Fadhel Ghannouchi


Department of Electrical and Software Engineering

Tier I Canada Research Chair/iCORE Professor

in Intelligent RF Radio Technology


University of Montreal (1987)


University of Montreal (1984)


École Polytechnique de Montréal (1983)

Contact information


Office: 403.220.5807


Information and Communications Technology Building : ICT 336


Dr. Ghannouchi has taught the following courses:

  • ENEL 475 – Electromagnetic Fields
  • ENEL 519.49 – Microwave Transistor Amplifiers
  • ENEL 574 – Microwave Transistor Amplifiers and Oscillators
  • ENEL 577 – Transmission Media
  • ENEL 613 – Power Amplifiers/Transmitters for Wireless Applications
  • ENEL 619.22 – Special Problems (RF Power Amp and Transmitters)
  • ENEL 619.49/.64 – Special Problems
  • ENEL 685 – Software Defined Radio Systems


Research areas

  • innovative technological solutions for broadband and green software-defined radio systems

Research activities

Dr. Ghannouchi is developing innovative technological solutions for broadband and green software-defined radio systems.

His research activities include:

  • Characterization of RF & microwaves devices, circuits and systems
  • Modeling and analysis of RF devices, circuits and systems
  • Design of high performance amplification/transmitting systems
  • Design of intelligent RF transceivers for multi-antenna applications
  • RF & microwave instrumentation and measurements
  • Reconfigurable software defined radio for broadband wireless applications
  • Wireless sensors and green radio systems
  • Energy-aware signal processing for wireless communications
  • Electromagnetic energy harvesting and recycling techniques
  • Use of RF and microwaves energy in industrial and medical applications
  • Digital radio architectures
  • Wireless Communications
  • Satellite communications 


Tier I Canada Research Chair in Green Radio Systems and Strategic AITF/iCORE Chair in Intelligent RF Radio Technology

Dr. Fadhel Ghannouchi holds a BSc from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal and an MSc and PhD from the University of Montreal. His academic career began at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, before founding AmpliX Inc. in 1998. His management and business career continued as a senior scientific advisor for Mitec Telecom Inc. Dr. Ghannouchi came to the University of Calgary in 2005, where he is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the founding director of iRadio Lab.

Dr. Ghannouchi has over 700 refereed journal and conference publications, 6 books, 25 patents (5 pending) and is the co-founder of four university spun-off companies. He pioneered more than five technologies adopted by the microwave and wireless industry. He trained 120 Masters and PhD students and PDF researchers. He has been granted and awarded over $20 million to conduct research and development activities, with $12 million in grants and contracts since 2006. He has received multiple honors and accolades as well, including the ASTech award for Outstanding Leadership in Alberta Technology in 2014, the Fellowship of Royal Society of Canada in 2010 and the Alberta Ingenuity Fund Research Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGA) in 2009.

Cross Appointments and Affiliations:

Graduate Program Affiliations: 

iRadio Lab is continuously recruiting outstanding, highly qualified and motivated graduate students, visiting students and researchers for a minimum nine-month period and post-doctoral fellows with a strong background in RF and microwave electronics complemented by skills in at least two of the following areas:

  • Software defined radio
  • Digital signal processing
  • Embedded electronics
  • Power amplifiers and linearization
  • Receivers design and impairment compensation
  • Wireless and satellite communications
  • MIMO transceivers
  • Device, circuit, and system level behavioral modeling
  • Millimeter wave and radio frequency circuits and integrated circuits design
  • Integrated circuit design in CMOS and GaN technologies
  • Phased array antenna systems 

For more information, visit the iRadio Laboratory website.


Selected publications:

W. Chen, K. Rawat and F.M. Ghannouchi. Multiband RF Circuits and Techniques for Wireless Transmitters, Springer 2016.

F. M. Ghannouchi, O. Hammi and M. Helaoui. Behavioral Modelling and Predistortion of Wideband Wireless Transmitters. Wiley, 2014.

A. Mohammadi and F. M. Ghannouchi. RF Transceiver Design for MIMO Wireless Communications. Springer, 2012.

F. M. Ghannouchi and M. S. Hashmi. Load-Pull Techniques with Applications to Power Amplifier Design. Springer, 2012.

F. M. Ghannouchi and A. Mohammadi. The Six-Port Technique with Microwave and Wireless Applications. Norwood, MA: Artech House, 2009.


Selected awards:

  • 2014 – Outstanding Leadership in Alberta Technology, ASTech
  • 2010 – Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC)
  • 2009 – Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC)
  • 2009 – Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE)
  • 2009 – Alberta Ingenuity Fund Research Excellence Award, APEGA
  • 2008 – Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • 2007 – Fellow of the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)