Thesis Acknowledgements

Today I submitted my PhD thesis for external examination. It’s been a long and at times daunting journey for the past three years and nine months. This would not have been possible without the support of many great individuals. As a note of appreciation, the following is from my thesis, Acknowledgements.

This thesis would not have been possible without the inspiration and support of a number of wonderful individuals — my thanks and appreciation to all of them for being part of this journey and making this thesis possible. I owe my deepest gratitude to my supervisors Professor Ed Dawson and Dr Jason Reid. Without their enthusiasm, encouragement, support and continuous optimism this thesis would hardly have been completed. I express my warmest gratitude to my associate supervisor Professor Robin Drogemuller.
His guidance into the world of building information modelling has been a valuable input for this thesis. I also want to express my gratitude to my colleague and my associate supervisor Dr Farzad Salim. He has made available his support in a number of ways, especially towards the completion of this thesis.

I gratefully acknowledge the contributions of Joerg Kiegeland who was instrumental in developing the demonstrator. His expertise in building information modelling and his commitment towards the project was a significant influence in shaping many of the concepts presented in this thesis. I would like to thank my friend and colleague Khalid Eisa for his frequent help and support.

I am forever thankful to my colleagues at the Airports of the Future project for their friendship and support, and for creating a cordial working environment. I thankfully acknowledge the contributions of Dr Paul Barnes in formulating a number of access control scenarios discussed in this thesis as well as for his insight into addressing real world problems. I would like to thank Dr Clinton Fookes and Dr Vikas Reddy for organising required resources and liaising with industry partners.
I would also like to thank Ruth White and Anne Krupa for taking care of all the administrative matters.

I am thankful to the Airports of the Future project for giving access and valuable insight into the airport world that has immensely influenced this research. I would like to show my appreciation to all our project partners for sharing their expertise and experiences, and for providing valuable feedback throughout this research. I acknowledge the contributions from the Brisbane Airport Corporation and its staff for making it possible to carry out this work based on their airport environment.

It is a pleasure to thank my friends at the Geeks’ House, Janaraj, Hajananth, Mayooran, Jatheeshan and Kesawan, for the wonderful times we shared, specially the Saturday night dinners. In addition, I would like to thank all my friends in Brisbane and Melbourne who gave me the necessary distractions from my research and made my stay in Australia memorable.

Finally, my deep and sincere gratitude to my family for their continuous and unparalleled love, help and support. I am grateful to my sister for always being there for me as a friend. I am forever indebted to my parents for giving me the opportunities and experiences that have made me who I am. They selflessly encouraged me to explore new directions in life and seek my own destiny. This journey would not have been possible if not for them, and I dedicate this milestone to them.

Masters in Sweden (Last semester for free education)

Sweden has announced that starting from September 2011, students from non-EU countries will not be entitled free education. So this will be the last intake for free education.

For more information check the following links:

Applications can be submitted online at:

Last date for online application:
August 16, 2010
Last date to post certified copies of the certificates:
September 1, 2010

Also I guess there will be no English requirements according to this:

Tweets and Results – A Post Exam Analysis – Part 2

I had a similar post sometime back, after the Level 4 Semester 1 Exams, when I twitted my in-time thoughts after each exam, and later posted an analysis on my thoughts with the results I got. This is just another similar post, but for the Level 4 Semester 2 Exams, which happens to be the final exam of my undergraduate course.
So nothing much here, just some crappy thoughts as always…

— EXAMS — Starts tomorrow….!
10:02 PM Feb 8th from web
The day before the first exam…

— EXAMS — I was expecting a hard paper for “Computer Vision”, but it was even ‘harder’….!!! 5 more to go…! Next on the 16th…!
5:40 AM Feb 10th from web
Computer Vision (B+)

— EXAMS — AdvCompArch, Better than Worse, Worser than Ok. Anyway done with it… Another 4 more to go…!!!
3:24 AM Feb 16th from web
Advanced Computer Architecture (A-)

— EXAMS — I was not prepared enough for Operational Research… The downwards trend in exams continues… For me…!!!
3:55 AM Feb 17th from web
Operational Research (A-)

— EXAMS — Tested my creative writing skills at MIS exam… 🙂
3:21 AM Feb 18th from web
Management Information Systems (A-)

— EXAMS — Done with 5 out of 6 exams…! No comments about today’s Advanced Algorithms…!!!
4:29 AM Feb 24th from web
Advanced Algorithms (B)

— EXAMS — End of another era for me… All my undergraduate exams are over with today’s “Professional Practice”…!!! 🙂
3:58 AM Feb 26th from web
Professional Practice (A)

So thats how everything ended…

CSE Batch ’05 in GSoC 2009

It’s exciting to know the results of GSoC 2009 selections, where 6 from my batch got selected. The following is the list of participants from my batch. (I think I didn’t miss anyone…)

Nimantha Baranasuriya
OpenMRS – Proposal for Implementing the Audit Module (Data Integrity Module) for OpenMRS

Thilina Buddhika
The Apache Software Foundation – Improving Rampart Tests

Gihan Chamara
Sahana – SahanaOCR module

Senaka Fernando
Ptolemy Project – Integrating Ptolemy and Esper

Hiranya Jayathilaka
The Apache Software Foundation – Implementing SQL Authorization Support for Derby dblook

Nimalaprakasan Skandhakumar
Creative Commons – Creative Commons Add-in for Updates

Yes, I also got selected. Its exciting as this is the first time I’ve applied and got selected. More updates about my GSoC project activities will be posted at my GSoC2009 blog at

Also there are 14 selected candidates from CSE, including the 6 from our batch and 8 from our junior batch. As a university it seems we have 18 projects selected from UoM, which includes the 14 from CSE and 2 each from Tronic and IT.

Good luck to all the participants…!!!

Changes do Suck…!

(This is not to blame anyone, but felt like warning others who do study for semester exams at last-minute, like me…! Expect the unexpected…!)

I don’t normally hate changes, but when they come in the last moments I do feel they suck. This time it’s really true with the changes in the Final Semester Exam timetables at my University.

My final year final semester started in the last week of October 2008 and we were given a draft timetable dated October 18, 2008. It was a one which had all subjects evenly distributed along the one month duration of exams in February 2009. Later “they” decided to make changes to it due to “reasons” and notified the changed timetable to us on January 20. Though it a really crap timetable according to my set of subjects, its ok coz there was another 3 weeks left for last time study planning and exam preparations.

Now they have changed it again, on January 29, but we got to know about that on February 4. I can understand that there might be “reasons for changes”, but I feel this is not the “time” to make changes to timetables, just 5-6 days before the exams. (Yes, it not a big change, yet I’m totally screwed up)

I’d like to quote on of my batch mate saying,

“… I’m wondering if we are gonna go to write for a paper and be told that we will be answering a different paper that day :)”

For those who prepare for exams throughout the semester this aint gonna be a problem, but for those who don’t this is gonna affect big time, and I’m one of those.

Lets Face It…!!!