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Prof Zabih Ghassemlooy

Professor of Optical Communications

Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

From 2004 until 2012, Prof Zabih was an Associate Dean for Research in the School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences and in 2012 he became Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Engineering and Environment, at Northumbria University at Newcastle, UK.

Professor Ghassemlooy received his BSc (Hons) degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Manchester Metropolitan University in 1981, and his MSc and PhD in Optical Communications from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), in 1984 and 1987, respectively with Scholarships from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, UK. From 1986-87 worked in UMIST and from 1987 to 1988 was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the City University, London.

In 1988 he joined Sheffield Hallam University as a Lecturer, becoming a Reader in 1995 and a Professor in Optical Communications in 1997. From 2004 until 2012, was an Associate Dean for Research in the School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences and in 2012 he became Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Engineering and Environment, at Northumbria University at Newcastle, UK. He also heads the Northumbria Communications Research Laboratories within the Faculty.

In 2001 he was a recipient of the Tan Chin Tuan Fellowship in Engineering from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore to work on the photonic technology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Optics and Applications, The Mediterranean Journal Electronics and Communications and currently serves on the Editorial Committees of number international journals. He is the founder and the Chairman of the IEEE, IET International Symposium on Communication Systems, Network and Digital Signal Processing.


CEng, Fellow of IET, Senior Member of IEEE

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Professor Ghassemlooy's research interests are on photonics switching, optical wireless, wired communications, visible light communications and mobile communications, radio over fibre in collaboration with many institutions including, USA, France, Austria, Germany, Hong Kong, China, Iran, Czech  Republic, Iran, Taiwan, S Korea etc. 

He has supervised a large number of PhD students (more than 40) and have published over 440 papers (156 in journals + 11 book chapters) and presented many keynote and invited talks. I am a co-author of a CRC book on “Optical Wireless Communications – Systems and Channel Modelling with Matlab (2012); a co-editor of an IET book on “Analogue Optical Fibre Communications”. From 2004-06 I was the IEEE UK/IR Communications Chapter Secretary, the Vice-Chairman (2004-2008), the Chairman (2008-2011), and Chairman of the IET Northumbria Network (Oct 2011-).

Key Publications

Kanesan, Thavamaran, Ng, Wai Pang, Ghassemlooy, Zabih and Lu, Chao (2014) Investigation of Optical Modulators in Optimized Nonlinear Compensated LTE RoF System. Journal of Lightwave Technology, 32 (10). pp. 1944-1950. ISSN 0733-8724

Burton, Andrew, Le Minh, Hoa, Ghassemlooy, Zabih, Bentley, Edward and Botella, Carmen (2014) Experimental Demonstration of 50-Mb/s Visible Light Communications Using 4 x 4 MIMO. IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, 26 (9). pp. 945-948. ISSN 1041-1135

Haigh, Paul Anthony, Ghassemlooy, Zabih, Rajbhandari, Sujan, Papakonstantinou, Ioannis and Popoola, Wasiu Oyewole (2014) Visible Light Communications: 170 Mb/s Using an Artificial Neural Network Equalizer in a Low Bandwidth White Light Configuration. Journal of Lightwave Technology, 32 (9). pp. 1807-1813. ISSN 0733-8724

Hulea, Mircea, Ghassemlooy, Zabih, Rajbhandari, Sujan and Tang, Xuan (2014) Compensating for Optical Beam Scattering and Wandering in FSO Communications. Journal of Lightwave Technology, 32 (7). pp. 1323-1328. ISSN 0733-8724

Popoola, Wasiu Oyewole, Ghassemlooy, Zabih and Stewart, Brian (2014) Pilot-Assisted PAPR Reduction Technique for Optical OFDM Communication Systems. Journal of Lightwave Technology, 32 (7). pp. 1374-1382. ISSN 0733-8724

Perez, Joaquin, Zvanovec, Stanislav, Ghassemlooy, Zabih and Popoola, Wasiu Oyewole (2014) Experimental characterization and mitigation of turbulence induced signal fades within an ad hoc FSO network. Optics Express, 22 (3). pp. 3208-3218. ISSN 1471-4892

Further Information

For more information on my personal research, you can find more information here.

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