Professor Thushara Abhayapala

Professor Thushara Abhayapala received the B.E. degree (with Honors) in Engineering in 1994 and the Ph.D. degree in  Engineering in 1999, both from the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra.  He was the Deputy Dean of CECS between 2015-18, the Director of the Research School of Engineering at ANU between 2010-14 and the Leader of the Wireless Signal Processing (WSP) Program at the National ICT Australia (NICTA) from November 2005 to June 2007. 

His research interests are in the areas of spatial audio and acoustic signal processing, and multi-channel signal processing.  Thushara enjoys  'research training' and thinks he is a good mentor. He has supervised 34  PhD students and co-authored over 280 peer reviewed papers. Professor Abhayapala was an Associate Editor of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing (2013-17) and he was a Member of the Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing Technical Committee (2011-2016) of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. He is a Fellow of the Engineers Australia (IEAust).


Physically inspired signal processing problems in the areas of Acoustics and Spatial Audio; Wireless and Mobile Communications; and Bio-medical applications. These include spatial sound-field recording and reconstruction, broadband/ nearfield beamforming, array signal processing, photo-acoustics, wireless channel modelling, capacity analysis of spatial channels, wave propagation modelling, and MIMO systems.



  1. F.Ma, W. Zhang,  T.D. Abhayapala,   "Active control of outgoing noise fields in roomsThe Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 144(3), pp.1589-1599, 2018. Copyright (2018) Acoustical Society of America. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the Acoustical Society of America.  (preprint) 

  2. P.N. Samarasinghe, T.D. Abhayapala, Y. Lu, H. Chen, G. Dickins,  "Spherical harmonics based generalized image source method for simulating room acoustics". The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America144(3), pp.1381-1391, 2018. Copyright (y2018) Acoustical Society of America. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the Acoustical Society of America. (preprint)

  3. W. Zhang, C. Hofmann, M. Buerger, T. D. Abhayapala, and W. Kellermann ``Spatial noise-field control with online secondary path modelling: A wave-domain approach'',  IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing (TASLP)26(12), pp.2355-2370, 2018 (preprint)

  4. A. Fahim, P. N. Samarasinghe, T. D. Abhayapala, ``PSD Estimation and Source Separation in a Noisy Reverberant Environment Using a Spherical Microphone Array,'' IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing, vol. 26, no. 9, pp. 1594-1607, Sept. 2018.  (preprint)

  5. S. Yan,  X.  Zhou, N., T.D. Abhayapala, and A. L. Swindlehurst. "Secret Channel Training to Enhance Physical Layer Security With a Full-Duplex Receiver." IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security 13, no. 11 (2018): 2788-2800.

  6. M. O'Connor, B Kleij,  G. Zhang,  and T.D. Abhayapala,  ``Function Splitting and Quadratic Approximation of the Primal-Dual Method of Multipliers for Distributed Optimization over Graphs'',  IEEE Transactions on Signal and Information Processing over Networks, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 656-666, Dec. 2018.

  7. Z. A. Shaban, G. Seco, H. Wymeersch, X. Zhou, T.D. Abhayapala, ``Error Bounds for Uplink and Downlink 3D Localization in 5G mmWave Systems'',  IEEE Trans. Wireless Commun.,   vol. 17, no. 8, pp. 4939-4954, Aug. 2018. (preprint)

  8.  J Zhang, T.D. Abhayapala, P.N. Samarasinghe, W. Zhang, S Jiang,  ``Active Noise Control Over Space: A Wave Domain Approach'',  IEEE/ACM Trans. Audio, Speech, Language Process.,  26, no. 4 (2018): 774-786, April 2018. (preprint)



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