Electrical and Computer EngineeringWestern Engineering

Xianbin Wang

Professor and Canada Research Chair

Ph.D., P.Eng., FIEEE




Dr. Xianbin Wang is a Full Professor and Canada Research Chair in Wireless Communications at The University of Western Ontario.

His main research objective is to develop transformative wireless technologies through system adaptation, architecture design and prototype implementation to improve the security, efficiency and reliability of wireless communications. His current research interests include 5G and beyond, cooperative communications, heterogeneous networks, wireless security, and Internet-of-Things.

The research activities of Dr. Wang have led to over 300 peer reviewed publications (with six best paper awards from IEEE). His research activities have been supported by government, industry and international funding agencies and sponsors, leading to over 40 projects.  Most of the projects led by Dr. Wang involve a high level of innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, prototyping and application of research findings in related industries. He has also successfully implemented an NSERC CREATE program in Communications Security, Privacy and Cyberethics (2013-19) as the Principal Investigator. 

Dr. Wang has made significant contributions to the following technical areas: (a) 5G networks, particularly on efficient radio resource utilization and management through massive MIMO, NOMA and HetNets; (b) Physical layer security techniques through his pioneering contributions on link, device and environment based physical layer authentication and opportunistic confidentiality enhancement; (c) Distributed Data Gathering, Processing and Collaborative Locationing in IoT Systems. His contributions include distributed data aggregation, edge-cloud collaboration, live data analytics, network topology discovery, and end-to-end data tunneling.  He also invented an integrated wireless network for positioning, tracking and communications; (d) Advanced OFDM. He has created serval new OFDM systems for performance improvement, including PCP-OFDM, multi-layered OFDM, and eavesdropping-resilient OFDM. The multi-layered OFDM proposed by his group has been adopted in ATSC 3.0 standard in 2017; and (e) Situation-aware system and network adaptation designs to improve overall operation efficiency of wireless networks.

Dr. Wang has received a number of prestigious domestic and international awards and recognitions, including being named a Canada Research Chair, six IEEE Best Paper Awards, the President’s Excellence Award and Technology Transfer Award from Communications Research Centre Canada, an Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario and the Public Service Award from the Canadian Federal Government.

He is very actively involved in many international professional and standard development activities, which include his current role as Chair of the IEEE Interest Group on Wireless Technology for Multimedia Communications.

He is a Fellow of IEEE and served as an Editor/Associate Editor/Guest Editor for  over ten IEEE journals, including IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. Dr. Wang was involved in a number of IEEE conferences including ICC, GLOBECOM, WCNC, VTC, and ICME, on different roles such as technical program co-chair, symposium chair, track chair, tutorial instructor TPC and session chair. Dr. Wang was nominated as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in August 2009.

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