Shlomi Arnon (SPIE Fellow)

Professor of Electrical Engineering at Ben-Gurion University

Director, BGU center for Quantum Science and Technology (BGU-QST)

Director, Satellite and Wireless Communication Laboratory (SWCL),


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Electrical and Computer Engineering Department 

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P.O Box 653 IL-84105

Beer-Sheva ISRAEL

Phone 972-8-6477773, Fax 972-8-6472949

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Advanced Optical Wireless Communication Systems

Applied Aspects of Optical Communication and LIDAR

Visible Light Communication

Advanced Communication Techniques and Applications for High-Altitude Platforms




Prof. Shlomi Arnon is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also the director of the Center for Quantum Science and Technology (BGU-QST) at Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), Israel, and the director of the Satellite and Wireless Communication Laboratory at the university. Professor Arnon is a Fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). He was a postdoctoral associate (Fulbright Fellow) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA. He has held visiting positions at TU/e Eindhoven, Philips Lab, Nederland, TU Delft, and Cornell University. He has served several times as associate editor for special issues on optical wireless communication for OSA and IEEE. He is co-author of the book Applied Aspects of Optical Communication and LIDAR, Taylor & Francis/CRC, 2010; co-editor of the book Advanced Optical Wireless Communication Systems, Cambridge University Press, 2012; and editor of the book Visible Light Communication, Cambridge University Press, 2015. Recently he has initiated a new project in area of medical and quantum technology funded by the prestigious European Union FET Open program. The main subjects of his research include wireless and satellite communication, optical wireless communication, free space optics, quantum key distribution system, optical technologies for environmental monitoring, and quantum technology for medical applications.



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       He actively volunteered for several years in various educational activities within his city.

       He volunteered his time and expertise as a member of his city's earthquake rescue units.

       He played and contributing in the area of communication and engineering science to the establishment of the science museum in Be'er Sheva,


Administrative work

       He has served two terms at the University senate, the last one from 2020 to 2023,

       He has been a member of the university professor union since 2020.

       He served for many years on the university Supreme Committee for Academic Appointment of Medical Doctors until the mid of 2022

       For almost a decade, he has been a part of the faculty of engineering science committee that invites visiting scientists from abroad, broadening the university's horizons and promoting international collaboration.

       Over the past decade, he has been academically responsible for the final engineering projects program of 4th-year students, overseeing around 100 projects annually in the School of Electrical Engineering

       Over the years, he has been an active member of multiple School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the faculty of engineering science committees.