About Richard Yu

With driverless cars and 5G networks fast becoming a reality, Carleton’s Richard Yu has received a $600,000 three-year Strategic Partnership Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for research into the next generation of wireless networking.

Yu, a professor in Carleton’s School of Information Technology with a cross-appointment to the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, will work on improving the technology that supports 5G wireless networks — which are projected to be 10 to 100 times faster than current mobile speeds.

With improved technology and enhanced efficiency, the widespread deployment of these networks will be commercially viable. Ultimately, the NSERC funding, which will principally be used to hire about 20 graduate students, will support the growth of Canada’s information and communications technology industry.

“By 2020, we expect the commercial deployment of 5G,” says Yu, who is collaborating with several industry partners and the University of Manitoba. “We do research about 10 years before the real deployment of a network. As 5G networks continue to evolve, Carleton will be strategically positioning itself to be a leader in this growing sector.”

Fast 5G networks will be critical as more devices connect to the Internet. One of the big sectors in the coming decade will be driverless cars. “The basic requirement is you need to have a wireless communication device connected to the network, and not just a stand-alone car on the road,” says Yu. “That is dangerous.” Collision avoidance, for example, requires the car to “see” other cars on the road through the wireless network.

Another application of Yu’s research is the so-called Internet of Things — physical devices, buildings and other objects that connect to the Internet. Some examples of this include fridges that let a user know when they are running low on milk, or home security systems that can unlock a door from a mobile phone.

Yu did bachelor and master’s degrees in China, then went to the University of British Columbia for his PhD because of Canada’s robust telecommunications industry. His innovative research has led to significant product innovations, and he holds 27 international patents in the field of wireless systems. He worked with telecommunications giant Ericsson and startup MobilePeak before coming to Carleton in 2006. Yu has received numerous awards, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Outstanding Service Award in 2015 and a 2011 Early Researcher Award from the Province of Ontario.

  • Professor, School of Information Technology and Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University
  • Outstanding Service Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2015
  • Early Researcher Award, Province of Ontario, 2011
  • Holder of 27 international patents in the field of wireless systems