Dr. Lidula Nilakshi Widanagama Arachchige

Dr. Lidula Nilakshi Widanagama Arachchige Senior Lecturer Grade II
Tel:+94- 11650301 Ext:3203
Fax:+94-112650625
Email:lidulan@uom.lk
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PhD (Manitoba), M.Eng (Bangkok), BSc Eng Hons (Moratuwa)

Introduction

Dr. Lidula Nilakshi Widanagama Arachchige received her B.Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering with First Class Honors in 2002 from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Soon after the graduation, she joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa as a temporary lecturer in 2002. She received the Asian Development Bank Full scholarship and completed a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 2004 from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
With the receipt of AIT and Government of France full scholarship, Dr. Lidula N. Widanagama Arachchige completed her MEng Degree in Electrical Power Systems Management in 2006 from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok. She completed her PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2012 from the University of Manitoba, Canada. Dr. Lidula N. Widanagama Arachchige received several merit scholarships while pursuing her PhD, which includes University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship, Manitoba Graduate Scholarship and Full Industrial Research Fund from the Manitoba Hydro, Canada.Her research interests include distributed and renewable energy systems and micro grids.

Research and Publications

Research & Publication

Research Interests

  • Distributed Generation
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Microgrids
  • Power system stability and control

Publications

Referred Journals

  1. N.W.A. Lidula, N. Mithulananthan, W. Ongsakul, C. Widjaya andR. Henson, "ASEANtowards Clean and Sustainable Energy: Potentials, Utilization and Barriers", Renewable Energy Journal, vol. 32 (9), pp. 1441-1452, 2007.
  2. N.W.A. Lidula and A.D. Rajapakse, “A Pattern Recognition Approach for Detecting Power Islands Using Transient Signals—Part I: Design and Implementation,” IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, vol. 25(4), pp. 3070 - 3077,  October 2010.
  3. N.W.A. Lidula and A.D. Rajapakse, “Microgrids Research: A Review of Experimental Microgrids and Test Systems,” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews Journal, vol. 11(1), pp. 186-202, January 2011.
  4. N.W.A. Lidula and A.D. Rajapakse, “A Pattern Recognition Approach for Detecting Power Islands Using Transient Signals—Part II: Performance Evaluation,” IEEE Transactions on Power DeliveryIEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, vol. 27(3), pp.1071-1080 July 2012.
  5. T. Bambaravanage, A.S. Rodrigo, S.P. Kumarawadu, N.W.A. Lidula, “A New Scheme of Under Frequency Load Shedding and Islanding Operation,” Annual Transactions of IESL, vol 1(B), pp 290-2962013.
  6. N.W.A. Lidula and A.D. Rajapakse, “Voltage Balancing and Synchronization of Microgrids,” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews Journal, vol. 31, pp. 907-920, March 2014.
  7. N.W.A. Lidula, A.D. Rajapakse, Jean-Paul Pham and N. Denboer “Prototype Implementation of an Islanding Detection Relay Based on Pattern Classification of Current And Voltage Transients,” Journal of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka, Accepted to be published in March 2014.

International Conferences

  1. N.W.A. Lidula, N. Perera, A. Rajapaksse, “Investigation of a Fast Islanding Detection Methodology Using Transient Signals,” in IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, IEEE PES GM 2009, pp. 1-6.
  2. N.W.A. Lidula and A.D. Rajapakse, “Fast and Reliable Detection of Power Islands Using Transient Signals,” in IEEE International Conference on Industrial and Information Systems, ICIIS 2009, pp. 493 – 498. 
  3. Jean-Paul Pham, N. Denboer, N. W. A. Lidula, N. Perera, and A. D. Rajapakse, “Hardware Implementation of an Islanding Detection Approach based on Current and Voltage Transients,” in IEEE Electrical Power and Energy Conference, EPEC 2011, pp. 152-157.
  4. N.W.A. Lidula and A.D. Rajapakse, “Behavior of a Microgrid during the Transition from Grid Connected to Islanded Mode,”in International conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Sciences, SEES 2013, pp. 28-33.
  5. T. Bambaravanage, S.P. Kumarawadu, A.S. Rodrigo, N.W.A. Lidula, “Under-frequency load shedding for power systems with high variability and uncertainty,” in IEEE International Conference on Signal Processing, Computing and Control (ISPCC), 2013, pp. 1-6.

International/ Local Conferences (Presentations, Abstracts and Posters)

  1. W. OngsakulN. Mithulananthan, R. Henson, C. Widjaya and N.W.A. Lidula, Invited paper, "Implementation of Renewable Energy Sources and Their Technologies in the ASEAN Region," Asian Energy Week, Beijing, China, 4-7 April 2006.
  2. N.W.A. Lidula and N. Mithulananthan, "Grid Integration, Power Quality and Stability Issues of Wind Turbine Generators," in the Seminar on Development of Wind Energy Utilization in Thailand, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, July 2006.
  3. N.W.A. Lidula, "Investigation of a Fast Islanding Detection Methodology," in proceedings of the 2009 Graduate Students Conference (GRADCON 2009), University of Manitoba, Canada, October 2009.
  4. N.W.A. Lidula, " A Transient Based Islanding Detection Method: Performance Evaluation," in proceedings of the 2010 Graduate Students Conference (GRADCON 2010), University of Manitoba, Canada, October 2010.
  5. N.W.A. Lidula and A.D. Rajapakse, “A Pattern Recognition Approach for Detecting Power Islands Using Transient Signals—Part I: Design and Implementation,” Power and Energy Society General Meeting, 2011 IEEE,  July 2011.
  6. N.W.A. Lidula, "A Study on Microgrid Control Mode Transition from Grid Connected to Islanded Operation," in proceedings of the 2011 Graduate Students Conference (GRADCON 2011), University of Manitoba, Canada, October 2011 .

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Teaching

Since September 2012 
Senior Lecturer, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

  • EE 429: Power System Planning & Operation (BSc L4S2)
  • EE2083 Power Systems II (BSc L3S4)

March 2003 – August 2004 
Visiting Lecturer, Division of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technology, Institute of Technology, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

  • DEE 205: Power Systems (ITUM Second year)
  • DEN 201: Electronics (ITUM Second year)
  • DEN 101: Electronics (ITUM First year)

August 2002 - February 2003
Temporary Lecturer, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

  • UEE304 - Circuits and Fields –The Module on “Synthesis of Passive Networks” (BSC Final Part II)

Professional Activities

  • Graduated achieving the CHET (Certificate in Higher Education Teaching), University of Manitoba, Canada in June 2012.
  • Graduate Student Member IEEE, since 2009
  • Associate Member IESL (Institute of Engineers Sri Lanka), since 2003
  • Reviewer of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems
  • Reviewer of IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery
  • Reviewer of IEEE Renewable Power Generation Journal

Awards and Honors

Awards and Honors

  • Manitoba Graduate Scholarship (MGS)
  • University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF)
  • Manitoba Hydro, Canada Research Grant
  • International Graduate Student Scholarships (IGSS and IGSES)
  • AIT Best Thesis Award, 1st Runner-up, Energy and Environment Category, First AIT Masters Theses Competition.May 2006.
  • AIT Outstanding Women Candidate, Nominated - Energy Field of Study, May 2006.
  • AIT and Government of France, Full scholarship for Master of Engineering,AIT, from August 2004 to May 2006.
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB) Scholarship, Full scholarship for Master of Science, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, from March 2003 -September 2004.