Bioinformatics (Metabolomics, Metagenomics, Cancer Data Anlytics and Neural Engineering)
Mechatronics (Networked Control and Smart Grids)
Optimization (Landscape Characterization and Nature-inspired methods)
Pattern Recognition and Big Data Analytics (Unsupervised Learning and Deep Learning)
Saman Halgamuge is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Melbourne.
He is a member of Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts for Engineering, Information and Computing Sciences. He is the Director of the PhD training centre Melbourne India Postgraduate Program (MIPP) of University of Melbourne and contributed as Associate Dean (2013-15) and Assistant Dean (2008-13) in International Engagement in the School of Engineering. He is also a member of various International advisory committees including Research Advisory Council of University of Technology PETRONAS. He is also appointed as the VK Samaranayake Endowed Visiting Professor of University of Colombo (2016).
He teaches "Systems Modelling" to undergraduates and "AI in Mechatronic Systems" to Masters students.
Professor Halgamuge’s research interests are in Data Engineering including Active data gathering sensor systems, Unsupervised Deep Learning, Big Data Analytics focusing on applications in Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering. These applications vary from Sensor Networks in Irrigation, Smart Grids, and Sustainable Energy generation to Bioinformatics and Neuro-Engineering.
Since arriving in Australia in 1996, Professor Halgamuge has obtained research grants totalling over $8.3 million. These grants include funds worth $4.3 million from 17 Australian Research Council grants (4 Discovery projects and 8 Linkages) and a NHMRC project grant, local and European industry, contracts and grants from other research funding agencies and large scale ARC network and infrastructure grants worth about $4 million. He has completed supervision of 30 PhD students and currently supervises a group of 15 PhD students. He published over 250 research papers including a research book, 5 edited books, 20 book chapters, 90 journal articles,
2014: S.K Halgamuge, A.L. Hsu, I. Saeed, S.L Tang and M. Niranjan, "Near-unsupervised computational methods for exploring "omic" data" , ARC DP, $266.3k
2014: S. K. Halgamuge, B. Chang, A.L. Hsu, I. Saeed, P. Walker, J. Li and S.K. Tang, "Discovering Patterns using Near Unsupervised Leaning to Support the Quick Detection of New Animal Disease Outbreaks Caused by Viruses", ARC LP, $243.7k
2013: A. Stewart, S. Londrigan, J. Douglass, G. L. Campos and S. Halgamuge "Why viral infection limits effectiveness of anti-asthma drugs"', NHMRC, $597k
2013: S. Halgamuge, M Ashokkumar, B. Harley, P. Bhalla, U. Parampalli and T.K. Chan &Melbourne India Postgraduate Program"', $300k
2012: R. P. Gamage ....M. Sandiford, R. Webster...S. Halgamuge.... "An advanced, macro scale, hydro-thermo-mechanical testing chamber for sustainable deep geological applications"', ARC LIEF $950k
2011: S. Halgamuge, H. Watson, R. Crawford, C. Biggs, M. Ashokkumar and S. Maheswararajah, 'TRIGEN: A holistic approach for optimised usage of heating, cooling and electricity for bulk energy consumers', Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI), University of Melbourne, $50K
2010: S. Halgamuge, K. Steer, DTM Lau, S. Maheswararajah and J. Atalelage, 'Optimization in wireless sensor networks', Group of Eight & DAAD Australian-German Research Cooperation Scheme with University of Technology, Darmstadt, Germany, University of Melbourne, $20K
2008: S. Halgamuge, 'Optimisation of grid interfaces to wind energy plants', Group of Eight & DAAD Australian-German Research Cooperation Scheme with Magdeburg University, Germany, University of Melbourne, $30,100
2008: S. Halgamuge, 'Semi supervised growing self organising maps', Melbourne Research Grants Scheme, University of Melbourne, $27K
Education and training
Darmstadt University Of Technology 1995
Darmstadt University Of Technology 1990
University of Moratuwa 1984
Awards and honors
U21 Fellowships for his capacity to inspire, extend and enthuse their students., Universitas 21 Fellowships,
DYASON Fellowship 2013-2014, University of Melbourne,
Leadership Prize (5 awarded world-wide), World Congress on Neural Networks,
To study Dipl.Ing. at TU Darmstadt, WUS Deutschland,
Current PhD students work on Optimization of Smart Grids, Networked Control Systems, Triple Energy Generation, Dara Centres and Irrigation Sensor Networks and Pattern Recognition applied to Metagenomics, Metabolomics and Cancer data in Bioinformatics.
I am interested in new research students in Optimization Landscape Characterization, Smart Grid Optimization and Bioinformatics.
Previous PhD students with highly cited/ high impact publications include:
Dr Asanga Ratnaweera (Among the most cited papers in the last 10 years (ISI ESI), Dr Damminda Alahakoon (among the most cited papers in the last 10 years, ISI-ESI (2000-09), Dr Genevieve Coath, Dr Arthur Hsu, Dr Bill Chang, Prof Ravi Koggalage, Dr Kenneth Chan, Dr Waratt Rattasiri, Dr Abdul Baten, Dr Azharul Karim, Dr Siddeswara Guru, Dr Isaam Saeed (Published within the top 20 high impact journals, Google Scholar), Dr Suhinthan Maheswararajah and Dr Jason Li.
ISI-ESI = Institute for Scientific Information- Essential Science Indicators