Sousa, Elvino S.




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Elvino S. Sousa received his BASc in engineering science, and the MASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1980 and 1982 respectively, and his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California in 1985. Since 1986 he has been with the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto where he is now a Professor and the Jeffrey Skoll Chair in Computer Networks and Innovation. He has performed research in wireless communication and CDMA since 1983. His current interests are in the areas of autonomous infrastructure wireless networks, self-configurable wireless networks, femto-cell systems, cognitive radio, two-tier cellular networks, public/private spectrum hybrid networks, high-speed CDMA systems, smart antenna systems, software radio, ad-hoc networks, and wireless system concepts for 4th generation networks. At the University of Toronto he leads the wireless lab, which has undertaken research in wireless systems for the past 26 years. He was the inaugural holder of the Bell University Labs Endowed Chair in Computer Engineering and is now the holder of the Jeffrey Skoll Chair in Computer Networks and Innovation. He has been invited to give lectures and short courses on wireless communication and CDMA networks in a number of countries, and has been a consultant to industry and Governments internationally in the area of wireless systems. He was the technical program chair for PIMRC 95, and vice-technical program chair for Globecom ‘99, co-chair for PIMRC 2011, chair for WPMC2010, and has been involved in the technical program committee of numerous international conferences. He is a past chair of the IEEE Technical committee on Personal Communications. He has spent sabbatical leaves at Qualcomm and Sony CSL/ATL, where he was the holder of the Sony sabbatical chair. He is a past winner of the IEEE TCPC award for technical contributions to the field and was a winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, recognized for fundamental contributions to wireless communications including transmitter diversity.


  • IEEE Fellow, for fundamental contributions to wireless systems including transmitter diversity
  • IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Distinguished Lecturer
  • IEEE Communications Society TCPC Recognition Award for “outstanding technical contributions in the field of wireless and mobile communications theory, systems, and networks”,  2002
  • 2003 New Pioneers Science and Technology Award, Skills for Change, Toronto, Canada
  • Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, (awarded by the Government of Canada for significant contributions to Canada)
  • Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business and Professions: Professional of the year award
  • Portuguese Canadian National Congress, Celebrating Outstanding Portuguese Canadians (COPA) award
  • Member of Azores Prestige – advisory to Government of the Azores
  • Honorary visiting professor, Shandong University, China