Vijay Bhargava is a Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver where he served as the Department Head during 2003-2008. As a distinguished speaker for IEEE entities he has lectured in 66 countries and has rudimentary knowledge of several languages. He received his PhD from Queen's University, Canada. Vijay has held visiting appointments at Ecole polytechnique de Montreal, Nippon Denshin Denwa Kabushiki-gaisha (known as NTT) Research Lab, Tohuku University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität (FAU) Erlangen-Nürnberg which awarded him the honorary title of FAU Ambassador in 2016. He is an Honorary Professor at The University of Electronic Science and Technology (UESTC), Chengdu and the Gandhi Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay.
Vijay is a co-author of the book Digital Communications by Satellite (Wiley: 1981). He has co-edited Reed-Solomon Codes and Their Applications (IEEE Press: 1994) and five other books the latest of which is Wireless-Powered Communications Networks: Architectures, Protocols and Applications (Cambridge University Press: 2016). Vijay’s current area of research is on fifth generation communication systems. He holds fellowship in several learned societies and is in the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) Highly Cited List.
Vijay has served as the Director of IEEE Region 7 (1992, 1993), IEEE Vice President for Regional Activities Board (RAB – now known as MGA, 1994, 1995), President of the Information Theory Society (2000) and President the Communications Society (2012, 2013). He has received awards for his research, teaching and service to the IEEE. In 1999 he received the IEEE Haraden Pratt Award for meritorious service to the Institute, particularly in regional and section activities and for his efforts to improve relationships with technical and professional organizations worldwide.