PROF Saman Halgamuge

PROF Saman Halgamuge


  • Artificial Intelligence and Learning (Inclusive Learning methods, Artificial General Intelligence, Deep and Shallow Neural Networks, Optimization and Evolutionary Algorirhms)
  • Biomedical Engineering (Metagenomics, Metabolomics, Cancer Data Anlytics and Computational Neural Engineering)
  • Data Engineering (Big data analytics, Hardware Architectures, Active sensing)
  • Energy (Operational Optimization of Smart Grids, Electric Vehicles and Smart Grids, Integration of Renewables, Demand Side Energy Forecasting, Battery Storage)
  • Mechatronics (Networked Control, Robotic Automation, Sensor Networks, AI supported Design)



  • Prof Saman Halgamuge is a Fellow of IEEE, a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering and a Distinguished Speaker/Lecturer of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (2019-2O21).
    He has previously served as Director/Head, Research School of Engineering of the Australian National University (ANU) (2016-18) and as a member of Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts for Engineering, Information and Computing Sciences (2016-18).  He was the founding 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 Melbourne School of Engineering. He is also a member of the Visiting Committee of Chinese University of Hong Kong (2018) and Research Advisory Council of University of Technology PETRONAS (2015-18). He is an honorary Professor of ANU and an honorary member of ANU Energy Change Institute.
    His research interests are in AI and Data Engineering including Inclusive Learning algorithms and Active data gathering sensor systems,  Unsupervised Deep Learning, Big Data Analytics focusing on applications in Mechanical Engineering, Energy and Bioengineering. These applications vary from Sensor Networks in Irrigation, Smart Grids, and Sustainable Energy generation to Bioinformatics and Neuro-Engineering.
    Grants, contracts and consultancies:
    2 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grants
    Identification of haematopoietic stem and progenitor cell subpopulations (2017-20) - S Naik, M. Richie and S. Halgamuge Collaboration with Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
    4 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grants
    Near-unsupervised computational methods for exploring omic data, ARC   


Member of

  • Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) 2017 -
  • Associate Editor, Applied Mathematics (Hindawi). Editorial Board Member 2015 -
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II. Editorial Board Member 2015 -
  • Specialty Co-Chielf Editor (Mechatronics), Frontiers Journal of Mechanical Engineering. Associate Editor of Editorial Board of Journal Softcomputing 2015 -
  • Associate Editor - Editorial Board of Journal BMC Bioinformatics. Associate Editor - Editorial Board of Journal BMC Bioinformatics 2010 -
  • Associate Editor- Editorial Board of Journal Control and Intelligent Systems. Associate Editor- Editorial Board of Journal Control and Intelligent Systems 2007 -
  • Distinguished Visiting Committee of Chinese University of Hong Kong, China. Member 2018
  • Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts for Engineering, Information and Computing Sciences. Member of the panel 2016 - 2018
  • Research Advisory Council of University of Technology PETRONAS, Malaysia. International member 2015 - 2018
  • ANU Energy Change Institute. Honorary member 2018 - 2013
  • Australian National University, Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering. Honorary Professor 2018 - 2013


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • 2017: S. K. Halgamuge, Research Visits to Japan, Australian Academy of Sciences

    2016: S. K. Halgamuge, G Narasillio, S. Dustall...., "Control the Grid or be Controlled", AIC Strategic Research grants, $80k

    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 Mag   


Education and training

  • PhD, Darmstadt University Of Technology 1995
  • MSc, Darmstadt University Of Technology 1990
  • BSc, University of Moratuwa 1984

Awards and honors

  • Distinguished Lecturer/Speaker, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, 2019
  • Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, 2017
  • DYASON Fellowship 2013-2014, Australian Academy of Sciences Visiting Scientist to Japan, 2016
  • U21 Fellowships for his capacity to inspire, extend and enthuse their students., Universitas 21 Fellowships, 2013
  • Leadership Prize (5 awarded world-wide), World Congress on Neural Networks, 1995
  • To study Dipl.Ing. at TU Darmstadt, WUS Deutschland, 1986



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • 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