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Dr. Xavier Fernando

Xavier Fernando
BSc, MASc, PhD, PEng
416-979-5000 ext. 6077

Areas of Academic Interest

Wireless communications

Optical communications

Wireless positioning systems

Internet of Things

Energy harvesting wireless sensor networks

Vehicular communications

Visible light communications

Underground communications


Year University Degree
2001 University of Calgary PhD
1994 Asian Institute of Technology MASc
1992 University of Peradeniya BSc

Courses Taught

Course Code Course
ELE 885 Optical Communication Systems
ELE 700 / ELE 800 Engineering Design Projects
EE8114 Optical Communication and Networks


Xavier Fernando knows how to motivate his graduate students. It comes down to building just the right amount of confidence, a practice Fernando has perfected since his youth. “When I was young, I had lots of ambitions and felt like I could make an impact,” he recalls. “I have a role to play in this world, and I will be happy if I can play my role.”

Fernando has certainly played his part in wireless communications and positioning. With the field becoming so intrinsic to human life, research in the field has reached critical heights. “Wireless communication will continue to be an integral part of modern civilization. It will never go away, because communication is so important. And it will become much more indispensable in our life. There’s no doubt about that.”

As our connectedness rises, so does the need to train highly qualified researchers in the field. For that, Fernando is up to the task. “I’m always thinking about how to make things better and how to teach somebody. That is my inner driving force.”

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Xavier Fernando

“A supervisor should convey their message through actions, not by talking too much.”

  • IEEE Toronto Section Appreciation Awards: 2007, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • IEEE Communications Society ‘Distinguished Lecturer’, 2011-12
  • Engineering Excellence Award from the Professional Engineers Ontario, Mississauga Chapter, January 2016 
  • Finalist of the Top 25 Immigrant of Canada Award, 2012, Nominated by Toronto Metropolitan University
  • US Patent 6,889,060, Optical fiber based on wireless scheme for wideband multimedia access, XN Fernando and, AB Sesay, 2005, cited by 133 (2019)
  • XN Fernando, AB Sesay, ‘Adaptive asymmetric linearization of radio over fiber links for wireless access’ IEEE transactions on vehicular technology 51 (6), 1576-1586, 2002, cited by 102 (2019) 
  • S Srikanth, PAM Pandian, XN Fernando, ‘Orthogonal frequency division multiple access in WiMAX and LTE: a comparison' IEEE Comm Magazine 50 (9), 153-161, 2002 cited by 98 (2019)
  • XN Fernando, Radio over fiber for wireless communications: from fundamentals to advanced topics’ John Wiley & Sons, 2014 
  • S Hussain, XN Fernando, ‘Performance Analysis of Relay-Based Cooperative Spectrum Sensing in Cognitive Radio Networks Over Non-Identical Nakagami-m Channels’ IEEE Transactions on communications 62 (8), 2733-2746, 2014
  • Ryerson Communications Lab