Biography: Charles Despins’ career has spanned both the academic and industrial segments of the information technology and communications sector. In addition to having been a faculty member of INRS-Telcommunications (Université du Québec) in Montreal, he later held various positions in the private sector including senior director of technology development at Microcell Telecommunications, vice-president and chief technology officer of Bell Nordiq Group, and has worked as a consultant for wireless network deployments in India and China. Since January 2003, he has been president & CEO of Prompt, a university-industry research consortium. For more than ten years, he has remained active in research and is currently adjunct professor at INRS. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from McGill University in Montreal, as well as M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees, also in electrical engineering, from Carleton University in Ottawa. He is a former recipient (1993) of a Best Paper of the Year award in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He is also a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and was the recipient in 2006 of the Outstanding Engineer Award from IEEE Canada.
Research topics: Wireless Telecommunications, Propagation, and Cognitive Radio Networks.