Xavier Fernando

Title Visible Light Communications for Vehicular Networks

5G and beyond wireless networks envision number of V2X (X stand for Vehicle, Infrastructure or Network) communication scenarios to enable autonomous vehicles and intelligent transport systems. Visible Light Communications (VLC) is gaining momentum for V2X communication with the availability of abundant bandwidth and inherent short-range confinement. Wide deployment of solid-state lights and, image sensors in vehicles enable simultaneous lighting, sensing and communication possibilities. However, compared to indoor, outdoor vehicular VLC systems are exposed to rapidly varying channel conditions with high ambient noise that needs advanced solutions. Highly directional property of light rays is another issue. Popular radio-based solutions such as OFDM can’t be directly applied in the optical domain. The talk will highlight benefits and challenges of both VLC Fi-Wi and systems.


Xavier Fernando (http://www.ee.ryerson.ca/~fernando) is a Professor and Director of Ryerson Communications Lab. His research focus is on signal processing for wireless communications. He has a special interest in photonics for wireless access. He was an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and delivered over 50 invited lectures worldwide. He has (co-)authored over 150 research articles; holds three patents and mono graphed a widely selling book on Radio over Fiber. He has won 15 prizes and awards so far internationally for his research so far including the first and second prizes in Opto-Canada, bronze prize in IEEE MTT Society international design competition and first prize in IEEE CCECE. He has played key roles in many reputed conferences and edited journal special issues. He was a member of Ryerson Board of Governors and a program evaluator for ABET. He was a finalist for the Top 25 Immigrant Award of Canada in 2012. He was the Chair of IEEE Canada Central Area, Member of IEEE Canada Board and the Chair of IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical Engineering. Currently his lab holds over $1 Million in Research Funding.