Dr. Sasitharan Balasubramaniam, Acting Director of Research, TSSG

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Dr. Sasitharan Balasubramaniam
Acting Director of Research, TSSG
Email: sasib@tssg.org

Personal Summary

Sasitharan (Sasi) Balasubramaniam received the Bachelors of Engineering (Electrical and Electronics) from the University of Queensland, 1998, Masters of Engineering Science (Computer and Communication Engineering) from the Queensland University of Technology, 1999, and the Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Queensland, 2005. His Ph.D was under the supervision of Prof. Jadwiga Indulska.

Currently, Sasi is Adjunct Research Professor at Telecommunication Software and Systems Group, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. He is also an Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the Nano Communication Centre (NCC), Department of Electronic and Communication Engineering at the Tampere University of Technology, Finland. At the NCC he is leading the molecular communications research track, where his research interests include bacteria nanonetworks, calcium signalling in the tissue, as well as the Internet of Nano Things (IoNT).

Sasi is currently an IEEE Senior Member and an ACM Member.

Current Activities / Research Interests

Current Research

  • Molecular communications nanonetworks: Development of protocols to ensure reliability in bacteria and virus nanonetworks. In this particular type of molecular communications model, the information are encoded into a DNA form and transported using bacteria or viruses. I am also working on calcium signaling models in the cellular tissue.
  • Internet of (Nano) Things: Developing protocols and services that can support interconnection of micro and nanosensors to the wider Internet.

Past Research

  • Bio-inspired adaptive networks: One of my research contributions in this regard is a new gradient based routing algorithm to allow resources of the underlying network to be utilized with minimal knowledge of traffic demand. The algorithm has been applied to fixed network supporting various service models including IPTV. Besides focusing on infrastructure networks, this research also includes applying bio-inspired models for smart services.
  • Cooperative channel allocations for wireless networks: This research is investigating strategies of cooperation to allocate channels for multi-channel, single transceiver wireless devices. The contribution of this research is a new algorithm that allows Body Sensor Networks (BSNs) to interact with sensors within the environment, where the environmental sensors could be used to cooperate with BSNs to deliver data to a gateway sink.


A list of Dr. Sasitharan Balasubramaniam’s publications can be found here: http://publicationslist.org/sasi

Professional Links

Dr. Sasitharan Balasubramaniam’s own website with updated publications, research and biography can be found here:


Academic Supervision

Current Student Supervision

Michael Barros, Waterford Institute of Technology (PhD, primary supervisor): Molecular Communications for Body Area Nanonetworks. Due to submit February 2016.

Michael Donoghue, Waterford Institute of Technology (PhD, secondary supervisor): Embedded nanoscale networks for Intra-body
communication. Due to submit July 2016.

Daniel Martins, Waterford Institute of Technology (PhD, primary supervisor): Protocols for Bacterial Nanonetwork Applications. Due to submit December 2018.

Siblee Islam,Waterford Institute of Technology (PhD, secondary supervisor): Localization using Bacterial Nanonetworks. Due to submit December 2018.

Stefanus Arinno Wirdatmadja,Tampere University of Technology: Protocols for Neural Motes in Brain-Machine Interface. Due to submit December 2018.