Sofiène Affes, full professor

Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique
Centre Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications
800, De La Gauchetière West, Suite 6900
Montréal, QC, H5A 1K6, Canada
Tel: +1-514-228-7011
Fax: +1-514-875-0344
E- mail: affes@emt.inrs.ca

Biography: Sofiène Affes received the Diplôme d'Ingénieur in electrical engineering in 1992, and the Ph.D. degree with honors in signal and image processing in 1995, both from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST), Paris, France.

He has been since with INRS-ÉMT (former Telecommunications Centre), University of Quebec, Montreal, Canada, as a Research Associate from 1995 till 1997, as an Assistant Professor till 2000, then as an Associate Professor till 2009. Currently he is a Full Professor in the Wireless Communications Group. His research interests are in wireless communications, CDMA/MC-CDMA/OFDM, statistical signal and array processing, adaptive space-time processing, MIMO, channel identification, synchronization and multiuser detection. Previously, he was involved in the European ESPRIT projects 2101 ARS on speech recognition in adverse environments at Cambridge University (CUED), UK, in 1991, and 6166 FREETEL on hands-free telephony at ENST (Département TSI), France, from 1993 to 1994. In 1997 he participated in the major program in personal and mobile communications of the Canadian Institute for Telecommunications Research (CITR). From 1998 to 2002 he has been leading the radio-design and signal processing activities of the Bell/Nortel/NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Personal Communications at INRS-ÉMT, Montreal, Canada. He has been actively involved in a major project in wireless of Prompt Inc. (Partnerships for Research on Microelectronics, Photonics and Telecommunications).

Professor Affes is the co-recipient of the 2002 Prize for Research Excellence of INRS and currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Wireless Communications. From 2008 to 2011, he received from NSERC a prestigious DAS (Discovery Accelerator Supplement) award (top 2% of NSERC's Discovery Grant recipients in Canada). He has been member of the IEEE since 1994 and Senior member since 2004. He served as a Lead Guest Editor of a special issue of the EURASIP Journal on Applied Signal Processing published in 2005 and currently acts as a member of Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Communications, the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and the Wiley Journal on Wireless Communications & Mobile Computing. Professor Affes frequently serves as a technical program committee member of international and national conferences. He also acts regularly as a reviewer for many international scientific journals and conferences and as a reviewer for the funding organizations NSERC and FQRNT. In 2004 and 2005, he served as a committee member of the postdoctoral grants program of FQRNT. He acted as a Selection Committee member of the strategic partnership grants program of NSERC from 2005 to 2008 and as a Chair of this committee both in 2007 and 2008. From 2009 to 2012, he has been member of the 1510 ECE Evaluation Group of the Discovery Grants program of NSERC and Co-Chair of this comittee in 2012. He has also served as a Selection Committee member of the FQRNT team grants program of FQRNT in the 2007-2008 competition. In 2006, Professor Affes set on the local organizing committee of the IEEE VTC'2006-Fall, Montreal, Canada, as a General Co-chair of the conference. For his contribution to the success of this conference edition, he received in September 2008 the VTC Chair Recognition Award from the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.

Awards and distinctions:
- Recipient of a Discovery Accelerator Supplement (DAS) Award from NSERC since April 2013.
- Co-recipient of a Best Paper Award at IEEE VTC'2010-Fall in September 2010.
- Recipient of the VTC Chair Recognition Award from the IEEE VT Society in
September 2008.
- Recipient of a Discovery Accelerator Supplement (DAS) Award from NSERC from April 2008 to March 2011.
- Holder of the Canada Research Chair in Wireless Communications granted from March 2008 to February 2013.
- Co-recipient of a Best Award Paper at IEEE GLOBECOM'2007 in December 2007.
- Holder of the Canada Research Chair in High-Speed Wireless Communications granted from March 2003 to February 2008.
- Co-recipient with prof. Paul Mermelstein of the 2002 Prize for Research Excellence of INRS, November 2003.

Courses taught:
- TEL102 Digital communications.
- TEL101 Stochastic processes for signal processing.

Research topics: Wireless / Radio-Mobile Communications, Digital Communications, Signal Processing, CDMA/MC-CDMA/OFDM Radio Interfaces, Spatio-Temporal / Adaptive Processing, MIMO, Multi-User Detection, Interference Suppression, Synchronization, Performance Analysis.