Dr Chathurika Mediwaththe

PhD in Electrical Engineering
Research Fellow
ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics

Areas of expertise

  • Electrical Engineering 4008
  • Electrical Energy Transmission, Networks And Systems 400805
  • Distributed Systems And Algorithms 460605
  • Optimisation 490304
  • Mathematical Economics 380303
  • Electrical Energy Storage 400804
  • Photovoltaic Power Systems 400808
  • Electrical Energy Generation (Incl. Renewables, Excl. Photovoltaics) 400803

Research interests

- Renewable energy generation and energy storage integration

- Electrified transportation systems/ Electric vehicles

- Distribution networks

- Microgrids

- Power Systems Engineering

- Demand-side Management

- Mathematical modelling, optimisation, agent-based modelling, Multi-agent Systems (MAS),  game theory, and data analytics


*** I am looking for PhD/Mphil students who have research interests in power systems and smart grid, including above areas to support through the upcoming ANU PhD scholarship rounds (both domestic and international rounds will be conisdered). Solid background in mathematics including optimisation, control, game theory, agent-based modelling, and/or multi-agent systems (MAS) is highly desirable. 
Interested applicants should hold a 1st class Honours and/or Master's degree in electrical and electronic engineering, computer science, applied mathematics or in a related discipline with a sufficient research component. Please contact me directly via my email with your academic CV, transcripts, and evidence for English language ability (if any). For more information, please see https://cecs.anu.edu.au/study/phd-mphil.





Dr Chathurika Mediwaththe is a research fellow with School of Engineering and the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program at the Australian National University. She obtained a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and a BSc (Hons.) (1st class) degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

Her research interests are in mathematical modelling, optimisation, game theory, and data analysis with applications in power systems including distributed energy storage and renewable power generation integration, electricity demand-side management, and smart grids.


Current student projects

ANU Summer Research Program 2021

Projet Title: 

Modelling and Optimising Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) for Electricity Networks (MODERN)


The growth of DERs, such as rooftop solar and battery systems connected in electricity distribution networks, continues to rise sharply over the next few years. According to Clean Energy Regulator data, Australia has the highest growth of rooftop solar with one in four homes had solar on their rooftop by the end of 2020. The massive uptake of uncontrollable generation such as solar, however, creates various grid operational issues including voltage rise problems due to bi-directional power flows. The project aims to explore such issues and develop optimisation methods and algorithms to coordinate distributed generation such as rooftop PV with distributed battery storage systems (e.g., community battery and residential battery systems). The project will be part of the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, ANU and is expected to contribute to the current research activities in the program.


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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