Udaya K. Madawala

Full Professor, Fellow IEEE, Distinguished Lecturer IEEE
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Academic Qualifications

  • B. Sc. (Hons) (Electrical Engineering), The University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering (Power Electronics), The University of Auckland, New Zealand


Professional Appointments/Affiliations

    • Fellow IEEE

    • Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Power Electronic Society

    • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics

    • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics

    • Member, Power Electronics Technical Committee, IEEE Society of Industrial Electronics

    • Member, Renewable Energy Technical Committee, IEEE Society of Power Electronics

    • Member, Advisory and Technical Committees, International Conferences of IEEE Society of Power Electronics and Industrial Electronics

    Member, Steering Committee, IEEE International Southern Power Electronics Conference


Selected Recent Professional Activities

Keynote Speaker, 8th IEEE International Conference on Power & Energy, ICPES 2018, Sri Lanka

Keynote Speaker,  4th IEEE Southern Power Electronics Conference SPEC 2018, Singapore

Keynote Speaker,  International Conference on Sustainable Energy Engineering Perth, Australia, 2017

Keynote Speaker,  The 3rd International Conference on Renewable Energy Technologies (ICRET), Thailand, 2017

General Chairman,  IEEE Southern Power Electronics Conference SPEC 2018 & 2016, Singapore & New Zealand

Keynote Speaker,  IEEE International Conference on Power and Renewable Energy, China, 2016



  • Google Scholar: Index and Citations

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    Power electronics is my main field of research.  Within this discipline, I have been working on various development and research projects in relation to bidirectional wireless power transfer (WPT), grid integration of renewable energy sources, permanent magnet motor/generator design and control and power converters.  At present, I am focusing on bi-directional wireless charging of electric vehicles (EVs) for V2G applications, high power converters, energy management and mitigating the impacts of EV charging on the grid


  • Teaching

    Over the years, I have taught numerous courses, covering a wide range of topics.  These include electronic design, fundamentals of electricity, electro-magnetics, electric machines, power systems, advanced power systems, power electronics and heavy current electronics.  At present, I am involved in teaching power electronics and electric machines to undergraduates, and heavy current electronics to postgraduates.



  • In the past, I have served the Director of Teaching & Learning in the Department, Member of the Faculty of Engineering Staffing Committee, and as the Associate Dean (International) for Faculty of Engineering.  I now serve as the Deputy Head of Department ( Research) and Member of the University Disciplinary Committee.