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Contact Information
Address: P.O.Box 4500, FI-90014 University of Oulu, Finland
Room: TS 422
E-mail: nandana.rajatheva at
Mobile: +358 503 647 361
Fax: +358 8 553 2845

Prof. Nandana Rajatheva

Professor-Digital Transmission Techniques, Ph.D.


Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, Canada, 1995

M.Sc. in Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, Canada, 1991

B.Sc (Hons). in Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka 1987

Research Interests

Physical layer techniques for radio access, channel coding techniques- (polar, LDPC), massive MIMO, V2X: applications in autonomous driving, IoT sensing and learning, smartgrid communications.

EU Projects

METIS: Radio Link, Task Leader: Massive MIMO

P2P-smarTest: M2M Communications

Local Industry Projects

5G to 10GHz

High5: High Frequency 5G Communications - Channel coding, single carrier methods for mmWave

Other Projects

Telecom for YTU 2017-2020 (funded by Finnish Foreign Ministry under HEI ICI Program): Project Coordinator

Awards and Honours

Nokia Foundation Grant-visiting Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, June 2017, Canada.

Nokia Foundation Grant-visiting Professor, Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, August 2010, Finland.

Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship 1989 1994.

Ceylon Electricity Board Award for the Best Electronics & Telecomm. Eng. Graduate 1987, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.

Other Activities

Director, Doctoral Degree Program, Centre for Wireless Communications: from Sept. 2016.

Visiting Faculty: January 2013-June 2017, School of Engineering and Technology, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.

Associate Dean- Undergraduate Program, School of Engineering and Technology, Asian Institute of Technology, Dec. 2009-Dec. 2010.

Associate Professor: Dec. 2004-Dec. 2012, Telecommunications Program, School of Engineering & Technology (SET), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand

Program Coordinator: Telecom & ICT, SET, Asian Institute of Technology 2005-2010.

Professor: From June 2003-November 2005, Dept. of Electronic & Telecomm. Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Visiting Professor: February 2001-July 2001, Communications Lab., Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki, Finland.

Assitant Professor: From May 1996-Dec. 2000, School of Engineering & Technology (SET), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand.

Selected publications

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G. Fodor, N. Rajatheva, S. Suyama, W. Zirwas, L. Theile, M. Kurras, K. Guo, A. Tolli, J. H. Sorensen, and E. de Carvalho (2017), Massive MIMO in METIS: Providing multi-Gigabit experience to users anywhere, IEEE Comm. Magazine, accepted for publication.

N. Rajatheva, S. Suyama, W. Zirwas, L. Thiele, G. Fodor, A. Tolli, E. De Carvalho, and J. H. Sorensen (2016), Massive multiple input multiple output (MIMO) systems , 5G Mobile and Wireless Communications Technology, Afif Osseiran, J. F. Monserrat and P. Marsch Eds., Cambridge University Press, Chapter 8, pp. 208-247, June 2016.

G. Fodor, S. Roger, N. Rajatheva, B. Slimane, T. Svensson, P. Popovski, J. M. da Silva, and S. Ali (2016). An Overview of Device-to-Device Communications Technology Components in METIS, IEEE Access, Vol. 4, pp. 3288 - 3299.

S. P. Herath, N. Rajatheva, T. Le-Ngoc, and C. Tellambura (2016), Energy Detection with Diversity Reception, Journal Issue on Information and Communications Technology - Communications and Signal Processing, accepted for publication.

S. Atapattu, C. Tellambura, H. Jiang, and N. Rajatheva (2015). Unified Analysis of Low-SNR Energy Detection and Threshold Selection, IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Technology, Vol. 64, No. 11, pp. 5006 - 5019.

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Thesis Supervision: Doctoral

Sharing aspects in small-cell networks

M2M communication in smart grids

Multiuser Multicell Massive MIMO

MIMO Physical layer network coding for D2D

Resource allocation and admission control in multicell systems

MIMO based Femtocell Networks: Performance Analysis and Interference Mitigation

Relays with OFDM Subcarrier Mapping


Broadband Communications Systems Fall 2017

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Information Theory and Coding

Selected MASTERS / DOCTORAL STUDENTS SUPERVISED (appearing in publications)

More than 70 Masters and 15 Doctoral students. UK, USA, Australia and Finland (Current position shown).

Prof. Ha Nguyen (University of Saskatchewan, Canada) Master

Dr. Sanjeewa Herath (Huawei Research Center, Ottawa, Canada) Master

Dr. Nuwan Ferdinand (Postdoc, University of Toronto) Master

Dr. Saman Atapattu (Postdoc, Monash University) Master

Dr. Vesh Sharma (Intel, Portland) Master

Dr. Yamuna Dhungana (Ericsson, Ottawa) Master

Dr. Saliya Jayasinghe (NOKIA Standardization Team, Helsinki) Master/Doctoral

Dr. Amila Pradeep (CISCO, Waterloo) Master

Dr. Prathapasinghe Dharmawansa (Senior Research Fellow, Stanford University / Senior Lecturer - University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka) Master/Doctoral

Dr. Cheran Vithanage (Vice President, JPMorgan Chase, New York) Master

Dr. Padam Lal Kae (Qualcomm, San Diego) Co-Advisor Master

Dr. Dung Ngoc Doan (Qualcomm, San Diego) Master

Dr. Janath Peiris (Samsung, San Diego) Master

Dr. Thambu Kuganeswaran (Cicer one Tech. Inc., Canada) Master

Dr. S. Senthuran (BitCircle, Canada) Master

Dr. Chatura Wickremaratne (Postdoc, University of Calgary) Master

Dr. Prabodini Semasinghe (Price Industries, Winnipeg, Canada) Master

Dr. Madushan Thilina (MicroPilot Inc, Manitoba, Canada) Master

Prof. W. A.C. Fernando (University of Surrey, UK) Master

Dr. Sudarshan Guruacharya (Postdoc, University of Manitoba) Master

Dr. A.D. S. Jayalath (Senior Lecturer, Queens University of Technology, Australia) Master

Dr. K. Sathananthan (NEC, Australia) Master

Dr. Tuan Tran (Kentz, Calgary, Canada) Master

Dr. Ruwan Gajaweera (Lecturer in York University, UK) Master

Aji George (NOKIA, UK) Master

Dr. Myo Tun (EuclidIQ, Dallas, USA) Master

Dr. Thet Htun Khine (Program Manager, I2R, Singapore) Master

Dr. Keattisak Sripimanwat (NECTEC, Thailand) Doctoral

Dr. Ekapong Tunsrisanguan (Owner Yougyout Accounting, Thailand) Doctoral

Dr. Thilak Ginige (Senior Lecturer, Sri Lanka) Doctoral

Dr. Ejaz Ansari (Associate Professor, Pakistan) Master/Doctoral

Dr. Imran Khan (Associate Professor, Pakistan) Master/Doctoral

Dr. Shujaat Tanoli (Assistant Professor, Pakistan) Master/Doctoral

Dr. Mohsin Nazir (Associate Professor, Pakistan) Master/Doctoral

Dr. Haroon Rasheed (Assistant Professor, Pakistan) Master/Doctoral

Dr. Hasanain Chaudary (Assistant Professor, Pakistan) Master/Doctoral

Dr. Raza Ali Shah (Assistant Professor, Pakistan) Master/Doctoral

Samad Ali (CWC, University of Oulu) Master/Doctoral

Tachporn Sanguanpuak (CWC, University of Oulu) Master/Doctoral

Shashika Manosha (CWC, University of Oulu) Master/Doctoral

H. Asgharimoghaddam (CWC, University of Oulu) Master

Heshani Gamage (CWC, University of Oulu) Master