George Shaker

George Shaker
Adjunct Associate Professor
Status: Active


Prof. George Shaker is an adjunct associate professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Waterloo. He also oversees wireless activities in the sensors and devices lab at the UW-Schlegel Research Institute for Aging. Previously, he was with Research in Motion (BlackBerry). He was also with Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been the Principal Scientist and Head of Research at Spark Technology Labs (STL), since its founding in 2011. In 2017, George was selected by the office of the president of NSERC among a group of ten Canadian professors to discuss Canadian research advancement in the Internet of Things (IoT) area at the special NSERC-NRC-MOST meeting in Ottawa. In addition, prof. Shaker serves on the organizational committee of the French-Canadian Bioengineering School.

With more than fifteen years of industrial experience in technology, and about eight years as an adjunct faculty member leading projects related to the application of wireless sensor systems for healthcare, automotives, and unmanned aerial vehicles, Prof. Shaker has many design contributions in commercial products available from startups and established companies alike. A sample list includes: COM DEV \\, Blackberry, Google, Spark Tech Labs, Bionym, Lyngsoe Systems, ON Semiconductors, Ecobee, Medella Health, NERV Technologies, Novella, Thalmic Labs (North), General Dynamics Land Systems, and Omron Technologies.

George has received multiple recognitions and awards, including the NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship (sole winner in the area of Electromagnetics across Canada, 2007-10, first UW student to receive the scholarship in EM), the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2007, 2010), the European School of Antennas Grant at IMST-GmbH (2007), the IEEE AP-S Best Paper Award (2009, 3, first @ UW), the IEEE AP-S Honorable Mention Paper Award (Twice, 2008, 2011), the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Graduate Research Award (2008/2009, first @ UW), NSERC CGS-FSS (2009/2010, sole winner from UW Engineering), the IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship (2009, first UW student to receive the fellowship), and the Electronic Components and Technology Best of Session Paper Award (2010). Two paper he co-authored in IEEE Sensors were among the top 25 downloaded papers on IEEEXplore for several consecutive months (2012/2017). He was the supervisor of the team winning the third best design at IEEE APS 2016, APS 2017 HM paper award, 2018 CVS Best Paper, and two IEEE APS Research Awards

Research Interests

  • Antennas
  • RF
  • Wireless
  • mm-Waves
  • Sub-THz
  • Sensors
  • BioElectromagnetics
  • Telematics
  • V2X Communications
  • 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
  • Bio-wearable electronics and systems
  • Energy harvesting systems
  • Complex propagation and scattering phenomena
  • Devices and novel electromagnetic materials and wireless sensors
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

Selected/Recent Publications

  • *BEST PAPER AWARD* Murdoch, David and Ye, Eric and Shaker, George and Melek, William, Modelling of Terrain Surfaces Using Aerial Radar Mapping, Journal of Computational Vision and Imaging Systems, 3, 2018
  • Lee, D and Melek, W and Shaker, G, Investigation of wrapped effects on bow-tie antenna with and without resistive loading for pulsed radar applications, Electronics Letters, 7, 2018
  • *GOOGLE SOLI AWARD* Smith, Karly A and Csech, Clment and Murdoch, David and Shaker, George, Gesture recognition using mm-wave sensor for human-car interface, IEEE Sensors Letters, 1, 2018
  • Yeo, Hui-Shyong and Minami, Ryosuke and Rodriguez, Kirill and Shaker, George and Quigley, Aaron, Exploring tangible interactions with radar sensing, Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies, 200, 2018
  • Lau, Bernard and Haider, Sahar and Boroomand, Ameneh and Shaker, George and Boger, Jennifer and Morita, Plinio, Gait speed tracking system using UWB radar, , , 2018
  • *BEST PAPER AWARD* Shaker, George and Smith, Karly and Omer, Ala Eldin and Liu, Shuo and Csech, Clement and Wadhwa, Udeshaya and Safavi-Naeini, Safieddin and Hughson, Richard, Non-invasive monitoring of glucose level changes utilizing a mm-wave radar system, International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (IJMHCI), 10, 2018
  • Li, Zhichao and Shaker, George and Safavi-Naeini, Safieddin and Melek, William and Mittra, Raj, Antenna system design for multicopter UAVs utilizing characteristic modes, , , 2018
  • Omer, Ala Eldin and Shaker, George and Safavi-Naeini, Safieddin and Murray, Kevin and Hughson, Richard, Glucose levels detection using mm-Wave radar, IEEE sensors letters, 1, 2018
  • Atkinson, J and Cao, Y and Shaker, G and Goldthorpe, I, Low-cost transfer printing of antennas for smart textiles, , , 2018
  • *BEST DESIGN AWARD* Chen, Luyao and Milligan, Ben and Qu, Tony and Jeevananthan, Luxsumi and Shaker, George and Safavi-Naeini, Safieddin, Cellular Wireless Energy Harvesting for Smart Contact Lens Applications [Education Corner], IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, 108, 2018

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