Pooi-Yuen KAM was born in Ipoh, Malaysia, and educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., USA where he obtained the S. B., S. M., and Ph. D. degrees in electrical engineering in 1972, 1973, and 1976, respectively.
From 1976 to 1978, he was a member of the technical staff at the Bell Telephone Laboratories, Holmdel, N. J., U. S. A., where he was engaged in packet network studies. Since 1978, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, where he is now a professor. He served as the Deputy Dean of Engineering and the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Faculty of Engineering of the National University of Singapore, from 2000 to 2003. His research interests are in the communication sciences and information theory, and their applications to wireless and optical communications. He spent the sabbatical year 1987 to 1988 at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, under the sponsorship of the Hitachi Scholarship Foundation. In year 2006, he was invited to the School of Engineering Science, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C., Canada, as the David Bested Fellow. He was appointed a Distinguished Guest Professor (Global) at the Graduate School of Science and Technology of Keio University, Tokyo, Japan for the academic year April 2015 to March 2016. In year 2016, he serves on the IEEE Fellow Committee.
Dr. Kam is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi. Since September 2011, he is a senior editor of the IEEE Wireless Communications Letters. From 1996 to 2011, he served as the Editor for Modulation and Detection for Wireless Systems of the IEEE Transactions on Communications. From 2007 to 2012, he served on the editorial board of PHYCOM, the Journal of Physical Communications of Elsevier. He was a Co-Chair for the Communication Theory Symposium of IEEE Globecom 2014. He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE for his contributions to receiver design and performance analysis for wireless communications. He received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE VTC2004-Fall, at the IEEE VTC2011-Spring, at the IEEE ICC2011 and at the IEEE/CIC ICCC2015.