Dr. Andrew Eckford

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Andrew Eckford is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at York University, Toronto, Ontario. He received the B.Eng. degree from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1996, and the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto in 1999 and 2004, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. Andrew held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Toronto, prior to taking up a faculty position at York in 2006. Andrew has also served as a co-founder and CEO of Engage Biomechanics Inc., a spin-out company from York University.

Andrew’s research interests include the application of information theory to nonconventional channels and systems, especially the use of molecular and biological means to communicate. Andrew’s research has been covered in media including The Economist and The Wall Street Journal. Andrew serves as Chair of the IEEE ComSoc Emerging Technologies Subcommittee on nanocommunications, and is the vice-chair of the IEEE 1906.1 standards working group, the first IEEE standard on nanoscale networking. Andrew was also the General Chair of the 2013 13th Canadian Workshop on Information Theory, and served as a track editor on the IEEE JSAC 2013 special issue on emerging technologies. Andrew is also a co-author of the textbook Molecular Communication, published by Cambridge University Press.