Nalin

Dr. W. A. N. I. Harischandra

Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
nalin AT ee.pdn.ac.lk
+94-81-2393426
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Biography

Dr. W. A. N. I. Harischandra received his B.Sc. Eng. degree (specialized in Electrical and Electronic Engineering) with first class honors from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 2002. He received his Technical Licentiate and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science (Computational biology and Neuro-computing) from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden in 2008 and 2011 respectively. He is currently attached to the Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Peradeniya (UOP), Sri Lanka as a senior lecturer.


Before joining UOP in 2016, Dr. Harischandra was a post doctoral researcher in the Department of Biological Cybernetics at the University of Bielefeld under a two-year research grant awarded by the Center of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld in Germany. From 2011 to 2014, he was also a postdoctoral researcher in the same Department under a three-year collaborative EU-funded project within FP7-ICT, EMICAB (Embodied Motion Intelligence for Cognitive, Autonomous Robots). During doctoral studies, he has been a member of the Stockholm Brain Institute, and also of the KTH team of the EU-funded FP7 project LAMPETRA (Life­like Artefacts for Motor­Postural Experiments and development of new control Technologies inspired by Rapid Animal locomotion).


Dr. Harischandra’s research interests include bio-robotics, neuro-mechanical simulations of motor control, dynamics of sensory motor integration, machine learning, signal processing and active sensing. He has been a co-author of numerous peer reviewed international journal and conference papers. Moreover, he is a reviewer of several international journals and conferences including International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (IJARS), and Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics (JCND), etc.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • PhD in Computer Science from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden ( 12/2011)

  • Tech. Lic. Degree in Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden (04/2008)

  • B.Sc. Eng. specialized in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with First Class Honors : University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (11/2002)

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Associate Member of the Institute of Engineers Sri Lanka (AMIESL)

Awards

  • Research Grant to conduct research on Sensory Coupled CPG Networks for Adaptive Control of Touch, Graduate School, Cognitive Interaction Technology, Excellence Cluster (CITEC), University of Belefeld, Germany (08/2014 – 07/2016)

  • SIDA­ Full scholarship to conduct a research leading to Doctoral Degree in Computer Science at KTH, Sweden in collaboration with the DEEE, UOP, Sri Lanka (2004)

  • University Prize for the Academic Excellence in General Convocation (2003)

  • The Prof. E.O.E. Pereira Prize for Best Performance in Final examination in Engineering ­ part II (2002)

  • The Ananda Amarasinghe Memorial Prize in Engineering for the Best Performance in First Examination in Engineering (1999)

  • The University Scholarship for the Best Performance in First Examination in Engineering (1999)

  • Study tour to Bangkok in Commemoration of Sri Lanka’s Golden Jubilee of Independence for the Best Performance in G.C.E. A/L (1998)



Memberships

  • Member of the International Advisory Panel of ICIIS­2015 (2015)

  • Member of German Neuroscience Society, http://nwg.glia.mdc­berlin.de/en/ (2014 ­ 2016)

  • Member of FENS (Federation of European Neuroscience Societies), http://www.fens.org/ (2014 ­ 2016)

  • Member of CITEC (Cognitive Interaction Technology­ Center of Excellence), Bielefeld University Germany, https://www.cit­ec.de/ (2014 ­ 2016)

  • Member of the International Advisory Panel of ICIIS­2013 (2013)

  • EMICAB (Embodied Motion Intelligence for Cognitive, Autonomous Robots) FP7­ ICT EU project, www.emicab.eu (2011­ 2014)

  • LAMPETRA (Life­like Artefacts for Motor­Postural Experiments and development of new control Technologies inspired by Rapid Animal locomotion) FP7 EU project, www.lampetra.eu (2008­ 2011)

  • Member of SBI (Stockholm Brain Institute), Karolinska Institutet, 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden www.stockholmbrain.se (2007­ 2012)

  • Member of TSN (Translational Sensorimotor Neuroscience)­ A Swedish Network www.sensorimotor.se (2007­ 2012)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Research interests are directed primarily towards Bio­robotics, Bio-medical engineering and Computational neuroscience research in a variety of interrelated areas,

  • - Neuro-mechanical simulations

  • - Sensory­motor integration

  • - Bio-inspired robotics and Bio-medical engineering

  • - Machine learning and artificial neural networks

  • - Signal processing

  • - Instrumentation and Human Computer Interfacing

  • - Computer vision