Our team

Jean-François Bousquet,  Lab Director

Jean-François Bousquet joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Dalhousie in July 2013.  He is a graduate of École Polytechnique de Montréal where he completed his B. Eng. in Electrical Engineering in 2001. He also completed his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Calgary in 2007 and 2011 respectively, where he focused on the implementation of low-power integrated circuits applied to wireless communication. Between 2009 and 2011, he was employed as a high-speed analog IC designer at Ciena for the development of coherent fibre optics communication networks. Since he joined Dalhousie, he has applied his broad knowledge in field of electrical and computer engineering towards underwater communications. He is particularly interesting in enabling underwater networks, using low-power electronics systems. His passion is to use highly-integrated circuits to enable reconfigurable communication systems.

Dr. Shahideh Kieh, Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Shahideh Kieh is a research associate under the supervision of Prof. Michael Cada in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a specialization in telecommunication at Dalhousie University, Halifax. She received her B.Eng in Computer from USBK. She also received her M.Sc in Electronic from Pune University, and her Ph.D. in Communication Engineering from UPM before eventually becoming a researcher at Dalhousie University in 2017. Her research interests include antenna propagation, optimization, and image/signal processing. During 2015 and 2017, she was employed as an instructor and project adviser in the field of Electrical and Communication Engineering.

Dr. Shadi Aljendi, Postdoctoral Fellow

With over 20 years of higher education, research and industrial experience in France, South Ireland and Canada, Dr. Shadi Aljundi (B.Sc., PG.Dip., M.Sc. & Ph.D.) has made significant efforts to embody the concepts of co-creation and co-production; academics and professional stakeholders coming together to create, share and inspire knowledge. 

 He received a 1st class honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He then spent 8 years at the University of Lille where he worked as a research and teaching associate, and where he completed an MSc and a Ph.D. in Computer Science within the Centre de Recherche en Informatique, Signal et Automatique de Lille (CRIStAL). He joined Dalhousie University in 2016 where he is currently holding a position of a  Sessional Assistant Professor in the faculty of Engineering.

 During his career, Shadi led and participated in applied research projects in different fields including parallel architecture and computing as well as smart cities and IoT. His work appeared in different international conferences and peer-reviewed journals such as Future Generation Computer Systems, Computer Architecture Education among others. Shadi is interested in applying his knowledge in AI and machine learning technics in order to improve acoustic and under-water communication systems as well as under-water mammal detection.

Afolarin Egbewande, PhD Student

Afolarin received his Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria in 2012. In his bachelor’s thesis, he worked on designing embedded processors for power electronics. His industrial experience in telecommunications led him to join the UW-STREAM lab as a Master of Science student in Electrical Engineering under the supervision of Jean-François Bousquet. His research interests lie in the fields of wireless communications and MIMO algorithms for optimum antenna array combining

Ningcheng Gaoding, PhD Student

Ningcheng GAODING received his Bachelor of Engineering in Jiangsu University of Science and Technology in 2011. After that, he completed his 1-year exchange program in Sweden, Europe. When he was back to Hong Kong, he was under the supervision of Dr. CHIU Leung and Professor XUE Quan in State Key Laboratory of Millimeter Wave. During that time, he had worked on the microwave power amplifier and filters and he received his Master of Science in 2013. From the end of 2013 to March 2017, he worked in No.724 research institute of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC). In that period, he played a key role in radar system design with multiple publications. He is currently a PhD student in Electrical Engineering at Dalhousie University under the supervision of Dr. Jean-François Bousquet. His currently research interests include underwater acoustic communication and electronic integrated circuits and components design.

 

Hossein Ghannadrezaii, PhD Student

 

Hossein received his Master ‘s degree in Communication systems from Shiraz University, in his Master he worked on dynamic spectrum allocation and maximizing throughput in cognitive ad hoc networks, he used to work as telecom engineer in major Offshore Oil and Gas projects. his interest to underwater sensor networks led him to join the UW-STREAM as Masters of Science student in Electrical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Jean-Francois Bousquet. His research is now focusing on UW Magnetic Inductive Channel Model and Communication link. 

 

Surinder Singh, M.Sc.Student

Surinder received his Bachelor of Technology degree in Electronics and communication Engineering from the Punjab Technical University Jalandhar, India in 2010. In his bachelor’s final project, he worked on designing embedded system to control LED’s using voice. He also completed a post graduate diploma in Wireless Telecommunications from Humber College, Toronto in year 2013. His final project was based on security implementation using a GPS receiver to limit the access to network outside a predefined geographical area. His industrial experience in telecommunications and two-way radio systems led him to join the UW-STREAM lab as a Master of Science student in Electrical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Jean-François Bousquet. His research interests lie in the fields of wireless communications, IoT security, underwater communication channels, and embedded system designs.

Cole Ferguson, M.Sc.Student

Cole received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Dalhousie University in 2016, then worked for a year as a junior electrical engineering consultant reviewing designs and installations of control cabinet upgrades for hydro-electric power plants before spending a year abroad. He is currently pursuing a Master of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Jean-François Bousquet. Coles current research interests include wireless underwater communication, robotics, and embedded security. He also enjoys weightlifting, writing, Dungeons & Dragons, and hosting video game tournaments.

Jeff MacDonald, M.Sc.Student

Jeff received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Dalhousie University in 2018. As part of the degree, he also completed the Co-operative Education Engineering program where he had the opportunity to work with local industries as an Electrical Engineering student. His senior year group project involved the development of a low-cost data acquisition device for measuring the characteristics of ocean waves and wind using a floating wave buoy. Jeff was responsible for the development of an inertial orientation system of the wave buoy. His group placed in the top three. Because of his interests in underwater acoustic technology, he joined the UW-STREAM lab, in May 2019, as a Master of Science student in Electrical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Jean-François Bousquet.

Mark Watson, M.Sc.Student

Mark received his Electrical Engineering degree from Dalhousie University in 2018, after which, he began his career at MetOcean Telematics as an Electrical Engineer. While working at MetOcean, Mark is also pursuing a Master of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Jean-François Bousquet. Mark's current research interests include the modelling of electromagnetic phenomenon in underwater applications. Mark is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, enjoys riding dirt-bikes, and is trying his best to be good at PUBG (on the PS4). Mark is also married with four sons.

Alumni

Adib Shahabi, M.Sc.Student

 

Adib is currently pursuing his M.Sc. at Dalhousie University, and is interested in applying wave propagation theory to the development of novel acoustic simulation tools for underwater acoustic transmission. More information coming shortly...

Xiao Liu, PhD Student

 

 

Xiao Liu received his bachelor in electronic and information engineering in 2008 and master’s degree in signal and information processing in 2011, all from College of Underwater Acoustic Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, China. He was under the  supervision of Dr. Longxiang Guo in State Key Laboratory of Underwater Acoustic Technology. Since 2014, he has been persuing the Ph.D degree at Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Dalhousie University. He is under the supervision of Dr. Jean-François Bousquet in UW-STREAM lab. His current research includes synchronization techniques for digital receivers in wireless communication and its implementation.

Sri Raghu Padyath, M.Sc.Student

Sri Raghu Padyath Ravindran received his Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the Anna University, India in 2010. During that time, he played a vital role in a key project  named” Unmanned Fazed Terrestrial Robot” and recognized by the University among Top 3 projects in 2010. His interest in the field of Wireless Communication paved the way to present a paper at the National Level symposium conducted by Hindustan Institute of Science and Technology on the topic “Wireless Transmission of Electrical Power” in 2009 and placed first. As a part of his Master’s study, he worked with a successful project which prevents Distracted Driving which received attraction in the Canadian News including Global, and the Chronicle Herald. This work was also cited in a keynote in Virginia Distracted Driving Summit in Oct 2015.  He recently joined the UW-STREAM lab as Masters of Science student in Electrical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Jean-Francois Bousquet. His area of research focuses on wireless communication systems, and includes circuit analysis/design, sensors, embedded processors, as well as magneto inductive coupling.

Maxime Miron-Morin, M.Sc.Student
 

Maxime is currently studying under the supervision of Dr. David Barclay in the Oceanography Department, and is interested in assessing the physical environment conditions using acoustic propagation properties.  Before starting his M.Sc. Maxime completed his B.Eng in aeronautical engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada. 

Andrew Dobbin, M.Sc.Student

 

Andrew Dobbin received his Diploma in Engineering from Saint Francis Xavier University in 2013 and graduated with his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Dalhousie University in 2016. Previously, Andrew worked at UW-STREAM lab as a co-op student under the supervision of Dr. Bousquet, projects included an autonomous sailboat and a magneto-inductive communication link. He completed in April 2018 his Master of Science degree focusing on acoustic communications and front end design implemented on FPGA and embedded processors.He is now working as a Software Analyst at General Dynamics Mission Systems, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Alumni

Habib Mirhedayati Roudsari, M.Sc. Graduate
 

 

Habib received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Shahid Beheshti University. In his Bachelor thesis he worked on time-variant communications channels modeling. During his M.Sc. he developed a time-variant channel model that he used to assess the performance of Doppler shift compensation techniques for multi-carrier underwater communications.  Habib is currently employed at Vemco as an underwater acoustic signal processing designer.

 

Graham McIntyre, M.Sc Graduate
 

Graham received his Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering First Division from the University of New Brunswick in 2013. Graham completed his  Masters of Applied Science entitled "Sparse Directional Estimation of the Time-Varying Underwater Acoustic Channel" under the supervision of Dr. Bousquet. Graham received an NSERC CGS M award to pursue his Masters and in the past has received NSERC USRA’s while working with Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems and Nautel. Since completed his M.Sc., Graham is now enrollled in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University. 

 

 

Undergrad & Coop

Anthony Chalmers, Summer 2018
 

As Anthony is studying computer engineering at Dalhousie University. As an NSERC URSA student under the supervision of Dr. Bousquet, he is currently employed at the UW-STREAM lab, where he is responsible for programming key modulation systems on an FPGA for high-speed underwater acoustic communications. Anthony has also assisted with programming and debugging many electrical systems for the 2018 launch of an autonomous sailboat for the Microtransat transatlantic challenge, and he has recently been appointed student team captain on this project.

 

 

Chen Su, Summer 2017 - Now
 

Chen is in her last year of the Computer Engineering program at Dalhousie University. She is planning to continue her academic career and her research interests include but are not limited to wireless communications and networking, electronic materials and devices. She has been part-time at the UW-STREAM lab as a Research Assistant in the design of a receiver on FPGA, and particularly towards the development of the analog-to-digital converter interface.

 

 

Manuel Burnay, Winter 2018
 

Manuel is an undergraduate computer engineering student at Dalhousie University. He was a member of UW-STREAM lab as an Embedded Signal Processing Designer for his first co-op placement, under the supervision of Dr. Bousquet. Here he developed his proficiency in FPGA programming, and his primary role was developing and implementing the signal transmission process for an underwater communication system on a Nexys4 FPGA board.

 

Mboza Lukindo, Coop Student, Summer 2016-17

Mboza Lukindo is an undergrad engineering student at Dalhousie University. She held the 2016 Imhotep Legacy Academy Summer Student Research Scholarship for the Faculty of Engineering. She worked on a project titled “Acoustic Receiver for Underwater Monitoring”, under the supervision of Dr. Jean-Francois Bousquet. Her project aimed at controlling the reception and data storage from a hydrophone sensor deployed for monitoring underwater activities. Working alongside a team of graduate students, her research is currently being applied in monitoring oceanic noise.

Di Gu, Coop Student, Summer 2017

Di is a passionate of sensor development and robotics. As a coop student, in the Summer 2017, Di was responsible for an acoustic transmitter design on the Xilinx SoC. He also supported the Dalcomm1 experiments and ensured proper operation of diverse sensors at sea.  Di completed his B.Eng in December 2017, and is currently pursuing his M.A.Sc. in the University of California in San Diego.

 

Thomas Gwynne-Timothy, Coop Student, Summer 2016

Thomas was a key player in the development of the autonomous sailboat in 2016.  He is still involved in the Microtransat competition that he hopes to win this year.  Thomas is a Sexton scholar, and a recipient of multiple academic awards, including an NSERC USRA. He is currently employed at Geospectrum Technologies Inc, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia as a software developer for acoustic sensing applications. 

Julia Sarty, Coop Student, Summer 2016

 

Julia was a member of the Microtansat team.  She developed and tested key components of the embedded processor software. She is a member of the Dalhousie Tigers swimming team.

Yibin Wang, Coop Student, Summer and Winter 2015

 

Yibin Wang is an undergraduate student in electrical engineering at Dalhousie University. He was designated as Sexton Scholar for his academic excellence in engineering. Yibin was working at UW-STREAM lab as a co-op student under the supervision of Dr. Bousquet. He is interested in communication system front-ends and FPGA programming.

Raymond Ruiyang Wang, Coop Student Summer 2015

 

As a member of the UW-STREAM lab and recipient of a Mitacs Globalink award, Raymond developed and programmed using VHDL a real-time pre-equalizer for multi-sensor cabled communication. The communication link was tested on the Nexys4 board.  Following his internship, Raymond went on to pursue his M.Sc. at the University of California-Irvine. 

Nicholas Hewitt, Coop Student Winter 2015

 

As a member of the UW-STREAM lab, Nick developed drivers for an autonomous sailboat on FPGA. A firmware architecture was developed and major building blocks were tested in the lab. Multiple communication interfaces were developed with the sensors. Nick is currently pursuing his studies in Electrical Engineering at Dalhousie University. 

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