Wasiu Popoola


Accepting PhD Students

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

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 lecturer and chancellor’s fellow in the Institute for Digital Communications, School of Engineering, 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 in the Institute for Digital Communications, University of Edinburgh. 

He has published over 80 journal articles/conference papers/patent and over seven of those are invited papers. One of his journal articles ranked No. 2 in terms of the number of full text downloads within IEEE Xplore in 2008, from the hundreds of papers published by IET Optoelectronics since 1980. Another paper he co-authored with one of his PhD students won the best poster award at the 2016 IEEE ICSAE Conference. He also co-authored the book ‘Optical Wireless Communications: System and Channel Modelling with MATLAB, published by CRC in 2012, and several other book chapters (one with over 10000 downloads as of Sept. 2014 since its publication in 2010). Popoola is a senior member of the IEEE, an associate editor of the IEEE Access journal, 2016-2019 and Guest Editor for Elsevier Journal of Optik (special issue on optical wireless communications published in 2017) and Technical Program Committee member for several IEEE conferences. He was an invited speaker at various events including the 2016 IEEE Photonics Society Summer Topicals. Popoola has primary research interest in optical communications including visible light communications, free-space optical communication and fibre communication.

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


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Subcarrier Intensity Modulated Free-Space Optical Communication Systems, Northumbria University

Award Date: 1 Dec 2009

Master of Science, Northumbria University

Award Date: 1 Mar 2006

Bachelor of Science, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

Award Date: 1 May 2003


  • TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering


Dive into the research topics where Wasiu Popoola is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles


Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or