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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

Sawad, I., Nilavalan, N. and Al-Raweshidy, H. (2023) 'Back-haul in 5G systems for developing countries: A Literature review'. IET Communications, 0 (accepted, in press). ISSN: 1751-8628 Open Access Link

Journal article

Hu, S., Molaei, AM., Yurduseven, O., Meng, H., Nilavalan, R., Gan, L. and et al. (2022) 'Multistatic MIMO Sparse Imaging Based on FFT and Low Rank Matrix Recovery Techniques'. IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, 0. pp. 1 - 11. ISSN: 0018-9480 Open Access Link

Journal article

Eappen, G., Cosmas, J., T, S., A, R., Nilavalan, R. and Thomas, J. (2022) 'Deep learning integrated reinforcement learning for adaptive beamforming in B5G networks'. IET Communications, 0 (in press). pp. 2454 - 2466. ISSN: 1751-8628 Open Access Link

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Eappen, G., T, S., Nilavalan, R. and A, R. (2022) 'Mutated Beamforming for Cognitive Radio 5G Relay Network'. IEEE Systems Journal. pp. 1 - 7. ISSN: 1932-8184

Journal article

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

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