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François Gagnon

François Gagnon

Department of Electrical Engineering
École de technologie supérieure

Chair Title

NSERC / Ultra Electronics TCS Industrial Research Chair in High Performance Wireless Emergency Tactical Communications

Chair Program

Industrial Research Chairs Program


Chairholder since 2009


In emergency situations, like the one at Dawson College in 2006, wireless communication systems are frequently overburdened to the point of failure. At such times, and during tactical and humanitarian actions, these essential systems cannot fail. They must be operational no matter what the situation. This is the challenge that Mr. Gagnon and his team face in developing new conceptual approaches. He has joined forces with Ultra Electronics TCS, the world leader in high-capacity tactical radios. They cooperate to develop the technologies needed to make communications systems more effective and especially more reliable.

The industrial research chair will focus on developing leading edge technology for the implementation of high-capacity cognitive wireless systems. The objectives of the Chair will be as follows:

  1. improve the performance of mobile communications and make use of knowledge of the electromagnetic environment;
  2. develop radio frequency components for system innovations, such as tunable filters and amplifiers; and
  3. improve and optimize methods for using the electromagnetic spectrum through innovative signal processing methods.

Some twenty researchers will participate simultaneously in the Chair's work. A large number of graduates from the current partnership work for highly competitive companies. The Chair wishes to enrich this pool of highly-qualified personnel. The industry will have access to the work and knowledge developed here, and will be better equipped to meet the constant challenge of improving performance in the field of wireless communications.


  • Ultra Electronics TCS

Contact Information

Department of Electrical Engineering
École de technologie supérieure
1100 Notre Dame West
Montréal, Québec
H3C 1K3

Tel.: 514-396-8997
Fax: 514-396-8684

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