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The Australian National University

Professor Thushara Abhayapala

BE (Hons 1), PhD
Deputy Dean, CECS & Professor, Research School of Engineering
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
  • Wireless Communications 100510
  • Coding And Information Theory 080401
  • Communications Technologies 1005
  • Electrical And Electronic Engineering 0906


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, 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 the Deputy Dean and a Professor at The College of Engineering & Computer Science, ANU. He was the 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 for wireless communication systems, and array signal processing. He has supervised 30 PhD students and coauthored over 220 peer reviewed papers.

Professor Abhayapala is an Associate Editor of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing. He is 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).


Deputy Dean, College of Engineering & Computer Science (CECS)



Projects and Grants

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