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Kanchana Thilakarathna


Dr. Kanchana Thilakarathna

Research Scientist,
Networks Group
CyberPhysical Systems Research Program


email: first{dot}last{@}data61{dot}csiro{dot}au
phone: +61 2 9490 xxxx

Short Bio


Below are some recent news.

Congratulations to the team ! Our paper “A Survey of Wearable Devices and Challenges” is accepted to IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials !

Congratulations Benoy ! Our paper “e-DASH: Modelling an Energy-Aware DASH Player” is accepted to IEEE WoWMoM 2017.

I was awarded “Malcolm Chaikin Prize” for Research Excellence in Engineering at UNSW for 2015. The prize is awarded for the best thesis (high quality thesis, strong ability to convey the excitement of his field of research to the scientific community and raising the profile of Engineering to the community at large) in the calendar year.

Our paper “AFV: Enabling Application Function Virtualization and Scheduling in Wearable Networks” is accepted to Ubicomp 2016 !

Our paper “TransFetch: A Viewing Behavior Driven Video Distribution Framework in Public Transport” is accepted to LCN 2016 !

Short Bio

Kanchana Thilakarathna is a Researcher at the Networks Group, Cyber Physical Systems Research Program at Data61. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications from the University of New South Wales and a B.Sc. degree with First Class Honours specialising in Electronics and Telecommunications from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He has more than three years of industry experience as a Mobile Radio Network Optimisation Engineer, before pursuing postgraduate studies. He had a visiting researcher appointment at INRIA, France in 2012. Kanchana also holds Conjoint Lecturer appointment at the school of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW.

Current Research Interests

  • Cyber Security for Internet of Things
  • Secure and energy efficient Wearable networks
  • Network measurements and performance modelling
  • Network and Device Function Virtualization
  • Opportunistic and Delay-Torelent Content Dissemination
  • 5G Heterogeneous Networks


Wearable Health Computing

Mobile Content Delivery

Yalut: User-centric social networking



S. Seneviratne, Y. Hu, T.T. Nguyen, G. Lan, S. Khalifa, K. Thilakarathna, M. Hassan, A. Seneviratne, “A Survey of Wearable Devices and Challenges“. To appear in Proceedings of IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, 2017.

B. Varghese, G. Jourjorn, K. Thilakarathna, A. Seneviratne, “e-DASH: Modelling an Energy-Aware DASH Player”, To appear in proceedings of IEEE WoWMoM’17, Macau, China, Jun 2017.

F. Jiang, K. Thilakarathna, M. Hassan, Y. Ji and A. Seneviratne, “Efficient Content Distribution in DOOH Advertising Networks Exploiting Urban Geo-Social Connectivity”, To appear in proceedings of the International Workshop on Social Computing (IWSC’17),  as part of the 26th International World Wide Web (WWW) Conference, Perth, Australia, April, 2017.

M. Shahzamal, R. Jurdak, R. Arablouei, M. Kim, K. Thilakarathna, B. Mans, “Airborne Disease Propagation on Large Scale Social Contact Network,” To appear in proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Social Sensing (SocialSens), as part of CPSWeek, Pittsburg, USA, April, 2017.

Thilakarathna, K., Jiang, F. Z., Mrabet, S., Kaafar, M. A., Seneviratne, A., & Xie, G. (2017). Crowd-Cache: Leveraging on spatio-temporal correlation in content popularity for mobile networking in proximity. Computer Communications100, 104-117.

Jiang, F., Liu, Z., Thilakarathna, K., Li, Z., Ji, Y., Seneviratne, A. “Transfetch: A viewing behavior driven video distribution framework in public transport”. in IEEE LCN’16, Nov 2016.(CORE Rank A)

Thilakarathna, K., Seneviratne, S., Gupta, K., Kaafar, M. A., & Seneviratne, A. (2016). A deep dive into location-based communities in social discovery networks. Computer Communications.

H. Kolamunna, Y. Hu, D. Perino, K. Thilakarathna, D. Makaroff and A. Seneviratne. “AFV: Enabling Application Function Virtualization and Scheduling in Wearable Networks,” in ACM UbiComp’16, Sep 2016. pp. 981–991.(CORE Rank A*)

Kolamunna, H., Hu, Y., Perino, D., Thilakarathna, K., Makaroff, D., Guan, X., Seneviratne, A. “AFit: adaptive fitness tracking by application function virtualization”. in ACM Ubicomp’16 Demos, Sep 2016, pp. 309–312.(CORE Rank A*)

K. Thilakarathna, A. C. Viana, A. Seneviratne, and H. Petander, “Design and Analysis of an Efficient Friend-to-Friend Content Dissemination System”, Accepted to IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Preprint available: 10.1109/TMC.2016.2570747. (Impact factor ∼ 2.912)

F. Jiang, K. Thilakarathna, S. Mrabet, M. A. Kaafar. “uDrop: Pushing Drop-Box to the Edge of Mobile Network”, in IEEE PerCom’16 Demos , Mar 2016, Sydney, Australia. (CORE rank A*)

F. Jiang, K. Thilakarathna, M. A. Kaafar, F. Rosenbaum, A. Seneviratne. “A Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Mobile Internet Traffic in Public Transportation Systems”, in ACM MobiCom Workshop CHANTS’15, Sep 2015, Paris, France.

K. Thilakarathna, H. Petander, J. Mestre, and A. Seneviratne, “MobiTribe: Cost Efficient Distributed User Generated Content Sharing on Smartphones,” in IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol. 13, issue 9, pp. 2058–2070, Sep 2014. (Impact factor ∼ 2.912)

K. Thilakarathna, A. Seneviratne, A. C. Viana, and H. Petander, “User Generated Con- tent Dissemination in Mobile Social Networks through Infrastructure Supported Content Replication”, Special Issue of Mobile Social Networks in Elsevier Pervasive and Mobile Computing, vol. 11, pp. 132–147, Jan 2014. (Impact factor ∼ 2.079)

K. Thilakarathna, X. Guan, A. Seneviratne, “Yalut: User-centric Social Networking Overlay,” in ACM SIGMOBILE MobiSys’14 Demos, Jun 2014, USA.

K. Thilakarathna, F. Jiang, S. Mrabet, M. Ali Kaafar, A. Seneviratne, P. Mohapatra “Crowd- Cache: Popular Content for Free,” in ACM SIGMOBILE MobiSys’14 Demos, Jun 2014, USA.

K. Thilakarathna, “MobiTribe: User-centric Content Sharing Overlay for Online Social Networking,” in IEEE iToF’13 Demos, Nov 2013, Sydney. (Best Demo Award)

K. Thilakarathna, A. Karim, H. Petander, and A. Seneviratne, “MobiTribe: Enabling Device Centric Social Networking on Smart Mobile Devices,” in IEEE SECON’13 Demos, New Orleans, Jul 2013.

K. Thilakarathna, A. C. Viana, A. Seneviratne, and H. Petander, “Mobile Social Networking through Friend-to-Friend Opportunistic Content Dissemination,” in ACM SIGMOBILE MobiHoc’13, Bangalore, India, Aug 2013. pp. 263–266. (Acceptance rate ∼ 15%) (CORE rank A*)

A. Seneviratne, K. Thilakarathna, S. Seneviratne, M. Ali Kaafar, P. Mohapatra, “Reconciling Bitter Rivals: Towards Privacy-aware and Bandwidth Efficient Mobile Ads Delivery Networks,” in IEEE COMSNETS’13, India, Jan 2013, pp. 1–10.

K. Thilakarathna, A. C. Viana, A. Seneviratne, and H. Petander, “The Power of Hood Friendship for Opportunistic Content Dissemination in Mobile Social Networks,” in Technical Report TR7002, INRIA-Saclay, France, Aug 2012.

K. Thilakarathna, H. Petander, J. Mestre, and A. Seneviratne, “Enabling Mobile Distributed Social Networking on Smartphones,” in ACM MSWiM’12, Cyprus, Oct 2012, pp. 357–366. (Acceptance rate ∼ 25%)(CORE rank A)

A. Seneviratne, K. Thilakarathna, H. Petander, D. Wasalathilake, “Moving from Clouds to Mobile Clouds to Satisfy the Demands of Mobile User Generated Content,” in IEEE ANTS’11, India, Dec 2011.

K. Thilakarathna, H. Petander, and A. Seneviratne, “Performance of Content Replication in MobiTribe: a Distributed Architecture for Mobile UGC Sharing,” in IEEE LCN’11, Bonn, Germany, Oct 2011, pp. 558–566. (Acceptance rate ∼ 29%)(CORE rank A)