Dr Chathu Ranaweera is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Information Technology at Deakin University, Australia. She is also the Course Director of Master of Information Technology at Deakin University where she provides strategic leadership and management for a suite of postgraduate courses in the discipline area of Information technology. She received her PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from The University of Melbourne and worked there as a postdoctoral research fellow prior to joining Deakin University in 2019. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. She is an avid researcher and her research focus on providing high-bandwidth ubiquitous secure internet connectivity. Her research interests include SDN, optical-wireless convergence, optical transport network architectures, 5G/6G, IoT, Network security, QoS management and network optimization.
She has worked and collaborated with leading universities and organisations including AT&T Lab Research in USA, Ericsson Research in Sweden, and KTH University. Dr Ranaweera is a passionate advocate for women in STEM and currently serves as a mentoring co-chair for N2Women community supported by IEEE. She is also serving as a review editor and a reviewer for several prestigious journals in the communication and networking discipline and has been serving in technical program committees in numerous leading conferences including IEEE ICC and IEEE ICNP.