Introduction

Last Name SAWAN
First Name Mohamad
Citizenships Canadian / Lebanese
Status Married
Written and spoken languages English, French and Arabic
Office address École Polytechnique, University of Montreal
Electrical Engineering, P.O. Box 6079, Station Centre-Ville
Montreal (Quebec) Canada
H3C 3A7
Telephone number (514) 340-4711 ext. 5943 (office)
(514) 570-2227 (cellular)
Fax number (514) 340-4147 (office)
Email mohamad.sawan@polymtl.ca
Websites http://www.polymtl.ca/
http://www.polystim.ca/
http://www.resmiq.org/
http://www.imaginc.org/
http://www.skysensors.org/

I. ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

Degrees Institution Country Year
Ph.D. Université de Sherbrooke Canada 1990
M.Sc.A. Université de Sherbrooke Canada 1986
B.Sc. Université Laval Canada 1984

II. EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Position Dates Organisation
Canada Research Chairholder 04-01/… Electrical Engineering, École Polytechnique
Professor 06-98/… Electrical Engineering, École Polytechnique
Director 06-99/… ReSMiQ interuniversity research center, Quebec
Director 06-96/05-04 Electronic Division, École Polytechnique
Adjunct Professor 11-95/08-98 Electrical Engineering, McGill University
Associate Professor 06-94/05-98 Electrical & Computer Eng., École Polytechnique
Assistant Professor 09-91/05-94 Electrical & Computer Eng., École Polytechnique
Post-Doctoral Fellow 02-90/08-91 Biomedical Engineering, McGill University

III. HONORS AND AWARDS

2015 Recipient of the Shanghai Municipality International Collaboration Award;
2014 Recipient of the Research and Innovation award from Polytechnique Montreal;
2013 Recipient of the Queen-Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal;
2012 Recipient of the Jacques-Rousseau Award ACFAS;
2012 Member of International IEEE Committee of Biomedical Engineering Award;
2012 President elect of the Analog Signal processing of the IEEE CAS Society;
2012 Recipient of an Advisory professorship from Shanghai Jiao Tong University;
2011 Chair of the IEEE CAS Society Brain-Machine Interfaces Workshop;
2011 General Chair of the Distinguished Lecture Program of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society;
2011 Elected Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society;
2010 Recipient of the Desjardins intercultural office achievement Award;
2010 Co-recipient of the best Texpo project award from CMC Microsystems annual workshop;
2010 President Elect of the Analog Signal Processing Committee of the IEEE Circuits & Systems Society;
2010 Co-recipient of the best student science and society award from ACFAS 2010;
2010 Co-recipient of the best poster presentation award from ReSMiQ-ACFAS 2010;
2009 Co-recipient of the 2009 Excellence In Technology Award from the Society for Technology in Anesthesia. A Robot Prototype for Intranenous Catheter Placement;
2008 Elected Officer of the National Order of Quebec for outstanding contributions;
2008 Recipient of the Lebanese Embassy in Canada Achievements Award;
2008 Co-recipient of the 1st best paper award from IEEE NEWCAS 2008;
2008 Co-recipient of the 3rd best paper award from IEEE NEWCAS 2008;
2008 Co-recipient of the Best IEEE Solid-State Society Chapter of the year;
2007 Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada for contributions to Engineering practices;
2006 Recipient of the American University of Science and Technology Achievements Award;
2006 Nominated one of best Electrical Engineering Professors of the year at Ecole Polytechnique;
2006-… Honorory Professor at Shanghai JiaoTong University, China;
2005 Recipient of the J. A. Bombardier Award for Research innovation and technology transfer;
2005 Medal of Honor from the President of Lebanon for outstanding achievements;
2005-07 Elected President of the BiOCAS technical committee of the IEEE Circuits & Systems Society;
2004 Recipient of the Montreal Lebanese Islamic Center’s Award for career achievement;
2004 Fellow of the IEEE for my contributions to implantable medical devices;
2004-06 Elected Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Circuits & Systems Society;
2004 Co-recipient of Myril B. Reed Best Paper Award of the 46th IEEE-MWSCAS;
2004 Editor of the Springer Mixed-signal letters for the Americas;
2004-… Invited Professor at Université de Metz, France;
2003 Recipient of the Barbara Turnbull Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR);
2003 Scientific Achievement Award from the American Biographical Institute;
2003-05 Vice-President of the BiOCAS technical committee of IEEE Circuits & Systems Society;
2002 Recipient of the Canadian Islamic Congress’s Award for career achievements;
2002-… Founder & general chair of the IEEE International NEWCAS Conference;
2001-03 Founder and President of Cortivision, a startup company;
2001 Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering;
2001 One of my projects was selected as one of the top ten discoveries of the Year by the Québec Science Magazine;
2000-… Awarded Canada Research Chair in Smart Medical Devices;
2000 Recipient of a major CFI grant ($8.2M) to establish an advanced microelectronics assembly facility;
1999 Invited Professor at Université de Sfax, Tunisia;
1997 Award for academic excellence awarded by École Polytechnique de Montréal;
1989 Medal of Merit for academic excellence by the Université de Sherbrooke during my Ph.D. studies.

IV. OTHER DISTINCTIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

2011-… Editorial Board, the IEEE Life Sciences Portal;
2011-… General Chair of the IEEE Int’l Conf. on Electronics, Circuits and Systems;
2011-… General co-Chair of the IEEE Int’l Conf. on Microlectronics;
2011-… Guest Editor of the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics on CAS Special Issue on Brain-Machine Interface;
2011 Member of the Quebec’s technology mission to India;
2011 General Chair of the Brain-Computer Interface Workshop (CAS-FEST 2010);
2011 General co-Chair of the ACFAS-ReSMiQ’s Workshop;
2010 Member of the Quebec’s technology mission to China;
2010-… Advisory Board, Int’l Symposium on Medical Information and Communication Technology;
2010-… Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II (TCAS-II);
2010-… Advisor for Springer Publisher in the field of Analog and biomedical books;
2010-… General Chair of the ACFAS-ReSMiQ’s Workshop;
2009-… Technical Program co-Chair of the Int. Biomedical Circuits and Systems (BiOCAS2009);
2009-… Member of the International Editorial Board of the Journal of Healthcare Engineering;
2009 Elected Toronto, Madison and Stanford Who’s Who;
2008-… Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Circuit Theory and Applications;
2008-… Member of the NSERC scholarship committee;
2008 Member of the Quebec technology mission to Taiwan;
2007 Member of FRSQ-FQRNT new joint support for R&D medical technology committee;
2007-… Member of the Steering Committee of the IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Circuits and Systems Journal;
2007-… Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems Journal;
2007 Member of Canada Bio & nanotechnology mission to India;
2007-… Member of the International Advisory Board of the Emirates Journal of Engineering Research (EJER);
2007-… General Chair of the Int. Biomedical Circuits and Systems (BiOCAS2007);
2007-… General Chair of the Int. Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS2007);
2007 Member of the scientific committee of Marseille IMNP institute;
2006-… Member of Prompt Scientific Coordination Committee;
2006 Technical program co-Chair of the Int. Midwest Symposium on CAS (MWSCAS2006);
2006-… General Chair of the IEEE International NEWCAS conference
2006 General Co-Chair of the IEEE Int. Conf. On Electronics, Circuits and Systems (ICECS2006);
2006 Co-Chair of the IEEE Int. Computer Architecture for Machine Perception and Sensors (CAMPS2006);
2005 Member of the Quebec technology mission to China.
2005-07 Member of the International Biotechnology council, IEEE CAS representative;
2005 General Chair of the Int. Functional Electrical Stimulation Society Conference (IFESS2005);
2004-07 Member of the Evaluation Committee of the Institut National de Recherche Scientifique;
2004-… Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Sciences;
2004-… Guest Editor of the Kluwer Analog integrated Circuits and Signal Processing Journal;
2004-… Member of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Circuits & Devices Magazine;
2004-… Member of the Canadian Arthritis Network (Canadian Network of Centre of Excellence);
2003-… Member of the Board of Directors of Montreal rehabilitation interdisciplinary research ctr. (CRIR);
2003-… Member/Chair of IEEE Technical Program Committee (ISCAS, MWSCAS, ICM, ICSICT, etc);
2003-… Investigator of a $21M Pan-Canadian grant application from CFI to acquire an EDA Laboratory;
2002-06 Member of the Board of Directors of the Int. Functional Electrical Stimulation Society (IFESS);
2001-… Member of the scientific coordination committee of Victhom Human Bionic;
2001-05 Member of the scientific coordination committee of Prompt-Quebec;
2001… Guest Editor of the Kluwer/Springer Analog integrated Circuits and Signal Processing Journal;
2000… Interviews with news media: newspapers, magazines, TV, and radio (prestigious TV reports);
1999… Founder and Chair of the IEEE Solid State Circuits Society (SSCS) Montreal Chapter;
1999… Scientific Advisor to several Canadian companies (Victhom Human Bionic, Scanview, etc);
1995… Co Founder of the IEEE Int. Conf. on Electronics, Circuits and Systems (ICECS);
1994… Founder and director of the Polystim Neurotechnologies Laboratory;
1991… General Chair / Co Chair of IEEE Int. Conferences (ICECS, ICM, NewCAS, etc.).
1988 Ph.D. scholarship (12k$/year), FRSQ (Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec).

V. SUMMARY OF RESEARCH CONTRIBUTIONS

Publications (Appendix C) Last 6 years Total
Refereed Journal publications (published/accepted) 82 122
Refereed Journal publications (submitted) 13 13
Books and book chapters 6 9
Patents 9 13
Invited talks / Keynote speeches 95 133
Refereed conference papers 158 389
Refereed abstracts, posters and technical reports 20 100
Total 383 778
Students and other personal supervision (Appendix D) Supervised Completed
Ph.D. 16 20
M.A.Sc. 15 83
M.Eng. 1 16
Research assistants / associates, and Postdoctoral fellows 6 37
Undergraduate training R&D projects 6 184
Internships & supervision of industrial training for undergraduate students 3 93
Total 47 433



© Mohamad Sawan 2011 / Last Update 14-11-2011