Professor Thushara Abhayapala:
Thushara leads the Audio & Acoustics group in the Research School of Engineering at the Australian National University. His research interests are in the areas of spatial audio and acoustic signal processing, multi-channel signal processing and spatial aspects of wireless communications. Among many contributions, he is the first to show how to use spherical harmonic decomposition in acoustic signal processing problems; the first researcher in the world to use harmonic based eigen decomposition to propose the concept of spherical microphone array; novel contributions on the multi-zone problem (multiple sound fields in the vicinity of each other); and was one of the first to show the fundamental limits of spatial sound field reproduction using arrays of loudspeakers. He worked in the industry for two years before his doctoral study and has had consultancies with industry. He has supervised over 30 PhD students and coauthored over 230 peer reviewed papers.
Professor Abhayapala is an Associate Editor of IEEE/ACM Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing. He is 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).
He is currently the Deputy Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, ANU. He was the the Director of the Research School of Engineering, ANU from January 2010 to October 2014 and the Leader of the Wireless Signal Processing Program at the National ICT Australia from November 2005 to June 2007.