Slim Boumaiza

Slim Boumaiza
Professor and Director for the Centre for Intelligent Antenna and Radio Systems
Location: E5 4026
Phone: 519-888-4567 x37017


Slim Boumaiza is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

His research is focused on defining, conceptualizing, designing, and realizing high-performing microwave and millimeter wave circuits and systems for wireless communications (with applications in 4G, 5G and the Internet of Things). He directs the Emerging Radio System Research Group (EmRG), which conducts multidisciplinary research encompassing the semiconductor device, circuit, and system levels of radio hardware. Under his supervision, researchers investigate the areas of transistor modelling and characterization (at the semiconductor device level), ultra wideband and highly efficient power amplifiers (at the circuit level) and low power linearization schemes (at the system level).

In the above research areas, Professor Boumaiza has authored and co-authored over 65 refereed journal publications, over 120 conference publications, been granted 7 patents with 3 more pending, and delivered numerous keynotes, workshops and talks to members of academia and industry.

He is passionately involved in communicating knowledge of radio systems through teaching, supervision, and youth outreach. He has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses covering basics of electrical engineering and advanced topics in microwave engineering. Over 100 highly qualified personnel (undergraduate, master's, and PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, and other research staff) have worked under his supervision to date. Many have gone on to secure highly sought-after positions in industry. Professor Boumaiza and his team also actively participate in university-led efforts to engage youth and minorities and promote their interest in Engineering.

Research Interests

  • Microwave and Millimeter Wave (mm-wave) Circuits and Systems
  • High Efficiency Power Amplifiers for Wireless Communications (sub 6 GHz and mm-wave)
  • Digital Predistortion Techniques for 4G and 5G Power Amplifiers and Massive MIMO\/Beamforming Transmitters
  • Nonlinear Microwave Circuits Characterization and Modeling
  • Advanced Circuits and Systems for Microwave and mm-wave Radio Front-ends (printed circuit boards and integrated circuit technologies)
  • Advanced Signal Processing for Wireless Communications
  • 5G Radio Hardware


  • 2004, Doctorate Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique, Quebec
  • 1999, Master of Science Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique, Quebec
  • 1997, National Engineering Diploma Electrical Engineering, Ecole National d'Ingenieurs de Tunis, Tunisia


  • 2010 Early Researcher Award
  • 2010 Top 40 Under 40
  • 2011 Discover Grant Accelerator Supplement
  • 2011 Outstanding Performance Award
  • 2012 Research Excellence Award
  • 2013 Engineering Research Excellence Award
  • 2015 Outstanding Performance Award
  • 2016 Marsland Research Excellence Award
  • 2017 Outstanding Performance Award
  • 2018 Synergy Award for Innovation - Two of More Companies
  • 2018 Outstanding Performance Award


  • ECE 373 - Radio Frequency and Microwave Circuits
    • Taught in 2022, 2023
  • ECE 473 - Radio Frequency and Microwave Circuits
    • Taught in 2019
  • ECE 474 - Radio and Wireless Systems
    • Taught in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
  • ECE 671 - Microwave and RF Engineering
    • Taught in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • ECE 770 - Special Topics in Antenna and Microwave Theory
    • Taught in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024

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

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Hu, Yushi and Boumaiza, Slim, Power-Scalable Wideband Linearization of Power Amplifiers, IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, 1456, 2016
  • Mkadem, Farouk and Islam, Anik and Boumaiza, Slim, Multi-Band Complexity-Reduced Generalized-Memory-Polynomial Power-Amplifier Digital Predistortion, IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, 1763, 2016
  • Abadi, Mehdi Naseri Ali and Golestaneh, Hamed and Sarbishaei, Hassan and Boumaiza, Slim, Doherty Power Amplifier With Extended Bandwidth and Improved Linearizability Under Carrier-Aggregated Signal Stimuli, IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters, 358, 2016
  • Jundi, Ayman and Sarbishaei, Hassan and Boumaiza, Slim, An 85-W Multi-Octave Push--Pull GaN HEMT Power Amplifier for High-Efficiency Communication Applications at Microwave Frequencies, IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, 3691, 2015
  • Huang, Hai and Xia, Jingjing and Islam, Anik and Ng, Eric and Levine, Peter M and Boumaiza, Slim, Digitally Assisted Analog/RF Predistorter With a Small-Signal-Assisted Parameter Identification Algorithm, IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, 4297, 2015

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