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Dr. Pethigamage Perera

PhD (UTS), MIT (CQU). Grad Dip MIS(CQU), BSc (Hons) MIS (NUID UCD), MACS (Snr) CP
Lecturer - ICT
School of Engineering and Technology
160 Ann Street - 21.23 / WS 04
About Me

Dr Lami Perera is a transdisciplinary academic in Information technology, with additional expertise in social science. He has experience both in IT industry and the higher education sector. He is a strong education professional with a PhD from UTS, Australia. He is also a Senior Member and a certified professional of the Australian Computer Society. He has appeared in international research journals and conferences in a range of different fields. Not only he has had several senior IT positions throughout his 22 years of IT career, but also Academic positions in various universities across two continents.

He is an active researcher in the field of information practices research (that is how the information is generated, how it flows between people, organisations and the site where they occur), Human Learning, Human Information Behaviour (on how humans need, seek, find, organise, and use information, both online and in everyday life) and local and global information-based interactions (network society, networking, globalisation and global connectivity in organisations)

He has contributed to academia excessively in terms of conceptualisation of "site" in cities and how people create a sense of place. He also has developed a research interest in non-western information practice research. His research reflects a broad sociological approach, bringing together the information practice theoretical approach with concepts related to place, globalisation and capital. He is also an advocate for insider/outsider research. In fact, He is the first academic to justify and prove the Karmic capital/Karmic capitalism through non-western information practice research. He uses qualitative and ethnographic approaches in his research including digital ethnography.

Dr Lami has several Academic positions in various universities across two continents. He is a senior Member and a certified professional of the Australian Computer Society. Prior to academia, He has had two decades of professional and hands-on experience in various IT positions such as Systems Engineer, Analyst Programmer, Senior BI Analyst, Senior Data Analyst, and Real Time Manger. His past industry experience also includes working as an IT Consultant on large government and private sector projects.


Dr Lami Perera has a good record of delivering high-quality education in business, IT, and research. He has provided outstanding learning experiences for students and undertaken research and received various awards. He has experience in continuous improvement of the curriculum/content development, course profiles and assessments. He also has coordinated courses, prepare, and deliver lectures, tutorials enrolled more than 700 students across various campuses. In addition, he has undertaken assessment and project marking, mentoring for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He has contributed to the maintenance of a positive academic environment that is conducive to high levels of engagement and standards of performance in learning and teaching. He has gained experience in communicating research outcomes to both experts and lay audiences. Most of his publications are in A, A+ academic journals.

Universities Studied At

  • University of Technology, Sydney (
  • The National University of Ireland, University College Dublin (
  • Central Queensland University, Australia (
  • Open University Sri Lanka (

Universities Worked At

  • University of Sunshine Coast
  • University of Technology
  • University of Colombo


Student Voice Awards and Commendations 2021

  •         COIS13034 Cloud Based Smart Applications Mgt

Student Voice Awards and Commendations 2020

  •         COIT20271 Mobile Game Development

Student Voice Awards and Commendations 2019

  •         COIT20272 Mobile App Development Project
  •         COIT20255 ERP Systems Management
  •         COIT20271 Mobile Game Development

Media Citations
Previous teaching

  • 2020 -2022

            University of Sunshine Coast – Australia(

  • 2003 – 2005

            Singapore Informatics, Singapore (

  • 2000 - 2003

            ESoft Metro Campus Colombo, Sri Lanka (

Professional Experience

2021 June - 2022 Feb


Data modelling for business intelligence, Using Hadoop-based SQL platforms, Power BI, PY Spark to deliver machine learning based solutions. Contributing to data architecture and developing data engineering components for cloud base data platforms. development, and support data pipelines in cloud platforms. Azure data lake mgt. mufti model Regression analysis, analyzing data related to IBM Bluemix smart applications. Build Warehouses and consult on data warehouse related issues.

2014 – 2015



Designing and developing data visualization artifacts to monitor real-time data. Maintain compliance with information governance and company policies and undertake quality checks to assure high standards of data and actionable insights. Applying data analytics for Forecasting Design, develop and implement learning and/or optimisation solutions, Resource planning, Real time Analytics and Reporting. Design, develop and implement predictive. Advise business Intelligence solutions and corporate performance Management Systems. Process oriented Strategic Planning.

2009 – 2014



Designing and developing data engineering and data visualization artifacts to capture NSW Public Transport information into Cloud based Data Management Platforms. Analytical reporting systems, Focused on high quality data analytics, Data cleansing, Modeling, and Mining, Experience with Data Management Plans, Data dictionaries and system technical documentations. Solution Architect for Data warehousing & OLAP. Project management and maintaining good client relationships by addressing client needs, knowledge graph and predictive modelling, specifically on Big Data.

2003 – 2005



Responsible for Sri Lanka Army and Water Board Payroll and HR Systems.Providing Oracle based financial system solutions: Managing Customer requirements and designing its overall architecture and assisting in the preparation of project proposals for large enterprise business. Design and implementation of Oracle base financial Systems. Supervise, lead and train junior staff. Ability to interact in a professional manner and build relationships with a broad range of stakeholders, Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and execute tasks across multiple tasks with tight deadlines and goals.

2001 – 2004



Programming and developing analytic databases and systems, maintenance of Systems, integrating large volume of data from different informational systems using VB.Net platform. Requirement Analysis and Determine the suitability and feasibility of an analytical solution for a given commercial problem. Design Database Architecture, UX design

1999 -2000


University of Colombo – SRI LANKA

Analysis of research data for exhibitions,

Professional Memberships

  • Senior Member & Certified Member of the  Australian Computer Society
  • Inaugural member – Leisure Informatics Society
  • Member of IEEE

Computer Software

§ Data Science:

Python, Spark, R, Scala, Azure ML, SAS, Oracle Data Miner, R, Azure Databricks, Jupiter notebook to process large volumes of data and perform statistical techniques.

§ Databases/Data Platforms:

Azure Data Lake Storage, SQL Server, Oracle 10g/11g/12c, Postgres, Hive, HDFS, Spark, Apache Solar, Oracle Big Data Appliance,

Cloudera Data Hub, BM Bluemix Big Data, Hadoop, Mongo, AWS Redshift/RDS, S3, EC2, Lambda, EMR, SageMaker, DynamoDB, Cloudformation, Athena, Kinesis, Google Platforms

§ Project Tracking Software:

Jira, Salesforce

§ Data Ops:

Managing CI/CD data ops pipelines with Azure Dev Ops, IBM Bluemix

§ Data Engineering:

Azure Data Factory, Azure Data Lake, Azure Databricks and Azure Data warehouse, Flow, Talend, Oracle Data Integrator, IBM Data Stage, SQL Server Integration , Services (SSIS), SQL Server Analysis Services - Both Multi-Dimensional & Tabular models, Dell Boomi, Advance Excel skills with VB scripts, IBM SPSS Modeler

§ Data Visualization Modelling:

Microsoft BI Stack (SSMS, SSIS, SSAS, SSRS, Power BI), Tabular Editor, ALM Toolkit, Tableau, OBIEE (10g/11g), data modelling methodologies (relational, Kimball dimensional), T-SQL, C#, DAX, MDX query, VBA, Python, SQL Server, SAP BO BI, IBM Cognos, QlikSense,QlikView, Looker

§ Other Data Mining Tools explored:

Rapid Miner, KNIME, Teradata, Orange widgets, Kaggle, Tattle GUI, Weka, Azure Synapse Analytics

Consultancy Work
Recent Research Projects
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Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4610 Library and Information Studies
  • 4699 Other Information and Computing Sciences
  • 4609 Information Systems
  • 3901 Curriculum and Pedagogy

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Research Interests
Information And Computing Sciences

Information Systems - Inter-organisational, extra-organisational and global information systems

Information And Computing Sciences

Information Systems - Knowledge and information management

Information And Computing Sciences

Library and Information Studies - Human Information Behaviour

Information And Computing Sciences

Library and Information Studies - Human information interaction and retrieval

Information And Computing Sciences

Library and Information Studies - Human information interaction and retrieval

Information And Computing Sciences

Library and Information Studies - Social and Community Informatics

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