Social Network Analysis (Data stream analysis, Discussion and topic tracking on social media)
Shanika Karunasekera is a Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at Melbourne School of Engineering.
Shanika completed a BSc in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka with a First Class Honours in 1990. She was the recipient of the UNESCO Gold Medal for the Best Engineering Undergraduate at the University in 1990. She completed a PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, UK in 1994. From 1995 to 2002 she worked for Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs Innovation, USA where she was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff.
Shanika joined the Melbourne School of Engineering in 2003. Her primary disciplines of focus in teaching and research are Software Engineering and Distributed Computing. Since 2007 she has been the Discipline Leader for Software Engineering at the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. During her time at the University she has won many teaching awards including a National Carrick Citation in 2007, and Kelvin Medal and Excellence in teaching award from the Melbourne School of Engineering in 2006.
Shanika has extensive research interests in distributed computing, network intrusion detection, sensor networks, social network analysis and mining, mobile computing, software engineering and STEM education and peer to peer computing. Shanika has published widely in high ranking journals and conferences in her research discipline. Shanika has also established research collaborations with many industries and government bodies.
2011: S. Karunasekera, C. Leckie, Shyamali, M. Palaniswami, B. Moran and P. Farrell, 'High resolution monitoring of atmospheric pollutants to identify their impact on population health', Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society (IBES), University of Melbourne, $40K
2010: S. Karunasekera, 'Early detection and mitigation of disastrous events with broadband-enabled social interaction technologies', Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society (IBES), University of Melbourne, $30,214
Education and training
University of Cambridge 1995
University of Moratuwa 1990
Awards and honors
Best Paper Award, ISSNIP - International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing,
Excellence in Teaching, Department of Computing and Software Systems,
Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering,
National Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, Carrick Institute for Learning & Teaching in Higher Education,
Excellence in Teaching, Faculty of Engineering, University of Melbourne,
Kelvin Medal for Best Teaching, Faculty of Engineering, University of Melbourne,
Excellence in Teaching, Dept of Computer Science and Software Engineering, University of Melbourne,
Distinguished member of technical staff, Lucent Technologies, USA,
Best student paper, SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering,
UNESCO Gold Medal for the Best Engineering Undergraduate, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka,