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Dr. James Aweya

Chief Researcher

James Aweya (M’94–SM’08) received the BSc (Hons.) degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, the MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, and the PhD degree in computer engineering from the University of Ottawa, ON, Canada. From March 1996 to January 2009, he was working as a Senior Systems Architect with the global Telecom company Nortel, Ottawa, ON, Canada. He spent 13 years with Nortel working on communication networks, protocols and algorithms, router and switch design, and other Telecom and IT equipment design. He is currently the Chief Research Scientist at EBTIC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, working on next-generation mobile wireless backhaul architectures, circuit-to-packet migration strategies, timing and synchronization over packet networks, data center bridging technologies, and other areas of networking of interest to EBTIC stakeholders and partners. He has authored about 51 international journal papers, 34 conference papers, 43 technical reports, and awarded 44 US patents and has a number of patents pending. Dr. Aweya was awarded the 2007 Nortel Technology Award of Excellence (TAE) for his pioneering and innovative research on timing and synchronization across packet and TDM networks. He was also recognized in 2007 as one of Nortel’s top 15 innovators.


  • Next-Generation Communication Network Architectures
  • Timing and Synchronization over Packet Networks
  • Indoor localization over wireless LANs and location-enabled communication services