Witold Krzymien, PhD, MSc(Eng), PEng

Rohit Sharma Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept


Rohit Sharma Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept
(780) 492-5780
11-287 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211-116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5


Area of Study / Keywords

Wireless communication systems and networks


Witold A. Krzymień received his M.Sc. (Eng.) and Ph.D. degrees (both in Electrical Engineering) in 1970 and 1978, respectively, from the Poznań University of Technology in Poznań, Poland. He received a Polish national award of excellence for his PhD thesis.

Since April 1986 he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where he currently holds the endowed Rohit Sharma Professorship in Communications & Signal Processing. In 1986, he was one of the key research program architects of the newly launched Telecommunications Research Laboratories (initially known as ATRC, than TRLabs and finally as TRTech), which for the next 30 years was Canada′s largest industry-university-government pre-competitive research consortium in the Information and Communication Technology area. His research activity was closely tied to the consortium throughout its existence.

Over the years he has also done collaborative research work with TELUS Communications, Huawei Technologies, Ericsson, Nortel Networks, German Aerospace Centre (DLR - Oberpfaffenhofen) and the University of Padova (Italy). He held visiting research appointments at the Twente University of Technology (Enschede, The Netherlands; 1980-1982), Bell-Northern Research (Montreal, Canada; 1993-1994), Ericsson CDMA Systems (San Diego, USA; 2000), Nortel Networks Harlow Laboratories (Harlow, UK; 2001), and the Department of Information Engineering at the University of Padova (2005). His research is currently focused on radio resource management and transceiver signal processing for broadband heterogeneous cellular networks employing multi-user MIMO and massive MIMO antenna techniques.

Dr. Krzymień is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta, Canada. Since 2007 he has been an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology and from 2000 to 2003 he was the Editor for Spread Spectrum and Multi-Carrier Systems of the IEEE Transactions on Communications. From 1999 to 2005 he was the Chairman of Commission C (Radio Communication Systems and Signal Processing) of the Canadian National Committee of URSI (Union Radio Scientifique Internationale). He has chaired or co-chaired technical program committees for numerous conferences in wireless communication systems and communication theory areas. He has received several awards for his papers published in prominent archival research journals and in proceedings of renowned international technical conferences.


The scope of Professor Krzymień′s research interest and activity primarily encompasses transceiver signal processing and radio resource management techniques underlying the evolution of wireless (and especially cellular) systems and networks towards the multi-use systems and networks that in their shorter-term phase of development are known as the fifth generation (5G) cellular. Emphasis of the research is on approaches enabling very high-throughput, spectrally and energy efficient packet data access to and transmission within the evolving broadband multiple-antenna heterogeneous cellular networks.

Current Research

  • Centralized and distributed reduced-complexity transmission precoding, scheduling and resource allocation algorithms for multi-layer heterogeneous cellular networks (HetNets) employing multiple-antenna techniques.
  • Multi-user MIMO and very large antenna array (massive) MIMO systems with particular emphasis on their deployment in HetNets.
  • Modelling, design and performance evaluation of multi-layer heterogeneous cellular networks using stochastic geometry methods.
  • Coordinated cellular transmission/reception (network MIMO) to achieve MIMO spatial multiplexing gains in interference-limited cellular systems.


ECE 486 - Wireless Communications

Characteristics of wireless channels; path loss, shadow fading and multipath propagation. Challenges in wireless system design, digital modulation techniques for wireless communications, transmitter and receiver design for fading channels. Fundamentals of cellular system design and multiple access techniques. Prerequisites: ECE 342 or E E 387, and ECE 380 or E E 390. Credit may be obtained in only one of ECE 486 or E E 486.

Winter Term 2021
ECE 684 - Wireless Communication Systems

Fundamentals of wireless systems, large and small scale propagation effects in mobile radio channels, cochannel interference, diversity and diversity combining techniques, architecture and capacity of TDMA and CDMA cellular systems. Prerequisites: ECE 583 or consent of instructor and an undergraduate level probability course.

Winter Term 2021

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