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Alexander Wyglinski

In today’s information age, wireless communication is the highway that connects all of us together. My goal as a teacher is to mentor students along a path of discovery and research in wireless communications, including cognitive radio and dynamic spectrum access. Given the increasing number of wireless users and applications, there is an urgent need to devise new approaches for accommodating this rapid growth and counteract the wireless spectrum issue currently faced by modern society.  WPI’s small class sizes offer me the opportunity to teach the latest theory in communication systems via the implementation of that theory onto actual radio systems, which highlights practical issues and design trade-offs. This hands-on approach opens a whole new world of educational opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in both industry and academia. There are no dry theoretical lectures in my classes, but rather the real-time application of communication systems theory in line with the WPI motto – theory and practice. Employment opportunities abound in wireless communications. Hi-tech firms, financial services, defense contractors, retail stores, and oil, automotive, and cell phone companies all use wireless communications. My favorite part of teaching is the interaction with students and getting them engaged in the educational process, especially independent study projects where they choose a project that has sparked their interest and imagination. Outside the classroom, I have journeyed to numerous locations around the world to learn about new cultures and experience new environments. One of my passions is hiking—one of my favorite places being the Peyto Lake area in the Canadian Rockies. I have even hiked into and out of the Grand Canyon in under six hours.

Research Interests

  • wireless communications
  • cognitive/software-defined radio
  • opportunistic spectrum access
  • wireless networks
  • signal processing for digital communications


  • B.Eng., Electrical Engineering, McGill University, Canada, 1999
  • MS (Eng.), Electrical Engineering, Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada, 2000
  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, McGill University, Canada, 2005

Featured Publications

  • Alexander M. Wyglinski, Martin Cudnoch, Fabrice Labeau, and Peter Kabal. Tap Loading of Subcarrier Equalizers for Wireless Multicarrier Transceivers. To appear in the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, January 2008.
  • Qi Chen, Alexander M. Wyglinski, and Gary J. Minden. Frequency Agile Interference-Aware Channel Sounding for Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks. To appear at the IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference (Washington DC, USA), November 2007.

  • Jordan D. Guffey, Alexander M. Wyglinski, and Gary J. Minden. Agile Radio Implementation of OFDM Physical Layer for Dynamic Spectrum Access Research. To appear at the IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference (Washington DC, USA), November 2007.

  • Alexander M. Wyglinski. Antenna Subset Selection with Bit Allocation for Multicarrier Spatial Diversity Transceivers. Proceedings of the 64th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference - Fall (Montreal, QC, Canada), September 2006.

  • Rakesh Rajbanshi, Alexander M. Wyglinski, and Gary J. Minden. Peak-to-Average Power Ratio Analysis for NC-OFDM Transmissions. To appear at the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (Baltimore, MD, USA), September 2007.

Professional Highlights

  • Author: Cognitive Radio Communications and Networks, 2009
  • Motorola Foundation Graduate Award in Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2002
  • McGill Majors Fellowship, 2002 [declined by awardee]
  • Province of Quebec (Le Fonds FCAR) Doctoral Research Scholarship, 2002-2003
  • National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postgraduate Scholarship, 2000-2002
  • Province of Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2000 [declined by awardee]
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