Our team

Lab Director UW-Stream
Dr. 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, Research Assistant

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.

Dr. Mojgan Mirzaei Hotkani, Postdoctoral Fellow

Mojgan Mirzaei Hotkani received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Iran. She completed her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (Communication Systems) from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran. She joined the UW-STREAM Laboratory, Dalhousie University, Canada as a Ph.D. visiting research student in 2019.

Her Ph.D. project is related to the localization of underwater objects using shipping noise. Her current postdoctoral project is in collaboration with Dr. Bruce Martin at Jasco Applied Sciences Ltd. Her research interests include underwater acoustics and localization, array processing, image/video signal processing, as well as the development of real-time systems on Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs).

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  worked on Cognitive Ad hoc networks resource management using game theory during his master program in Shiraz university. Currently, he is working on underwater acoustic signal processing and developing software-defined underwater acoustic networking. He used to work as a telecom engineer in offshore projects before his interest in underwater networks led him to join the UW-STREAM under the supervision of Dr. Bousquet. His industrial collaboration in Nova Scotia includes working as a research engineer at Rimot company, he is also working on IoT security risk assessment including attack and threat identification using traffic monitoring. He also has an ongoing research internship for channel quality prediction in adaptive underwater acoustic communication using reinforcement machine learning.    


Mark Watson, PhD Student

Mark received his B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from Dalhousie University in 2018, after which, he began his career at MetOcean Telematics where he works full-time as an Embedded Systems and RF Engineer. While working at MetOcean, Mark obtained a M.A.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Jean-François Bousquet in 2020. Mark then started a Ph.D. degree in the summer of 2021. Mark's current research interest is Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit design for wireless systems.


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.


Ibrahim Fatungase, M.Sc.Student

Ibrahim received a diploma in Instrumentation engineering technology from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 2014, as well as a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from Dalhousie University in 2020. Whilst completing his degree, he was also able to attain industrial experience across Atlantic Canada as part of the Co-operative Education Engineering program. For his B.Eng, his final project involved the use of machine learning algorithms to manipulate playback audio input from a remote audio call station. He is currently pursuing a masters in applied science in Electrical engineering under the supervision of Dr. Jean-François Bousquet. His current research interest lies in the field of Radio Frequency Power Amplifiers and models for linearization.


Ehsan Malekshahi, Research Assistant

Ehsan Malekshahi was born in Kerman, Iran, in 1988. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Iran, in 2010 and 2013 respectively. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Control Engineering at the University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Zahedan, Iran. Currently, he is a Research Assistant under the supervision of Professor Jean-François Bousquet at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. He has been serving as a reviewer for the Journal of the Franklin Institute, and the Asian Journal of Control. His research interests include underwater acoustics, array processing, model order reduction, instrumentation, system identification, optimization, and control systems.


Undergrads & Coop

Anthony Chalmers

Anthony is completing his Computer Engineering at Dalhousie University. After having completed his USRA internship in the Summer 2018, Anthony has assisted with programming and debugging many electrical systems for the 2018 launch of the autonomous sailboat for the Microtransat transatlantic challenge, and he has recently been appointed student team captain on this project.




Graduate Students

  • Surinder Singh, M.Sc.Student, "Design and implementation of coding techniques for underwater MIMO communication", 2020

  • Adib Shahabi, M.A.Sc., "Line Coding for Power Efficient Serial Link Shared between multiple Nodes", 2019

  • Xiao Liu, PhD, "Synchronization Techniques for Coherent Underwater Acoustic Receivers", 2018

  • Sri Raghu Padyath Ravindran, "Measurement of a 3D coil applied to Underwater Magneto-Inductive Communication", M.A.Sc, 2018

  • Maxime Miron-Morin, "Quantification of the Oceanographic Contributors to the Time-Variance in the Underwater Acoustic Channel during the Dalcomm1 Experiment", M.A.Sc., 2018

  • Andrew Dobbin, "Reliable Acoustic Communication via Non-Coherent Turbo-Coded Frequency Shift Keying" M.A.Sc., 2018

  • Habib Mirhedayati, "Time-Varying Doppler Compensation for Underwater Acoustic Communication", M.A.Sc., 2017

  • Graham McIntyre, "Sparse Directional Estimation of the Time-Varying Underwater Acoustic Channel" M.A.Sc., 2015

Undergraduate Students

  • Ryan Taylor, "Development of a custom acoustic front-end for underwater communications", Fall 2018,

  • Anthony Chalmers, "Firmware design of an underwater acoustic transmitter", Summer 2018, NSERC USRA Recipient

  • Chen Su, "Development of an acoustic receiver analog-to-digital converter interface", 2017-2018

  • Manuel Burnay, "Implementation of a pulse density modulator digital-to-analog converter on FPGA", Winter 2018

  • Di Gu, "Programming of modulation algorithms on FPGA", Summer 2017

  • Mboza Lukindo, Development of an underwater acoustic recording sensor on embedded processor", Summer 2016, Imhotep Research Scholarship Recipient

  • Julia Sarty, "Programming of an autonomous sailboat controller", Summer 2016

  • Thomas Gwynne-Timothy, "Design of an autonomous sailboat to cross the Atlantic", Summer 2016, NSERC USRA recipient

  • Raymond Ruiyang Wang, "Design of a real-time Fast Fourier Transform on FPGA", Mitacs Globalink recipient, Summer 2015

  • Yibin Wang, "Development and testing of a magneto-inductive modem for underwater communication", Summer 2015

  • Nicholas Hewitt, "Development of communication drivers on FPGA". Summer 2015