Hello, I'm

Furkan Ercan

I am a recent Ph.D. graduate from Integrated Systems for Information Processing (ISIP) lab at McGill University. My academic advisor was Prof. Warren J. Gross.
Core of my research features practical algorithms and implementations of polar code decoders, a coding scheme that has been recently adopted by the 5G wireless communications standard.

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Latest News and Events

Briefings on the most recent milestones, academic and personal.

January 2021

Accepted paper at ICASSP 2021

Our work titled "High-Throughput VLSI Architecture for Soft-Decision Decoding with ORBGRAND" will take place in the IEEE SPS flagship conference ICASSP 2021, Toronto.

January 2021

Accepted paper at ICC 2021

Our work titled "Fast SC-Flip Decoding of Polar Codes with Reinforcement Learning" will be featured in International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2021, Montreal.

January 2021

Vice-Chair of IEEE Montreal Section

I am thrilled to announce that I was elected for the Vice-Chair role for the IEEE Montreal Section Executive Committee. Exciting days ahead!

October 2020

5G PHY Algorithm Developer

I am recently recruited as a DSP Algorithm Developer for Octasic Inc. I will be working on 5G Wireless Protocol Systems from Matlab reference models to optimized embedded C/ASM implementations.

October 2020

Ph.D. Degree Granted

Following the defense on October 21, 2020, I have earned the Ph.D. degree after a five-year journey and a decade of dreaming!

September 2020

Accepted paper at IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing

Our paper titled "Practical Dynamic SC-Flip Decoders: Algorithm and Implementation" has been accepted in IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing and available on Early Access.

July 2020

Accepted paper at SiPS 2020

Our paper titled "High-Throughput VLSI Architecture for GRAND", first-authored by Dr. Syed Mohsin Abbas, has been accepted in IEEE International Workshop on Signal Processing Systems (SiPS) 2020 Virtual Conference.

June 2020

Accepted paper at International Conference on Communications 2020

I will be participating at ICC 2020 as an author of an accepted paper. The conference will be performed virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 2020

IEEE ComSoc Student Travel Grant Award

I am thrilled to receive the prestigious IEEE ComSoc Student Travel Award for participating in ICC 2020. The format of the award has changed towards registration due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 2020

Accepted paper at 45th International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing

I will be participating at ICASSP 2020 as an author of an accepted paper. The conference will be performed virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

February 2020

Third Place Award in Quebec Engineering Competition (QEC) 2020

Upon receiving the first place award in McGill Engineering Competition, I was qualified to compete in the province of Quebec.

November 2019

First Place Award in McGill Engineering Competition (MEC) 2019

I have participated in the Graduate Research Track of MEC 2019 and have received the first place award.

October 2019

Published on IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers

Our work entitled "Energy-Efficient Hardware Architectures for Fast Polar Decoders" is now published on IEEE TCAS-I.

October 2019

Second Place Award in 6th IEEE Research Boost | "Give Your Research an Industrial Edge"

I have participated in the 6th IEEE Research Boost and have received the second place award.

July 2019

Happily Ever After

We performed a successful merge request with my partner in crime, who is an amazing Ph.D. candidate in Molecular Biology and Genetics.

July 2019

Out of Office for Mandatory Military Service

I had three weeks away from research during a three-week mandatory military service training in Manisa, Turkey.