Asanka Nuwanpriya has won the Institute for Telecommunications Research (ITR) Three Minute Thesis final. Asanka will now go on to compete in the University wide competition to present his topic “Visible light communications”.
Asanka was one of eight competitors in the ITR competition, fellow student Daniel Padilla placed second as the judge’s choice and as the winner of the People’s Choice Award for his computational neuroscience presentation “Listening more like a brain does”. Jeewani Kodithuwakku came in a very close third position with her presentation “Time delay estimation in satellite systems”.
Asanka’s thesis focuses on a new form of wireless data communication, visible light communications, commonly known as Li-Fi the visible light version of Wi-Fi. This technology is intended to be more secure and efficient than existing Wi-Fi systems which are becoming increasingly congested. His research focus is on the limitations of Li-Fi and finding solutions to these issues.
Dr Terence Chan, ITR Dean of Research and Chair of the judging panel, said the competition is a great opportunity for the students to really think about what it is they are trying to achieve in their research.
“Trying to capture your work in just three minutes is a daunting task for anyone,” Dr Chan said. “The students should be commended for their efforts, they all represented ITR proudly.”
The University of South Australia 3 Minute Thesis final will be held September 6. The overall winner will represent UniSA in the first transnational finals hosted by the University of Queensland in October.