Full Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Canada Research Chair in Communications Systems Enabling the Cloud

Leslie A. Rusch received the B.S.E.E. (with honors) from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in 1980 and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, in 1992 and 1994, respectively.

She currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Communications Systems Enabling the Cloud in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Université Laval (UL), QC, Canada. She is a member of IEEE and Optica and a member of the Center for Optics, Photonics and Lasers at UL. Professor Rusch has experience in defense research, industry and academic communications.

Professor Rusch received the Fessenden Award from IEEE Canada for her contributions to telecommunications. She is an elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Photonics Society. She has served on several technical program committees for major international conferences and was associate editor of the IEEE/Optica Publishing Group Journal of Optical Communications Networks and IEEE Communications Letters. Professor Rusch has published over 300 articles and has been cited over 5750 times by Google Scholar.

Professor Rusch has won numerous awards for graduate student training, including the IEEE Canada Ham Award for Graduate Student Supervision.

Her research interests include digital signal processing for coherent detection in optical communications using silicon photonic devices, spatial multiplexing using orbital angular momentum modes in fiber, radio over fiber and OFDM for passive optical networks.

Fields of Interest

  • Coherent detection for very high speed optical communications (quadrature amplitude modulation, multicarrier orthogonal frequency division multiplexing, etc.)
  • Theoretical analysis, numerical simulation and experimental validation of optical communication systems


Research Thrust

  • Physical Environment

Research Groups

  • Centre d’optique, photonique et laser (COPL)
  • SYTAcom

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