Shirantha Welikala

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I am Shirantha Welikala, an incoming tenure track assistant professor (Fall 2023) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, USA. 

I am looking for motivated Ph.D. students for Fall 2023 and beyond. If you are interested in developing solutions to critical challenges arising in next-generation interconnected (multi-agent/networked) systems, consider emailing me at and applying to Stevens Ph.D. Programs: Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering.

Moreover, in Fall 2023, at Stevens, I will teach the course EE 602: Analytical Methods in Electrical Engineering. This course can be considered a hybrid of graduate-level linear algebra and linear systems courses - discussed using numerous examples taken from cutting-edge electrical and computer engineering applications like control systems, networked systems, and deep learning. If you are a Stevens graduate student, consider taking the course!

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I was formally a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, USA (2021-2023). My post-doctoral research was 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 (2021). 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 (2011-2015). After graduation, I joined the same department first as a temporary instructor and then as a research assistant (2015-2017). 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 (1997-2010). I did my A/L exams from the physical science stream (combined mathematics)

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