Welcome to Centre for Wireless Communications

The Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) at the University of Waterloo, created under the auspices of a donation of one million dollars from Ericsson Communications Canada over a period of five years, aims at developing a comprehensive graduate research program in wireless communications.


The goal is to train highly qualified personnel (HQP) in wireless communications. 

The CWC will make every attempt to create an environment conducive to conducting research, and interactions amongst faculty, students, and industrial sponsors.

What does CWC Represent?

As an educational unit, the CWC represents an enhancement to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. The graduate program in wireless communications builds on the relevant courses in the existing graduate studies program of the department and the introduction of new courses in wireless communications. 

Graduate Research Program 

The graduate research program of the CWC encompasses a broad spectrum of activities, including transmission theory radio frequency (RF) technology, channel modeling, media access control protocols, network architecture, mobility, routing, resource and traffic management, admission and congestion control, and signal processing. The graduate program aims at training researchers and developers at both the masters and PhD levels.


Except for the research orientation, the requirement for the MASc and PhD degrees are those contained in the Graduate Studies and Research brochure of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. That is, for the MASc degree, the requirements are five graduate level courses plus a thesis. For the PhD degree, the requirements are three graduate courses beyond the masters or eight graduate courses from the bachelors, plus a thesis.

Industry Sponsors

The CWC will attempt to build industrial relevance into the individual student's graduate research program. In this capacity, the CWC will act as the facilitator and try to arrange a suitable match of the student's research program with an appropriate industry sponsor. The industrial linkage must mutually benefit both the student's research program and the sponsoring company. The terms of industrial interaction will be negotiated and agreed upon on an individual case basis.