Jean-François Bousquet joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Dalhousie University in July 2013 and the Ocean Frontier Institute in July 2023. He is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal where he completed his B. Eng. in Electrical Engineering in 2001. He also completed his MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Calgary in 2007 and 2011 respectively, where he focused on the implementation of low-power integrated circuits applied to wireless communication. Between 2009 and 2011, he was employed as a high-speed analog IC designer at Ciena for the development of coherent fibre optics communication networks. Between 2019 and 2022, he was appointed as Head the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is currently Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a member of the Mitacs Research Council.
Since joining Dalhousie University, he has developed a research program on underwater communications and technology, developing digital signal processing algorithms to mitigate the effects of the distortive acoustic propagation media. He is particularly interested in enabling underwater networks, using low-power electronics systems, and in 2022, his team developed an embedded system to detect harbour porpoises, a system that was deployed in the Bay of Fundy in the Summer 2022 to prevent the animals from being caught in tidal turbines. On the long-term, he is striving towards the development of new standardized underwater communication platforms on application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for the deployment of next-generation underwater drones.