Official Profile


Thilina Pathirana is a Doctoral Research Fellow at University of Stavanger, Norway. He is a contributor to the project 5G Management and Orchestration for Data and Network Integration or 5G-MODaNeI and his research area is the Security and Dependability of 5G MEC. He completed his master’s degree in Information Security from University of Colombo in 2017 and has about 10 years of experience in Network/System Engineering. Before joining University of Stavanger as a PhD research fellow, he was the Sri Lankan Delegate for eduROAM and eduGAIN communities as he worked for Sri Lankan National Research Network, LEARN. He also contributed to securing an EU/Asi@Connect grant, UPROUSEwithLEARN which supported Bhutan, Laos and Sri Lanka in knowledge sharing in deploying IPv6, DNS/DNSSEC and Security.

Before joining LEARN he was the Assistant Network Manager for University of Kelaniya (UoK). Because of his work at UoK, they became the first Sri Lankan University to provide IPv6 connectivity for whole user base and first University with full WLAN coverage including hostels. UoK is the first institute to connect with Sri Lankan eduroam country level servers because of his work.

Thilina has participated in several local and foreign trainings on internet working, routing, Security, SDN, IPv6, VoIP and WLAN. He has also been contributing as a visiting lecture at UoK as well as on few offshore affiliated degree programs of University of Gloucestershire and De Montfort University.

He is engaged in LKNOG, ISOC, SANOG and Sri Lanka Saukyadana Movement where he is doing lectures and training sessions on various technical topics.