Kanishka Wijewardena

Michigan State University


wijewar2 (at) msu (dot) edu

I am a second-year Ph.D. student and graduate research assistant at Michigan State University, advised by Prof. Anil K. Jain of the Biometrics Research Group.



Expected May 2026

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

in Computer Science

Advised by Prof. Anil K. Jain

2017 - 2021

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

in Computer Engineering

  • GPA: 3.92

  • Minor in Mathematics; Honors College; Dean’s List



2021- Present

Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Michigan State University

Graduate Research Assistant

  • Advised by Prof. Anil K. Jain of the Pattern Recognition and Image Processing Laboratory in the Department of Computer Science at Michigan State University.

  • Conducting fingerprint verification, template inversion, spoof detection and data analysis using computer vision and deep learning tools.

  • Conducting face biometric template verification and identification using open-source and commercial-off-the-shelf face matchers and analyzing the differences between the matching accuracies of different face matching software and algorithms.

Sep. 2017 – Aug. 2020

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Engineering Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (EnSURE): Summers 2019 and 2020

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan State University

  • Assisted with the design of Printed Circuit Board layouts for circuits, based on outlines provided.

  • Implemented a sample simulation program in Python to demonstrate a Block Chain inspired RFID based information architecture for a food supply chain.

  • Designed a prototype smartphone-based application for remote IoT sensors monitoring


2021- Present

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Michigan State University



Ohio Innocence Project,

University of Cincinnati College of Law


  • Providing neutral and unbiased technical expertise by conducting face identification, verification and data analysis on photographic and video evidence using open-source and commercial-off-the-shelf face matchers, without being privy to the details of an ongoing case, or prior conviction.

2018 - 2021

​Michigan State University

Residence Education

  • As a Resident Assistant (Aug. 2019 – May 2020, Aug. 2020 – May 2021) in Holmes Hall, MSU, organized community events, provided resources to residents, and promoted diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. In addition, conducted duty rounds, handled mandatory reporting responsibilities, enforced policy, and maintained overall wellbeing of students during the academic year, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • As an Intercultural Aide (Aug. 2018 – May 2019) in Holmes Hall, MSU, collaborated with Resident Assistants (RAs) to conduct outreach, organize events, and maintain the wellbeing of the residential community. Organized and facilitated weekly roundtable discussions that discuss socially, culturally, and politically relevant topics within the MSU community.

 Sep. 2017 – May 2021

President (May 2020 - May 2021)

Member (September 2017 - May 2020)

​Michigan State University

  • Organizing monthly meetings and events intended to foster the academic, social, and personal growth of international students in the Honors College.

May 2018 - May 2019


Tower Guard, Class of 2018 - 2019

  • Collaborated with the MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) to assist students with disabilities gain equal access to educational and other opportunities by organizing events, assisting with examinations, acting as a class scribe and performing other miscellaneous duties, as requested by the RCPD.


  • Wijewardena, K. P., Grosz, S. A., Cao, K., & Jain, A. K. (2022). Fingerprint Template Invertibility: Minutiae vs. Deep Templates. arXiv preprint arXiv:2205.03809

  • S. Mondal, K. P. Wijewardena, S. Karuppuswami, N. Kriti, D. Kumar, and P. Chahal, “Blockchain Inspired RFID-Based Information Architecture for Food Supply Chain,” IEEE Internet of Things Journal, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 5803–5813, 2019.

  • S. Mondal et al., "A Wireless Battery-less Seat Sensor for Autonomous Vehicles," 2020 IEEE 70th Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC), Orlando, FL, USA, 2020, pp. 2289-2294, doi: 10.1109/ECTC32862.2020.00357.

  • S. Mondal, M. I. Mohd. Ghazali, K. Wijewardena, D. Kumar and P. Chahal, "3D Printed Interposer Layer for High Density Packaging of IoT Devices," 2019 IEEE 69th Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC), Las Vegas, NV, USA, 2019, pp. 1687-1692.




Python - OpenCV, Numpy, Tensorfow, PyTorch

C/C++ - Arduino and other microcontroller programming, Object-Oriented Programming

MATLAB - Data analysis and visualization


Public Speaking

Crisis Response and Mandatory Reporting

Event Organization