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.