Dr Sunish Kumar Orappanpara Soman

Lecturer in Electronics and Software Engineering

School of Engineering

Belfast campus

Room BC-04-220,
2-24 York Street,
BT15 1AP,

Engineering Research

Lecturer in Electronics and Software Engineering

Dr Sunish Kumar Orappanpara Soman


Dr. Sunish Kumar Orappanpara Soman (Senior Member, IEEE) received the B.Tech degree in electronics and communications engineering from the Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, India, in 2005, the M.B.A. degree in human resource management and finance from Kerala University, Thiruvananthapuram, India, in 2010, the M.Tech degree in optoelectronics and communication systems from the Cochin University of Science and Technology in 2013, and the Ph.D. degree in computer engineering from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada, in 2020. From 2012 to 2013, he was a Project Assistant with the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India. From 2020 to 2021, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

In 2021, he joined the Ulster University, Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, U.K., as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) of electronics and software engineering. Currently, he is also working as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and an International Faculty at the Ulster College, Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, Xi'an, China. He has authored or co-authored many reputed journal papers and flagship conference proceedings in the area of wireless/optical communications and digital signal processing.

He is serving as a reviewer for various reputed journals such as IEEE/OPTICA Journal of Lightwave Technology, IEEE Communications Letters, IEEE Systems Journal, IEEE Access, and Taylor & Francis Cogent Engineering. He is also serving as a guest editor for the special issue "Advances in Radio over Fiber Techniques for 5G and Beyond" in the MDPI Photonics journal and as an associate editor for the IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society (OJ-COMS) under the research area Optical Communications and Networks.

His research interests include the application of digital signal processing, and machine learning techniques in various areas of wireless and optical communications engineering.

He was the recipient of the Babasaheb Dr. Ambedkar Fellowship National Award, 2011, from India, the Hira-Kamal Ahuja International Graduate Fellowship Award (Ahuja Fellow), 2015, and the Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies Award, 2020, at Memorial University, Canada.


  • Adjunct Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
  • International Faculty at Ulster College, Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, China