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Coding and Signal Transmission (CST) Laboratory

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New Position: Development technologist – telecommunications
Note: These full time positions are not appropriate for graduate studies. If interested to apply for graduate admissions please visit here. Individuals who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents are also eligible to apply however they will require to obtain a Canadian visa/work permit prior to starting their position by presenting their job offer to applicable Canadian immigration authorities. Individuals with industrial background will be considered regardless of their degree.

The work is a mix of theory and practice and you will learn a lot about wireless (real life one of these areas, please apply, your case will be considered. Previous relevant industrial experience is a plus).s

  • Design, develop and test of electronic equipment and systems, particularly in telecommunication, micro-electronic systems and circuits, computers, computer systems and networks, and computer software
  • Supervise the building and testing of prototypes according to general instructions and established standards
  • Carry out applied research in fields of electrical and electronic engineering under the direction of project leader
  • Set up and operate specialized and standard test equipment to diagnose, test and analyze the performance of electrical and electronic components, assemblies and systems
  • Write specifications, schedules and technical reports
Please see to get a sense of the type of work.
About CST

Our research involves physical and MAC layers of tele-communications systems, Information Theory and Signal Processing, with primary focus on wireless and optical transmission. Our mission is to understand the basics, further develop the theory in targeted areas, and apply it to the practice of commutations systems. Although most of our publications are in theoretical journals, the primary motivation for the research has been in majority of cases rooted in practice, and in some cases we have even taken the concepts to hardware implementation. Research has been funded by companies like Bell, Ciena, Nortel Networks, and RIM matched with various government funds from NSERC (IRC, CFI, STG, etc) and Ontario Research Funds (ITRC, CITO, OCE, ORF-RE/ORF-RI). Some of the research introduced in our group include Interference Alignment, two-way wireless, Media-based wireless and Unconditional Security (i.e., perfect security) by introducing the concept of Wireless Entanglement. Media-based wireless is based on embedding messages in the wireless channel rather that the conventional methods where the information is embedded in the source and then transmitted through the channel. This offers huge gains at a smaller complexity as compared to Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna systems. For example, a 1xK media-based wireless offers tens of dBs of gain compared even to a KxK legacy MIMO. Wireless Entanglement Security (WES) uses the characteristics of the wireless channel in a two-way link to establish a shared private key between legitimate parties. WES is the only known practical method for unconditional (perfect) security. Interference Alignment introduced by our group in 2006 has turned into a widely pursued topic in industry and academia world-wide, and our more recent results on two-way wireless, Media-based wireless and Wireless Entanglement Security are expected to shape the future of wireless. For more details on these recent works, please see: Recent Results.


Team Leader

Amir K. Khandani is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Waterloo. He received his degrees from Tehran University, Iran, and McGill University, Canada, in 1984 and 1992, respectively. He joined uWaterloo in 1993. He currently holds the RIM-NSERC Industrial Research Chair on Network Information Theory and a Canada Research Chair (Tier I) on Wireless Systems. Prior to the RIM-NSERC Chair, he held an NSERC Industrial Research Chair funded by Nortel. He has supervised more than 40 PhD students, 30 master's students, 30 post-doctoral fellows and 10 research engineers. His former team members have successful careers in industry and academia across the globe.