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Broadband Communications Research Laboratory (BBCR Lab)
The mission of BBCR Lab is to pursue first-rate research in telecommunications, to train highly qualified personnel, and to transfer information and communication technology with industry.
Over the years, BBCR researchers have been working diligently to pursue excellence in research, and have made important research contributions for advancing telecommunication technologies. As a result, our faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, visiting scholars and students, and other research associates have received many prestigious international and domestic recognitions and awards.
We would like to thank our industrial sponsors for their partnership and financial support, including Bell Canada, Huawei Technologies, General Motors, BlackBerry, Industry Canada, Ericsson Canada, and Siradel.

Feel free to browse around this website where you can read about the cutting-edge research activities we are working on, latest research papers we have published, and the bright minds that work diligently day and night for the success of the BBCR Group and the betterment of the global community!


News:
  • a Dr. Asmaa Abdallah, Dr. Nan Cheng, Dr. Ran Zhang have attended Convocation on October 21, 2016. a
  • a Prof. Shen and several former BBCR group members attended the International Workshop on Future Network Computing in Central South University, Changsha, China, on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13, 2016. aa
  • a Dr. Muhammad Ismail (from Texas A&M University at Qatar) has visited BBCR group and given a seminar on Green Heterogeneous Networks, September 23, 2016. a
  • a Prof. Lajos Hanzo (from University of Southampton, UK) has visited BBCR group and given a seminar on Quantum Computing and Signal Processing in Wireless Communications, September 22, 2016. a
  • a Prof. Pingzhi Fan (from Southwest Jiaotong University, China) has visited BBCR group and given a seminar on Broadband Mobile Communications for High Speed Vehicles, September 22, 2016. a
  • a Dr. Qiang Ye successfully defended his PhD thesis "Adaptive Medium Access Control for Internet-of-Things Enabled Mobile Ad Hoc Networks" on September 21, 2016.
  • a Prof. Shen, Prof. Zhuang, and some BBCR members have attended VTC2016-Fall in Montreal, QC, September 18 - 21, 2016. a
  • a Prof. Yusheng Ji (from National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan) has visited BBCR group and given a seminar on Context Mining, September 15, 2016. a
  • a Prof. Nei Kato (from Tohoku University, Japan) has visited BBCR group and given a seminar on VANET and Relay-by-Smartphone, September 15, 2016. a
  • Prof. Lin Cai (from University of Victoria) has visited BBCR group and given a seminar on Connected Vehicles, September 6, 2016. a
  • Prof. Shen has visited Neusoft Inc., Shenyang, China, on August 8, 2016. a
  • Prof. Shen has visited Northeastern University (Shenyang, China), and given a seminar about VANET, on August 7, 2016. a
  • a Dr. Asmaa Abdallah successfully defended her PhD thesis "Security and Privacy for Smart Grid" on August 2, 2016.
  • Prof. Nasir Ghani, from University of South Florida, has visited BBCR and given a seminar on Disaster Recovery in Networked Cloud Cyberinfrastructures, July 28, 2016. a
  • Prof. Shen and many BBCR former Alumni attended the workshop on Smart Network and Security in Hangzhou, China on June 6-7, 2016 with CAE Fellow Dr. Quan Yu, Datang Telecom CTO Dr. Shanzhi Chen and many well-known colleagues. a
  • Dr. Shanzhi Chen (the CTO from Datang Telecom) has visited BBCR group and given a seminar on LTE and 5G, June 17, 2016. a
  • Dr. Qinghua Shen, Dr. Ahmed Hamza, Dr. Bharati Saliesh, and Dr. Kuan Zhang attended University of Waterloo Convocation, June 2016. a
  • Prof. Geoffrey Li, from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, has visited BBCR and given a seminar about LTE on Unlicensed Band, June 13, 2016.1
  • Dr. Ran Zhang  defended his PhD thesis "Radio Resource Management (RRM) in LET-Advanced Systems with Carrier Aggregation", May 31, 2016.1
  • Dr. Nan Cheng successfully defended his PhD thesis "Opportunistic Spectrum Utilization for Vehicular Communication Networks" on May 30, 2016.1
  • Winner! TechConnect 2016-Washington DC: Innovation Awardee
    (May, 2016)
    UW technology for vehicular communications received a global innovation award

    A novel technology for vehicular communications developed by BBCR group is recognized as an Innovation Awardee at the TechConnect World Innovation Summit 2016 in Washington, D.C, and listed on the TechConnect Innovation Awards home page. The technology received this Award because it placed in the top 15% of all submitted technologies as ranked by the TechConnect Corporate & Investment Partner Committee. The technology can efficiently enable a variety of advanced road safety applications, through reliable broadcast of safety messages by vehicles and road-side units (RSUs). Such invention can have a significant impact in reducing traffic accidents, which represent a leading contributor to human death and disability. The same UW technology has previously received the second prize in the highly competitive Valeo Innovation Challenge (among 969 teams from 450 universities in 55 countries), for a design project that can make future cars smarter and more intuitive. The BBCR group, led by Prof. Sherman Shen and Weihua Zhuang, is working in partnership with the University of Waterloo Commercialization Office (WatCo) to further develop and market the technology, with an NSERC idea-to-innovation grant of $125,000.

  • Qinghua Shen and former BBCR member Wei Zhang have participated in the IEEE Signal Processing Cup 2016 Global Competition which held its final competition on 20 March 2016 in Shanghai, China, during the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP).
    The team "UWaterlooEngineer" (formed by Wei Zhang, Edrick Wong, Brady Kieffer and Qinghua Shen) is in the Top 10 list based on classification accuracy. 1News
  • Dr. Kamal Rahimi Malekshan successfully defended his PhD thesis "Spectrum and Energy Efficient Medium Access Control for Wireless Ad Hoc Networks" on May 3, 2016.
  • Dr. Kuan Zhang successfully defended his PhD thesis "Security and Privacy for Mobile Social Networks" on April 21, 2016.
  • Prof. Shen has visited Southeast University, Nanjing, China, with delegates from the University of Waterloo, March 22, 2016.1
    Prof. Shen and BBCR former group member Prof. Haojin Zhu (from Shanghai Jiaotong University) are with the University of Waterloo President, Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, and the ECE (University of Waterloo) Department Chair, Prof. Manoj Sachdev in Nanjing.1
  • Dr. Miao Wang, Ran Zhang and Nan Cheng have received the prestigious 2015 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad.
  • Dr. Sailesh Bharati successfully defended his PhD thesis "Link-Layer Cooperative Communication in Vehicular Networks".
  • Prof. Shen received Joseph LoCicero Award from IEEE during IEEE Globecom 2015, San Diego, USA..1
  • BBCR group photo on December 17, 2015.1
  • Prof. Shen has been inducted as an RSC (The Royal Society of Canada) Fellow, November 2015.1
    Ceremony after the RSC induction.1
    Some BBCR members attended the RSC fellowship induction and ceremony.1
    Prof. Shen, Prof. Jianping Pan and Prof. Lin Cai in the ceremony.1
    BBCR alumni Prof. Dongmei Zhao, Prof. Wei Song and Prof. Lin X. Cai in the first International Workshop of Mobile Communication Network (IWMCN), Victoria, BC, Nov. 26-27, 2015.
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  • Dr. Ahmed M. Hamza successfully defended his PhD thesis "Analysis and Mitigation of Asynchronous Interference in Coordinated Multipoint Systems".
  • Prof. Shen and some BBCR members attended ICCC 2015 in November, Shenzhen, China. News1
    Prof. Shen and Prof. Tom Luo in Shenzhen, 2015.
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  • Prof. Shen and some BBCR members attended AICWC 2015 in October, Chengdu, China. News
  • Prof. Shen and some BBCR members attended WCSP 2015 in October, Nanjing, China. News2
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  • President Yuqing Sun (from Dalian Marinetime University) visited University of Waterloo on Oct. 10, 2015.2
  • Dr. Xiaoxia Zhang successfully defended her PhD thesis "Cooperative Relaying and Resource Allocation in Future-Generation Cellular Networks".
  • Dr. Amila Gamage successfully defended his PhD thesis "Resource Allocation for Heterogeneous Wireless Networks".
  • Dr. Yong Zhou successfully defended his PhD thesis "Link-Layer Cooperative Communication in Wireless Ad Hoc Networks".
  • Professor Xuemin (Sherman) Shen has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. News
  • Dr. Qinghua Shen successfully defended his PhD thesis "Resource Management in E-health Systems".
  • A new book from our group is published, N. Cheng and X. Shen, Opportunistic Spectrum Utilization in Vehicular Communication Networks, SpringerBriefs in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Springer Verlag, (ISBN-10: 3319204440, ISBN-13: 978-3319204444), 2015.
  • A new book from our group is published, H. Zhou, L. Gui, Q. Yu, and X. Shen, Cooperative Vehicular Communications in the Drive-thru Internet, SpringerBriefs in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Springer Verlag, (ISBN-10: 331920453X, ISBN-13: 978-3319204536), 2015.
  • Prof. Nei Kato (from Tohuko University, Japan) and Prof. Kui Ren (from SUNY Buffalo, USA) visited BBCR lab on July 17, 2015. Prof. Kato gave a seminar on Device-to-Device Communications. a
  • Prof. Shen and some BBCR members attended 2015 BBC3R workshop in Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, China, June 26 - June 27, 2015. a
  • Dr. Khadige Abboud, Dr. Mrinmoy Barua, Dr. Jian Qiao, Dr. Miao Wang, Dr. Ning Zhang, and Dr. Zhongming Zheng attended University of Waterloo Convocation, June 13, 2015. a
  • A new book from our group is now published, C. Chen, S. Zhu, X. Guan, and X. Shen, Wireless Sensor Networks: Distributed Consensus Estimation, Springer Briefs in Computer Science (ISBN-10: 3319123785, ISBN-13: 978-3319123783), 2015.
  • Dr. Miao Wang successfully defended her PhD thesis "Capacity Analysis in Different Systems Exploiting Mobility of VANETs".
  • Dr. Jian Qiao successfully defended his PhD thesis "Enabling Millimeter Wave Communication for 5G Cellular Networks: MAC-layer Perspective".
  • Jian Qiao and Ning Zhang received the prestigious Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad, March 2015. news
  • Dr. Ning Lu successfully defended his PhD thesis "Scaling Laws for Vehicular Networks", and is a Mitacs PDF in BLiNQ, Ottawa, ON.
  • Dr. Ning Zhang successfully defended his PhD thesis "Security-aware Cooperation in Dynamic Spectrum Access".
  • Dr. Khadige Abboud successfully defended her PhD thesis "Node Cluster Stability in Vehicular Ad hoc Networks", and is a PDF in University of Waterloo.
  • The paper titled "Opportunistic WiFi Offloading in Vehicular Environment: A Queueing Analysis" by N. Cheng, N. Lu, N. Zhang, X. Shen, and J.W. Mark was honored with a Best Paper Award at the IEEE Globecom 2014, Austin, TX, Dec. 8 - Dec. 12, 2014.
  • The paper titled "A Semi-distributed V2V Fast Charging Strategy based on Price Control" by M. Wang, M. Ismail, R. Zhang, X. Shen, E. Serpedin, and K. A. Qaraqe was honored with a Best Paper Award at the IEEE Globecom 2014, Austin, TX, Dec. 8 - Dec. 12, 2014.
  • Our current group member Prof. Yi Zhou and former PhD student Prof. Sandra Céspedes U. attended the IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference in Paderborn, Germany from December 3 to 5. a
  • Dr. Zhongming Zheng successfully defended his PhD thesis “Resource Management in Green Wireless Communication Networks", and joins Huawei, Ottawa, ON, Canada.
  • Prof. Shen and some BBCR members participated in "WE Innovate", the annual research exhibition of the Faculty of Engineering in University of Waterloo, on November 19, 2014. One of our posters (Hassan Omar, Sailesh Bharati, and Ning Lu) has won the best poster award.a
  • Our team (Hassan Omar, Sailesh Bharati, and Ning Lu) has won the second place with the award of €10,000 for the 2014 Valeo Innovation Challenge among the 969 teams from 455 different universities and 55 countries. The result was announced in Paris on October 17, 2014. newsa
  • A photo at IEEE ICCC 2014 (Prof. Shen with organization committee and keynote speakers)
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  • The paper titled "Impact of node mobility on single-hop cluster overlap in vehicular ad hoc networks" by K. Abboud and W. Zhuang was honored with the Best Paper Award in the 17th ACM International Conference on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems (MSWiM). The conference was held at Montreal, QC, Canada, September 21-26, 2014.
  • Dr. Mrinmoy Barua successfully defended his PhD thesis “Secure Data Aggregation and Access Control in Cloud Assisted eHealth Care System", and is a Software Engineer employed by PTC, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • A new book from our group is now published, T. Yang and X. Shen, Maritime Wideband Communication Networks: Video Transmission Scheduling, Springer Briefs in Computer Science, ISBN 978-3-319-07362-0, June, 2014.
  • Dr. Hao Liang is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada.
  • Dr. Lin X. Cai is an Assistant Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA.
  • A new book from our group is now published, M. Wen, R. Lu, X. Liang, J. Lei, and X. Shen, Querying over Encrypted Data in Smart Grids, Springer Briefs in Computer Science, ISBN 978-3-319-06354-6, May, 2014.
  • A new book from our group is now published, Y. Liu, and X. Shen, Cognitive Resource Management for Heterogeneous Cellular Networks, Springer Briefs in Computer Science, ISBN 978-3-319-06284-6, May, 2014.
  • Dr. Md. Shamsul Alam is an Engineer in Verizon, Chicago, USA.
  • A new book from our group is now published, T. H. Luan, X. Shen, and F. Bai, Enabling Content Distribution in Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks, Springer Briefs in Computer Science, ISBN 978-1-4939-0691-8, April, 2014.
  • Ning Lu received the prestigious Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad, April 2014. news a
  • A new book from our group is now published, M. M. E. A. Mahmoud and X. Shen, Security for Multi-hop Wireless Networks, Springer Briefs in Computer Science, ISBN 978-3-319-04603-7, Mar., 2014.
  • A new book from our group is now published, N. Zhang and J. W. Mark, Security-aware Cooperation in Cognitive Radio Networks, Springer Briefs in Computer Science, ISBN 978-1-4939-0412-9, 2014.
  • BBCR Group with Prof. Michael Fang and Prof. Phone Lin at IEEE Globecom 2013
  • Hassan Aboubakr Omar received IEEE Globecom 2013 best paper award.
  • IEEE ComSoc Ad Hoc & Sensor Networks Technical Committee 2013 Technical Recognition Award presented to Xuemin (Sherman) Shen for contributions to resource management and information security in mobile ad hoc networks.
  • Hao Liang, Kuan Zhang, Xiaohui Liang, and Amit Kumar Tamang have participated the WE Innovate at University of Waterloo on November 15, 2013.


  • A photo at WCSP 2013. (Prof. Shen, Prof. Kumar, and other BBCR members)
  • Prof. Shen attended the enlarged meeting of advisory committee for WCSP 2013
    enlarged meeting of advisory committee for WCSP
  • Prof. Shen visited Prof. Lei Guo's lab at Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Oct. 2013.
  • BBCR Group with Prof. Kumar at Hangzhou, China, Oct. 26, 2013
  • A new book from our group is now published, Z. Zheng, L. X. Cai, and X. Shen, Sustainable Wireless Networks, Springer Briefs in Computer Science, ISBN 978-3-319-02468-4, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-02469-1, 2013.
  • Dr. Tom H. Luan is a Lecturer at the Deakin University, Australia.
  • Dr. Rongxing Lu is an Assistant Professor at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  • Dr. Sanaa Taha is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Information Technology, Faculty of Computer and Information, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt.
  • A new book from our group is now published, X. Liang, R. Lu, X. Lin, and X. Shen, Security and Privacy in Mobile Social Networks, Springer Briefs in Computer Science, ISBN 978-1-4614-8856-9, 2013.
  • A new book from our group is now published, N. Lu and X. Shen, Capacity Analysis of Vehicular Communication Networks, Springer Briefs in Computer Science, ISBN 978-1-4614-8396-0, 2013.
  • A new book from our group is now published, M. Ismail and W. Zhuang, Cooperative Networking in a Heterogeneous Wireless Medium, Springer Briefs in Computer Science, ISBN 978-1-4614-7078-6, DOI 10.1007/978-1-4614-7079-3, 2013.
  • The paper "Bounds of Asymptotic Performance Limits of Social-Proximity Vehicular Networks" by N. Lu, T.H. Luan, M. Wang, X. Shen, and F. Bai will appear in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 2013.
  • Ning Lu received a student travel grant for IEEE WCNC 2013.
  • Xiaohui Liang received the prestigious Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad 2012. news
  • The paper titled "A Novel Low-Power Mixed-Mode Implementation of Weight Update in Particle PHD Filters" by Y. Liu, Z. Shi, K. Zhang, Y. Zheng, R. Lu, and X. Shen was honored with a Best Paper Award at the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference 2013 (WCNC'13). The conference was held at Shanghai, China, April 7-10, 2013.

  • Our work "SPOC: A Secure and Privacy-preserving Opportunistic Computing Framework for Mobile-Healthcare Emergency" was implemented and posted on the YouTube [Link1, Link2].
  • BBCR Group Photo on Dec. 21, 2012
  • Several current and previous BBCR members had a wonderful gathering at Globecom'12, on Dec. 04, 2012, Anaheim, California, USA.
  • The paper titled "Performance Analysis of Cooperative ADHOC MAC for Vehicular Networks" by Sailesh Bharati and Professor Weihua Zhuang was honored with a Best Paper Award at the IEEE Global Communication Conference 2012 (Globecom'12), the annual flagship conference organized by the IEEE Communication Society. The conference was held at Anaheim, California, USA during December 03-07, 2012.
  • Prof. Shen hosted the WTC meeting at Globecom'12, on Dec. 05, 2012, Anaheim, California, USA.
  • Prof. Shen has been honored as a CAE (The Canadian Academy of Engineering) Fellow, since April 2012.
  • Rongxing Lu received the prestigious Governor General's Gold Medal this year!
  • Xiaohui Liang received the prestigious Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) 2012-2013.
  • The paper titled "Joint Channel Selection and Opportunistic Forwarding in Multi-hop Cognitive Radio Networks" by Y. Liu, L. X. Cai, and X. Shen was honored with a Best Paper Award at the IEEE Globecom 2011. The conference was held at Houston, Texas, USA, Dec. 5-9, 2011.
  • Hao Liang and Tom (Hao) Luan received the prestigious Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad 2011. See the news.
  • Prof. Shen met with three BBCR former PhD students Dr. Mursalin Akon, Dr. Yanfei Fan and Dr. Mohammad Towhidul Islam (from left to right) on Apr. 21st 2012. They are now working well in Silicon Valley.
  • Prof. Zhuang has been awarded a Fellow of EIC (Fellow of Engineering Institute of Canada), since Jan. 2012.

  • Rongxing Lu received a Research In Motion (RIM) Graduate Scholarship, Jan. 2012.
  • Mrinmoy Barua received a student travel grant for IEEE Globecom 2011.
  • Mohammad Towhidul Islam is employed by the MarkLogic Corporation, US.
  • Mahdi Asefi is employed by the Met-Scan Canada LTD, Toronto, CA.
  • Lin X. Cai is employed by the HUAWEI, Chicago, US.
  • Ho Ting (Anderson) Cheng is employed by the HUAWEI, Ottawa, CA.
  • Prof. Zhuang has been honored as a CAE (The Canadian Academy of Engineering) Fellow, since Apr. 2011.
  • BBCR group is involved in the organization of one INFOCOM 2011 WORKSHOP: IEEE SCNC 2011, submission deadline Dec. 15, 2010.
  • Xiaohui Liang received a student travel grant for IEEE INFOCOM 2011.
  • Prof. Shen has been honored as an EIC Fellow (Fellow of Engineering Institute of Canada), since Dec. 2010.
  • WCSP

    Prof. Shen was hosting IEEE WCSP conference in Suzhou, China, Oct. 2010.

  • Rongxing Lu received a student travel grant for IEEE Globecom 2010.
  • Dr. P. Thulasiraman will be Assistant Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, USA.
  • Dr. A. Alshamrani is employed by the Ministry of Defense and Aviation, Saudi Arabia.
  • H. Liang and W. Zhuang, "DTCoop: Delay tolerant cooperative communications in DTN/WLAN integrated networks," IEEE VTC'10 - Fall, Ottawa, Sept. 2010. (received the Best Student Paper Award)
  • R. Lu, X. Lin, X. Liang, and X. Shen, "Secure Handshake with Symptoms-matching: The Essential to the Success of mHealthcare Social Network," Proc. BodyNets 2010, Corfu Island, Greece, Sept. 10-12, 2010. (received the Best Paper Award)
  • H.T. Cheng, A. Abdrabou, and W. Zhuang, "Novel resource management approach for end-to-end QoS support in wireless mesh networks," Proc. IEEE WCNC'10, April 2010. (received the Best Paper Award)
  • Prof. Zhuang has been elevated as the Tier I (Senior) Canada Research Chair in Wireless Communication Networks, since May 2010.
  • Rongxing Lu received a student travel grant for ACM ASIACCS 2010
  • Prof. Shen has been elevated to IEEE Fellow.
  • Prof. Zhuang has been elevated to IEEE Fellow.
  • Dean Sedra recently announced the appointment of Prof. Shen for a University Research Chair appointment for a seven year term, beginning July 1, 2007.
  • A CWC/BBCR Blog has been created by Dr. Minghui Shi.