Xavier Fernando


Xavier Fernando is a Professor at the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, Canada. He has (co-)authored over 200 research articles, two books (one translated to Mandarin) and holds few patents and non-disclosure agreements.

He is the Director of TMU Intelligent Communication and Computing Laboratory that has received total research funding of $3,185,000.00 since 2008 from industry and government (including joint grants. Information about the alumni of this lab is available at

He was an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer and delivered close over 50 invited talks and keynote presentations all over the world. He was a member in the IEEE Communications Society (COMSOC) Education Board Working Group on Wireless Communications. He was the Chair IEEE Canada Humanitarian Initiatives Committee 2017-18. He was also the Chair of the IEEE Toronto Section and IEEE Canada Central Area.

He was the General Chair for IEEE International Humanitarian Technology Conference (IHTC) 2017 and the General Chair of IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE), 2014. He has been in the organizing/steering/technical program committees of numerous conferences and journals. He was a Member of Board of Governors of Ryerson University during 2011-12.

He is a program evaluator for ABET (USA). He was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Advanced Telecommunications (IAT), UK in 2008 and MAPNET Fellow visiting Aston University, UK in 2014. Ryerson University nominated him for the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants award in 2012 in which was a finalist.


His research interests are in signal processing for optical/wireless communication systems. He mainly focuses on Physical and MAC layer issues. He has special interest in underground communications systems, of Cognitive Radio systems, Visible Light Communications and wireless positioning systems.


  • IEEE Comunications Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2012 - 2013.
  • IEEE Toronto Section Sustained Leadership Appreciation Award, October 2016
  • Engineering Excellence Award from the Professional Engineers Ontario, Mississauga Chapter, January 2016
  • Supervisor of the Capstone Project, 'UWB Rescue Robot that could see through Obstructions'. May 2019, Received the Dean’s Prize
  • Supervisor, Bronze Prize winning project 'Wireless Treadmill Control using Heart Rate Monitoring' in the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society, 'MTT Alive 2010 International Design Competition', 2010