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Summary

An early career academic consistently recognized for leadership and high service levels impacting institutional success; Self driven person and a quick learner towards sophisticated technologies; Well rounded personality, highly recommended as a team player with solid verbal and written communication skills anchored by a strong social relationship records. 

Education

Aug 2010Feb 2015

BSc. in Information and Communication Technology

School of Computing, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

First Class Honours | GPA 3.74 / 4.0 | Medium of Instruction: English 

Awards and Recognition

July 2015

Prof. V.K. Samaranayake Medal for the Most Outstanding Graduate of the University of Colombo School of Computing for the Academic Year - 2014

Presented at the General Convocation of University of Colombo 

The medal was awarded by considering Academic Excellence, Extracurricular activities, Contribution to the betterment of the society, Activities of university societies & Contribution to social/cultural events

June2014

Winner - The Emerging Young Leader's Award of Sri Lanka (EYLA 2014)

Awarded by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development & National Youth Services Council of Sri Lanka 

The title,"Emerging young Leader of Sri Lanka" was awarded after a competition in around 10 different skills

Tested skills: IQ, Physical Fitness, Teamwork, Leadership, Problem Solving, Aesthetics skills, Martial Arts, Management Skills, Teaching Skills, General Knowledge, Oratory Speech etc.

May2014

Sri Lankan Delegate for the World Conference on Youth 2014 (WCY 2014)

Theme: Mainstreaming youth in the post-2015 development agenda 

6th - 10th May 2014; @ BMICH, Colombo.

Contributed as a speaker, session chair and assisted to make Colombo declaration which is the official document to highlight the youth's concerns on post- 2015 development agenda in the world.

May 2013Dec 2014

Member of Sri Lanka Youth Parliament (Senator) 

Organizer: Ministry of Youth Affairs & Skills Development, National Youth Services Council

Contributed to making of national policy on youth, foreign and development

Research Interests

ICT4D|Human-Computer Interaction | Adaptive Designing |Social Informatics |E Services | ML | ML application in Real world problems| Business Informatics

Research Experience

Research collaboration with Stockholm University, Sweden (Jan 2016 - Present)

Identifying and Analysing the Future of Telecentres in Emerging Regions

Currently collaborating as member of a research group under the supervision of Dr. Sirkku Männikkö from Dept of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University. This research is in the field of ICT4D and specifically identifying and analysing the use of Telecentres and its future in Emerging Regions.

Final Year Research Project (Jun - Dec 2014)

Criminal Shortlisting and Crime forecasting based on Modus Operandi

Comparing several crimes performed by the same criminal will reveal a specific Modus Operandi pattern for an individual or a group. This research suggests a model in shortlisting criminal suspects by identifying patterns using a M.O feature set and a model derived from a machine learning approach. The project was a multidisciplinary project which sits in the intersection of   ML, Criminology.

Publications

Conference Proceedings

  • Accepted Paper:  Sirkku Männikkö-Barbutiu , Thomas Westin , Harsha Perera , Upul Anuradha, Ranil PeirisSupporting Sustainability Through Collaborative Awareness Raising - A Case of Sri Lankan Telecentres:  14th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries (IFIG) - Indonesia 
  • Thomas Westin  , Sirkku Männikkö-Barbutiu , Harsha Perera , Upul Anuradha :Game Based Learning of Programming for Underprivileged Communities in Sri Lanka:  10th European Conference on Games Based Learning(ECGBL) - 6 – 7th October 2016, Paisley, Scotland 
  • Harsha Perera, Malith Munasinghe, Shanika Udeshini, Ruvan Weerasinghe: Machine Learning Based Criminal Short Listing Using Modus Operandi Features. 15th International Conference on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions (ICTer2015), The Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH),Colombo; 08/2015 ; DOI: 10.1109/ICTER.2015.7377669  (http://goo.gl/xCnihQ)
  • Harsha Perera Malith Munasinghe, Shanika Udeshini, Ruvan Weerasinghe: Concept Abstract: Criminal Shortlisting and Crime forecasting based on Modus Operandi. 14th International Conference on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions (ICTer2014), Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall(BMICH),Colombo;12/2014  ; DOI:10.1109/ICTER.2014.7083923  (http://goo.gl/Gw9Rg4)

Thesis

  • Harsha Perera, Malith Munasinghe, Shanika Udeshini: CRIMINAL SHORT LISTING AND CRIME FORECASTING BASED ON MODUS OPERANDI. 11/2014, Degree: Bachelor of Science (Information and Communication Technology), Supervisor: Dr. Ruvan Weerasinghe (http://goo.gl/PbnZnk)

Research Symposium

  • Harsha Perera, Malith Munasinghe, Shanika Udeshini, Ruvan Weerasinghe: Extended Abstract of Criminal Shortlisting and Crime Forecasting based on Modus Operandi. Research Symposium - University of Colombo School of Computing; 04/2015 (http://goo.gl/wQQM1g)

Working & Teaching Experience

Dec 2016Present

Lecturer (probationary)

University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC)

Conducting lectures of the subjects of Computer Networks, Management, Project Management and Programming.

Feb 2016Dec 2016

Assitant Lecturer

University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC)

Working as a lecturer assistant for subjects in BSc. (IS) degree program and BSc.(CS) degree program. 

2016 Semester 01- Management, Group Project Supervisor ; Semester 02 - Networking, Programming, Enhancement Course(Coordinator)

Conduct External courses for Sri Lanka Clearing House Mechanism Project (CHM) on the request of Computer Service Center, UCSC

Mar 2015Jan 2016

Instructor

University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC)

Worked as an instructor for subjects in BSc. (IS) degree program and BSc.(CS) degree program. 

2015 Semester 01 - Computer Systems, Introduction to Management, Discrete Mathematics; Semester 02 - Advanced concepts of SW development, Research Methods, Networking 

Jul 2013Jan 2014

Business Analyst Intern

MillenniumIT Software (Private) Ltd. 

Involved in the UI designing for the Singapore Exchange (SGX) product with real time post trade

Dec 2009Present

Private Tutor & Owner

Awesome - School of Mathematics, Sri Lanka
Dec 2009Present

Volunteer Teacher

Sri Jinarathana Dhamma School, Polgasowita

Involvements

  • President - Alumni Association of University of Colombo School of Computing  (From Sep  2015)
  • Publicity co-chair - 17th International Conference on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions 2017
  • Publicity co-chair - 16th International Conference on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions 2016
  • Member of Main Organizing Committee - 8th International Conference on Ubi-Media Computing & 15th International Conference on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions 
  • UCSC Coordinator - Young Computer Scientist Awards-Sri Lanka 2017
  • UCSC Coordinator - Young Computer Scientist Awards-Sri Lanka 2016
  • Evaluation Judge, Young Computer Scientist Awards-Sri Lanka 2015
  • Evaluation Judge,Short Video/Creative Tweets/Article Writing Competition -  National Conference on "Consumer Rights in the Digital Age" 2017
  • Motivational Speaker, Youth Right Activist and Social Worker (Youth Services Council, Sri Lanka)
  • Media Coordinator - Computer Science Society of University of Colombo - 2012
  • 14 Times national level winner- Oratory Speech, 8 Times national level winner - Announcing, 21 all island championships from debating in schooling period.

Life History Milestones

July2015

Prof. V.K. Samaranayake Medal for the Most Outstanding Graduate of the University of Colombo School of Computing

This most prestigious gold medal was presented considering the excellence of academic records along with the extracurricular contribution to the University. I was the next to the batch top while contributing to many societies of the university (CompSoc, Exploration club, Amalgamated Club, UCSC Union, Buddhist Society etc.) 

June2014

Winner - The Emerging Young Leader's Award of Sri Lanka (EYLA 2014)

The Competition was among 5000+ young active citizens of Sri Lanka. In Each round a different type of skill was tested such as  IQ, Physical Fitness, Leadership, Problem Solving, Aesthetics skills, Martial Arts, Management Skills, Teaching Skills, General Knowledge etc. The "Emerging Young Leader of Sri Lanka" one of the prestigious title that a Sri Lankan youth can achieve. 
May 2013

Member of Sri Lanka Youth Parliament (Senator)

I was among the selected 72 senators of Sri Lanka for the 2nd Sri Lanka Youth Parliament. Social activities, Volunteer works along with the other educational, extracurricular qualifications were considered for the selection. Under the oath, I served my best to create discuss, criticise and develop policies which were considered as official suggestions to the  national parliament. 

May2014

Sri Lankan Delegate for the World Conference on Youth 2014 (WCY 2014)

I am glad that I delegated my country at the WCY 2014 where Colombo Declaration was developed. The Colombo Declaration presents recommendations for action based on fourteen key areas including  Youth led-development, Realising equal access to quality education etc. I actively participated for discussions with world representatives to brainstorm and suggest youth perspective to SDG.
Feb2013

Best Creative TV Presenter - Kavitha Talent 2012

In 2012, This competition was organized by the Ministry of Higher Education for all the universities and higher education institutes. There were 500+ announcers and presenters  in the competition. At the grand finale I managed bag the 3rd place (National Level) of  Best Creative TV Presenter competition which was the toughest category. 
20092010

Batch -top - Full Immersion English Course

I followed the Full Immersion English Course at Oxford college of Business, Sri Lanka and passed with a Distinction. I was named as the batch-top considering the marks.

2010Present

A Volunteer Teacher

Exploration club has been conducting seminars, workshops and capacity building sessions for students from rural areas in Sri Lanka. I voluntarily contributed as a teacher and a facilitator for several  workshops.

Youth Right Activist

AS the emerging young leader of the country, I visited many places and most of the time I did capacity building programs, Personal Development Program etc. I was attached to the National Youth Services 
2007

EXCELLENT MAHANAMIAN Award - Best Academic Results

Awarded as an “EXCELLENT MAHANAMIAN” at the annual award ceremony organized by Old Boys’ Association of Mahanama College# for the best Ordinary Level Examination (Nationwide common exam) results obtained by a Mahanamian for the year 2006. (10 A’s – District Rank 49)

#Mahanama college is my alma mater which is one of the leading college in Colombo, Sri Lanka with 5000+ students and 300+ teachers.

20082009

Senior Prefect - Mahanama College 

I served my college as a senior prefect and before that I served as a steward. In 2004, I was selected as a junior prefect for one year period. 

20062009

Debating - National Level Champions (12 times)

I led the senior sinhala debating team from 2006 - 2009 and my team won 12 championships and 11 runner ups for Mahanama College. 
20022009

Oratory Speech - National Level Winner (14 times)

I have won national level oratory speech competitions 14 times. Starting from 2002 I was a member of oratory and debating society of Mahanama College.

2002 2009

Announcing - National Level Winner (8 times)

I have won national level announcing competitions times. Starting from 2003 I was a member of Media Unit  of Mahanama College.

20052007

Best All-Rounder - in three consecutive years

Awarded as the Best All-rounder in grade 10, 11 and 12 consecutively at the Mahanama College annual prize giving ceremonies

20072009

President - Media Unit / Debating Society

I was the president for the Media Unit and Debating Society of Mahanama College. Addition to that I've hold the responsibilities of executive boards of Leo Club, Sinhala Literary Association, Buddhist Society, Science Society, English Literary Association and Environment Society of Mahanama College

Link for the "Life History" - full report of my involvements and achievements. https://goo.gl/CdIK7y 

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