Our People - Electrical and Computer Engineering

Arash Arami
+1-519-888-4567 x37648
Location: 
EC4 1023

Research Interests:

  • Assistive Robotics and Rehabilitation Engineering

  • Neuromechanical Modeling; Robot-Based System ID
  • Human-Robot Interaction and Neural Control
  • Movement Analysis and Sensorimotor Deficit Modeling
  • Smart Implants and Prosthetics
  • Intelligent Systems and Machine Learning 

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Group(s): 
Application Areas→Aging, Biomechanics, Data Science, Disease Modelling, Fall Prevention, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Rehabilitation, Stroke, Virtual Reality, Wearable Devices; Technology Areas→3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing, Actuators, Biomarkers, Computational Modeling, Disease Modelling, Machine Learning/AI, Medical Devices, Robotics, Sensors; Discipline Areas→Biomechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Human Factors, Kinesiology, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Physiology, Public Health, Robotics; Faculty→Engineering
Chris Backhouse
519-888-4567 x31467
Location: 
QNC 3622

Research Interests:

  • Quantum devices (High and low Tc tunnel devices, nanobiotechnology-based devices)
  • Biomedical engineering, MEMS/MOEMS and CMOS integration
  • Lab on chip, medical diagnostic and microfluidic devices
  • Remote sensing and radio astronomy
Group(s): 
Application Areas→Healthcare Systems, Industrial Biotechnology, Wearable Devices; Technology Areas→Imaging, Medical Devices, Microfabrication, Microfluids, Sensors; Discipline Areas→Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Faculty→Engineering
Michael Barnett-Cowan
519-888-4567 ext. 39177
Location: 
BMH 1042

Research Interests:

  • Multisensory integration
  • Perception and action
  • Psychophysics
  • The vestibular system
  • Virtual reality

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[Waterloo News] September 25, 2018 "Virtual reality motion sickness may be predicted and counteracted"

[ScienceDaily] December 15, 2018 "Aging warps our perception of time, study finds"

[Record] October 12, 2017 "Aging slows perception of falls: UW study"

Group(s): 
Application Areas→Aging, Biomechanics, Fall Prevention, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Optometry, Space, Virtual Reality, Wearable Devices; Technology Areas→Biomarkers, Computational Modeling, Diagnostics, Imaging, Machine Learning/AI, Medical Devices, Sensors; Discipline Areas→Biology, Biomechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Genetics, Human Factors, Kinesiology, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Philosophy, Physics, Physiology, Robotics; Faculty→Applied Health Sciences
M.O.Damen
519-888-4567 x37261
Location: 
EIT 3109

Research Interests:

  • Coding theory

  • Cross-layer optimization

  • Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) and space-time communications

  • Multiuser detection

  • Optical communications

  • Wireless Communications

  • Interface management

Group(s): 
Technology Areas→Machine Learning/AI; Discipline Areas→Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Faculty→Engineering
B. Fidan
519-888-4567 x38023
Location: 
E3 4119
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Expertise in system/parameter identification, adaptive control and signal processing, mathematical modeling, sensor networks, localization, optimization, driver assistance systems.

Research Interests:

  • Cooperative systems and sensor networks (multi-agent, multi-sensor systems)

  • Nonlinear, adaptive, and switched dynamical systems; robust adaptive control; nonlinear and adaptive control designs for mechatronic systems
  • Control applications (high performance flight and vehicle stability control, biomedical)

  • Robotics and intelligent systems (multi-agent, motion planning, vision control, biomedical and assistive robotics)

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Group(s): 
Application Areas→Biomechanics, Fall Prevention, Healthcare Systems, Rehabilitation, Wearable Devices; Technology Areas→Actuators, Computational Modeling, Machine Learning/AI, Robotics, Sensors; Discipline Areas→Biomechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Robotics; Faculty→Engineering
N.Jiang
519-888-4567 x33677
Location: 
DWE 2518F

Research Interests:

  • Biological Signal processing
  • Brain-computer interface
  • Human-machine interface
  • Rehabilitation Engineering

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[Office of Research News] March 12, 2018 "Received Early Researcher Award" 

Group(s): 
Application Areas→Aging, Biomechanics, Fall Prevention, Personalized Medicine, Rehabilitation, Stroke, Virtual Reality, Wearable Devices; Technology Areas→Computational Modeling, Machine Learning/AI, Medical Devices; Discipline Areas→Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Human Factors, Physiology, Robotics; Faculty→Engineering
K. Karim
519-888-4567 x38336
Location: 
E3 3143

Research Interests:

  • Low-dose, low-cost x-ray imaging system (e.g. tuberculosis screening)

  • Circuit technology, Photon counting circuits for biomedical imaging

  • Large area digital medical imaging

  • Silicon Thin-film Applied Research

  • Device physics

  • Amorphous semiconductors and semiconductor devices

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[Engineering News] November 12, 2018 "New X-ray technology to be tested on cancer patients"

[YouTube Lecture] September 30, 2014 "Bending the cost curve: Building a $1000 diagnostic X-ray imager for scalable and sustainable healthcare"

[Office of Research] "Paving the way for a digital X-ray and health-care revolution"

Group(s): 
Application Areas→Cancer, Cardiovascular, Infectious Diseases, Wearable Devices; Technology Areas→Diagnostics, Imaging, Medical Devices, Microfabrication, Sensors; Discipline Areas→Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Faculty→Engineering
Kulic
519-888-4567 x37260
Location: 
E5 4044

Research Interests:

  • Robotics, robot learning

  • Humanoid robots

  • Human-robot interaction

  • Machine learning

  • Mechatronics

  • Human motion analysis (sports training, rehabilitation)

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[Waterloo News] May 18, 2017 "Technology aims to improve physiotherapy outcomes using sensors and machine learning"

[CBB researcher story] January 9, 2013 "An Improved Road to Recovery"

Group(s): 
Application Areas→Aging, Biomechanics, Rehabilitation, Wearable Devices; Technology Areas→Machine Learning/AI, Robotics, Sensors; Discipline Areas→Electrical and Computer Engineering, Robotics; Faculty→Engineering
V. Lakshminarayanan
519-888-4567 x38167
Location: 
OPT 334

Research Interests:

  • Classical and visual optics
  • Optical system design, science and engineering
  • Psychophysics/human factors
  • Visual perception, visual optics math modelling
  • Biomedical image processing

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[CBB researcher story] July 29, 2015 "Image processing to automate early glaucoma diagnosis"

Group(s): 
Application Areas→Aging, Optometry, Virtual Reality; Technology Areas→Computational Modeling, Imaging; Discipline Areas→Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Human Factors, Physics; Faculty→Science
Zoia Leonenko

Research Interests:

  • Biophysics of lipids and lipid-protein interactions

  • The role of structural changes and physical properties of lipid template in controlling biological processes and diseases

  • Biomedical nanotechnology (lipid films, molecular mechanism of Alzheimer's disease)

  • Drug development and delivery systems, antimicrobial peptides in lung disorders

  • Fluorescence and atomic force microscopy

  • Kelvin probe force microscopy and single molecule force spectroscopy

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[Global Impact] May 2018, studying Alzheimer's at a molecular level to find a cure

[YouTube Lecture] October 1, 2014 "Scanning probe microscopy in biomedical research"

Group(s): 
Application Areas→Aging, Diabetes, Disease Modelling, Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology, Infectious Diseases, Inflammatory Diseases, Mental Health, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Pathogen Detection, Personalized Medicine, Targeted Drug Delivery, Toxicology; Technology Areas→Biomaterials, Disease Modelling, Drug Development, Imaging, Medical Devices, Sensors, Surface Coating, Therapeutics, Vaccines; Discipline Areas→Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedicine, Bionanotechnology, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Pharmacology, Physics, Polymer Chemistry, Toxicology; Faculty→Science
B. Leung
519-888-4567 x32678
Location: 
EIT 4023

Research Interests:

  • Design of mixed analog/digital circuits for wireless communication
  • Phase noise of oscillator, mixer noise and mixer distortion analysis
Group(s): 
Application Areas→Data Science; Technology Areas→Computational Modeling; Discipline Areas→Bionanotechnology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Nanotechnology, Physics, Synthetic Biology; Faculty→Engineering
P. Levine
519-888-4567 x31414
Location: 
E5 4012

Research Interests:

  • Integrated microsystems for clinical and environmental monitoring

  • Combining complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) integrated circuits with novel materials, structures, or devices to enable non-traditional life science and bio-diagnostic applications

  • CMOS-integrated biochemical assays

  • Semiconductor integrated circuits and sensors, design and test of 3D integrated circuits

  • Micro/nano fabrication, lab-on-a-chip devices

  • Electrochemical biosensors

  • Electrophysiology

  • DNA sequencing

  • Image sensors

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Group(s): 
Application Areas→Industrial Biotechnology; Technology Areas→Diagnostics, Gene Therapy, Imaging, Medical Devices, Microfabrication, Microfluids, Sensors; Discipline Areas→Bionanotechnology, Bioprocessing/Biochemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Nanotechnology; Faculty→Engineering
Yuning Li
519-888-4567 x31105
Location: 
QNC 5614

Research Interests:

Development of organic materials and nanomaterials for printed and organic optical and electronic devices

  • Environmentally stable polymer semiconductors for biological and chemical sensors in applications in smart food packaging, health care devices, wearable electronics, etc.
  • Polymers derived from biologically active compounds for biological and biochemical sensors
  • Electrically highly conductive polymers for thermoelectrics, batteries, and solar cells
  • Low-temperature processable metal nanoparticle conductive inks
  • P-type and n-type high charge carrier mobility small molecules and p-conjugated polymers for organic field effect transistors, which have applications in RFIDs and displays
  • Novel synthetic chemistry for conjugated polymers
  • Single-walled carbon nanotubes and graphene

Design, fabrication, and characterization of organic electronics

  • Chemical/biosensors​
  • Organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) or organic filed effect transistors (OTFTs)
  • Small molecule and polymer bulk-heterojunction photovoltaics (OPV) (solar cells)
  • Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSC)
  • Perovskite solar cells
  • Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs)
  • Photodiode and phototransistor based organic/polymer photodetectors

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Group(s): 
Application Areas→Data Science, Healthcare Systems, Wearable Devices; Technology Areas→3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing, Imaging, Medical Devices, Microfabrication, Polymer, Sensors; Discipline Areas→Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Nanotechnology, Polymer Chemistry; Faculty→Engineering
Sheva Naahidi
519-888-4567 x40206
Location: 
E7 5338

Research Interests:

  • Bio inspired solar cell technology
  • Targeted drug delivery
  • Bio compatibility
  • Tissue engineering
  • Cardiovascular
  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Sensors
  • Polymers

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Group(s): 
Application Areas→Industrial Biotechnology; Technology Areas→Computational Modeling, Microfabrication, Polymer, Sensors, Surface Coating; Discipline Areas→Biochemistry, Bionanotechnology, Biophysics, Biosystem Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Nanotechnology, Physics; Faculty→Engineering
O. Ramahi
519-888-4567 x37460
Location: 
EIT 4154

Research Interests:

  • Biomedical applications of electromagnetics

  • Electromagnetic compatibility, interference, propagation mechanisms

  • Material measurements, metamaterials and its engineering applications

  • Energy harvesting

  • Surface and subsurface detection using near-field microscopy

  • Electronic packaging

  • Photonics

  • Radiating systems, theoretical and computational electromagnetics

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Group(s): 
Application Areas→Cancer; Technology Areas→Imaging, Machine Learning/AI, Sensors; Discipline Areas→Electrical and Computer Engineering; Faculty→Engineering
Parsin Haji Reza
519-888-4567 x40172
Location: 
E7 6416

Research Interests

  • Early Cancer Detection
  • Eliminating Positive Surgical Margins
  • Non-contact Biopsies for Endoscopy 
  • Functional Brain Imaging 
  • Early Detection and Understanding the Age-related Vision Loss Problems. 

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Group(s): 
Application Areas→Cancer, Cardiovascular, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Optometry, Targeted Drug Delivery, Wound Care; Technology Areas→Biomarkers, Diagnostics, Imaging, Medical Devices; Discipline Areas→Biomedical Engineering, Biomedicine, Bionanotechnology, Biophysics, Bioprocessing/Biochemical Engineering, Biosystem Engineering, Biotechnology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Nanotechnology, Physics; Faculty→Engineering
Manoj Sachdev
519-888-4016 or x84016
Location: 
E5 4002

Research Interests:

  • Flexible and wearable electronics

  • Displays (television, cell phone, and computer)

  • Solid-state lighting

  • Digital circuit design for low power, low voltage applications

  • High performance mixed-signal circuit design

  • Robust design practices for VLSI

  • VLSI testing and design for testability techniques for current and logic testing

  • VLSI quality, reliability and yield improvement techniques

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Group(s): 
Application Areas→Wearable Devices; Technology Areas→Medical Devices, Microfluids; Discipline Areas→Electrical and Computer Engineering; Faculty→Engineering
Safavi-Naeini
519-888-4567 x32822
Location: 
E5 4029

Research Interests:

  • Biotechnologies (sensors, mobile health, biomedical instrumentation, DNA sequencing, pharmaceutical analysis, skin cancer screening, energy harvesting, environmental monitoring)

  • Wireless communication systems (RF technologies, antenna, and propagation modelling)

  • Emerging RF/Microwave/Millimeter Wave/THz systems, devices, and novel electromagnetic materials

  • Computational electromagnetics and photonics

NSERC Research In Motion Industrial Research Chair in Wireless Communications [NSERC Profile]

[Waterloo Record] July 3,2018, highlights the Anechoic chamber in the Centre for Intelligent Antenna and Radio Systems (CIARS)

[Waterloo News]  June 28, 2018 "AI and radar technologies could help diabetics manage their disease"

[Engineering News] June 28, 2018 "Researchers developing a prick-free glucose monitor"

[RD Magazine] June 28, 2018 "AI and Radar Technologies Could Help Diabetics Manage Their Disease

[Waterloo New] [Engineering News] May 22, 2018, Electrical and Computer Engineering,  $12 million awarded to Waterloo researchers

[Waterloo Stories] January 20, 2017 "Smart antennas could “make the world a better place”

[Waterloo News] June 22, 2016 "Developed in Waterloo, now orbiting in space"

[Waterloo Stories] September 13, 2013 "Waterloo opens world-class facility"

[CBB researcher story] December 7, 2012 "Improving Healthcare with Electromagnetic Waves"

Group(s): 
Application Areas→Space; Technology Areas→Computational Modeling, Imaging, Sensors; Discipline Areas→Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Nanotechnology; Faculty→Engineering; NSERC Industrial Research Chairs
Oliver Schneider
519-888-4567 x38505
Location: 
CPH 3677

Research Interests

  • Virtual Reality
  • Wearables Devices
  • Computer Human Interaction, haptics, design
  • Data Science
  • Mental Health
  • Nutritional Science

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[YouTube] October 11, 2018 "DualPanto: A Haptic Device that Enables Blind Users to Continuously Interact with Virtual Worlds"

Group(s): 
Application Areas→Data Science, Mental Health, Nutritional Science, Virtual Reality, Wearable Devices; Technology Areas→3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing, Actuators, Computational Modeling, Machine Learning/AI, Robotics, Sensors, Therapeutics; Discipline Areas→Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Human Factors, Kinesiology, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Robotics; Faculty→Engineering
George Shaker
+1 519-498-5173
Location: 
E5 4126

Research Interests:

  • Bio-wearable electronics and systems
  • Bio-electromagnetics, bio-technology, bio-sensors and energy harvesting systems
  • RF/microwave/millimeter wave/Terahertz (THz) circuits and antenna systems
  • Radio frequency (RF)/microwave packaging and Electromagnetic compatibility 
  • (EMC)/Electromagnetic interface (EMI) analyses
  • Vehicle and UAV wireless communications, navigation systems, and telematics systems
  • Complex propagation and scattering phenomena
  • Devices and novel electromagnetic materials and wireless sensors

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[Waterloo News]  June 28, 2018 "AI and radar technologies could help diabetics manage their disease"

[Engineering News] June 28, 2018 "Researchers developing a prick-free glucose monitor"

[RD Magazine] June 28, 2018 "AI and Radar Technologies Could Help Diabetics Manage Their Disease

[Engineering News] July 5, 2016 "Waterloo wins big with tiny power device"

Group(s): 
Application Areas→Aging, Data Science, Diabetes, Environmental Biotechnology, Fall Prevention, Healthcare Systems, Industrial Biotechnology, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Optometry, Personalized Medicine, Rehabilitation, Space, Targeted Drug Delivery, Virtual Reality, Wearable Devices, Wound Care; Technology Areas→3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing, Actuators, Biomarkers, Biomaterials, Computational Modeling, Machine Learning/AI, Medical Devices, Sensors; Discipline Areas→Bioinformatics, Biomedical Engineering, Bionanotechnology, Biosystem Engineering, Biotechnology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology, Public Health, Robotics; Faculty→Engineering
Z. Wang
519-888-4567 x35301
Location: 
E5 5113

Research Interests:

  • Image and signal processing, coding and quality assessment
  • Computational vision and pattern analysis
  • Multimedia communications
  • Biomedical signal and image processing

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[Waterloo News] October 5, 2015 "Waterloo Engineer wins Emmy Award"

[Waterloo Stories] February 3, 2014 "Engineering professor awarded prestigious fellowship"

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Group(s): 
Application Areas→Data Science, Healthcare Systems, Industrial Biotechnology, Virtual Reality; Technology Areas→Computational Modeling, Diagnostics, Imaging, Machine Learning/AI; Discipline Areas→Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Faculty→Engineering; The Royal Society of Canada Fellows; University Research Chairs
A. Wong
519-888-4567 x31299
Location: 
DWE 2513H

Research Interests:

  • Biomedical image processing and analysis (prostate, breast, lung and dermatological cancer analysis, retinal photoreceptor and blood vessel analysis, musculoskeletal kinematic analysis

  • Remote sensing data processing and analysis (sea ice, underwater object, oil spill analysis)

  • Perceptual based video and image processing (noise reduction, compression, enhancement)

  • Computer vision and pattern recognition

  • Multimedia management systems

  • 3D graphics and game development

  • Cognitive radio networks

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Canada Research Chair in Medical Imaging Systems [Canada Research Chair Profile]

[Daily Bulletin] June 1, 2018, 11 CBB Members Named Outstanding Performance Award Winners

[Waterloo News] [CBC News] [Gadgets] May 16, 2018, Co-authors discuss the use of aerobic fitness data from wearable tech to predict illness

[Waterloo News] May 15, 2018 "Researchers combine wearable technology and AI to predict the onset of health problems"

[Global Impact] [570 news] [Youtube] April 11, 2018 "How AI is helping doctors diagnose Cancer" 

[The Star] February 9, 2018 "How TheRedPin aims to take a swipe at the real estate industry"

[Waterloo News] June 7, 2017 "Artificial intelligence-driven imaging research makes diagnosing disease easier"

[Waterloo Stories] January 28, 2017 "Artificial intelligence and the Waterloo-Toronto tech supercluster"

[Waterloo Stories] May 20, 2016 "Breakthrough tech helps doctors more accurately diagnose cancer"

[CBB researcher story] January 9, 2013 "Improving Early Diagnosis to Save Lives"

[Waterloo Stories] January 9, 2013 "Making it harder for cancer to hide"

[YouTube Lecture] October 1, 2014 "Integrative systems for biomedical imaging and analysis"

Group(s): 
Application Areas→Aging, Cancer, Cardiovascular, Data Science, Disease Modelling, Fall Prevention, Healthcare Systems, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Optometry, Pathogen Detection, Rehabilitation; Technology Areas→Computational Modeling, Diagnostics, Disease Modelling, Imaging, Machine Learning/AI, Medical Devices, Sensors; Discipline Areas→Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Faculty→Engineering; Canada Research Chairs
J. Yeow
519-888-4567 x32152
Location: 
E3 3159

Research Interests:

  • MEMS/NEMS

  • Nanodevices and carbon nanotube-based sensors for biomedical applications (early disease detection)

  • Microassembly and micromirror devices for genetic microarray reading and tissue imaging

  • Lab-on-a-chip designs

Canada Research Chair in Micro and NanoDevices [Canada Research Chair Profile]

Group(s): 
Application Areas→Cancer, Cardiovascular, Pathogen Detection, Wearable Devices; Technology Areas→Actuators, Diagnostics, Medical Devices, Microfabrication, Robotics, Sensors, Therapeutics; Discipline Areas→Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Nanotechnology, Robotics; Faculty→Engineering; Canada Research Chairs

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