Thushari Atapattu Mudiyanselage

Dr Thushari Atapattu Mudiyanselage

Grant-Funded Researcher (A)

School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

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;

  1. Using linguistic fingerprints to combat cyberbullying,
  2. Modeling language related to mental health using social media data,
  3. Impact of teachers’ academic discourse in lecture videos for students’ video engagement in massive classrooms (MOOCs),
  4. Modeling coginitive engagement and measuring new knowledge construction in online teacher professional development MOOCs
  5. Language and discourse aspects of learners’ with ‘confused’ state in massive open online courses (MOOCs)
Regardless of the discipline, I am passionate about everything in TEXT, DISCOURSE, LANGUAGE, COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY & MIND :)
  • Appointments

    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 Google - -
    2012 Award Google PhD Travel Award Google - $2500
    2011 Scholarship University of Adelaide PhD scholarship University of Adelaide Australia -
  • Education

    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)
  • Research Interests

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 Cyberbullying Causes Detection and Model Advancement through User Knowledge Integration 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
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Investigating Students’ Learning through Learner roles and Linguistic Expressions in Massive Open Online Courses Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Lavendini Sivaneasharajah
    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
  • Memberships

    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) -
  • Position: Grant-Funded Researcher (A)
  • Phone: 83139077
  • Email:
  • Fax: 83134366
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ingkarni Wardli, floor 4
  • Org Unit: Computer Science

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