Dr Asangi Jayatilaka

Asangi De Silva Jayatilaka
School of Computer Science
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

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Dr Asangi Jayatilaka

PhD thesis title: Towards Technologies for Promoting Nutritional Health in Older People with Dementia Living in Their Own Home
Utilising research methods embracing the qualitative descriptive design, the PhD thesis argued the need to explore technological needs for promoting nutritional health in older people with dementia by understanding perceptions of care workers recruited from the aged care industry. Reliable insights for designing such technologies emerged in eight categories from synthesising care workers' voices. Stakeholder views are crucial for technologies to be effective and accepted by users. Based on these findings, eleven considerations for developing effective technologies for older people and care workers are proposed. These two technology demonstrations involved fluid intake gesture recognition system and a smart home system for nutrition and mealtime activity support.


Date Position Institution name
2017 Lecturer and course coordinator The Univeristy of Adelaide
2013 - 2014 Reserach Assistant The University of Adelaide
2013 - 2014 Tutor The Univeristy of Adelaide
2011 - 2012 Lecturer and course coordinator Kotelawala Defense University (KDU)
2011 - 2011 Assistant lecturer and teaching team coordinator Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT)
2010 - 2011 Business Analyst The DirectFN (PVT) LTD
2009 - 2009 Research Assistant The National e-learning Centre

Language Competencies

Language Competency
English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review


Date Institution name Country Title
2014 - 2017 The University of Adelaide Adelaide PhD
2010 - 2011 University of Colombo School of Computing Sri Lanka Bachelour of Science in Computer Science (Honours)

Research Interests

Computer-Human Interaction, Human Factors, Sensory Systems


Year Citation
2017 Guerin, C., McCulloch, A., Ranasinghe, D., Jayatilaka, A. & Calder, P. (2017). Choosing to study for a PhD: A framework for examining decisions to become a research student. Higher Education Review -London-, 2, 49, 85-106.
2017 Guerin, C., Jaytilaka, A., Ranasinghe, D., McCulloch, A. & Calder, P. (2017). Research degrees in Information and Communication Technology (ICT): why so few doctoral students?. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 41, 5, 625-641. 10.1080/0309877X.2016.1159290
2017 Jayatilaka, A., Ranasinghe, D. C., Falkner, K., Visvanathan, R. & Wilson, A. (2017). Care workers' voices in designing assistive technologies for preventing malnutrition in older people with dementia: Innovative Practice.. Dementia (London, England), 1471301217722852-. 10.1177/1471301217722852
2017 Jayatilaka, A. & Ranasinghe, D. (2017). Real-time fluid intake gesture recognition based on batteryless UHF RFID technology. Pervasive and Mobile Computing, 34, 146-156. 10.1016/j.pmcj.2016.04.007
2015 Guerin, C., Jayatilaka, A. & Ranasinghe, D. (2015). Why start a higher degree by research? An exploratory factor analysis of motivations to undertake doctoral studies. Higher Education Research and Development, 34, 1, 89-104. 10.1080/07294360.2014.934663
2012 Hewagamage, K. P., Wickramasinghe, W. M. A. S. B. & De S. Jayatilaka, A. (2012). "M-learning not an extension of e-learning:" based on a case study of moodle VLE. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 4, 4, 21-33. 10.4018/jmbl.2012100102

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2016 Jayatilaka, A. & Ranasinghe, D. (2016). Towards unobtrusive real-time fluid intake monitoring using passive UHF RFID. IEEE International Conference on RFID (RFID). Orlando, FL. 10.1109/RFID.2016.7488009
2016 Jayatilaka, A., Su, Y. & Ranasinghe, D. (2016). HoTAAL: Home of social things meet ambient assisted living. IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communication Workshops (PerCom Workshops). Sydney, AUSTRALIA. 10.1109/PERCOMW.2016.7457073
2015 Jayatilaka, A. (2015). Design and Evaluation of a Single Body-Worn Passive UHF
RFID Tag for Recognizing Bed-Exit Events In Hospitals. Ubicom. Japan.
2015 Guerin, C., Jayatilaka, A., Calder, P. R., McCulloch, A. & Ranasinghe, D. C. (2015). Why Don't More ICT Students Do PhDs?. D. J. D'Souza & K. Falkner (Eds.)
2015 Guerin, C., Jayatilaka, A., Calder, P., McCulloch, A. & Ranasinghe, D. (2015). Why Don’t More ICT Students Do PhDs?. 17th Australasian Computing Education Conference. Sydney, New South Wales.
2011 Jayatilaka, A. & Wimalarathne, G. (2011). Knowledge extraction for semantic web using web mining. 10.1109/ICTer.2011.6075031

Based on approximatly three years of university-level, teaching experience in Australia and Sri Lanka, I see myself as a facilitator supporting students to actively pursue knowledge in the field of Information Technology.

Current teaching commitments:
Introduction to Software Engineering (ISE) (course coordinator)

Previous teaching commitments:
Networking systems and Applications (2013, 2014)
Software Engineering (Course coordinator, 2012)
Data Modelling (Course coordinator, 2012)
Databased Management Systems (Course coordinator 2012)
Computer Communications (Teaching team coordinator, 2011)
Software Architecture (2011)

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North Terrace
Ingkarni Wardli
Room Number
4 52-53
Org Unit
Faculty of Engineering Computer & Math Sciences