I am a Masters student at the Computer Science Department, Wright State University, Dayton, OH. I am attached to the Ohio Center of Excellence in Knowledge-enabled Computing (Kno.e.sis) and I am advised by Dr. Amit Sheth and Dr. Derek Doran . My primary research interests are Data Mining in Social Media and Knowledge Discovery. I am also interested in Machine Learning and Big Data.
I am orginially from Sri Lanka, a beatutiful tropical isalnd in Indian Ocean. I received my B.Sc in Information Technology from the Faulty of Information Technology, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
380 Joshi Research Center
Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton, Ohio 45435
Tel (office) : (937) 775-5217
Email : lakshika at knoesis dot org |
balasuriya dot 3 at wright dot edu
In this project, we try to understand how street gang members (self-identified street gang members on Twitter) use social media. We have developed machine learning models to automatically identify street gang members’ Twitter profiles using the content they share on social media (such as tweets and YouTube videos), profile descriptions, profile/cover images, and their emoji usage.EmojiNet and Emoji Understanding
The goal of this project is to build tools and algorithms to improve machine understandability of emoji. We built the first machine-readable sense inventory for emoji called EmojiNet and currently working on emoji similarity and emoji sense disambiguation applications.Context-Aware Harassment Detection on Social Media
The aim of this project is to develop comprehensive and reliable context-aware techniques to glean information about the people involved and their interconnected network of relationships to determine and evaluate potential harassment and harassers. My work focuses on automatically classifying aggressive tweets posted on Twitter.Contrast Pattern Mining Aided Clustering (December 2015 - September 2011)
I explored developing a contrast pattern-based clustering algorithm for Abbreviation Disambiguation in unlabelled clinical data. I have also worked on contrast pattern aided Ontology Alignment (focused on classes) for Linked Open Data.
Graduate Studies • January 2016
Currently enrolled in Masters in Computer Science, Wright State University, Dayton, OH.
Graduate Studies • August 2011 - December 2015
PhD student (Incomplete) in Computer Science, Wright State University, Dayton, OH.
Undergraduate Studies• 2005 - 2009
Bsc.(Sp)(Hons) in Information Technology , Faculty of Information Technology, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka (2005 - 2009). Completed with a Second Upper Class Honours
High School• 2004
G. C. E Advanced Level Examination in Biology (2004), Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo -04, Sri Lanka
I successfully completed an internship (Applied Research Intern) at Gracenote Inc., Emeryville, CA (May 2017 - August 2017). I worked on creating a Named Entity Recognizer and an Entity Linker to identify and link Music Entities on the Web and in user generated text.
I worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for CEG2350 Operating System Concepts and Usage from Fall 2012 to Spring 2016.
I worked as Research Assistant (September 2011 - August 2012, May 2016 - April 2017) at Kno.e.sis Center.
I worked as a Software Engineer in a leading telecommunication provider in Sri Lanka, Lanka Communication Services (Pvt) Ltd (November 2009-July 2011). Involved in project management, client communication, system analysis and design and application development.
During my undergraduate studies I worked as an Intern at Virtusa Corporation Pvt. Ltd for six months.
Deep/Machine Learning Tools/Packages
Word2Vec, scikit-learn, Weka
Windows and Linux