Thushara Abhayapala

I am the Director of the research School of Engineering, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS), The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. I am also an academic member of the Applied Signal Processing Group.


I received the B.E. (with honours 1) degree in interdisciplinary systems engineering in 1994, and the Ph.D. degree in telecommunications engineering in 1999 from ANU. From 1995 to 1997, I worked as a Research Engineer at the Arthur C. Clarke Centre for Modern Technologies in Sri Lanka. Since December 1999, I have been a faculty member at ANU. I was the Leader of the Wireless Signal Processing (WSP) Program at National ICT Australia (NICTA) from November 2005 to July 2007 and was the Leader of the Applied Signal Processing Group at CECS, ANU from January 2009 to January 2010. I have supervised 25 research students (22 PhDs and 3 Masters, some jointly) and coauthored approximately 170 peer-reviewed publications. Currently, I am an Associate Editor for EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking.

Research Interests

Physically inspired signal processing problems in the areas of Acoustic and Audio; Wireless and Mobile Communications; and Bio-medical applications. These include broadband/ nearfield beamforming, array signal processing, wireless channel modelling, sound propagation modelling, spatial soundfield recording and reconstruction, MIMO systems, space-time-frequency coding. Here are some of my projects with PhD students:

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Research Training (Postgraduate Supervision)

I have supervised (some jointly) 22 PhD students and 2 Masters by Research students. I take PhD student supervision seriously and I am proud of their achievements. I welcome students from Electrical Engineering and Bio-medical engineering background. I closely supervised my students in a demand driven way depending on the circumstances. Typically, in early stages, this may be as often as daily but I generally find that students become more independent towards the end.
Click to see PhD students I have supervised and Honours students I have supervised.

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