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Prof. Migara Liyanage

Head | Department of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering | Mechanical Engineering

Career Summary

Migara Liyanage is serving as an Associate Professor attached to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Sri Lankan Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT). His area of expertise is Mechatronics. He is working on developing high speed industrial automation systems for product inspection and defect removal. His work involves high speed robotic manipulators, novel sensors and embedded systems using Field Programmable Gate Array technology. He has authored a book and several publications in peer reviewed journals and international conferences. He is a member of Professional Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada. Dr. Migara has been a visiting lecturer at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and Faculty of Engineering, University of Jaffna.



  • Doctor of Philisophy, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
  • Masters in Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.
  • Bachelors in Engineering (Hons), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.


  • Award for the Most Outstanding Teaching Assistant at Memorial University of Newfoundland – May 2014
  • Fellow of School of Graduate Studies Memorial University of Newfoundland for Academic Excellence – May 2014
  • School of Graduate Studies Fellowship at Memorial University of Newfoundland September 2007-August 2011.
  • Yoshiro Takasaki Price for the Most Outstanding Performance in Energy Economics & Planning Field at the 98th graduation of the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand – August 2003.
  • Royal Thai Government scholarship for Masters of Engineering at Asian Institute of Technology, January 2002 to August 2003.

Research Interests and Memberships

Research Interests

  • Mechatronics; Integrated and Automated Design
  • Control Sensors and Actuators
  • Embedded Systems
  • Energy-Environmental Modelling


  • Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada (PEGNL) – Registration # 08236.   

Ongoing Research

  • Artificial Intelligence Applications for Energy Systems.
  • Energy-Economic-Environmental Modelling.
  • Development of Smart Actuators.

My Publications


  • Shrestha Ram. M., Malla Sunil, Liyanage Migara H.,  " Climate Policy and Energy Development in Thailand - An Assessment." Pathum Thani, Thailand,  Regional Energy Resources Information Center(RERIC),,  2014,      

Journal Publications

  • Liyanage M.H., Krouglicof N.  " An Embedded System for a High-Speed Manipulator With Single Time Scale Visual Servoing "  ASME. Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, Control,  vol.139,  Issue 7,  2017,        
  • Shrestha Ram M., Anandarajah Gabrial, Liyanage Migara H.  " Factors Affecting CO2 Emissions from the Power Sector in Selected Countries of Asia & the Pacific "  Energy Policy,  vol.37,  Issue 6,  2009,  pp.2375-2384,      
  • Shrestha Ram M., Pradhan Shreekar, Liyanage Migara H.  " Effects of Carbon Tax on Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in Thailand "  Climate Policy,  vol.8,    2008,  pp.140-155,      
  • Shrestha Ram. M., Malla Sunil, Liyanage Migara H.  " Scenario-based Analyses of Energy Systems Development & its Environmental Implications in Thailand "  Energy Policy,  vol.35,  Issue 6,  2007,  pp.3179-3193,      

Conference Proceedings

  • Fernando Gayashika L., Liyanage Migara H. and Samarasekara Ganga N.   Energy and Environmental Implications of Green House Gas Mitigation Policies in the Transport Sector of Sri Lanka  in ICUE 2018 on Green Energy for Sustainable Development,  year 2018,  Phuket, Thailand,        24 -26 October 2018,  
  • Sekaran H., Liyanage Migara H., Krouglicof N.   Optimization of Controller Gains for FPGA-Based Multivariable Motion Controller Using Response Surface Methodology  in 28th Annual IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE2015),  year 2015,  Halifax, Canada,        May 3-6, 2015,  
  • Liyanage Migara H., Krouglicof N.   A Single Time Scale Visual Servoing System for a High Speed SCARA Type Robotic Arm  in 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA),  year 2013,  Hong Kong, China,        2-5 June, 2013,  
  • Liyanage Migara H., Rideout G., Krouglicof N.   Modeling and Analysis of the Dynamic Performance of a High Speed Selective Compliant Assembly Robotic Arm (SCARA) on a Compliant Support  in 10th International Conference on Bond Graph Modeling And Simulation (ICBGM),  year 2012,  Genoa, Italy,        July 8-11, 2012,  
  • Liyanage Migara H., Krouglicof N., Gosine R., 2011   Development & Testing of a Novel High Speed SCARA Type Manipulator for Robotic Applications  in 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation (ICRA),  year 2011,  Shanghai, China,        9-13 May, 2011,  
  • Liyanage Migara H., Krouglicof N., Gosine R.   High Speed Electro-Hydraulic Actuator for a SCARA Type Robotic Arm  in IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots & Systems (IROS) 2010,  year 2010,  Taipei, Taiwan,        18-22 October 2010,  
  • Liyanage Migara H., Krouglicof N., Gosine R.   Design & Control of a High Performance SCARA Type Robotic Arm  in 22nd IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical & Computer Engineering,  year 2009,  Newfoundland, Canada,        3-6 May 2009,  
  • Malla Sunil, Shrestha Ram. M., Kumar Sivanappan, Liyanage Migara H.   Energy System Development & Environmental Implications Under CO2 Emission Reduction Targets in a Developing Country  in 27th USAEE/IAEE Conference,  year 2007,  Houston, Texas, USA,        16-19 September 2007,  

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