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Safieddin (Ali) Safavi-Naeini

Safieddin (Ali) Safavi-Naeini

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Waterloo

Chair Title

NSERC/RIM Industrial Research Chair in Intelligent Integrated Radio/Antenna Systems and Novel Electromagnetic Media Technologies

Chair Program

Industrial Research Chairs Program


Senior Chairholder since 2004


Integrated intelligent antenna/radio techniques are the key enablers of the next generation information and sensor networks. As the market continues demanding smaller devices with extremely low power consumption, offering an unmatched level of performance over broadest range of functionalities in most complex multi-standard environments makes multi-antenna structures with adaptive integrated radio front-end essential requirements. The primary objective of the Chair program is to realize thses needs by applying the latest advances in antenna techniques, novel electromagnetic materials, micro- and nano-electronics and photonics, as well as efficient computational method for development of practical and industrially relevant approaches.

This research chair program explores a number of generic and modular approaches essential to realizing the novel structures and applications needed. The program focuses on the following areas:

  • Miniaturized multi-antenna/radio package, EMI/coupling suppression, and human body interactions
  • Novel integrated technologies for very low-profile, conformal, flexible, and re-configurable beam-forming systems
  • Emerging technologies for generation and processing of microwave/millimetre wave and Terahertz beams
  • Computational and design methodologies for active and passive integrated antennas/radios and complex radio-wave propagation effects, such as the electromagnetic wave interaction with human body

Industrial partner in the research program, Research in Motion (RIM), is a leader in the mobile communications market providing products, services and embedded technologies used by millions of people and thousands of organizations around the world. A critical area in RIMís future product development programs is integrated multi-antenna/radio in high density package for multi-standard environment in the presence of human body.

RIM will utilize the research results of this program to improve its product lines and to develop new products using the latest in radio, micro- and nano-electronics, and photonics science and technology. In addition, RIM expects that this research program and related infra-structure enhancement activities already underway to provide it with broad access to vast University of Waterloo research and educational programs and resources, as well as extensive ties to numerous other technical and scientific organizations world-wide in other related areas. This will guarantee a reliable source of R&D support and supply of high quality personnel that RIM and other Canadian industries need to maintain their leading position in an exceedingly competitive international market in a highly cost-effective and timely manner.


  • Research In Motion (RIM) Inc.

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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario
N2L 3G1

Tel.: 519-888-4567, ext. 32822
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