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School of Computer Science
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
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I am the lead and co-founder of Learning Technology for Social Good (LT4SG) research group and a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Computer Science Education Research Group.My research focuses on better understanding the latent discourse aspects in large corpora of natural language text, and using this understanding to build computational models that can improve human communication process. My research interests lie in the areas of text mining, natural language processing, discourse processing, and educational technology. Some of my recent research projects explores;
- Using linguistic fingerprints to combat cyberbullying,
- Modeling language related to mental health using social media data,
- Impact of teachers’ academic discourse in lecture videos for students’ video engagement in massive classrooms (MOOCs),
- Modeling coginitive engagement and measuring new knowledge construction in online teacher professional development MOOCs
- Language and discourse aspects of learners’ with ‘confused’ state in massive open online courses (MOOCs)
Date Position Institution name 2017 - ongoing Lecturer University of Adelaide 2015 - ongoing Post-doctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide 2010 - 2015 Software Engineer Globe Medical
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2017 Award Adelaide Women's Research Excellence Award University of Adelaide Australia $5000 2015 Recognition Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide Australia 2013 Nomination Google Anita Borg scholarship 2012 Award Google PhD Travel Award $2500 2011 Scholarship University of Adelaide PhD scholarship University of Adelaide Australia
Date Institution name Country Title 2011 - 2014 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy 2004 - 2008 University of Colombo Sri Lanka Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons)
Year Citation 2020 Atapattu, T., Falkner, K., Thilakaratne, M., Sivaneasharajah, L., & Jayashanka, R. (2020). What Do Linguistic Expressions Tell Us about Learners' Confusion? A Domain-independent Analysis in MOOCs. IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 13(4), 878-888.
DOI Scopus3 WoS1
2019 Prana, G. A. A., Treude, C., Thung, F., Atapattu, T., & Lo, D. (2019). Categorizing the Content of GitHub README Files. Empirical Software Engineering, 34(3), 1296-1327.
DOI Scopus44 WoS35
2019 Atapattu, T., Thilakaratne, M., Vivian, R., & Falkner, K. (2019). Detecting cognitive engagement using word embeddings within an online teacher professional development community. Computers and Education, 140, 14 pages.
DOI Scopus16 WoS10
2019 Thilakaratne, M., Falkner, K., & Atapattu Mudiyanselage, T. (2019). A systematic review on literature-based discovery workflow. PEERJ COMPUTER SCIENCE, 5, 40 pages.
DOI Scopus17 WoS12 Europe PMC2
2019 Thilakaratne, M., Falkner, K., & Atapattu Mudiyanselage, T. (2019). A systematic review on literature-based discovery: General overview, methodology, & statistical analysis. ACM Computing Surveys, 52(6), 34 pages.
DOI Scopus22 WoS12
2017 Atapattu, T., Falkner, K., & Falkner, N. (2017). A comprehensive text analysis of lecture slides to generate concept maps. Computers and Education, 115, 96-113.
DOI Scopus38 WoS33
Year Citation 2012 Atapattu, T. (2012). Automated generation of practice questions from semistructured lecture notes. Poster session presented at the meeting of ICER'12 - Proceedings of the 9th Annual International Conference on International Computing Education Research. ACM Press.
T. Atapattu, M. Thilakaratne. Automated glossary generation for effective and efficient information extraction from COVID-19 scientific articles, Defence Innovation Partnership, $20,000 (2020-2021)
Falkner, K., Vivian, R., Atapattu, T. Cyber security education in K-12, AustCyber (with industry partners Google Aus & NZ and CSIRO), $313,387 (2020-2021)
K. Falkner, R. Vivian, and T. Atapattu, Artificial Intelligence resources to support the Artificial Intelligence in schools initiative, Department of Education & Training, $585,000 (2019)
K. Falkner, R. Vivian and T. Atapattu, AI Professional Development program for K-12 teachers in support of the Digital Technologies Curriculum in Australia, Google Australia & New Zealand, $83,749 (2019).
K. Falkner, R. Vivian and T. Atapattu, Understanding the relationship between social community formation and progression within MOOC environments, Research Contract, Google Australia, $37,687 (2017).
2019 (Semester 2): COMP SCI 1106 - Introduction to Software Engineering
2017 (Semester 1): COMP SCI 7098 - Master of Computing & Innovation Project
2017 (Semester 2): COMP SCI 1106 - Introduction to Software Engineering
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2022 Co-Supervisor User Behavioural Analytics for Healthcare Security Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Isuru Mahagani Arachchige 2021 Co-Supervisor Prediction of mastery learning and misconceptions picked up by users in MOOC contexts Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Abhilash Sridhara 2020 Co-Supervisor A Framework for Enhancing the Student Experience Through Automated Analysis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Hamzah Arishi 2018 Co-Supervisor Predict Student Behavior and Provide Supplementary Feedback to Increase the Student Engagement through Learning Analytics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Lavendini Sivaneasharajah
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2017 - 2021 Co-Supervisor In Search of a Common Thread: Enhancing the LBD Workflow with a view to its Widespread Applicability Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Menasha Thilakaratne
Date Role Membership Country 2016 - ongoing Society for Learning Analytics Research (SOLAR) 2014 - ongoing International Educational Data Mining Society (IEDM) 2014 - ongoing Member International Artificial Intelligence in Education Society (IAIED)
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