People

What we value the most about our research group is that we have a diverse range of expertise with individuals from different backgrounds; each of them is contributing with different perspectives to deliver something that is unique.

Meet our highly enthusiastic research group..!

Prof. Katrina Falkner (Executive Dean, ECMS), Adviser & Co-founder

Dr Thushari Atapattu (Research Associate), Lead & Co-founder

Dr Rebecca Vivian (Senior Research Fellow)

Dr Menasha Thilakaratne (Lecturer), Principal Researcher

Mr Mahen Herath, Research Assistant

Current junior staff & Students

  • Ankit Yadav (Student Research Assistant) – Joint modeling of emotion and mental illness (Feb 2022 – present)
  • Olivia Byrnes (Advanced Topics) – Toward personalised feedback by analysing argumentative structures in student writing (Feb 2022 – present)
  • Jacob Schwarz (Advanced Topics) – Early prediction of fake news using social media (Feb 2022 – present)
  • Lavendini Sivaneasharajah (PhD) – User roles in online learning context through linguistic expressions (2018-2022)
  • Abhilash Sridara (PhD) – Evaluation of essay type answers in MOOCs using NLP techniques (2020 – 2023)

Past staff

  • Dasuni Jayawickrama (Research Assistant) – Systematic literature review on emotion-cause extraction from unstructured text (Dec 2020 to Jan 2022)
  • Gathika Ratnayaka (Research Assistant) – Advancing the detection of cyberbullying through role modeling (Feb 2020 to Sep 2020)
  • Hamid Tarmazdi (Research Assistant) – Topic visualisation dashboard of MOOC discussions (2016)

Past students

  • Dr Menasha Thilakaratne – Literature-based knowledge discovery using Natural Language Processing techniques (2017-2020)
  • Sabby Saha (Masters of Data Science) – Multi-emotion modeling from Reddit data using NLP (2020-2021)
  • Georgia Zhang (Honours in Computer Science) – Emotion-cause modeling from Natural Language text (2021)
  • Dasuni Jayawickrama (Advanced Topics) – Emotion-trigger extraction from unstructured text (2021)
  • Georgia Zhang (Advanced Topics in Computer Science) – Automatic identification of roles associated with cyberbullying posts (2020)
  • Dung Anh Hoang (Summer Research student) – Advancing the detection of Cyberbullying in Social Media (2020)
  • Georgia Zhang (Topics in Computer Science), Detection of Cyberbullying aginst minorities (2019)
  • Dasuni Jayawickrama (Summer Research student), Discourse analysis of stack overflow threads (2020)
  • Dung Anh Hoang (Topics in Computer Science) – Automated identification of mental health issues in Social media (2019)
  • Alexa Ng (Topics in Computer Science), Impact of semantic relatedness of course content for video learning, 2018

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