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Sellathurai Mathini

Sellathurai Mathini

M.Sellathurai -at- hw.ac.uk
0131 451 3356

Dr. Mathini Sellathurai is currently a Reader in Digital Communications and Signal Processing with the Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, U.K. Her current research interests include adaptive and statistical signal processing, space-time and MIMO communications theory, information theory and cognitive radio with applications in radar technology, telemedicine, underwater communications, satellite communications, and future wireless networks. Her current research has been funded by EPSRC under EP/D07827X/1 for advanced signal processing techniques for multi-user multiple-input multiple-output broadband wireless communications; MIMO-RADAR and waveform agility to improve low elevation target detection (also partially supported by QinetiQ, Portsmouth); EP/G026092/1 for Bridging the gap between design and implementation of soft-detectors for Turbo-MIMO wireless systems and EP/H012257/1 for Signal Processing Techniques to Reduce the Clutter Competition in Forward Looking Radar. She is also receiving European Union Frame Work 7 Funding for Cognitive radio oriented wireless networks.

Dr. Sellathurai was the recipient of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s doctoral award for her Ph.D. dissertation and a co-recipient of the IEEE Communication Society 2005 Fred W. Ellersick Best Paper Award. Dr. Sellathurai is currently serving as an Associate Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SIGNAL PROCESSING since 2009 and also an organizer for the IEEE International Workshop on Cognitive Wireless Systems, IIT Delhi, India, 2009, 2010 and 2013. She has been a Technical Program Committee member for the IEEE International Conference of Communications from 2004 to 2012.


• Co-recipient of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) Communications society Fred W. Ellersick Prize Article Award awarded for the best paper published in any Communication Society periodicals in the calendar year 2004.

• Public Service Award - from the Deputy Minister of Industry Canada in recognition to the public service through exceptional research work. Award includes a Plaque and Honorarium, 2005.

• Intellectual Property Award. In recognition of outstanding contributions towards innovative technology development, transfer and commercialization of Advanced Error Correcting Codes. This includes Monetary awards based on the Intellectual Property Commercialization during the years 2006, 2007 and 2008.

• Industry Canada Technology Transfer Recognition Award. This award recognizes distinguished revenue from commercialization of research and includes a Plaque and Honorarium.

• Recognized by Prime Minister of Canada, Speaker and the Cabinet for innovation, creativity and skills. This award includes a Framed Letter of Certificate signed by Prime Minister of Canada and presented and honoured in the House of Common.

• Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Doctoral Prize in engineering and computer sciences for year 2002. These prizes honour two best students, based on their PHD Thesis and performance, completing doctoral studies in engineering and computer sciences at Canadian Universities. Received a Silver Medal, Plaque and $5000 Monetary Award.

• Selected Expert Paper at the IEEE International Conference on Acoustic Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP 1999),

• Received travel grants from International Conference on Communications (ICC 2001) ad Information Theory Symposiums (2001 and 2006). These awards are given to young researcher presenting distinguished papers. • Ontario (Canada) Research Scholarship for Science and Technology (1998-2001)


Please refer to the publications page to see a list of my publications.
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