Dr Malka Halgamuge

Research Interests

  • Bioelectromagnetics - Biological Effects of Magnetic-fields and Microwaves (Mobile phones, Weak magnetic fields)
  • Energy Management Building Monitoring in Sensor Networks (Sensor network, Building Monitoring)
  • Handoff Management in Cellular Networks (Wireless Communication)
  • Radio Communication issues in Bushfire (Radio communication, Bushfire)

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Dr Malka N. Halgamuge is a Research Fellow / Scientist in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of University of Melbourne. She obtained her PhD from the same department. She is the Founder and Director at the SenseRadiation Pty Ltd, since July 2015. SenseRadiation Pty Ltd provides electromagnetic radiation risk assessment and prediction services for community, industry and the government including councils. She also works as Electro Magnetic Radiation (EMR) Consultant since January 2014 (radiation hazards (RADHAZ) safety measurement and assessment). She also a member of the Electromagnetic Radiation Safety Committee, The University of Melbourne, since Sep 2013.

She has published more than 65 articles attracting over 604 Citations. Her Research Gate: RG Score = 26.86. One of her papers has been selected as a highly cited paper by ISI's Essential Science Indicators (May 2014). She currently co-supervises a group of 2 PhD students and she has co-supervised 3 PhD student to completion (2013 &; 2015) at the University of Melbourne.

Awarded the CAS President's International Fellowship Initiative (PIFI) from Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Bejing, China (2017), Incoming Leaders Fellowship from Australia India Institute @ Delhi (2016), Next Step Initiative Fellowship (2015), Australia-China Young Scientist Fellowship (2014), Dyason Fellowship to undertake research at Department of Epidemiology, University of California (UCLA), Los Angeles, USA (2013). Early Career Researcher (ECR) Award (2013) from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Two of the papers she has co-authored with her PhD students received the Best Paper Award (2012) and Best Student Paper Award (2011). Awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Engagement Award (2010) and Vice-Chancellor's Knowledge Transfer Award (2008) for her research at the University of Melbourne. She also was awarded the Solander Fellowship (2007 and 2008) for research collaboration with the Departments of Neurosurgery and Radiation Physics, Lund University. She was among the short listed applicants for both 2009 and 2010 LOreal Australia for Women in Science Fellowship, out of over 200 female scientists applied in Australia.

Professional Developments:
She is the Associate Editor for 2 International Journals, Editorial Board Member for 4 International Journals, an IEEE Senior Member and was the Program Co-Chair, Track Co-Chair, Publication Chair, Advisory Chair, Publicity Co-Chair, Track Chair, Track Co-chair, Session Chair and a Member of the Technical Program Committee (TPC) for 75 international conferences, Guest Editor for 3 Special Issues. She has presented 35 invited/guest lectures including Oxford University, Ohio State University and 7 IEEE talks and has conducted 15 journalists/media interviews and articles (Science Alert, Melbourne Voice, Moreland Leader and GradNews etc.) as well as two video interviews (ABC News, Australia-TV interview, 2014).

Malka's research has few themes: modelling and exploring of

  1. Public Health - Biological Effects of Radio Frequency and Extremely Low Frequency Electromagnetic Fields (EMF)
  2. Data Science
  3. Sensor Network
  4. Prediction of Natural Disasters (Flood and Bushfires)

Recent Publications

  1. Halgamuge M. Review: Weak radiofrequency radiation exposure from mobile phone radiation on plants. Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine. 2017, Vol. 36, Issue 2.
  2. Delgoda D, Malano H, Saleem SK, Halgamuge M. Irrigation control based on model predictive control (MPC): Formulation of theory and validation using weather forecast data and AQUACROP model. ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING & SOFTWARE. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 78.
  3. Wijesundera I, Halgamuge M, Nirmalathas A, Nanayakkara T. MFPT calculation for random walks in inhomogeneous networks. PHYSICA A-STATISTICAL MECHANICS AND ITS APPLICATIONS. Elsevier BV. 2016, Vol. 462.
  4. Wijesundera I, Halgamuge M, Nanayakkara T, Nirmalathas A. Natural Disasters, When Will They Reach Me?. . Springer. 2016.
  5. Delgoda D, Saleem SK, Malano H, Halgamuge M. Root zone soil moisture prediction models based on system identification: Formulation of the theory and validation using field and AQUACROP data. AGRICULTURAL WATER MANAGEMENT. Elsevier. 2016, Vol. 163.
  6. Hareuveny R, Sudan M, Halgamuge M, Yaffe Y, Tzabari Y, Namir D, Kheifets L. Characterization of Extremely Low Frequency Magnetic Fields from Diesel, Gasoline and Hybrid Cars under Controlled Conditions. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH. Molecular Diversity Preservation International. 2015, Vol. 12, Issue 2.
  7. Halgamuge M. Radio Hazard Safety Assessment for Marine Ship Transmitters: Measurements Using a New Data Collection Method and Comparison with ICNIRP and ARPANSA Limits. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH. Molecular Diversity Preservation International. 2015, Vol. 12, Issue 5.
  8. Halgamuge M, Yak SK, Eberhardt JL. Reduced Growth of Soybean Seedlings After Exposure to Weak Microwave Radiation From GSM 900 Mobile Phone and Base Station. BIOELECTROMAGNETICS. John Wiley & Sons. 2015, Vol. 36, Issue 2.
  9. Halgamuge M. Analysis of shipboard high frequency electromagnetic fields. Radiation Protection in Australasia. Australasian Radiation Protection Society. 2014, Vol. 31, Issue 2.
  10. Abeyrathne C, Halgamuge M, Farrell P, Skafidas E. Corrigendum to "Comparison of corrected calibration independent transmission coefficient method to estimate complex permittivity" Sens. Actuators A: Phys. 189 (2013) 466-473. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical. Elsevier. 2014, Vol. 206.
  11. Abeyrathne C, Halgamuge M, Skafidas E. Dielectric properties of liquid phase molecular clusters using the external field method: molecular dynamics study. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2014, Vol. 16.
  12. Halgamuge M, Mendis P, Aye L, Ngo T. Energy Optimized Wireless Sensor Network for Monitoring inside Buildings: Theoretical Model and Experimental Analysis. Progress In Electromagnetics Research. Electromagnetics Academy. 2014, Vol. 37.
  13. Abeyrathne C, Halgamuge M, Farrell P, Skafidas E. On the Utility of Dielectric Spectroscopy Techniques to Identify Compounds and Estimate Concentrations of Binary Mixtures. IEEE Sensors Journal. IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 2.
  14. Pham DV, Nirmalathas A, Halgamuge M, Moran W. A centralized real-time E-healthcare system for remote detection and prediction of epileptic seizures. User-Driven Healthcare: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications. 2013, Vol. 1.
  15. Wijesundera I, Halgamuge M, Nirmalathas A, Nanayakkara T. A Geographic Primitive Based Bayesian Framework to Predict Cyclone Induced Flooding. Journal of Hydrometeorology. American Meteorological Society. 2013, Vol. 14, Issue 2.

Malka Halgamuge

Level: 01 Room: 101
Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Parkville
University of Melbourne
3010 Australia

T: +61 3 83443933
E: malka.nisha@unimelb.edu.au

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