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B.L.U. Udugama Vithanage MSc (Bavantha)

PhD Candidate

About Me

 

As a seasoned Robotics Engineer with a passion for innovation, I bring a wealth of industry and research experience to the field. My expertise includes Humanoid Robotics, Machine Learning, Image Processing, SLAM, and Navigation with Advanced Control Systems, honed through my Master of Science in Robotics from Middlesex University.

At Expert Hub Robotics, I have served as a Senior Robotics Engineer and Project Lead, showcasing my skills in configuring SLAM and navigation systems on humanoid robots, designing custom attachments, developing AI-based Chatbot applications, and executing specialized software implementations. My experience also extends to the VLSI industry, where I worked as a Corporate Application Engineer and was involved in complex customer feature validation, product development, and hierarchical CDC flow validation.

My commitment to excellence has been recognized through several awards, including the Best Undergraduate Project Award from the IESL and the Best Technical Paper Award from the IET. With a desire to make a meaningful impact, I am eager to bring my industry expertise to the research field and contribute to the ongoing advancements in robotics.

Research

My current research endeavors are aimed at advancing the field of UAV mapping through the integration of photogrammetric computer vision, deep learning, deep reinforcement learning, and robotics. The objective is to develop algorithms for reliable and autonomous real-time mapping capabilities for drones.

I am working towards creating autonomous drones that can perform complex tasks by combining autonomous navigation algorithms with 3D semantic understanding of the environment. The aim is to achieve advanced capabilities in various applications such as patrolling, search and rescue operations in both outdoor and indoor environments, and precision farming.

I am deeply passionate about the potential of this research and am committed to making a meaningful impact in the field of robotics. I believe that my efforts will lead to innovative solutions that can address real-world challenges and push the boundaries of what is possible.

Publications

Recent
Thelasingha, N., Ekanayake, S. , Udugama, B., Godaliyadda, G. M. R. I., Ekanayake, M. P. B., Samaranayake, B. G. L. T., & Wijayakulasooriya, J. V. (2018). Autonomous exploration planning strategy for a reconnaissance agent. In 2017 IEEE International Conference on Industrial and Information Systems, ICIIS 2017 - Proceedings (pp. 1-6). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICIINFS.2017.8300386

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Education

Master of Science in Robotics,

  • Middlesex University

Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 

  • University of Peradeniya
  • Faculty of Engineering

Affiliated Study Programmes

Master

Current Projects

Finished Projects

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC (building no. 75), room 2-067
Hengelosestraat 99
7514AE  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC  2-067
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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