Contact InformationAlfred Yu

Phone: 519-888-4567 x36908
Location: EIT 4125


Biography Summary

Alfred Yu is a Professor working in the area of biomedical engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is based in the ECE department and holds a cross appointment in Applied Mathematics. He is also a Research Scientist at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and a Thematic Co-Lead of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology.

Prof. Yu obtained his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering (with Distinction) at the University of Calgary in 2002, and received his MASc and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto in 2004 and 2007. In between, he completed a corporate internship at Philips Research North America. Following his graduate studies, he moved to Asia to start his academic career at the University of Hong Kong, where he was the founding PI of HKU Biomedical Ultrasound Laboratory. He relocated his research group to Waterloo in 2015 and joined the ECE Department as an Associate Professor. He was promoted to full professorship at Waterloo in 2018.

With long-standing research interests in ultrasound imaging and therapeutics, Prof. Yu is the Director of the Laboratory on Innovative Technology in Medical Ultrasound (LITMUS) at Waterloo. He received the 2016 IEEE Ultrasonics Early Career Investigator Award in recognition of his contributions to this research field. He also received the Frederic Lizzi Early Career Award from the International Society of Therapeutic Ultrasound in 2017 in recognition of his substantial contributions to the advancement of therapeutic ultrasound. In addition, he is the recipient of the Ontario Early Researcher Award.

Prof. Yu is a Senior Member of IEEE and AIUM. He is now an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, an Editorial Board Member of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, and the Chair of the Medical Ultrasound Group of the IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium. He is also a Board Director of the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound, an Elected AdCom Member of the IEEE UFFC Society, and a Member of the AIUM Technical Standards Committee. Previously, he chaired the IEEE-EMBS Hong Kong Chapter between 2010-2012.

Research Interests

  • Ultrasound imaging: Advanced imaging algorithms; High-performance beamforming platforms; Flow phantom design
  • Therapeutic ultrasound: Cellular dynamics studies; Wave-matter interactions; Nanotechnology


  • 2007, Doctorate, Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto
  • 2004, Master of Applied Science, Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto
  • 2002, Bachelor of Science (BSc), Electrical Engineering, University of Calgary


  • ECE 150 - Fundamentals of Programming
    • Taught in 2015, 2016, 2017
  • ECE 700 - Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Taught in 2016, 2018
  • ECE 601 - Foundations of Biology in Engineering
    • Taught in 2017, 2018
  • BME 487 - Special Topics in Biomedical Signals
    • Taught in 2018
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