Ishari Amarasinghe

Department of Information and Communication Technologies · Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 08018, Barcelona, Spain

Ishari Amarasinghe is a PhD candidate in Interactive Technologies Group in the Department of Information and Communication Technologies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) , Barcelona. She received her masters in Intelligent interactive Systems from UPF. Her Master thesis work was related to “Intelligent Group Formation in CSCL Scripts” which has sparked her interest in Interdisciplinary research. Prior to Masters she received her BSc in Information and Communication Technologies (First Class) from University of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka.


Journal articles

Amarasinghe, I. Hernández-Leo, D. Jonsson, A. Manatunga, K. [Accepted] “Sustaining Continuous Collaborative Learning Flows in MOOCs: Orchestration Agent Approach”. J.UCS Journal of Universal Computer Science Special Issue on “New trends in Massive Open Online Courses” (2018)


Master Thesis

Intelligent Group Formation in Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Scripts

An interdisciplinary research which assisted learner group formation in collaborative learning environments based on multiple criteria using constraint optimization techniques.


Bachelor Thesis

Facial Muscle Anatomy- based Approach for Forensic Facial Reconstruction in Sri Lanka

Gold Medal – The best final year undergraduate research project.

September 2008 - June 2010


University of Colombo School of Computing, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Bachelor of Science (Hons) First Class
Information and Communication Technology

GPA: 3.62

2008 - 2012

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

Master of Science
Intelligent Interactive Systems

Future emerging technologies will provide both interactivity and intelligence. The master's programm in Intelligent Interactive Systems, in collaboration with the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona) addresses both of these trends, focusing on the design, analysis, and development of agents and robots that can interact intelligently with humans and other agents; agents that can perceive, plan, act, learn, and communicate.

2015 - 2016

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

PhD Candidate
Data Driven Intelligent Design & Enactment of Collaborative Learning in CSCL

Throughout my PhD I'm interested in supporting both educators and students during collaborative learning activities using cutting edge machine learning and AI techniques. I'm interested in researching how intelligence inherited from Machine Learning Techniques, Predication algorithms etc.. to dynamically manage / orchestrate collaborative learning activities via predicting good design parameters for educators and embedding software agents to collaborative systems to manage and enhance learner enactment.

2016 to present


Programming Languages & Tools
  • Mobile-First, Responsive Design
  • Cross Browser Testing & Debugging
  • Cross Functional Teams
  • Agile Development & Scrum


  • Full scholarship by Anita Borg Institute - Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) Conference 2017
  • Gold Medal for best final year research project at University of Colombo General Convocation (2013)
  • Gold Winner-Tertiary Category- National Best Quality Software Awards (2013)
  • Best Paper Award at 11th Annual Academic Sessions-College Of Forensic Pathologists Of Sri Lanka (2012)
  • Gold winner of E-Swabhimani Award - E-Science and Technology category (2012)
  • Mind Undergraduate Scholarship from Prof.Mohan Munasinghe Institute for Development( MIND), Sri lanka (2011)

Voulanteer Experience

Apart from being a researcher, I enjoy my time voulanteering for worthy course. I have voulanteered in several conferences playing different roles while helping the organizing comitties in different ways. Some of recent conferences I voulanteered include:

Women in Machine Learning (WiML) workshop (2016)

International Conference on DataMining (2016)

ACM womENcourage (2017)