Frank R. Kschischang received the B.A.Sc. degree (with honours) from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, in 1985 and the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, in 1988 and 1991, respectively, all in electrical engineering. Since 1991 he has been a faculty member in the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, where he presently holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Digital Communication. He served as ECE Associate Chair for Graduate Studies from June, 2015 to July, 2018. During 1997–98, he was a visiting scientist at MIT, Cambridge, MA; in 2005 he was a visiting professor at the ETH, Zürich, and in 2011 and again in 2012–13 he was a visiting Hans Fischer Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the Technical University of Munich.

His research interests are focused primarily on the area of channel coding techniques, applied to wireline, wireless and optical communication systems and networks. In 1999 he was a recipient of the Ontario Premier's Research Excellence Award and in 2001 (renewed in 2008) he was awarded the Tier I Canada Research Chair in Communication Algorithms at the University of Toronto. In 2010 he was awarded the Killam Research Fellowship by the Canada Council for the Arts. Jointly with Ralf Koetter he received the 2010 Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, and jointly with Mansoor Yousefi he received the 2018 IEEE Information Theory Society Paper Award. In 2018 he was named Padovani Lecturer by the IEEE Information Theory Society. He is a recipient of the 2012 Canadian Award in Telecommunications Research. He is a Fellow of IEEE, of the Engineering Institute of Canada, of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and of the Royal Society of Canada.

During 1997–2000, he served as an Associate Editor for Coding Theory for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, and from 2014–16, he served as this journal's Editor-in-Chief. He also served as technical program co-chair for the 2004 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), Chicago, and as general co-chair for ISIT 2008, Toronto. He served as the 2010 President of the IEEE Information Theory Society. In 2016, he received the Aaron D. Wyner Distinguished Service Award of the IEEE Information Theory Society.

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Mettmann, Germany, September 15, 1962



Positions Held

July, 1991 to June 1996:Assistant ProfessorECE Department, University of Toronto
July, 1996 to June 2000:Associate ProfessorECE Department, University of Toronto
July, 2000 to present:ProfessorECE Department, University of Toronto

Visiting Positions:

Aug. 1997–Jul. 1998:Visiting ScientistSIA Lab, MIT.
Feb. 2005–Apr. 2005 :Guest ProfessorISI, ETH Zürich
Sep. 2011–Dec. 2011; Oct. 2012–May 2013:Visiting ProfessorLNT/IAS, Technical University of Munich


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