Vijay K Bhargava

Candidate for IEEE Division Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect, 2015
IEEE Division Delegate/Director, 2016-2017
Division III (Communications)


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of British Columbia


Vijay Bhargava, an IEEE volunteer for three decades, is Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where he served as Department Head during 2003-2008. He has served as the President of the IEEE Communications Society for the year 2012 and 2013 and as the President of the IEEE Information Society during 2000. As a distinguished speaker for the IEEE Communications Society, the IEEE Information Theory Society and as a senior level IEEE volunteer, he has lectured in 66 countries and assisted IEEE Presidents in negotiating sister society agreements in India, Japan and Russia. He has rudimentary knowledge of several languages and is an eager student of different cultures and societies.

An active researcher, Vijay is currently leading a major R&D program in Fifth Generation Wireless Systems. He received his PhD from Queen's University in 1974. Vijay has held regular/visiting appointments at the Indian Institute of Science, the University of Waterloo, Concordia University, École Polytechnique de Montréal, University of Victoria, NTT Research Labs, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tohoku University, University of Indonesia, Hong Kong University, City University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. In 2010, he was appointed an Honourary Professor at the University of Electronic Science and Technology in China, and in 2012 he was appointed D. J. Gandhi Distinguished Visiting Professor at IIT Bombay.

Vijay served as the Founder and President of "Binary Communications Inc." (1983-2000). He has provided consulting services to several companies and government agencies. He is a co-author (with D. Haccoun, R. Matyas and P. Nuspl) of "Digital Communications by Satellite" (New York: Wiley: 1981) which was translated in Chinese and Japanese. He is a co-editor (with S. Wicker) of "Reed Solomon Codes and their Applications" (IEEE Press: 1994), a co-editor (with V. Poor, V. Tarokh and S. Yoon) of "Communications, Information and Network Security" (Kluwer: 2003) a co-editor (with E. Hossain) of "Cognitive Wireless Communication Networks" (Springer: 2007), a co-editor (with E. Hossain and D.I. Kim) of "Cooperative Wireless Communications Networks" (Cambridge: 2011), and a co-editor (with E. Hossain and G. P. Fettweis) of "Green Radio Communication Networks" (Cambridge: 2012).

Vijay has served for two years as the IEEE Vice President for Regional Activities Board, now known as Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) Board. During his tenure, a program known as Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD), now known as Young Proffesional Program, was conceived and he developed a profound understanding of how IEEE Societies, Regions, Sections, Chapters and Student Branches work.

Vijay has served on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society and the IEEE Communications Society. He has held important positions in these societies and has organized conferences such as ISIT’95, ICC’99, VTC 2002 Fall. He has served as an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications. He played a major role in the creation of the IEEE Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) and IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, for which he served as the editor-in-chief during 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Vijay has received awards for teaching, research and service to the IEEE. He is a proud recipient of the IEEE Haraden Pratt Award for meritorious Service to the Institute, particularly in regional and section activities, and for his efforts to improve relationships with technical and professional organizations worldwide.

IEEE Activities and Accomplishments (S'70-M'76-SM'82-F'92-LF'13)

  • As the President of the Communications Society (2012-2013), facilitated the creation of a number of new periodicals. These include the Wireless Communications Letters, China Communications (joint publication with the China Institute of Communications), Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networks (TCCN) and the Transaction on Molecular, Biological and Multi-Scale Communications. Negotiated partnership with sister societies in Transactions on Cloud Computing (TCC), Transactions on Big Data and the Internet of Things Journal. Introduced electronic products such as ComSoc Technology News and Best Readings. New conferences such as ICCC, Conference on Communications and Network Security and regional conferences were introduced. ComSoc Standard Activities completed two years and introduced several new standards.

  • IEEE Board of Directors (1992-1995)

  • IEEE Vice President of Regional Activities, now Member and Geographic Activities. Helped to develop Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD), now known as Young Professional Program. Assisted IEEE Presidents in negotiating sister society agreements in India, Japan and Russia

  • Region 1 (Canada) Director (1992-1993). Facilitated the creation of IEEE Canada.
  • Member, IEEE Technical Activities Board (2012-2013 and 2000-2002)

  • Member, IEEE Educational Activities Board (1992-1993)

  • IEEE India Ad Hoc Committee (2009-2011)

  • IEEE Honourary Member Selection Committee (2006-2008)

  • Chair, IEEE Teaching Award Committee (2007-2008)

  • Chair, IEEE Conference Committee (2001-2002)

  • Member, IEEE PSPB Wireless Periodical Working Group (2000-2001) which led to the creation of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications

  • President IEEE Information Theory Society (2000). Assisted in the creation of Shannon Park in Gaylord, Michigan, the town where Claude Shannon spent the first sixteen years of his life. A statue commissioned by Society was presented to the city

  • IEEE Victoria Section Chair (1986-1987). Founded IEEE Pacific Rim Conference on Communications, Computers and Signal Processing

  • IEEE Montreal Section Chair. Edited Current Phase Courante, its bilingual newsletter

  • IEEE Student Branch Counsellor, Concordia University (1976-1978). Facilitated field trips to local and nearby industries. ( For a complete account of IEEE activities click here)


The Director of Division III represents the Communications Society (ComSoc) on the IEEE Board of Directors. Just as I have done as ComSoc President, I will work to ensure that our Society:

  • Quickly contributes to emerging technologies by way of new periodicals and conferences. As communications is ubiquitous, we may need to partner with other societies. Examples include the TCCN where ComSoc is the lead and TCC in partnership with Computer Society. We now have similar opportunities with the GREEN ICT initiative.

  • Makes strategic alliances with sister societies for new publications and conferences. Examples include, JCN with KICS, ChinaCom and ICCC with CIC and Worldwide Cyber Security Summit with EastWest Institute.

  • Attracts and holds women and young professionals. ComSoc Standing Committee on Women in Communication Engineering and Ad Hoc Committee on Young Professionals should be charged with this task.

  • Shows engineers the benefits of joining ComSoc. The creation of a Standing Committee on Industry Content in conferences, appointing a Co-EiC from industry for ComSoc publication and educational products are the right vehicle for it.

2014 IEEE Annual Election - Candidate Q&As

1. What do you believe are the major issues facing the IEEE?

Our products and services (journals, standards, conference proceedings, books and continuing education courses) account for 75% of our revenue. Protecting and increasing this revenue is a challenge that we cannot ignore. We need to accomplish this without losing the IEEE as a volunteer organization.

Enhance activities to retain young professionals and grow their numbers.

Our technologies are becoming increasingly interdisciplinary. We need to encourage societies to bring out products that address these interdisciplinary needs and eliminate organizational impediments that may hinder this. Early identification and promotion of emerging technologies is a must to position our selves as a dominant player.

2. What do you think is the number one goal for the IEEE leadership?

The number one goal is to have vibrant technical societies that are essential to the IEEE's spirit of innovation and in its ability to introduce new products and member services. The recent trend of IEEE exercising central control is perhaps not very conducive to this. A sense of "ownership" is essential for our societies to remain vibrant. In particular, we must revert to the past practice of society empowerment so that they can offer the best product and services to IEEE Members and customers. What must not change is IEEE's adherence to professional values, diverse volunteerism and sound fiscal policy.

3. What qualifies you for the job?

My previous involvement with IEEE in diverse roles from student branch counselor to society president and an IEEE vice president has prepared me well for the current position. I have interacted with members and volunteers from around the world and with the IEEE staff at several levels. This has given me an intimate working knowledge of all aspects of the operations of the Institute. I am well positioned to contribute in taking the organization forward well into the future without losing sight of the past. I offer specific ideas to bring about improvement in product and services that members receive.


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