Dr. George Shaker is a highly accomplished researcher and academic with a wealth of industrial experience in his field. He is the Director of the Wireless Sensors and Devices Lab at University of Waterloo and the UW-Schlegel Research Institute for Aging. Previously, he was an NSERC Scholar at Georgia Institute of Technology and held several positions with RIM (BlackBerry). He is also with Spark Tech Labs, serving as both the Principal Scientist and Head of Research.
Dr. Shaker has made significant contributions to the field through his numerous publications and patents. He has authored/co-authored over 150 publications and 35 patents and patent applications. He has also been a speaker at multiple international events, delivering keynote addresses at the IEEE LAPC, the IEEE iThings, and Ambient Intelligence, and serving as a short course lecturer at numerous international conferences. He has also served as a TPC member for several conferences, including IEEE MTT-IMS, IEEE APS, IEEE EuCAP, IEEE iWAT, IEEE EMC, and IEEE WF-IoT.
Throughout his career, Dr. Shaker has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. These include the NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship, the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the European School of Antennas Grant at IMST-GmbH, four IEEE AP-S Best Paper Award and Honorable mention Awards, the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Graduate Research Award, the NSERC CGS-FSS, the IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship, the Electronic Components and Technology Best of Session Paper Award. Additionally, two papers he co-authored were among the top 25 downloaded papers on IEEEXplore for several consecutive months in 2012 and 2017. He was also the supervisor of the team that won the third-best design at IEEE APS 2016. He is the coauthor of the ACM MobileHCI 2017 Best Workshop Paper Award, and the 2018 Computer Vision Conference Imaging Best Paper Award. He co-received with his students several research recognitions, including the NSERC Top Science Research Award 2019, IEEE APS HM Paper Award 2019, Biotec Top Demo Award and People Choice Award 2019, arXiv top downloaded paper (medical device category) 2019, Velocity fund 2020, NASA Tech Briefs HM Award (medical device category) 2020, UW Concept Winner 2021, U.K. Dragons Canadian Competition Winner 2021, CMC Nano Winner 2021, COIL Colab 2022. He is the recipient of the Microsoft AI for Social Good Grant 2020, Google Research Award 2021, and Amazon AWS Grant 2022.