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Madhusanka Liyanage

Funded Investigator


Madhusanka Liyanage is a Funded Investigator at CONNECT in University College Dublin, where his current research interests focus on the Security and Privacy aspect of 5G/6G softwarized mobile networks.

Madhusanka 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 is currently leading the Network Softwarization and Security Laboratory (NetsLab), which is mainly focusing on utilizing the latest technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Blockchain with the advanced cryptographic tools to improve the security and privacy aspect of 5G and beyond networks. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In 2020, he received the “2020 IEEE ComSoc Outstanding Young Researcher” award by IEEE ComSoc EMEA.

Madhusanka received his B.Sc. degree (First Class Honours) in electronics and telecommunication engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, in 2009, the M.Sc. degree from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France, in 2011, the M.Eng. degree from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, in 2012, and the Doctor of Technology degree in communication engineering from the University of Oulu, Finland, in 2016.

During 2015-2018, Madhusanka 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 also received the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship and the Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship during 2018-2020.

Madhusanka has successfully sourced over €4 million competitive research grants from various research projects in his professional career.  Madhusanka 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 and is the Irish national coordinator for EU COST Action CA2011 and CA20136 projects.

He is also an expert consultant at European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA). Moreover, he is an expert reviewer at different funding agencies in France, Qatar, UAE, Sri Lanka, and Kazakhstan. In addition, Madhusanka is a Named Supervisor of the SFI Centre for Research Training in Machine Learning.  He is also a member of the Graduate School Board (GSB), College Graduate Research Forum, and Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI) Committee at UCD.


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