Mathini Sellathurai


+44 (0)131 451 3356
Room 2.06
Earl Mountbatten Building
Heriot-Watt University
Roles and responsibilities

Head of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (staff)

EPS Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team member.

Research- Head of Digital Signal Processing Research group (Lab loca EM 3.24) Organizer events/meeting for Women is ISSS/EECE at HWU.

Teaching: Introduction to Electrical Engineering and Circuits (B37EA1) for Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Students from First Year Image Processing (4th year MENG (EE) and MSc in Mobile Communications Students) Advanced Image Analysis (Vision, Image and Robotics Erasmus Mundus MSc students) Digital Design (MSc Embedded Systems, MSc Mobile Communications, MSc in Robotics, Autonomous and Interactive Systems)

External Roles: Associate Editor for IEEE Transaction on Signal Processing IEEE Signal Processing for Communications Technical Committee member General Chair for 17th  IEEE International workshop on Signal Processing  advances in Wireless Communications in Edinburgh, UK July 2016  IEEE  Technical program committee member of for international conference on Communications since 2004 Technical committee member Sensor Signal Processing for Defense, organized by MOD-UDRC in Signal Processing since 2010  Peer review college member, reviewer, panel member with Engineering Physical Science Research Council Research Assessors for EPSRC , Carnegie Trust and EU Member of IEEE Women in Information Theory and Signal Processing


Areas: Signal Processing for intelligent information infrastructures for wireless communications; radar technology, parasitic antenna technology and analogue beamforming and precoding techniques, adaptive, cognitive (intelligent) and statistical signal processing techniques in a range of applications including Radar, Lidar, Sonar and RF networks, Network Coding, Cognitive Radio, MIMO signal processing, satellite communications and underwater communications.

Selected publications

A list of all research publications is available on the Research Gateway


Dr. Mathini Sellathurai is currently a Reader in Signal Processing with the Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, U.K and leading research in adaptive, cognitive and statistical signal processing techniques in a range of applications including Radar, Lidar, Sonar and RF networks, Network Coding, Cognitive Radio, MIMO signal processing, satellite communications and underwater communications.. She has been active in the area of signal processing research for the past 15 years and has a strong international track record in multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) signal processing with applications in radar and wireless communications research.

She has 5 years of industrial research experience. She held positions with Bell-Laboratories, New Jersey, USA, as a visiting researcher (2000); and with the Canadian (Government) Communications Research Centre, Ottawa Canada as a Senior Research Scientist (2001-2004). Since 2004 August, she has been with academia. She also holds an honorary Adjunct/Associate Professorship at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada, and an Associate Editorship for the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing between 2009 -2013 and IEEE Signal Processing for Communications Technical Committee member since 2013. She was an organizer for the IEEE International Workshop on Cognitive Wireless Systems, IIT Delhi, India, 2009, 2010 and 2013. She has been a Technical Program Committee member for the IEEE International Conference of Communications from 2004 to 2012. She is also a peer review college member of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK.

Dr. Sellathurai has published over 120 peer reviewed papers in leading international journals and IEEE conferences; given invited talks and written several book chapters as well as a research monograph as a lead author. The significance of her accomplishments is recognized through international awards, including an IEEE Communication Society Fred W. Ellersick Best Paper Award in 2005, Industry Canada Public Service Awards for contributions in science and technology in 2005 and awards for contributions to technology Transfer to industries in 2004. Dr. Sellathurai was the recipient of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s doctoral award for her Ph.D. dissertation
Dr. Sellathurai’s research has been presently funded by EPSRC (for network coding) and DSTL (cognitive radar). She is also involved in European Union Frame Work 7 projects Cognitive radio oriented wireless networks, interference alignment . In the past, she was involved in signal processing for defense research as PI in the first phase of UDRC programme for work on Forward Looking RADAR and OFDM signal recognition/classification. She also held defense signal processing research grants from industries QinetiQ and Wireless Fiber Systems to work on MIMO RADAR and underwater communications. She was funded by EPSRC under EP/D07827X/1 for advanced signal processing techniques for multi-user multiple-input multiple-output broadband wireless communications; MIMO-RADAR and waveform agility to improve low elevation target detection (also partially supported by QinetiQ, Portsmouth); EP/G026092/1 for Bridging the gap between design and implementation of soft-detectors for Turbo-MIMO wireless systems and EP/H012257/1 for Signal Processing Techniques to Reduce the Clutter Competition in Forward Looking Radar. She is also involved in the phase II UDRC

Further information

Workshops: Organizing a workshop on Emerging MIMO Technologies in 5G Wireless Cellular Networks in VTC 2015, Glasgow 11-14 May 2015. Please submit papers and details are in

Recent Grants: EPSRC grant on Large Scale Antenna Systems Made Practical: Advanced Signal Processing for Compact Deployments in collaboration with University College London and University of Edinburgh. Please contact for research fellow positions. Funding details can be found in