Abhayaratne, Charith

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Dr. Charith Abhayaratne

Univ of Sheffield

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Area of Expertise: Image and video compression, Watermarking, Low level visual descriptors, Wavelets and other transforms, 3D video - compression & streaming, Visual surveillance
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Dr Charith Abhayaratne received the B.E, in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Adelaide in Australia in 1998 and the Ph.D. in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Bath in 2002. Since July 2005, he has been a lecturer within the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Sheffield in United Kingdom. He was a recipient of European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) postdoctoral fellowship in 2002-2003 to carry out research at the Centre for mathematics and computer science (CWI) in Amsterdam in the Netherlands and at the National Research Institute for computer science and control (INRIA) in Sophia Antipolis in France. In 2004-2005, Dr Abhayaratne was with the Multimedia and Vision laboratory of the Queen Mary, University of London as a senior research officer. His research interests include video and image compression, wavelets and signal transforms, visual content identification, 3D video, visual analysis and surveillance. He has contributed to MPEG on scalable video coding standardization and wavelet video exploration. He has been a regular reviewer for leading IEEE/IET/ACM/SPIE journals and conferences, UK Engineering and Physical Science Research council (EPSRC) and book publishers. He has been involved in technical programme committees for several leading international conferences and served as session chairs. He co-chaired the international workshop on "Scalable coded media beyond compression" as part of the IET VIE'08 conference and edited a special issue on the same topic in EURASIP Signal Processing: Image Communication. Dr Abhayaratne is the United Kingdom's liaison officer for the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP).
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