Ananda D. Gunawardena
Associate Professor of Computer Science (teaching) teaching and learning sciences research
Department of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Av.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Office: Gates 6005
Phone: (412) 268-1559
Fax: (412) 268-5573
guna at cs dot cmu dot edu
Assistant : Barbara Grandillo, Gates 6010, (412) 268-7550
I am now a faculty at Princeton University Computer Science Department and work on some innovative technology products. I continue to collaborate with CMU and have a courtesy appointement at CMU.
I am interested in learning about "how people learn". My goal has always been creating technologies to capture
and enhance the complex processes that we go through when learning. This is now more important than ever.
-- I am the principal inventor of the CMU based patent titled "media annotation visualziation tools and techniques and an aggregate-behavior visualization
system utilizing such tools and techniques" ( click the link to see patent)
-- I am also the principal inventor of the Princeton University based IP - Machine Assisted Segmentation of video collections.
-- I am currently working on a new IP on novel clustering methods for video based segementation.
I generally teach courses in Algorithms, Data Science, Discrete mathematics, numerical computing, Pen Computing, Effective programming with C and Unix, and involved with principles of Imperative Programming. I incorporate science of learning to my teaching to optimize the learning outcomes. I have received funding from HP, NSF, Gates Foundation, Microsoft and Google for various teaching related projects
My early research interest was in computational linear algebra.
I studied non-negative matrices and their applications to accelerating iterative methods.
Since 1994, I have been involved in projects involving creating the next generation of electronic
learning environments. My current research areas include application of machine learning and Human Computer Interaction
in creating intelligent learning systems. I am also working on ink-based domain specific applications for tablet PC's. I am also deeply involved in Classroom Salon project an effort to create a usable and smart platform for group interactions around documents. It is really cool. Take a look. We have 20,000 user now
Here are links to some of my research projects
Pen Computing in Education
Adaptive Book Project
Some news to share
|Asian influence molds old steel town
|Students replace textbooks with Tablet PCs
|EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
|South Fayette students' program redefines the flashcard
| News: Can Social Networks Save failing students? |
- B.Sc (honors) (Math Special), M.S (Computer Science), Ph.D(Computational Mathematics)
- Recent Conferences
Text Books I have Authored
- Employment History
- Associate teaching Professor of Computer Science, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 1998 -
- Adjunct faculty in Computer Science, Post Graduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 2000 -
- Associate Professor/Assistant Professor, Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, University of Houston, Downtown, Houston, TX 1989-1997
- Chief Scientist, TextCentric Technologies, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - 2002 -
- Chief Scientist, Laksoft Technologies, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - 2001-2002
- Adaptive Book Project
- Tablet Math Whiz
- CLO Project
- Blue Map
- Pen Based Computing
- Advanced Programming techniques
- Mathematical Foundations of CS
- Fundamental Data Structures and Algorithms
- System Skills in C and Unix
- Programming Applications in Computational Finance
- Computer Algorithms
- Computational Linear Algebra
- My previous courses:
- CS 410 Computer Graphics
- CS 300 Analysis of Algorithms
- CS 415 Applied Linear Algebra
- CS 415 Software Engineering
I am originally from Sri Lanka and now a proud American Here is a nice documentary about Sri Lanka on You Tube
My Life at Ananda College and University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
- I played sports while I was at Ananda College Colombo and University of Colombo. I captained the Ananda College second fifteen rugby team and was a member of the first fifteen rugby team and first eleven hockey team. At University of Colombo, I captained the Field Hockey team that played in Division A club hockey. In addition to that I was awarded university of Colombo Colors in Rugger, Field Hockey, Athletics and Basketball. Click here to see some old pictures. Now I am a member of the Pittsburgh Steelstyx hockey club and regularly play tennis and basketball.
Life Lessons from Randy Pausch
- I was blessed to have known my colleague Randy Pausch. Everytime I am down on life, I listen to his "last lecture". when you think life is tough Click here to listen to Randy
I am active in Sri Lankan community and have hosted various events including a visit by Malini Foseka, a queen of Sri Lanka Cinema.
See pictures here
- My wife Sriya Gunawardena is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a clinical Pediatric hematologist/Oncologist at Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh. We have two daughters Naomi and Naoka.
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