Professor’s work in wireless networks gains prestigious international recognition

Lin Cai working in her lab at UVic
Photo credit: Martin Lipman, NSERC

2019 November — Lin Cai, a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has earned the top honour bestowed by the world’s largest association of technical professionals.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) recently named Cai an IEEE Fellow, an achievement attained by less than 0.1% of the association’s total voting members annually.

With more than 400,000 members in 160 countries, the IEEE is a leading authority in areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE recommends a select group of recipients for elevation to IEEE Fellowfor their outstanding accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.

Cai is being recognized for her contributions to topology control of wireless networks. The primary goal of this work is to save energy, enlarge the capacity, and extend the lifetime of wireless networks.

“The Faculty of Engineering takes great pride in Dr. Cai’s work and we applaud her for this well-deserved honour,” said Acting Dean Peter Wild.

Cai, who has been with UVic’s ECE Department since 2005, was also recently awarded an E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship. Her research interests span several areas in communications and networking, with a focus on network protocol and architecture design supporting emerging multimedia traffic and the Internet of Things. (See Cai’s website.)

Most recently, Cai has been developing what she calls a solution to the complex challenges of creating a safe and seamless wireless network connecting vehicles, roadside infrastructure, pedestrians and the “cloud.” (See the related story, Shaping the future of intelligent transportation.)

“I’m passionate about being an engineer, with the mission to create new things that can change our lives and societies,” said Cai, who added that she encourages more girls to consider an exciting, fulfilling career in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

“The key to this career is independent and creative thinking – and there’s no gender gap in it,” said Cai, a working mom.

The IEEE – at– publishes 30 per cent of the world’s literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, and has developed more than 1,300 active industry standards.

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