Maneesha Perera

I am a PhD Candidate in the School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne. I am a part of the Optimization and Pattern Recognition Research Group, my research interests are in time series analysis and forecasting in the energy sector focused on Solar PV systems.

I am currently working as a part-time Research Intern at IBM Research Australia.

Previously I have worked as a Full Stack Software Engineer, primarily involved in microservice API development, Devops engineering and frontend web development.

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Work Experience

Research Intern

IBM Research - Australia
2019 March - Present

Currently engaged in time series analysis and forecasting in energy applications.

Software Engineer

SyscoLabs - Sri Lanka
2018 January - 2019 January

Engaged in frontend development, Devops engineering tasks and API development.

Trainee Software Engineer

99X Technology - Sri Lanka
2016 September - 2017 February

Worked on refactoring existing web based solutions in C++.

Education

PhD in Engineering

The University of Melbourne, Australia
2019 February - Present

Research Topics - Time series forecasting, solar photovoltaic energy, machine learning, optimization.

Supervised by: Prof. Saman Halgamuge and Dr. Julian De Hoog

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Science

The University of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka
2014 February - 2018 February

GPA - 3.87 / 4.00
Thesis Topic - Refinement Of Existing Road Vector Layers Through High Resolution Satellite Images.

Awards and Scholarships

  • Grace Hopper Down Under Student Scholarship 2019 - AnitaB.org Hopper Down Under Community
  • I was selected as a Hopper Down Under student scholar and was awarded a scholarship to attend the Grace Hopper Down Under Conference for women in STEM.

  • Melbourne Graduate Research Scholarship - The University of Melbourne
  • Melbourne graduate research scholarship is awarded for PhD students and Masters by research students based on their academic merit. I received the Melbourne graduate research scholarship to pursue my PhD in Engineering.

  • First Class Honours in BSc (Hons) in Computer Science - The University of Colombo School of Computing
  • GPA - 3.87 / 4.00

  • ICTA Award for the Best Computer Science Final Year Research 2017 - The University of Colombo School of Computing
  • I received this award for my final year research in Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computer Science degree.

Publications and Certificates

Leadership and Volunteering

  • Activity Organiser (Present) - IEEE Women in Engineering Victoria Section
  • I am a committee member of the IEEE WIE Victoria Section committee. My role as an activity organiser is to help and plan events organised by the IEEE WIE VIC section.

  • Vice President Talent Management 2015/2016 - AIESEC in University of Colombo
  • I was involved on organizing leadership development activities for members and managing the talent pipeline of the organization.

  • Organizing Committee Member National Conference 2015 - AIESEC in Sri Lanka
  • NATCON was a national conference organized by AIESEC in Sri Lanka with the objective of providing a platform for young individuals to develop their leadership skills.

  • Organizing Committee Vice President External Relations 2014/2015 Project MDG 2.0 - AIESEC in University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Project MDG 2.0 was a community development project carried out to create awareness about UN's millennium development goals in Sri Lanka.

  • Organizing Committee Vice President External Relations TAC 2015 - AIESEC in University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • TAC was a corporate forum organized by AIESEC in University of Colombo with the objective of creating awareness of the importance of carrying out CSR projects in the corporate sector.

  • Secretary IEEE Day 2014
  • IEEE Student Branch - University of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka.

  • Secretary English Literary Association 2011
  • Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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