Ioannis (John) Lambadaris
Chancellor’s Professor & Ericsson Chair in 5G Wireless Research, Carleton University
Business Opportunities Leader, Ericsson Ottawa
The Ericsson-Carleton University Strategic Partnership for Research, Talent Development, and Leadership in Wireless Networks is a strategic collaboration amplifying the strengths of industry and academia.
The best partnerships are ones where each partner amplifies the strengths of the other, bringing out the best in each other and adding up to more than the sum of their parts. That’s certainly the case with the Ericsson-Carleton University Partnership for Research and Leadership in Wireless Networks, which has been going strong for two years now, with exciting results. The innovative collaboration shows the amazing things that can happen when industry and academia work together.
The benefits of collaboration
The Ericsson-Carleton University Partnership for Research and Leadership in Wireless Networks is a collaborative effort to drive innovation, train skilled workers, and build more reliable, secure technology for the future of 5G wireless communications.
“Ericsson Ottawa is a strategic research and development site for Ericsson in North America. We are the largest Ericsson 5G R&D centre in North America,” says John Luszczek, Business Opportunities Leader at Ericsson Ottawa. “Carleton University has an excellent academic program, including engineering and computer sciences, and is known as a leader in research. With our collaboration, we’re delivering hands-on experiential learning to help build student skills so they’re ready to meet industry needs as well as defining industry challenges so we can solve them through academic research. This is a perfect equation of having a ‘one plus one equals three’ collaboration, where we’re really seeing benefits that singularly wouldn’t have as much impact as the addition of the two.”
It’s an innovative step that aims to attract top-notch students. The idea is to find the best of the best both nationally and internationally, and to attract them here and bring them into close contact and collaboration with Ericsson.
Focusing on talent development and research
The strategic collaboration consists of research projects, the Ericsson Fellowship program, the 5G Wireless Laboratory, the development of a 5G Networks course, and the Ericsson Research Chair.
John Lambadaris is the Chancellor’s Professor and Ericsson Chair in 5G Wireless Research at Carleton University. He has been active in the field for over 25 years and has collaborated extensively with the high-tech industry. “My area of research is performance analysis of data and communication networks,” he says. “My research started in areas like network traffic modelling and performance analysis of architecture for next-generation internet. These days I’m working in cloud computing, network visualization, big data, and 5G wireless networks.”
Lambadaris has collaborated with the team at Ericsson Ottawa for a decade, and is excited about their fruitful partnership. He notes that the partnership’s primary goals are advanced research and training highly-qualified personnel. “We introduced the Fellowship program for that second reason,” he says. “It’s an innovative step that aims to attract top-notch students. The idea is to find the best of the best both nationally and internationally, and to attract them here and bring them into close contact and collaboration with Ericsson.”
“This partnership is impacting society overall because we’re really looking at driving innovation in Canada,” says Luszczek. “We’re building a skilled workforce through our academic programs and research, and at the end of this we’ll be able to take advantage of this technology we’ve developed for the future in mobile communication solutions.”