Amir Khandani

Professor and NSERC/Ciena Industrial Research Chair
Amir Khandani

Contact information

Phone: 519-888-4567 x35324
Location: DC 2702


Amir Khandani

Biography summary

Amir Khandani is a Professor and NSERC/Ciena Industrial Research Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He held a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Wireless Communications, and prior to that, he held a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Information Theory. He currently holds the Senior Ciena-NSERC Industrial Research Chair on Network Information Theory of Optical Channels. Prior, he held a Senior NSERC Industrial Research Chair jointly funded by Blackberry/NSERC, and prior to it, a Senior NSERC Industrial Research Chair jointly funded by Nortel/NSERC.

Dr. Khandani’s research involves physical and media-access control (MAC) layers of telecommunications systems, information theory and signal processing, with primary focus on wireless and optical transmission. His goal is to understand the basics, further develop the theory in targeted areas, and apply it to the practice of commutations systems.

Dr. Khandani received his degrees from Tehran University, Iran, and McGill University, Canada, in 1984 and 1992, respectively. He joined Waterloo in 1993. Since 1993, he has supervised more than 45 PhD students, 35 master's students, 35 post-doctoral fellows and 20 research engineers. His former team members have successful careers in industry and academia across the globe. He frequently serves on technical program committees of major conferences in the area of wireless communication, and has acted as a consultant to various industrial and government agencies, delivering lectures and keynote speeches worldwide.

Research interests

  • Information Theory with emphasis on networks
  • Wireless Communications
  • Structure of lattices
  • Digital Communications
  • Communication Systems
  • Information systems
  • Security
  • Information Theory
  • Signal Processing
  • Optical Communications
  • Wireless Transmission
  • Optical Transmission
  • Communication Networks
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Cybersecurity
  • Infrastructure integrity


  • 1992, Doctorate, Electrical Engineering, McGill University
  • 1985, Bachelor's, Electrical Engineering, Tehran University
  • 1985, Master's, Electrical Engineering, Tehran University


  • ECE 307 - Probability Theory and Statistics 2
    • Taught in 2021, 2023
  • ECE 612 - Information Theory
    • Taught in 2019

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Selected/recent publications

  • Moshksar, Kamyar and Khandani, Amir K, Arbitrarily Tight Bounds on Differential Entropy of Gaussian Mixtures, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 62(6), 2016, 3340 - 3354
  • Ebrahimzadeh, Ehsan and Moshksar, Kamyar and Khandani, Amir K, Signaling Over Two-User Parallel Gaussian Interference Channels: Outage Analysis, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 62(5), 2016, 2573 - 2591
  • Moshksar, Kamyar and Ghasemi, Akbar and Khandani, Amir K, An alternative to decoding interference or treating interference as Gaussian noise, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 61(1), 2015, 305 - 322
  • Seifi, Ehsan and Atamanesh, Mehran and Khandani, Amir K, Media-Based MIMO: A New Frontier in Wireless Communications, arXiv preprint arXiv:1507.07516, 2015
  • Bourgoin, Jean-Philippe and Gigov, Nikolay and Higgins, Brendon L and Yan, Zhizhong and Meyer-Scott, Evan and Khandani, Amir K and Lütkenhaus, Norbert and Jennewein, Thomas, Experimental quantum key distribution with simulated ground-to-satellite photon losses and processing limitations, Physical Review A, 92(5), 2015

Graduate studies