Dr. David D. Falconer: Biography


David D. Falconer was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada on August 15, 1940. He received the B.A. Sc. degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Toronto in 1962 and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T. in 1963 and 1967 respectively. After a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden he was with Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, New Jersey from 1967 to 1980, as a member of the technical staff and later as group supervisor. During 1976-77 he was a visiting professor at Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden. Since 1980 he has been at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering.. He retired as Chancellor’s Professor in 2005, and was Distinguished Research Professor from 2006 to 2012. Currently he is Professor Emeritus in the same department.

Dr. Falconer has been a Fellow of the IEEE since 1986. He was awarded the Communications Society Prize Paper Award in Communications Circuits and Techniques in 1983 and again in 1986. He was a co-recipient of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Transactions best paper of the year award in 1992. He was awarded the 2008 Canadian Award in Telecommunications Research. He was also a recipient of a 2008 IEEE Technical Committee on Wireless Communications Recognition Award and the IEEE Communications Society 2009 Award for Public Service in the Field of Telecommunications. He received the 2009 Fessenden (Telecommunications) Medal from IEEE Canada. In June 2009, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Edinburgh.

 Dr. Falconer was Editor for Digital Communications of the IEEE Transactions on Communications from 1981 to 1987, and was a guest editor of several special issues of the IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications. He was Director of the Ottawa-Carleton Centre for Communications Research from 1987 to 1990. He was Chairman of the NSERC Communications, Computers and Component Grant Selection Committee in 1991‑1992. In 1998 he was Vice Technical Chair of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference in Ottawa. He was an IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer from 1992 to 2004. In 2004 and 2005 he was elected Chair of Working Group 4 (New Radio Interfaces, Relay-Based Systems and Smart Antennas) of the Wireless World research Forum (WWRF). He was Founding Director of the Broadband Communications and Wireless Systems (BCWS) Centre at Carleton University from 2000 to 2004. Dr. Falconer was Executive Chair of Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) 2008, Las Vegas, April, 2008. Dr. Falconer is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.

His interests are in digital communications and communication theory, with particular application to wireless communications systems. From 1990 to 1998 he led a research project on broadband wireless communication at EHF radio frequencies, involving several universities, sponsored by CITR (Canadian Institute for Telecommunications Research). Along with Carleton University colleagues, he participated in the European Union 6th Framework project on next-generation wireless, “WINNER” (Wireless Initiative New Radio) [https://www.ist-winner.org] from 2004 to 2007. He was principal investigator on a NSERC grant which enabled Carleton University to be the sole North American partner in WINNER.