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Jamal Deen

M. Jamal Deen

Information Technology
Canada Research Chair

Faculty of Engineering

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering


Research Involves

New approaches to design, modelling, characterization and applications of advanced semiconductor devices and circuits for information technology applications.

Chair Overview

Microelectronics has largely dominated and defined the information technology revolution in the past three decades. It is expected that nanotechnology – nanoelectronics and nanophotonics – could revolutionize our technological progress in the next several decades. In this revolution, a key component of the new knowledge economy is the ability to store, transmit, receive, manipulate and display information at continually increasing speeds. To do this successfully, we will require the appropriate nanotechnology hardware.

This Canada Research Chair will explore critical nanotechnology components required for long distance communication systems used for data, speech and video in a fiber network; chip-to-chip interconnections in computers; and in areas such as medical imaging and linking of massively parallel processors and mainframe computers.

Dr. M. Jamal Deen is a world-leading expert in modelling, design and applications of modern advanced semiconductor devices and circuits. One of his main areas of research at McMaster University is based on speeding up optical receivers.

The Canada Research Chair in Information Technology will enable Dr. Deen and his team to focus on new physics-based and engineering approaches to modelling, optimization, design, characterization and applications of advanced semiconductor devices and circuits for information technology applications, particularly photodetectors and optical receivers. The calibrated models and designs they will produce are particularly important to industry, allowing those in the industry to manufacture successful new designs that function properly on first fabrication attempt, resulting in significant economic gains.

Dr. Deen has proven his success as a supervisor and mentor of graduate students and researchers. Over the past decade and a half, he has successfully supervised 31 graduate students and 16 researchers. The additional resources of the Chair will enhance Dr. Deen’s ability to attract outstanding students and researchers to McMaster, and will allow him to continue to expand exciting, innovative research designed to benefit Canadian high technology industries.