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Dr. Kanapathippillai Cumanan  PhD (Lough.), SMIEEE

Senior Lecturer

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 4723
Fax: +44 (0)1904 32 2335

Research Area: Communication Technologies

Areas of Expertise: Machine learning and optimization techniques for wireless
communications, Resource allocation for 6G and beyond, Internet of Things, Next
generation WiFi systems, Non-orthogonal multiple access, Cell-free massive MIMO,
Physical layer security, Cognitive radio networks.



Dr. Cumanan is an Senior Lecturer at the School of Physics, Engineering and
Technology, University of York, York, UK. He received the BSc degree with first class
honours in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
in 2006 and the PhD degree in signal processing for wireless communications from
Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK, in 2009. From March 2012 to November
2014, he worked as a post-doctoral research associate (PDRA) at School of Electrical and
Electronic Engineering, Newcastle University, UK. Prior to this, he was a PDRA at the
School of Electronic, Electrical and System Engineering, Loughborough University, UK
between January 2010 and December 2011. In 2011, he was an academic visitor at
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore,
Singapore. From January 2006 to August 2006, he was a teaching assistant with
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

His research interests include non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA), cell-free massive
MIMO, physical layer security, cognitive radio networks, artificial intelligence and
optimization techniques for 6G and beyond. He has published more than 100 journal articles
and conference papers. He is currently serving as an associate editor for IEEE JSAC-
Machine Learning in Communications and Networks, IEEE Wireless Communications
Letters and IEEE Open Journal of Communications Society. Dr. Cumanan has received
Exemplary Editor Award from IEEE Open Journal of Communications Society. He was the
recipient of an overseas research student award scheme (ORSAS) from Cardiff University,
Wales, UK, where he was a research student between September 2006 and July 2007.



Publications information is available via the York Research Database



    • Information theory and error control coding with Information theory, wireless and optical transmission (postgraduate module)
    • Mobile communications and Internet protocols
    • Emerging Technologies (Postgraduate module)


Research Interests:

  • Machine learning and optimization techniques for wireless communications
  • Resource allocation for 6G and beyond
  • Next generation WiFi systems
  • Integrated sensing and communication (ISAC)
  • Intelligent reflecting surfaces (IRS)
  • Non-orthogonal multiple access
  • Cell-free massive MIMO
  • Physical layer security
  • Cognitive radio networks


Postgraduate Students:

  1. Mahboubeh Irannezhad Parizi
  2. Chentong Li
  3. Abdulhamed Waraiet
  4. Zinian Dong


Former PhD students:

  1. Miao Zhang (Graduated in November 2019)
  2. Haitham Al-Obiedollah (Graduated in May 2019)
  3. Manijeh Bashar (Graduated in May 2019)
  4. Seyedeh Faezeh Alavi (Graduated in October 2018)
  5. Xinchen Wei


PhD Admissions:

Dr Cumanan welcomes enquiries regarding PhD research. Please send me your CV and research proposal to my email.


Editorial Activities:

  • IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (IEEE JSAC)
    Associate Editor for Series on Machine Learning in Communications and Networks (April
    2021- present)
  • IEEE Wireless Communication Letters (IEEE WCL)
    Associate editor (January 2020 – present)
  • IEEE Open Journal of Communications Society (IEEE OJ-COMS)
    Associate editor (August 2019 – present)IEEE Access
    Associate editor (August 2019 – March 2022)


Technical Program Committees:

  • IEEE International Conference on Communications (IEEE ICC) 2010 – present
  • IEEE Global Communications Conference (IEEE Globecom) 2010 – present
  • IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (IEEE WCNC)
  • IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (IEEE VTC)

Regular Reviewer for:

  • IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing
  • IEEE Signal Processing Letters
  • IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
  • IEEE Wireless Communications Letters
  • IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
  • IEEE Transactions on Communications
  • IEEE Communications Letters
  • IET Signal Processing
  • IET Communications


PhD External Examiner:

  • Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
  • Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK
  • University of Essex, UK
  • Queen Mary University London, UK