Professor Majid Safari

Professor and Deputy Head of Research Institute Imaging, Data and Communications (IDCoM)



+44(0)131 6513569


1.07 Alexander Graham Bell Building

Engineering Discipline: 

  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Imaging, Data and Communications

Research Theme: 

  • Institute for Imaging, Data and Communications Themes
  • Communications
  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Optical Systems and Materials
  • Sensors
  • Smart Wireless Devices and Systems


Dr. Majid Safari received PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is currently a Reader (associate professor) at the Institute for Digital Communication, University of Edinburgh, UK. His research interests include the application of information theory and advanced signal processing in optical wireless, optical fibre, and quantum communications. Dr Safari has published more than 100 papers and was named an “Emerging Leader” in Optics by the editorial board of the Journal of Optics in 2018. Some of his current research works include designing 6G Optical wireless networks as part of the EPSRC program grant TOWS, developing single-photon avalanche diode based receivers for classical communication, and the design of novel communication schemes for nonlinear long-haul fibre-optic channels.  Dr. Safari is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Communication and was the TPC co-chair of the 4th International Workshop on Optical Wireless Communication in 2015.

Academic Qualifications: 

  • 2011: PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Waterloo, Canada
  • 2005: MSc in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology
  • 2003: BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Tehran


Course Organiser:

* Digital Communication 4: 2013-present

* Digital Communications Fundamentals (MSc): 2013-present

* Digital System Design 2: 2015-present  

Other Courses:

* Analogue Mixed Signal Laboratory 3: 2018-2020

* Engineering Mathematics 2A: 2014-2016

* Electrical Engineering 1: 2017-2019

Research Interests: 

Optical Wireless Communication

  • Visible light Communication
  • LiFi networks
  • Free-Space optical (FSO) communication
  • Relay-assisted FSO
  • FSO for 5G backhauling

Optical Fibre Communication

  • Communication over Nonlinear optical fibres
  • Dispersion management in Fibre-Optic Systems

Quantum Communication

  • Atmospheric Quantum-Key Distribution