Xianbin Wang

Professor and Tier-I Canada Research Chair

Ph.D., P.Eng., FCAE, FIEEE
Director, Innovation Centre for Information Engineering
Director, NSERC CREATE Program in CSPC
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Dr. Xianbin Wang is a Full Professor and Tier-I Canada Research Chair in 5G and Wireless IoT Communications at Western University (The University of Western Ontario). 

The main research objective of Dr. Wang is to develop transformative wireless technologies through system adaptation, network architecture design and prototype implementation to improve the security, efficiency and reliability of wireless communications. His current research interests include 5G and beyond, intelligent HetNets, 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.

Dr. Wang is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering. 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.

Awards & Distinctions

  • Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering, 2018
  • Fellow of IEEE, 2017
  • Tier-I Canada Research Chair in 5G and Wireless IoT Communications, 2018
  • Tier-II Canada Research Chair in Wireless Security, 2013
  • Tier-II Canada Research Chair in Wireless Communications, 2007.
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), August 2009 to Dec. 2013.
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), “Physical Layer Authentication in OFDM Systems Based on Hypothesis Testing of CFO Esti-mates”, June, 2012.
  • Canadian Federal Government Public Service Award, June 2006.
  • Canadian Who’s Who, 2009-2010 editions.
  • Early Researcher Award, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.
  • CRC (Communications Research Centre Canada), President Excellence Award, July, 2007.
  • Canadian Federal Government Public Service Award, June 2006.
  • IEEE Scott Helt Memorial Best Paper Award, IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting, "Transmitter Identification using Embedded Pseudo Random Sequences", Oct. 2005.
  • IEEE Matti S. Siukola Memorial Best Paper Award, IEEE 52nd Annual Broadcast Symposium, "A VSB DTV Receiver Designed for Indoor and Distributed Transmission Environments", Oct. 2004.
  • Invention Incentive Award, STMicroelectronics, Feb. 2002.

Professional Activities

  • Editor/Associate Editor for:
    • IEEE Transactions on Communications
    • IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
    • IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting
    • IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
    • IEEE Wireless Communications Letters
  • Adjunct Professor, Laval University, Nov. 2004 - present
  • Guest Editor for IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting (Special Issue on Mobile Multimedia broadcasting, March 2007)
  • Fellow of IEEE
    • Membership of IEEE Broadcasting Society
    • Membership of IEEE Communications Society
    • Membership of IEEE Signal Processing Society
    • Membership of IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
    • Member of Canadian Society of Information Theory
  • Technical Program Chair/Co-chair
    • Canadian Workshop on Information Theory, 2017
    • Canadian Workshop on Information Theory, 2015
    • International Symposium on Wireless and Pervasive Computing, Feb, 2009, Australia
    • Canadian Workshop on Information Theory, 2013
  • Symposium Chair/co-chair
    • 2017 IEEE GLOBECOM, Signal Processing for Communications Symposium
    • 2011 IEEE GLOBECOM, Communication Software, Services, and Multimedia Applications Symposium.
    • 2011 IEEE International Conference on Communications, Wireless Communication Symposium, with over 600 submissions.
    • 2012 Chinacom, Wireless Communications Symposium
    • 2012 IC-WCSP, Wireless Communications Symposium
  • Track Chair/Co-Chair
    • IEEE GLOBECOM 2014, Social Networks, SAC
    • IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (Positioning and Satellite Communications), Quebec City, 2012 Fall
    • IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2011.
    • IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference 2013 Fall (Satellite Networks, Positioning Technologies, Localization and Navigation)
    • IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2012.
    • IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference 2010 Fall (Positioning and Satellite Communicaitons)
    • IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference 2010 Spring (Wireless Access, with over 200 submissions)
    • IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference 2008 Spring (Transmission technology, with over 500 submissions)
  • Technical Program Committee for:
    • IEEE ICC 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
    • IEEE GLOBECOM 2008-2017
    • IEEE ICC, 2010, Wireless Communication Symposium
    • IEEE WiMob’2010
    • IEEE WCNC 2010, Networks
    • IEEE PIMRC 2010, Track 3
    • IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2009
    • IEEE Wireless Communications and Networks Conference (WCNC) 2009
    • IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) 2009
    • IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE) 2009
    • Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE) 2009
    • ChinaCom 2008
    • IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) 2008
    • IEEE ICCS, 2008IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (Baltimore)
    • IEEE Globecom 2007 (Washington DC)
    • IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (Fall 2006), Montreal, Canada
    • IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo (ICME), Toronto, 2006
    • IEEE International Conference on Communication Systems, Singapore, 2006
    • IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics, Las Vegas, 2007
    • The International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED) Technical Committee on Telecommunications (Term 2002-2005)
    • International Conference on Communication Systems and Networks (CSN 2003) September 8-10, 2003, Benalmádena, Spain
    • International Conference on Wireless Networks and Emerging Technologies (WNET-2004), July 8-10, 2004, Banff, Canada
    • The International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED) Technical Committee on Telecommunications (Term 2002-2005)
  • Session Chair for:
    • IEEE Globecom2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2017
    • IEEE International Symposium on Broadband and Multimedia Broadcasting, 2007
    • IEEE Globecom2006, San Francisco
    • IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (Fall 2006), Montreal
    • The Seventh International Conference on Signal Processing, Sept. 2004, Beijing
  • Reviewer for:
    • IEEE Transactions on Communications
    • IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
    • IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
    • IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting
    • IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
    • IEEE GLOBECOM 1999 & 2000, 2004-2017
    • IEEE ICC 2000, 2004-2017
    • IEEE WCNC 2004-2017
    • IEEE International Symposium on Broadband and Multimedia Broadcasting, 2007-2017