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Professor Nirmalie Wiratunga

Biography Nirmalie Wiratunga is Professor in Intelligent Systems in the computing science and digital media school. She has 15+ years of research experience in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Her PhD (2001) on knowledge and ontology refinement was funded as part of EPSRC project (GR/L38387). She was a post-doctoral researcher on an EPSRC funded knowledge adaptation project (GR/L38387) and thereafter gained a permanent Research Fellowship at RGU before being appointed to a Readership in 2009 and Professorship in 2016.
She has published in leading AI conferences and journals and her 80+ publications have attracted 1200+ citations and an h-index of 20 on Google Scholar.

Wiratunga currently leads RGU’s contributions to several projects including the European H2020 Selfback project (0.5MEuro) on mHealth and wearables, InnovateUK projects (£0.3M) on Sentiment Analysis for Product recommendation, Diabetes Self-Management and industry funded projects with British Telecom and British Geological Survey. She currently has several PhD and funded research projects related to knowledge modelling and representation from time-series and social media data.
Research Interests Nirmalie’s research interests include both theoretical and practical aspects of machine learning and intelligent systems with particular focus on Case-based Reasoning (CBR), Text Mining and Machine Learning. Current application focus is on digital health and algorithms for self-management and intervention.

The underlying aim of her research is to reduce the demand on manual intervention through the development of knowledge-rich representations for intelligent monitoring and decision support systems that reason with data, text and multimedia content. A common theme applicable across all content is to exploit similarity knowledge for effective modelling and semantic indexing.

She is an executive member of the British Computer Society’s Specialist Group on AI since 2002 and was editor of their Expert Update magazine (2005-2010). She has organised many research workshops on textualCBR, webCBR, SocialMedia Mining and more recently on Evolving systems and Deep Learning. She was also chair of the international CBR conference in 2011. Externally, Nirmalie has been a member of the programme committees of ECCBR, ICCBR, ECML/PKDD, IJCAI, AAAI and FLAIRS. She also pioneers the cause for women in computing and co-chaired the Scottish women in computing research and networking 2015 event in Aberdeen.
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