Dr Majid Safari




+44(0)131 6513569


2.2002 James Clerk Maxwell Building

Engineering Discipline: 

  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Digital Communications


Dr. Majid Safari is a lecturer in optical communications in the Institute for Digital Communications at the School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh and a member of LiFi R&D Centre. Before joining Edinburgh in July 2013, Dr. Safari held MITACS postdoctoral fellowship at McMaster University, Canada. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada in 2011.

Dr. Safari has more than 10 years of experience in modelling and analysis of optical wireless communication (OWC) systems. He has significantly contributed to the design of novel communication techniques for multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) and cooperative/relaying optical wireless systems. His research has also addressed unconditionally secure communication through quantum cryptography and mitigation of dispersion and nonlinear effects in fibre-optic communication systems.

Dr. Safari is the recipient of several research and academic awards including best student paper award in 21st Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2008, the University of Waterloo doctoral thesis completion award in 2010 and MITACS elevate strategic fellowship in 2012. He has served as a TPC co-chair of the 4th International Workshop on Optical Wireless Communication (IWOW) held in September 2015 and is currently an associate editor of IEEE Communication letters. He is also serving as a guest editor for a special issue of IEEE Access journal on Optical Wireless Technologies for 5G Communications and beyond.

Academic Qualifications: 

  • 2011: PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Waterloo, Canada
  • 2005: MSc in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology
  • 2003: BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Tehran


* Digital Communication 4 and Digital Communications Fundamentals (MSc): 2013-present

* Digital System Design 2: 2015-present  

Research Interests: 

Optical Wireless Communication

  • Visible light Communication
  • LiFi networks
  • Free-Space optical (FSO) communication
  • Relay-assisted FSO
  • FSO for 5G backhauling

Optical Fibre Communication

  • Communication over Nonlinear optical fibres
  • Dispersion management in Fibre-Optic Systems

Quantum Communication

  • Atmospheric Quantum-Key Distribution