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Tho Le-Ngoc

Tho Le-Ngoc

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
McGill University

Chair title

NSERC/Huawei Technologies Canada Industrial Research Chair in Dense Broadband Wireless Access Networks (dBwan)

Chair program

Industrial Research Chairs program

Role

Senior Chairholder since 2019

Summary

The Chair’s program aims to develop advanced and novel techniques and technologies enabling the emergence of dense and ultra-dense broadband wireless access networks. These will support many human and machine-type applications in various critical application domains, including mobile communications, health care, energy, smart-cities and many other industrial sectors. Our focus will be on 5G-and-beyond wireless access networks; however, the developed technologies can also be applied to other future wireless systems, such as high-speed Wi-Fi, WPAN and wireless sensor/Internet of Things (IoT) networks. Specifically, this research program is composed of several inter-related research themes in large-scale antenna structures, intelligent signal processing, adaptive beam modulation/coding, hybrid analog/digital beam-forming/precoding, medium-access, dynamic spectrum sharing and resource allocation in dense heterogeneous wireless access networks. This research program promises to lead to ground-breaking research findings and contributes to fundamentally addressing the grand challenges at the technology and system levels faced by the wireless community to meet the exponential growth of wireless traffic and connectivity and to support many broadband wireless applications. Advances in these areas will strengthen the quality and capacity of communications infrastructures and result in the introduction of valuable new products and services.

Our industrial partner, Huawei Technologies Canada, will play an important role in driving standard advancement in next-generation wireless technologies. The development of knowledge and skills for next-generation information and communications technologies is of highest strategic interest to Huawei.

This research program is expected to result in significant benefits to Canada and the supporting organization. It will deliver Canadian leadership in promising technologies within the strategic area of advanced information and communications technologies.

The first benefit is the harnessing of academic expertise combined with Huawei Technologies Canada's know-how to tackle key research problems and develop techniques and technologies that will shape the future of 5G-and-beyond wireless access networks. Huawei Technologies Canada believes that this proposed world-leading research program will help to ensure a robust and growing future for itself and to maintain Canada at the forefront of information and communications technology development, providing positive economic impact for Canada.

The anticipated technological development will help the Canadian telecommunications industry not only to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving market of the next generation of communications infrastructure, but also to support sustainable development in other sectors, such as intelligent transportation systems, energy distribution, e-health and smart cities. The ultimate result would be cheaper and more efficient services to all Canadians and a strengthened Canadian position in these competitive markets. This translates into not only great savings of money and time but also significant environmental and health benefits. Consequently, this research project is expected to result in significant short- and long-term benefits for Canadians.

Another benefit is that this proposed program will create invaluable training opportunities for new highly qualified personnel (HQP) in the Canadian industry and for Huawei Technologies Canada researchers. Huawei Technologies Canada researchers will be directly involved in this partnership through the refinement of project activities, support of research initiatives and development of capabilities to support research objectives. HQP will gain the skills, technical training and industrial expertise that will enable them to excel in careers in a broad range of strategically important industries in Canada. Certainly, this proposed research partnership will generate new synergies, create new ideas and stimulate the conception of new solutions beyond the potential of any one organization working alone.

Partner

  • Huawei Technologies Canada Co. Ltd.

Contact information

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
McGill University
Montréal, Québec

Email: tho.le-ngoc@mcgill.ca