Madhusanka Liyanage

Madhusanka Liyanage

BSc (UoM, Sri Lanka), MSc (UNS, France), MEng (AIT, Thailand), DSc (UOulu, Finland), SMIEEE, SFI Funded Investigator, Director of Research (CS, UCD)

Assistant Professor / Ad Astra Fellow, School of Computer Science, University College Dublin, Ireland

Adjunct Professor of Security in Softwarized Networks, Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland.

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Research Interests

5G/6G, Blockchain, Network security, Network Slicing, Software Defined Networking (SDN), Internet of Things (IoT), Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC)

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Madhusanka Liyanage is currently an Assistant Professor/Ad Astra Fellow and Director of Graduate Research at the School of Computer Science, University College Dublin, Ireland. He is also acting as a Docent/Adjunct Professor at the Center for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland. He received his B.Sc. degree (First Class Honours) in electronics and telecommunication engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, in 2009, the M.Eng. degree from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand, in 2011, the M.Sc. degree from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France, in 2011, and the Doctor of Technology degree in communication engineering from the University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland, in 2016. From 2011 to 2012, he worked as a Research Scientist at the I3S Laboratory and Inria, Sophia Antipolis, France. He was also a recipient of the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship and Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship during 2018-2020. During 2015-2018, he has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the CSIRO, Australia, the Infolabs21, Lancaster University, U.K., Computer Science and Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Australia, School of IT, University of Sydney, Australia, LIP6, Sorbonne University, France and Computer Science and Engineering, The University of Oxford, U.K. He is also a senior member of IEEE. In 2020, he received the "2020 IEEE ComSoc Outstanding Young Researcher" award by IEEE ComSoc EMEA. In 2021, he was ranked among the World's Top 2% Scientists (2020) in the List prepared by Elsevier BV, Stanford University, USA. Also, he was awarded a Irish Research Council (IRC) Research Ally Prize as part of the IRC Researcher of the Year 2021 awards for the positive impact he have made as a supervisor.

He has co-authored over 125+ publications, including four edited books with Wiley and one patent (Google Citations: 3000+, h-index: 25+). Moreover, He has received two Best Paper Awards for SDMN security (at NGMAST 2015) and 5G Security (at IEEE CSCN 2017). Additionally, he has been awarded two research grants and 19 other prestigious awards/scholarships during his research career. Liyanage has worked for more than fifteen EU, international and national projects in the ICT domain. Moreover, he was the Finnish national coordinator for EU COST Action CA15127 on resilient communication services. He serves as a management committee member for three other EU COST action projects, namely EU COST Action IC1301, IC1303, CA15107, CA16226, CA2011, and CA20136. Liyanage has over six years of experience in research project management, research group leadership, proposal preparation, project progress documentation, and graduate student co-supervision/mentoring skills. He has secured over 4 Million Euro research funding via various research projects. Currently, he is a PI for a large EU project. As a leader of work packages in several projects, he held responsibilities, including SIGMONA and Naked approach projects. In 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, he won the Best Researcher Award at the Centre for Wireless Communications, the University of Oulu, and the school of computer science in 2020 for his excellent contribution to project management and research activities. Additionally, two of the research projects (MEVICO and SIGMONA projects) received the CELTIC Excellence and CELTIC Innovation Awards in 2013, 2017, and 2018.

He is also currently an expert consultant at European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA). In 2021, Liyanage was elevated as Funded Investigator of Science Foundation Ireland CONNECT Research Centre, Ireland. Moreover, he is an expert reviewer at different funding agencies in France, Qatar, UAE, Sri Lanka, and Kazakhstan. In addition, Madhusanka has been nominated as a Named Supervisor of the SFI Centre for Research Training in Machine Learning to supervise the doctoral students at the center. In addition, Madhusanka is a member of the Graduate School Board (GSB), College Graduate Research Forum and Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI) Committee at UCD.