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Dr. R. Nilavalan obtained the B.Sc. Eng. in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (First Class) from University of Peradeniya, SriLanka in 1995 and his PhD in Near-field microwave imaging from University of Bristol, UK in 2001. From 1999 to 2005 he was a researcher at Centre for Communications Research (CCR), Bristol University working in the field of Radio Frequency Engineering. 

He was member of the European commission, Network of Excellence on Antennas from 2002 - 2005. He joined Brunel University London in September 2005 as a lecturer in wireless communications.

Professional Memberships and Services

  • Senior member of the IEEE
  • Member of the IET
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


PhD in radio frequency engineering, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, Mar. 2001

BSc.Eng. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, SriLanka, Oct. 1995

PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Brunel University London, Oct. 2007


Director for Teaching and Learning (Dept. of  EEE)

Recognised Programme Developer in CEDPS

Member of university education committee

Exam board chair for Dept. of Civil Engineering

Newest selected publications

Eappen, G., T, S. and Nilavalan, R. (2021) 'Cooperative relay spectrum sensing for cognitive radio network: Mutated MWOA-SNN approach'. Applied Soft Computing, 114. pp. 1 - 25. ISSN: 1568-4946 Open Access Link

Journal article

Eappen, G., Shankar, T. and Nilavalan, R. (2021) 'Advanced squirrel algorithm-trained neural network for efficient spectrum sensing in cognitive radio-based air traffic control application'. IET Communications, 15 (10). pp. 1326 - 1351. ISSN: 1751-8628

Journal article

Qiu, S., Allan, R., Nilavalan, R., Ivey, J., Butterfield, S. and Li, M. (2021) 'Performance analysis of a fail-safe wireless communication architecture for IoT based fire alarm control panels'. SN Applied Sciences, 3 (3). ISSN: 2523-3963 Open Access Link

Journal article

Radhi, AH., Nilavalan, R., Wang, Y., Eltokhy, AA. and Al-Raweshidy, H. (2018) 'Mutual Coupling Reduction with a novel Fractal Electromagnetic Band Gap Structure'. IET Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation, 13 (2). pp. 134 - 141. ISSN: 1751-8725 Open Access Link

Journal article

Anhar, A., Nilavalan, R. and Ujang, F. (2018) 'A Survey on Medium Access Control (MAC) for Clustering Wireless Sensor Network'.2nd International Conference on Electrical Engineering and Informatics 2018. Batam, Indonesi. 1 - 17 January. IEEE. pp. 125 - 129. ISSN: 2155-6822 Open Access Link

Conference paper
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