Profile of Dr Kumudu Munasinghe

Dr Kumundu MunasingheIt is a great honour and privilege to be a recipient of the prestigious ARC Australian Postdoctoral (APD) Fellowship. As an early-career researcher, this award will pave the way for me to undertake research of national and international significance and enable me to establish as an independent researcher. The benefits of hosting my APD with the Wireless Networking Group (WiNG) at the School of Electrical and Information Engineering will help me to strengthen and continue existing partnerships with Prof. Abbas Jamalipour (who is also a Chief Investigator of this Discovery Project Grant), the WiNG members, and our international collaborators by using the available state-of-the-art research facilities.

My most significant research contributions were made during my Ph.D. research, which was funded by an ARC Linkage Project (LP0455209) in collaboration with SingTel Optus from 2005-2008. This was also conducted under the supervision of Prof. Abbas Jamalipour. My contribution to this project was the design and development of a mobility-aware novel architecture facilitating unified real-time session management for interworked heterogeneous mobile and wireless networks. As a result, it enabled a roaming user to seamlessly handoff sessions between different heterogeneous networks. Another significant contribution of this project was the proposal put forward for harmonizing two international mobile communication standards, i.e., the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standard and the 3rd Generation Partnership Project 2 (3GPP2) standard.

The impact of this work has produced over 25 refereed publications, in journals that are ranked in the top 10 in telecommunications (according to JCR published by ISI) and in proceedings of the IEEE’s premier flagship conferences. In support of my research, I have been successful in securing many research grants such as: ARC Communications Research Network (ACoRN) grant for travel to WTS2008 conference to California, USA in April 2008 and the ACoRN grant for travel to ICC2007 conference to Scotland, UK in June 2007. I have also been very much privileged to receive several national and international awards such as the IEEE Student Award at GLOBECOM2007 at Washington DC, USA in November 2007, National ICT Australia (NICTA) Prize for Next Generation Applications (Telecoms) in Research Project Work, October 2007, and the NHP Electrical Engineering Prize for Productive Industry Collaboration in Research Project Work, October 2005 acknowledging my research excellence.

Further, I am also actively involved as a TPC member in several international conferences such as, IEEE ICC 2008, 2009, 2010 IEEE GLOBECOM 2008, 2009, 2010 and IEEE WCNC 2008, 2009, 2010, the Local Organizations Chair for WCNC 2010, and act as a technical reviewer for several prestigious international journals such as the IEEE Wireless Communications, IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Transactions in Wireless Communications, and IEEE Transactions in Vehicular Technology. My other professional activities involve in being an active Member of the IEEE and IEEE Computer Society, Member of the Satellite and Space Communications (SSC) Technical Committee, and a Member of the Australian Computer Society.