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Paragon Research and Innovation (PRI)

This research group is led by Dr Soonleh Ling with Dr Nalinda Somasiri as co-lead.

Paragon Research and Innovation (PRI) brings together a multi-disciplinary group of researchers in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), IoT, cybersecurity, data science and related fields.

The main goal of PRI is to encourage and empower research activities from different disciplines across York St John University students and academics. The second goal of PRI is to establish 'win-win' collaboration with industries and other University colleagues.

PRI promotes creative research pedagogy, collaboration and friendly research culture within the group. Regular study sessions, brainstorming sessions are held to stimulate new ideas, innovative thinking and creative thoughts on how to advance the research capabilities of group members.

PRI will continue to explore new methodologies in the field of research to incubate impactful research outputs that can benefit York St John University and the wider research community.

Download our research plan: Paragon Research and Innovation Research Plan (PDF, 1.7 MB)

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PRI welcomes prospective PhD students and York St John University colleagues who are interested in multi-disciplinary research to jointly conduct research projects on various topics of interest.

PRI will support your research topics via collaborative project structure and will also link up with industrial partners. Join us today!

Research activity

Somasiri, Nalinda (1999) Numerical Technique for Multi-Layered CPW Directional Couplers. In: EDMO99, September 1999, King's College, London, UK.

Somasiri, Nalinda (2001) Numerical Modelling of Multi-Layered Microstrip Patch Antennas. In: 8th IEEE International Conference of Telecommunication, June 2001, Bucharest, Romania.

Somasiri, Nalinda (2000) Numerical Characterisation of Multi-Layered CPW Directional Couplers. In: Asia Pacific Microwave Conference, 2000, December 2000, Sydney, Australia.

Somasiri, Nalinda (2001) Numerical Bioelectromagnetic Dosimetry in a Stripline RF Exposure System. In: European Microwave Conference, September 2001, London, UK.

Somasiri, Nalinda, Chen, X., Robertson, I. and Rezazadeh, A.A. (2003) A Neural Network Modeller for Multi-Layered Microstrip Patch Antennas. In: Twelfth International Conference on Antennas and Propagation (ICAP 2003).

Somasiri, Nalinda (2001) FDTD Modelling of Multilayered Microstrip Patch Antenna. In: International Conference of Antenna and Propagation, April 2001, Manchester, UK.

Tattersall, J E, Scott, I R, Wood, S J, Nettell, J, Bevir, M K, Wang, Z, Somasiri, Nalinda and Chen, C. (2001) Effects of Low Intensity Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields on Electrical Activity in Rat Hippocampus Slices. Brain Research Journal, 904 (1). pp. 45-53.

Somasiri, Nalinda (2002) Different Numerical Modelling Techniques for Multi-Layered Microstrip Patch antenna Proc URSI2002. In: URSI2002, (IEEE Conf.), August 2002, Netherlands.

Somasiri, Nalinda (2002) Comparison of Numerical Modelling Techniques for Multi-Layered Microstrip Patch antenna. In: Computation in Electromagnetics (IEE Conf.), March 2002, Bournemouth, UK.

Somasiri, Nalinda (2001) Calculation of Specific Absorption Rates in Slices of Rat Hippocampus exposed to 700MHz Radiofrequency Fields in a Waveguide. In: Bioelectromagnetics Twenty-Third annual Meeting, 10-14 June 2001, St. Paul, Minnesota, US.

N. P. Somasiri, X. Chen, I. D. Robertson and A. A. Rezazadeh, Full-Wave Analyses for a Multi-Layered Microstrip Patch Antenna. International Journal of Infrared and Millimetre Waves, December 2002, vol. 23. No. 12, pp. 1777-1785(9).

N.P. Somasiri, X. Chen, I. D. Robertson and A. A. Rezazadeh, Neural Network Modeller for Design Optimization of Multilayer Patch Antennas, IEE journal Microwave Techniques. 2003.

Group members

Dr Soonleh Ling

Group leader, Senior Lecturer

Dr Nalinda Somasiri

Group co-leader, Head of Programme

Dr Rebecca Balasundaram


Dr Uma Padmini Ema


Swathi Ganesan


Dr Gayathri Karthick


Dr Ovinda Wijeyaratne


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