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Dr Wasiu O. Popoola

Chancellor's Fellow

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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Education / Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Northumbria at Newcastle
Subcarrier Intensity Modulated Free-Space Optical Communication Systems
Master of Science, University of Northumbria at Newcastle

Positions available

PhD positions available.

Potential candidate must have a Master’s or good Bachelor degree in Electronic/Electrical Engineering, Computer/Electronic Engineering, Telecommunication, Communication Engineering or any other closely related subjects. The candidate will be expected to have a high level of analytical and investigative skills.



Popoola has first class (Hons.) degree in electronic and electrical engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, an MSc (with Distinction) in optoelectronic and communication systems from Northumbria University at Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and a PhD degree in free-space optical communications also from Northumbria University. During his PhD, he was awarded the 'Xcel Best Engineering and Technology Student of the year 2009'.

He is currently a chancellor’s fellow at the Institute for Digital Communications, University of Edinburgh. He previously held a lecturer position in electronic engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University, between July 2012 and Dec. 2014. From March 2010 till June 2012, he was a research fellow in visible light communications at the Institute for Digital Communications, University of Edinburgh. 

Current Research Interests

  • Indoor Optical Wireless Communications
  • Free-space optical communications (FSO)
  • Visible light communications (VLC)
  • Underwater Optical Wireless Communications
  • Optical Fibre Communications
  • Modulation  and Diversity Techniques Analysis
  • Mobile/Wireless Communications


Research Groups

The Li-Fi Centre


Research outputs

  1. Effect of Synchronisation Error on Optical Spatial Modulation

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Design of improved IR protocol for LED indoor positioning system

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  3. Spatial Modulation – A Low Complexity Modulation Technique for Visible Light Communications

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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Research activities & awards

  1. Physics world

    Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsPublication peer-review

  2. Optik

    Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity

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