Xavier Fernando


Xavier Fernando received B. Sc. Eng. (Hons) degree from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 1992 (placed first out of 250 students in the Dean's list). He received Masters from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand (placed first out of 27 students and nominated for Gold Medal) in 1994. He was granted Ph. D. degree from the University of Calgary, Canada in 2001.

He worked for AT&T (Telecom Products) as an R&D Engineer during 1994-1997. He has been with the Electrical Engineering Department of the Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada since 2001. He is also a member of Ryerson Board of Governors for 2009-2011. He was a Visiting Faculty Researcher at the Institute of Advanced Telecommunications (IAT), University of Swansea, UK in 2008. He is the author of more than seventy research articles and a patent. He is leading Ryerson Communications Research Lab with excellent funding. He has delivered invited talks worldwide including the Cambridge University (UK), Princeton University (USA), Athens Institute of Technology (Greece), National Research Council (Canada) and Anna University (India). He is in the IEEE COMSOC Education Board Working Group on Wireless Communications. He is a co-author and editor of the IEEE COMSOC Wireless Communication Body of Knowledge (WEBOK).

He is the Chair of the IEEE Communications Society, Toronto Chapter and Senior Member of IEEE. He was the General Chair for IEEE Toronto International Conference on Science and Technology for Humanity 2009. He has obtained funding from Finnish International Development Agency (FINNIDA), Alberta Informatics Circle of Research Excellence (ICORE), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, Canadian Foundation of Innovations (CFI), Ontario Innovations Trust Fund (OIT) and Canadian Photonic Fabrication Research (CPFR).


His research interests are in signal processing for optical/wireless communication systems. He has a special interest in Radio over Fiber systems.


  • IEEE Comunications Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2012 - 2013.
  • Second Prize in the Student Paper Competition, T. Kuganeswaran, X. Fernando and L. Guan, A pixel based dynamic algorithm for correlation noise estimation in distributed video coding, at Sarnoff Symposium 2009, Princeton University, New Jersey USA
  • IEEE COMSOC Chapter Achievement Award as Toronto Chapter Chair, 2008
  • IEEE Toronto Section, Exemplary Service Award 2007
  • Supervisor of the first prize winning student poster presentation, Opto-Canada, SPIE conference, Ottawa, 2002