Professor Wasiu O Popoola

Deputy Director of Learning & Teaching - Widening Participation

Engineering Discipline: 

  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Imaging, Data and Communications

Research Theme: 

  • Communications
  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Optical Systems and Materials


Wasiu O. Popoola (Senior Member, IEEE) is a Professor of Communications Engineering and Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching (widening participation & outreach). In 2022, he was awarded RAEng/Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship for his work on ‘ethical LiFi’ research.  He has published over 150 journal articles/conference articles/patent and several invited articles. He also co-authored the acclaimed book ‘Optical Wireless Communications: System and Channel Modeling with MATLAB’ and many other book chapters. His primary research interests are digital and optical communications, including VLC/LiFi, FSO, and fiber communications. One of his journal articles ranked No. 2 in terms of the number of full text downloads within IEEE Xplore, in 2008, from the hundreds of articles published by IET Optoelectronics, since 1980. Another article he co-authored with one of his Ph.D. students received the Best Poster Award at the 2016 IEEE ICSAE Conference. Popoola is a science communicator appearing in science festivals and on “BBC Radio 5live Science” programme in Oct. 2017. His publications have more 7200 citations and an h-index of 35 on Google Scholar. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Access Journal, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology (FIET), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He was an Invited speaker at various events including the 2016 IEEE Photonics Society Summer Topicals.

Academic Qualifications: 

  • BSc (First Class Hons), MSc (Distinction), PhD

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 

  • Fellow Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Fellow IET (FIET)
  • Senior Member IEEE
  • Member IEEE Photonic Society

Research Interests: 

Communication Systems Engineering

  • Optical communication systems (optical fibre communication and free-space optics)
  • Communication channel modelling and mitigation
  • Visible light communications
  • Modulation techniques for communication systems
  • Digital communication system modelling, design and analysis
  • Spatial and temporal diversity techniques for communication systems
  • Equalisation techniques for communication systems


  • Wireless Communication systems
  • Optical Fibre Communications
  • Free-Space Optical Communications
  • Visible Light Communications