Wasiu Popoola


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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 optical communications also from Northumbria University. During his PhD, he was awarded the 'Xcel Best Engineering and Technology Student'.

Wasiu O. Popoola (Senior Member, IEEE) is a Professor of Communications Engineering and Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching (widening participation & outreach). In 2022, he was awarded RAEng/Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship for his work on ‘ethical LiFi’ research.  He has published over 150 journal articles/conference articles/patent and several invited articles. He also co-authored the acclaimed book ‘Optical Wireless Communications: System and Channel Modeling with MATLAB’ and many other book chapters. His primary research interests are digital and optical communications, including VLC/LiFi, FSO, and fiber communications. 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 articles published by IET Optoelectronics, since 1980. Another article he co-authored with one of his Ph.D. students received the Best Poster Award at the 2016 IEEE ICSAE Conference. Popoola is a science communicator appearing in science festivals and on “BBC Radio 5live Science” programme in Oct. 2017. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Access Journal, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology (FIET), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He was an Invited speaker at various events including the 2016 IEEE Photonics Society Summer Topicals.

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


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


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