IEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference 2018
Sustainable Technologies for Humanity

Xavier Fernando

IEEE Canada Humanitarian Initiatives Committee

Keynote Speaker


Xavier Fernando is the Chair IEEE Canada Humanitarian Initiatives Committee. He was an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer. He was a member in the IEEE Communications Society (COMSOC) Education Board Working Group on Wireless Communications.


He is a Professor at the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. He has (co-)authored over 150 research articles, one book and holds few patents and non-disclosure agreements. His mono-graphed book on Radio over Fiber systems has been a good seller and translated to Mandarin.


He is the Director of Ryerson Communications Lab ( that plays a vital role in communications research in Canada. The alumni of this lab are currently well employed


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), Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Southern Ontario Smart Computing Platform (SOSCIP), MITACS, and Canadian Photonic Fabrication Research (CPFR).


His work has won several awards and prizes including IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Prize in 2010, Sarnoff Symposium Prize in 2009, Opto-Canada best poster prize in 2003 and CCECE best paper prize in 2001.


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 has been an active volunteer of IEEE since 2001. He won the Chapter Achievement Award from the IEEE Communications Society in 2008 and IEEE Toronto Section exemplary service award in 2007. He was the Chair of the IEEE Toronto Section and IEEE Canada Central Area.


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.


Prof. Xavier obtained his B. Sc. Eng. from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 1992, Masters from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, 1994 and PhD from University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2001