Shirantha Welikala

(Shi-Rah-N-Thah Wa-Lih-Kah-Lah)

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I am Shirantha Welikala, a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, USA.

My current research is on developing analysis, control synthesis and topology design techniques that are efficient, decentralized and compositional for large-scale networked systems using dissipativity theory. The main application domains where this research is being used are in smart-grid, supply chain systems and vehicular platoons. My current supervisors are Prof. Hai Lin and Prof. Panos J. Antsaklis.

I got my Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the Systems Engineering Division at Boston University, Brookline, MA, USA.

My doctoral research was on developing computationally efficient techniques to overcome the issue of local optima that arises in multi-agent optimization and control problems. During this research, a particular focus was given to develop distributed solutions for multi-agent coverage control, persistent monitoring, and distributed estimation problems. My doctoral thesis supervisor was Prof. Christos G. Cassandras.

I did my undergraduate studies in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. After graduation, I joined the same department first as a temporary instructor and then as a research assistant.

During this period, my research was on developing an autonomous robotic system for reconnaissance applications and a non-intrusive load monitoring system for smart-grid applications. At the time, my research supervisors were Prof. Roshan Godaliyadda, Prof. Parakrama Ekanayake, Prof. Janaka Wijayakulasooriya, and Prof. Janaka Ekanayake.

I completed my primary, secondary and tertiary education at Kingswood College, Kandy, Sri Lanka. I did my A/L exams from the physical science stream.

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