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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. 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).

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.

Ehsan Malekshahi, PhD Student

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.


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.


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.


Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students

  • Tanaka Akiyama, "Hardware-in-the-loop software for modeling autonomous sailboat performance", Summer 2022, Mitacs Globalink Recipient

  • Mohammedali Khalaf, "A Janus Compatible Acoustic Transmitter on FPGA", Summer 2022, NSERC USRA Recipient

  • Douah Shakshuki, "A photoacoustic imaging model for pollutant characterization in the ocean", Winter 2021

  • Alex Whidden, "An Autonomous Sailboat Controller to Cross the Ocean", Summer 2021, NSERC USRA Recipient

  • Nikola Doelle, "Propagation Model for an Autonomous Marine Mammal Localization System", Summer 2020, NSERC USRA Recipient

  • 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

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