Professor Thushara Abhayapala

BE (Hons 1), PhD
Professor, Research School of Engineering, CECS
ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
T: 6125 8683

Areas of expertise

  • Acoustics And Acoustical Devices; Waves 020301
  • Simulation And Modelling 080110
  • Antennas And Propagation 100501
  • Signal Processing 090609
  • Electrical And Electronic Engineering 0906
  • Acoustics And Noise Control (Excl. Architectural Acoustics) 091301


Research interests:

Physically inspired signal processing problems in the areas of Acoustics and Spatial Audio; Wireless and Mobile Communications; and Bio-medical applications. These include spatial sound-field recording and reconstruction, broadband/ nearfield beamforming, array signal processing, room acoustics,  spatial audio for Virtual/Augmented (VR/AR) Reality systems, higher order microphone and loudspeaker arrasys, Head Relate Transfer Function (HRTF), photo-acoustics, wireless channel modelling, capacity analysis of spatial channels, wave propagation modelling, and MIMO systems.


 Thushara received the B.E. degree (with Honors 1) in Interdiciplinary Systems Engineering in 1994 and the Ph.D. degree in Telecommunications Engineering in 1999, both from the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra. Currently he is a Professor at The College of Engineering & Computer Science (CECS), ANU. He was the Deputy Dean of CECS from January 2015 to December 2018, the Director of the Research School of Engineering at ANU from January 2010 to October 2014 and the Leader of the Wireless Signal Processing (WSP) Program at the National ICT Australia (NICTA) from November 2005 to June 2007. His research interests are in the areas of spatial audio and acoustic signal processing, space-time signal processing, and array signal processing. He has supervised over 35 PhD students and coauthored over 260 peer reviewed papers.

Professor Abhayapala was an Associate Editor of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing. He was also a Member of the Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing Technical Committee (2011­-2015) of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He is a Fellow of the Engineers Australia (IEAust).



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