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 is serving as the President of the IEEE Communications Society for the year 2012 and 2013. 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 Cognitive and Cooperative Wireless Communication Networks. 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 April 2010, he was appointed an Honourary Professor at the University of Electronic Science and Technology in China.
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 the program known as Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) 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. In 2010, he was appointed for a two year term as the IEEE Communications Society Director of Journals. He is a past President of the IEEE Information Theory Society.
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.