Dr. Thilina Weerasinghe

Senior Lecturer
PhD (Norway), MSc (Norway), BScEng (Hons) (Ruhuna), AM-IESL

Contact info



Dr. Thilina Weerasinghe is a senior lecturer attached to DEIE since 2015. He received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Information Engineering from the University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, in 2009, and the M.Sc. degree in Information and Communication Technology from the University of Agder, Norway, in 2015. He worked as a Ph.D. Fellow in the ICT department of Faulty of Engineering and Science at the University of Agder from 2016 to 2020 and received his Ph.D. degree in 2021. He also has industrial experiences as an Engineer in Radio Network Optimization in several mobile communication-related projects in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Research Interests and Collaborations

Research Interests


  • EE5302 Computer Networks
  • EE8203 Design and Management of Data Networks
  • EE4306 Engineering Electromagnetism
  • EE6301 Communication Systems II


Peer Reviewed Journals

  • T.N. Weerasinghe, V. Casares-Giner, I. A. M. Balapuwaduge, and F. Y. Li, “Priority Enabled Grant-Free Access with Dynamic Slot Allocation for Heterogeneous mMTC Traffic in 5G NR Networks”, IEEE Transactions on Communications, Jan. 2021. DOI: 10.1109/TCOMM.2021.3053990
  • T.N. Weerasinghe, I. A. M. Balapuwaduge, and F. Y. Li,   Priority-based initial access for URLLC traffic in massive IoT networks: Schemes and performance analysis, Computer Networks, Volume 178. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.comnet.2020.107360
  • T.N. Weerasinghe, I. A. M. Balapuwaduge, and F. Y. Li, “Time-Space Domain Availability Analysis under Reliability Impairments,” IEEE Networking Letters, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 103-106, Sep. 2019. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/LNET.2019.2916909

Indexed Peer Reviewed Full Length Conference Papers

  • Søraa, T. N. Weerasinghe, I. A. M. Balapuwaduge, and F. Y. Li, “Preamble Transmission Prediction for mMTC Bursty Traffic: A Machine Learning based Approach”, in Proc. IEEE GLOBECOM, Taipei, Taiwan, Dec. 2020. DOI: 10.1109/GLOBECOM42002.2020.9322633
  • T.N. Weerasinghe, I. A. M. Balapuwaduge, F. Y. Li and Vicente Casares-Giner, “MDP-based Resource Allocation for Uplink Grant-free Transmissions in 5G New Radio” in Proc. IEEE WCNC 2020, Seoul, South Korea, Apr. 2020. DOI: 10.1109/WCNC45663.2020.9120656
  • T.N. Weerasinghe, I. A. M. Balapuwaduge, and F. Y. Li, “Preamble Reservation based Access for Grouped mMTC Devices with URLLC Requirements,” in Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Shanghai, China, May 2019. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/ICC.2019.8761430
  • T.N. Weerasinghe, I. A. M. Balapuwaduge, and F. Y. Li, “Supervised Learning-based Arrival Prediction and Dynamic Preamble Allocation for Bursty Traffic,” Accepted, IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM) Workshops, Paris, France, Apr.-May 2019.
  • T.N. Weerasinghe, I. A. M. Balapuwaduge, and F. Y. Li, “Per-User Availability for Ultra-Reliable Communication in 5G: Concept and Analysis”, In Proceedings of IEEE WCNC, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, Apr. 2018. DOI: 10.1109/WCNC.2018.8377200
  • Weerasinghe, Thilina Nuwan; Romero, Daniel; Asensio-Marco, César; Beferull-Lozano, Baltasar (2018). “Fast Distributed Subspace Projection via Graph Filters”. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP). ISBN: 978-1-5386-4658-8. IEEE conference proceedings. chapter. s 4639 – 4643.
  • Ben Saad, Leila; Weerasinghe, Thilina Nuwan; Beferull-Lozano, Baltasar (2017). “Topology Design to Increase Network Lifetime in WSN for Graph Filtering in Consensus Processes”. 2017 25th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO). ISBN: 978-0-9928626-7-1. IEEE.
  • Weerasinghe,Thilina Nuwan, Adaptive Backbone and Link Correlation based Data Transmission Schemes for Wireless Sensor Networks, MSc thesis, University of Agder, Norway, June. 2015.
  • Weerasinghe, Thilina Nuwan; Kanyeshuli, Alexandre and Li, Frank Young . “Evaluation and Improvement of Collective Flooding in WSNs with Various Link Correlations”. 2015 IEEE 26th Annual International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC). ISBN: 978-1-4673-6781-3. IEEE conference proceedings. 1244 – 1249

Contributions and Awards


  • Faculty Representative for 20th Academic Sessions and 19th Vice Chancellors awards of University of Ruhuna 2023.
  • Faculty Coordinator for Chess 2020-present.
  • Advisor and Senior Treasurer  for Ruhuna Engineering Faculty, Nature Conservation, and Mountaineering/Trekking Club “Gaveshakayo”
  • Department Representative for Alumni Association of Ruhuna Electrical and Information Engineering (AAREIE) 2021/2022


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