Talk of Pr. Murat Uysal

Murat Uysal

Visible Light Communications: From Theory to Industrial Standardization


Visible light communication (VLC) builds upon the ubiquitous presence of LEDs and exploits the existing illumination infrastructure for wireless access. VLC provides high data rate transmission in unregulated optical spectrum and is considered as a powerful complement to radio frequency based solutions in user dense environments or as an alternative in places where radio waves may not be permitted or restricted. In this talk, we first provide an overview of this promising technology and highlight its unique advantages and applications areas. Then, we discuss the commercialization potential and present ongoing international standardization activities which are seen by the industry as a key requirement to address the mass market adoption.


Murat Uysal was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1973. He received the B.Sc. and the M.Sc. degree in lectronics and communication engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 1995 and 1998, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, in 2001.

Pr. Uysal is currently a Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey. He also serves as the Founding Director of Center of Excellence in Optical Wireless Communication Technologies (OKATEM). Prior to joining Ozyegin University, he was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he still holds an adjunct faculty position. Pr. Uysal’s research interests are in the broad areas of communication theory and signal processing with a particular emphasis on the physical layer aspects of wireless communication systems in radio, acoustic and optical frequency bands. He has authored some 300 journal and conference papers on these topics and received more than 8700 citations

Pr. Uysal is a Senior IEEE member and the Chair of IEEE Turkey Section. He serves on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.

In the past, he served as an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Communications Letters, Wiley Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing (WCMC), Wiley Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies (ETT) as well as Guest Editor of IEEE JSAC (2009 and 2015), and Guest Editor of Elsevier Physical Communication (2018). He was involved in the organization of several IEEE conferences at various levels. He served as Chair of the Communication Theory Symposium of IEEE ICC 2007, Chair of the Communications and Networking Symposium of IEEE CCECE 2008, Chair of the Communication and Information Theory Symposium of IWCMC 2011, TPC Chair of IEEE WCNC 2014, and General Chair of IEEE IWOW 2015. He is currently serving as TPC Chair of IEEE VTC-Fall 2019 and IEEE PIMRC 2019.

Prof Uysal’s major distinctions include the Marsland Faculty Fellowship in 2004, NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Award in 2008, University of Waterloo Engineering Research Excellence Award in 2010, Turkish Academy of Sciences Distinguished Young Scientist Award in 2011, Ozyegin University Best Researcher Award in 2014, National Instruments Engineering Impact Award in 2017, and Elginkan Foundation Technology in 2018 among others.