DR Malka Halgamuge

DR Malka Halgamuge


  • Biological Effects of Radio Frequency and Extremely Low-Frequency Electromagnetic Fields (Public Health)
  • Data Science / Big Data / Internet of Things (IoT) / Machine Learning
  • Prediction of Natural Disasters (Flood and Bushfire)



  • Dr Malka N. Halgamuge is a Research Fellow / Scientist in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of University of Melbourne and Adjunct Professor at the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) , India. She obtained her PhD from the same department. She is the Founder and Director at the SenseRadiation Pty Ltd , since July 2015. SenseRadiation Pty Ltd provides electromagnetic radiation risk assessment and prediction services for community, industry and the government including councils. She also works as Electro Magnetic Radiation (EMR) Consultant since January 2014. She also a member of the Electromagnetic Radiation Safety Committee, The University of Melbourne, since Sep 2013.

    She has published more than 80 articles attracting over 825 Citations. Her Research Gate: RG Score = 32.35. One of her papers has been selected as a highly cited paper by ISI's Essential Science Indicators (May 2014). She currently co-supervises a group of 2 PhD students and she has co-supervised 3 PhD student to completion (2013 & 2015) at the University of Melbourne as the main supervisor.

    Awarded the CAS President's International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI) from Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Bejing, China (2017), Incoming Leaders Fellowship from Australia India Institute @ Delhi (2016), Next Step Initiative Fellowship (2015), Australia-China Young Scientist Fellowship (2014), Dyason Fellowship to undertake research at Department of Epidemiology, University of California (UCLA), Los Angeles, USA (2013). Early Career Researcher (ECR) Award (2013) from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Two of the papers she has co-authored with her PhD students    


Member of

  • Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Member 2003 - 2017
  • Networking Networking Women (N2 Women), IEEE Communication Society. Member 2007 - 2015
  • Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE). Member 2008 - 2013
  • Bioelectromagnetic Society. Member 2008 - 2009


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

    1. 2016-2018: M. N. Halgamuge, T. Nirmalathas, Research funding from Osmunda Medical Device Service Group, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China.
    2. 2010: B. Moran, M. N. Halgamuge, K. Tolhurst, M. Garvey and P. Farrell, "Data assimilation and bushfire modelling for early and rapid bushfire detection using broadband technology", Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society (IBES), University of Melbourne.
    3. 2010: B. Moran, M. N. Halgamuge, K. Tolhurst, M. Garvey and P. Farrell, "Wireless Sensor Network for Bushfire Detection and Early Warning", Knowledge Partnerships Staff Project Grant.
    4. 2008: M. N. Halgamuge and P. Mendis, "Environmental impact of low frequency electromagnetic field exposure", Vice Chancellors Knowledge Transfer Grant, University of Melbourne.
    5. 2008: M. N. Halgamuge and P. Mendis, 'Interaction between extremely low frequency magnetic fields and living system: Using isolated plasma membranes from plant cell (spinach)", Joint Research Grant with Lund University, Sweden.
    6. 2008: M. N. Halgamuge, Solander Fellowship Grant, Lund University, Sweden.
    7. 2007: M. N. Halgamuge, Solander Fellowship Grant, Lund University, Sweden.


Education and training

  • GCUT, University of Melbourne 2010
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2007
  • MSc (Eng), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 2002
  • BSc (Eng), University of Peradeniya 1998

Awards and honors

  • Chinese Academy of Sciences Presidents International Fellowship, 2017
  • Incoming Leaders Fellowship, 2016
  • 2015 Next Step Initiative Fellowship from Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), 2015
  • 2015 Next Step Initiative Fellowship, 2015
  • Australia-China Young Scientist Fellowship, 2014
  • "Early Career Researcher (ECR) Award" from Humboldt Colloquium, 60th Anniversary of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2013
  • "Dyason Fellowship" to work at Department of Epidemiology, School of Medicine, University of California (UCLA), Los Angeles, USA, 2013., 2013
  • Senior Member of the Institution of Radio and Electronic Engineers, Australia, 2013
  • "Best Paper Award" from EEE 6th International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability, Beijing China, 27-29 September 2012., 2012
  • "Best Student Paper Award" from EMC Society Symposium, Perth, Australia, 2011
  • Vice-Chancellor Engagement Award, 2010
  • Solander Fellowship, "Solander Fellowship", to work at Dept of Radiation Physics, Faculty of Medicine, Lund University, Sweden, 2008
  • Vice-Chancellor Knowledge Transfer Award, 2008
  • Solander Fellowship, "Solander Fellowship", to work at Dept of Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, Lund University, Sweden, 2007
  • ARC Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) for PhD studies, "Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)", Dept of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Melbourne, 2003
  • Government Education Department Scholarship for Undergraduate studies, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1993


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Topics for New PhD Students:
    1. Data Science Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning
    2. Public Health : Biological Effects of Radio Frequency and Extremely Low Frequency Electromagnetic Fields
    3. Prediction of Natural Disasters : Flood and Bushfires