Dr Gayan Kahandawa

Name Gayan Kahandawa Appuhamillage  
Position Title Senior Lecturer
Campus Gippsland
Room 4N247
Phone +613 51228612


Research interests

  • Mechatronic systems
  • Sensors and signal processing
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Mobile robot navigation
  • Instrumentation
  • Structural health monitoring

Short biography

Dr Gayan completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Southern Queensland in 2013. He obtained his BSc. Engineering degree from Department of Production Engineering, University of Peradeniya and worked as a lecturer in the same department for three year. He completed his MSc. in Industrial Automation from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2009. He worked as a lecturer for Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka for one year before starting his PhD at University of Southern Queensland. Upon completion of his PhD, he worked as a Postdoctoral research fellow for one and half years at USQ. He joined the Federation University as a lecturer, mechatronics in year 2014.

In his PhD, he worked with The Boeing Company to develop monitoring system to detect damage in advanced composite structures using embedded fibre optic sensors. He also used fibre optic sensors to monitor West Gate Bridge. His work with MaxiTRANS involve instrumentation and monitoring truck trailers for performance and structural enhancement. He currently holds two patents and published edited book, two book chapters and more than 40 research articles as journal and conference papers. His research expertise includes Mechatronic Systems, Sensors and signal processing, Artificial Intelligence, Mobile robot navigation, Instrumentation and structural health monitoring.


  • Doctor of Philosophy – University of Southern Queensland 2013
  • Master of Science – University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka 2009
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering - University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 2005

Teaching areas

  • Mechanics
  • Mechanisms and Machine Theory
  • Fluids and Pneumatic Control (PLC)
  • Mechatronics Components Design
  • Intelligent Mechanisms Design
  • Industrial Robotics Systems

Extended research profile