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Ke Wu

Ke Wu

Department of Electrical Engineering
École Polytechnique de Montréal

Chair title

NSERC/Huawei Industrial Research Chair in Future Wireless Technologies

Chair program

Industrial Research Chairs program


Senior Chairholder since 2016


Since the early 1980s, the wireless evolution and its enabling technologies from the first to fourth generation, through analog, digital, high-speed communications (voice and text) and mobile internet (video), have fundamentally redefined our social and economic context. Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) are the next wave of innovations, commercial applications and integrated services with future fifth-generation (5G) wireless systems. The 5G networks are expected to play a much broader role in our lives by enabling wireless connectivity of an unprecedented variety of devices for an unimaginable number of services and applications, from telemedicine to intelligent transportations, from smart cities to ubiquitous security, from virtual reality to automated factories. The envisioned application requirements (such as rate, latency and reliability) and device characteristics (such as cost, processing power and energy efficiency) differ considerably, creating challenges for the 5G and future wireless development. Current publications are concerned with 5G system requirements and network architectures, with greater focus on software algorithms and generic discussions, but do not deal with hardware research and implementations, in particular, millimetre-wave technology (mmW).

This NSERC/Huawei Industrial Research Chair in Future Wireless Technologies involves a joint venture in future wireless research, education and innovation between a large telecom OEM and Polytechnique Montréal. This Chair is hosted in the Poly-Grames Research Centre at Polytechnique Montréal. It strives to address the core challenges and demands in 5G and future wireless systems.

The Chair program will study and demonstrate innovative and scalable solutions for 5G and future-generation wireless communication, focusing on theoretical and experimental investigations of RF/mmW technology and architecture. This research emphasizes hardware aspects and integration solutions, enabling low-cost, power-efficient integrated transceiver design and development. This university-industry collaboration will address a number of technological challenges, such as densification of small cell, massive multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) schemes, mmW techniques, wireless backhaul and device-to-device connectivity, and full-duplex transceiver technologies. In particular, this Chair research will look into original, disruptive and practical mmW transceiver solutions to cope with the demands from industrial sectors for high-density and low-cost system integration, with significantly reduced packaging requirements. The success of this Chair program will have an impact on future green, high-speed and power-efficient IoT and wireless standards, products and applications, which will be critical for smart living and a better quality of life in Canada.

The Chairholder, Professor Ke Wu, is a world-recognized researcher, author and educator in the field of RF, microwave and millimetre-wave science and engineering. He and his team have extensive experience and expertise in RF and mmW technological developments and architecture research, ranging from components and antennas to system innovations, from numerical electromagnetic techniques to linear and non-linear modelling, from radio and radar system designs to microwave/mmW photonic techniques. His seminal research contributions include the world’s first multi-port interferometer transceivers, joint radio-radar multi-functional transceivers in time domain, fully integrated mmW SIW front-end systems, smart SIW-based mmW antenna techniques, and nonlinear communication systems.


  • Huawei Technologies Canada Co. Ltd.

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Department of Electrical Engineering
École Polytechnique de Montréal


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