Prof Pubudu Pathirana

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Position

Professor

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Engineering

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Univ. of Western Australia, 2002
Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Univ. of Western Australia, 1997
Bachelor of Science, Univ. of Western Australia, 1997

Biography

Pubudu N. Pathirana received First Class Honours in B.E(Elec) Engineering and B.Sc(math) in 1996, PhD in Missile Guidance and Control in 2001 from the University of Western Australia(UWA) with Merit Scholarship Scheme(MSS) and IPRS scholarships for his undergraduate and post graduate education respectively.

He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Oxford University, UK sponsored by Ford motor co.(USA) in 2000/2001 and a research fellow in The University of New South Wales, Sydney and a consultant to the Weapons systems division of the Defence Science and Technology Organization(DSTO) Australia 2002/2003, before joining Deakin University in March 2003. He was a visiting Associate Professor at Yale University, USA in 2009.

He has won numerous research grants including ARC(Discovery, LIEF), DSTO in excess of 5M and published in numerous international journals and conferences in areas including, navigation, vision based guidance, swarm robotics,  and mobile computing/networking and applications into assistive devices and rehabilitation robotics. He is also a reviewer for several international journals, transactions and conferences.

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Biography summary

Pubudu N. Pathirana received First Class Honours in B.E(Elec) Engineering and B.Sc(math) in 1996 from the University of Western Australia(UWA). He received his PhD in Missile Guidance and Control from the same university in 2001. He was a recipient of EMSS and OPRS scholarships for his undergraduate and post graduate education respectively.

He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Oxford University, UK in 2000/2001, a research fellow in The University of New South Wales, Sydney and a consultant to the Weapons systems division of the Defence Science and Technology Organization(DSTO) Australia 2002/2003, before joining Deakin University in March 2003. He was a visiting Associate Professor at Yale University, USA in 2009.

He has won numerous reseach grants including ARC(Discovery, LIEF), DSTO in excess of 5M and published in numerous international journals and conferences in areas including, navigation, vision based guidance, swarm robotics, mobile computing/networking and applications into assistive devices and rehabilitation robotics covering over 200 refereed publications. He is also a reviewer for several international journals, transactions and conferences and an OzReader with the Australian Research Council. He has been engaged in collabratitve research and developments with number of Australian and Interantional companies and currently heads the Networked Sensing and Control (NSC) Research group at Deakin university with 7 students being currently supervised as the principal supervisor.

Career highlights

Head of the Disipline, Mechatronics, Electrical and Electronic Enginering (2021-)

Programme Director for Mechtronics and Robotics (2005-2007)

Director, Sensing Control and Diagnostics for a Sustainable Future (SCDSF) - Faculty Research Cluster (2010-2012)

Research Grants :

[1]Prof Pubudu Pathirana, Device for guiding therapy in ataxia and imbalance, Medical Research Future Fund(MRFF), $ 939,000 (2020-2022).

[2]Prof Pubudu Pathirana, Measuring upper limb function in Dentatorubral-pallidoluysian atrophy (DRPLA), Ataxia UK, £62,731 (2021-2024).

[3] A/Prof Pubudu Pathirnana, Human Bio-Kinematics for Tele-Rehabilitation, Data61 $148,166 (2016).

[4]A/Prof Pubudu Pathirana, Analysis of truncal movements of People with Parkinson's Disease, Florey Institute of Neuroscience, $27,000 (2016).

[5]A/Prof Pubudu Pathirana, Creating Smart Search Engine on SQL/no-SQL databases, $20,500 (2019).

[6]A/Prof Pubudu Pathirana, Kinematic motion encoded network paradigm for wearable and non-invasive sensors in Tele-monitoring in the use of Human Physiological data, Data61 $315,000 (2017).

[7] A/Prof Pubudu Pathirana, Courseware Development, MathWorks Inc, USA, $20,000 (2016).

[8]A/Prof Pubudu Pathirana, Objective testing of Human Balance, Florey Institute of  Neuroscience, $190,000 (2016).

[9]A/Prof Pubudu Pathirana, Assistive Bionics for Physiotherapy and Respiratory Analysis, NICTA, $187,014 (2016).

[10] A/Prof Pubudu Pathirana, Prof Sevetha Venkatesh, Human motion caprure, NICTA, $736,840 (2011).

[11] A/Prof Pubudu PathiranaSensor fusion based bynamic state estimation for sourcing of information in driver assistance, Auto CRC, $77, 500 (2009).

[12] Prof Marimuthu Palaniswami, Prof Priyan Mendis, A/Prof Pubudu Pathirana, Prof Rajkumar Buyya, Prof Christopher Leckie, A/Prof Matt Duckham, LIEF, $270,000 (2012). 

[13] Nahavandi, S., Shirinzadeh, B., Trinh, H., Chen, Y., Pathirana, P., Kouzani, A., Frayman, Y., Zhong, Y., Creighton, D. and Bhatti, A., A haptically enabled universal motion simulator research facility, ARC LIEF, $285,000, 2008.

[14] A/Prof Pubudu Pathirana, Prof Bernard Rolfe, Dr Alan Wong, Nodal Power Saving for Disconnected Ad Hoc Sensor Networks, ARC DP , $260,000(2006).

Research interests

Assitive Robotics and BioMedical Devices, Sensor Networks, Human Motion Capture, Machine learning, Wireless Communications 

Units taught

SEE 312 Data Communications, SER 301 Electromechanical Systems Design

Knowledge areas

Computer and Sensor Networks, Human Motion Capture, Navigation and Control, Biomedical Signal and Information Processing, Rehabiliation Robotics and Assistive devices

Professional activities

Senior Member IEEE 

Assessor Australian Research Council(ARC)

Media appearances

Awards

Spinger Vergag London best paper award in the IEEE Conference on Control Applications and Symposium on Computer Aided Control Systems Design, Glasgow, Scotland, 2002

ISSNIP Collaborations Award, 2008

Geelong ICT award on Emerging Technologies for BioKin(TM), 2014

L.Corben, M. Horne,  P.N. Pathirana, D. Szmulewicz, M.Delatycki, Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) *rideATAXIA Europe research award of 85,000 Euro (2018)

Publications

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Nodal Power Saving for Disconnected Ad Hoc Sensor Networks

Prof Pubudu Pathirana, Prof Bernard Rolfe, Dr Alan Wong

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2008: $90,133
  • 2007: $88,369
  • 2006: $81,520

Other Public Sector Funding

Human Bio-Kinematic Encoding for Tele-rehabilitation

Prof Pubudu Pathirana

  • 2018: $32,402
  • 2017: $28,636
  • 2016: $87,128

Assistive Bionics for Physiotherapy and Respiratory Analysis

Prof Pubudu Pathirana

  • 2016: $187,014

Kinematic motion encoded network paradigm for wearable and non-invasive sensors in Tele-monitoring in the use of Human Physiological data

Prof Pubudu Pathirana

  • 2021: $19,298
  • 2020: $91,397
  • 2019: $134,533
  • 2018: $116,358
  • 2017: $69,163

Industry and Other Funding

NICTA Victoria Research Laboratory Scholarship

Prof Pubudu Pathirana, Prof Svetha Venkatesh

  • 2017: $76,840
  • 2015: $115,000
  • 2013: $109,000
  • 2012: $71,000
  • 2011: $35,000

RF Controller Design

Prof Pubudu Pathirana

  • 2016: $1,500

Analysis of truncal movements of People with Parkinson's Disease

Prof Pubudu Pathirana

  • 2016: $27,000

Objective testing of Human Balance

Prof Pubudu Pathirana

  • 2018: $45,000
  • 2017: $95,000
  • 2016: $50,000

Developing a clinically meaningful instrumented measure of upper limb function in Friedreich ataxia.

Prof Pubudu Pathirana

  • 2018: $67,069

Creating Smart Search Engine on SQL/no-SQL databases.

Prof Pubudu Pathirana

  • 2019: $20,500

Real Time Positioning over Wi-Fi 6

Prof Pubudu Pathirana, Ms Bipasha Kashyap

  • 2020: $20,500

Machine Learning on financial time series.

Prof Pubudu Pathirana, Mr Khoa Dinh Nguyen

  • 2020: $20,500

Data Analytics and Visualisation for Engineering Workflows and Business Intelligence.

Prof Pubudu Pathirana

  • 2021: $20,500

Device for guiding therapy in ataxin and imbalance.

Prof Pubudu Pathirana

  • 2021: $637,460

Other Funding Sources

Sensor fusion based bynamic state estimation for sourcing of information in driver assistance C3-508

Prof Pubudu Pathirana, Mr Sanvidha Herath

  • 2012: $23,168
  • 2010: $26,355
  • 2009: $27,977

Internet of Things Testbed for Creating a Smart City

Prof Marimuthu Palaniswami, Prof Priyan Mendis, Prof Pubudu Pathirana, Prof Rajkumar Buyya, Prof Christopher Leckie, A/Prof Matt Duckham

  • 2012: $88,928

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2020

Josefa Wivou

Thesis entitled: Bio-Kinematic Analysis of Golf Green Side Bunker Shots for Enhanced Performance

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), School of Engineering

2019

Nhan Nguyen

Thesis entitled: Objective Assessment Of Movement Disabilities Using Wearable Sensors

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), School of Engineering

Thi My Dung Phan

Thesis entitled: Wearable Sensor-based Quantitative Assessment of Movement Impairments in Neurological Disorders

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), School of Engineering

2017

Gareth Liam Williams

Thesis entitled: Dynamic Estimation Of Human Energy Expenditure With Wearable Sensors

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), School of Engineering

2016

Hai Trieu Pham

Thesis entitled: A Quantifiable Kinematic Characterisation of Hand Function

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), School of Engineering

Sajeewani Karunarathne Maddumage

Thesis entitled: Human Bio-Kinematic Parameter Estimation Using Inertial Sensors

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), School of Engineering

2015

Saiyi Li

Thesis entitled: Assessment of Human Kinematic Performance with Noncontact Measurements for Tele-rehabilitation

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), School of Engineering

Yee Siong Lee

Thesis entitled: Detection and Analysis of Human Respiration Using Microwave Doppler Radar

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), School of Engineering

Chatura Virajh Dias Nagahawatte

Thesis entitled: Towards Localisation with Doppler Radar

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), School of Engineering

2012

Sanvidha Herath

Thesis entitled: Localization and Tracking of Agents for Close Range Applications

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), School of Engineering

2011

Somaieh Beladi

Thesis entitled: Maximum-likelihood Based Estimation for Q-ball Imaging using Diffusion-weighted MRI Data

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Centre for Intelligent Systems Research.

2009

Samitha Ekanayake

Thesis entitled: Formation of Networked Mobile Robots

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Centre for Intelligent Systems Research.

Timothy Black

Thesis entitled: Power Saving in Sensor Networks via Mobile Base Station Repositioning

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Centre for Intelligent Systems Research.

2008

Nicholas Joel Bauer

Thesis entitled: On the Simultaneous Estimation of Optical Flow and Object State

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials

Adrian Bishop

Thesis entitled: On the Geometry of Localization, Tracking and Navigation

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials

Associate Supervisor
2017

Hieu Tran Manh

Thesis entitled: Functional Observer-Based Fault Diagnosis for Dynamical Systems

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), School of Engineering

2016

Cuong Nguyen

Thesis entitled: State Observer Design Methods for Lipschitz Time-Delay Systems

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), School of Engineering

2006

Asim Bhatti

Thesis entitled: 3D Depth Estimation using Wavelet Analysis Based Stereo Vision Approach

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), School of Engineering