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Professor Eliathamby Ambikairajah (Ambi)

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Professor Eliathamby Ambikairajah

BSc (Eng), PhD, FIET, CEng, FIEAust, CPEng, SMIEEE

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Enterprise (Acting)


Former Head of School (April 2009 - July 2019)

Professor Eliathamby Ambikairajah received his BSc (Eng) (Hons) degree from the University of Sri Lanka, and received his PhD degree in Signal Processing from Keele University, UK. He was appointed as Head of Electronic Engineering and later Dean of Engineering at the Athlone Institute of Technology in the Republic of Ireland from 1982 to 1999. His key publications led to his repeated appointment as a short-term Invited Research Fellow with the British Telecom Laboratories, U.K., for ten years from 1989 to 1999.

Professor Eliathamby Ambikairajah is currently serving as the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Enterprise, after previously serving as the Head of School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia from 2009 to 2019. His research interests include speaker and language recognition, emotion detection and biomedical signal processing. He has authored and co-authored approximately 300 journal and conference papers and is the recipient of many competitive research grants. He was a Faculty Associate with the Institute of Infocomm Research (A*STAR), Singapore in 2009-2018, and is currently an Advisory Board member of the AI Speech Lab at AI Singapore. Professor Ambikairajah was an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Education from 2012-2019.

Early in his career, Prof Ambikairajah earned the Best Paper Award for Younger Members by the IEE (UK). He received the UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2004 for his innovative use of educational technology and innovation in electrical engineering teaching programs, a School Award for Teaching Excellence in 2003, Academic Management in 2001 and again in 2014 he received the UNSW Excellence in Senior Leadership Award.  In 2019 was the recipient of the People’s Choice Award as part of the UNSW President’s Awards

Professor Ambikairajah was an APSIPA Distinguished Lecturer for the 2013-14 term. He is a Fellow and a Chartered Engineer of the IET UK and Engineers Australia (EA) and is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Life Member of APSIPA.