Otman Basir

Otman Basir
Location: E5 5116
Phone: 519-888-4567 x36754


Otman Basir is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Waterloo. He is the also the Associate Director of the Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research, Director of Urban Informatics Corporation and Associate Director for the Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence Laboratory.
His research interests include Intelligent Embedded Systems, Sensory Systems Design, Biologically Inspired Intelligent Systems and Human Computer Interface (HCI) Systems. As a result of his extensive research, Professor Basir has authored and co-authored over 400 scientific publications, and holds a total of 121 issued and pending patents.
Additionally, Professor Basir is the founder, president and CEO of Intelligent Mechatronic Systems and co-founder of Voice-Enabled Systems and Technology. Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc. (IMS) is a leader in telematics and infotainment technologies, including the convergence of both technologies to deliver the ideal connected car experience. The company’s innovations are pioneering the connected car category while making drivers smarter, safer and greener.
In addition to his many achievements, Professor Basir has also received multiple awards. He was the recipient of the Ontario Premier Research Excellence Award (PREA), the Canada Foundation Innovation Award, the Academic Leadership Award (University of Guelph) and Professor of the Year Award (University of Guelph).

Research Interests

  • Intelligent embedded systems, Sensory systems design, HCI/HMI systems, Biologically inspired intelligent systems, Hybrid systems, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Embedded Neuro-Fuzzy systems design, Reconfigurable sensor networks, Mission critical systems, Adhoc sensor networks, Sensor fusion and integration, Non-destructive testing (NDT), Machine vision, Gesture recognition, Discourse analysis, Natural speech understanding, Operational Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Infrastructure integrity


  • 1993, Doctorate Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, Ontario
  • 1989, Master of Science Electrical Engineering, Queen's University, Ontario
  • 1984, Bachelor of Science (BS) Computer Engineering, Al-Fateh University, Libya


  • 0000 University of Guelph Academic Leadership Award
  • 0000 Ontario Premier Research Excellence Award (PREA)
  • 1996 Professor of the Year Award, School of Engineering, U of Guelph
  • 1999 Professor of the Year Award, School of Engineering, U of Guelph


  • ECE 124 - Digital Circuits and Systems
    • Taught in 2021, 2022
  • ECE 457A - Co-operative and Adaptive Algorithms
    • Taught in 2020, 2021
  • ECE 493 - Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Taught in 2020, 2021, 2022
  • ECE 659 - Intelligent Sensors & Wireless Sensor Networks
    • Taught in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Mehrannia P., Moshiri B., and Basir O., Knowledgebase approximation using association rule aggregation, International Journal of Data Science and Analytics, Volume 13, 225-237, Canada, 2022.
  • Abognah A., and Basir O., Distributed Spectrum Sharing Using Blockchain: A Hyperledger Fabric Implementation, 2022 IEEE 1st Global Emerging Technology Blockchain Forum: Blockchain and Beyond, iGETblockchain 2022, Canada, 2022.
  • Omar A.S., and Basir O., Decentralized Identifiers and Verifiable Credentials for Smartphone Anticounterfeiting and Decentralized IMEI Database, Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Volume 43, 174-180, Canada, 2020.
  • Sghaier Omar A., and Basir O., Capability-based non-fungible tokens approach for a decentralized AAA framework in IoT, Advances in Information Security, Volume 79, 7-31, Canada, 2020.
  • Omar A.S., and Basir O., Smart Phone Anti-counterfeiting System Using a Decentralized Identity Management Framework, 2019 IEEE Canadian Conference of Electrical and Computer Engineering, CCECE 2019, Canada, 2019.
  • Mehrannia P., Moghadam A.A., and Basir O.A., A Dempster-Shafer Sensor Fusion Approach for Traffic Incident Detection and Localization, IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Proceedings, ITSC, Volume 127, 3911-3916, Canada, 2018.
  • Hilal A.R., Sayedelahl A., Tabibiazar A., Kamel M.S., and Basir O.A., A distributed sensor management for large-scale IoT indoor acoustic surveillance, Future Generation Computer Systems, Volume 86, 1170-1184, Canada, 2018.
  • Omar A.S., and Basir O., Identity management in iot networks using blockchain and smart contracts, Proceedings - IEEE 2018 International Congress on Cybermatics: 2018 IEEE Conferences on Internet of Things, Green Computing and Communications, Cyber, Physical and Social Computing, Smart Data, Blockchain, Computer and Information Technology, iThings/Green, 994-1000, Canada, 2018.
  • Amar H.M., and Basir O.A., A Game Theoretic Solution for the Territory Sharing Problem in Social Taxi Networks, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Volume 19, 2114-2124, Canada, 2018.
  • Amar H.M., and Basir O.A., A Bargaining-Based Solution to the Team Mobility Planning Game, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Volume 19, 857-867, Canada, 2018.

Graduate studies