015: [Course summary] [Course web-page]
Professional Activities and Memberships:
- Associate Head, ECE (current)
- ECE curriculum committee member (current)
- Undergraduate Chair, Electrical Engineering (in [201-2013] period)
- Senator, Queen's Senate (current)
- Senate committee member, Scholarships and student aid (current)
- Curriculum Committee, ECE Dept. (in [2003,2009] period)
- Option E3 (communications) Adviser (in [2003,2009] period)
- Admitted Students' Day, Organizer (in [2003,2009] period)
- Guest Editor, Hindawi International Journal of Antennas and Propagation, Special issue on "Deployment challenges for Large-Scale MIMO Communications"
- Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Jan. 2013-to date
- General Chair, QBSC 2014 conference
- Editor, IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials Journal, 2013-to date
- Editor, IEEE Communications Letters, 2009-to date
- Co-Editor, Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Jan. 2012-Dec. 2012
- TPC co-chair, Communications and networking Symposium, CCECE 2012
- Publicity chair, the 26th Queen's Biennial Symposium on Communications (QBSC 2012), Kingston, Ontario, Canada
- Chair, IEEE Kingston Section, Jan. 2011-Dec. 2012
- IEEE Senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
- Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO)
- Publicity chair, 2008 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Recent results sessions chair, twenty-third Queen's Biennial Symposium on Communications (QBSC 2006), Kingston, Ontario, Canada
- Reviewer for a number of journals such as IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Communications Letters, IEE Proceedings Communications, etc.
- Reviewer and technical committee member for numerous conferences and symposia
- Reviewer of grant applications: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada(NSERC), The Centre for Communications and Information Technology of Ontario Centres of excellence (OCE), Israel Science Foundation (ISF), etc.
- Reviewer for Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)
- Publicity chair, 24th Queen's Biennial Symposium on Communications (QBSC 2008), Kingston, Ontario, Canada
- Engineer-in-Residence volunteer, EIR program of PEO of Canada and Ministry of Research and Innovation Ontario (2007-2008)
- Associate Editor for the IEEE journal: Communications Letters
- Award Chair, IEEE Kingston Section, 2007
- Vice Chair Membership, IEEE Kingston Section, 2008 and 2010
Prof. Shahram Yousefi
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Walter Light Hall 422, 19 Union St.
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6
Telephone: (613) 533-2936/2925
Fax: (613) 533-6615
E-mail: s.yousefi [at sign here] queensu . ca