Dr Varuna De Silva
Lecturer, Institute for Digital Technologies
Dr Varuna De Silva is a lecturer in Digital Engineering and joined Loughborough University London in 2016, after working in the industry as a research engineer.
Currently, Dr Varuna De Silva is responsible for teaching principles of data science and gaming technologies, he also acts as a project leader for the Collaborative Project. His research is interested in the application of data science in robotics and driverless vehicles, and Dr De Silva currently supervises Ph.D. and Masters level students in these areas.
2016: Dr De Silva is currently reading for a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), expected to complete in 2018.
2013-2016: Senior Researcher in Imaging Systems, Apical Ltd (Now ARM, UK).
2011-2013: Dr De Silva worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Surrey. During this time he worked as Work Package Leader on the ROMEO project funded by the EU.
2011: Dr De Silva obtained his Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from the University of Surrey where he also received the Vice Chancellor's award for Best Postgraduate Student, the IEEE Chester Sall award from The Consumer Electronics Society - ORSAS scholarship, HEFCE, UK
2007: Dr De Silva obtained his B.Sc. Engineering (Hons) from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Current research and collaborations
Sensor data perception in driverless vehicles: Dr De Silva, along with his PhD students, work on various aspects of sensor data processing in driverless vehicles. He is particularly interested in cognitive approaches to learning from data, to deal with unpredictable situations. His work includes sensor data fusion (LiDAR/Imaging/Radar), free space detection, cognitive approaches to object detection and control.
He is also working on player performance prediction in a collaboration with Chelsea Football Club.