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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 national level competition which attracted 1800+ youth in Sri Lanka.

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 | Software Design and Engineering | 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 - Mar 2017)

Identifying and Analysing the Future of Telecentres in Emerging Regions

Collaborated 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 (Jan - 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 of machine learning and Criminology

Publications

Conference Proceedings

  • 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.