Dr Nirosha Priyadarshani

Post Doctoral Fellow in Data Science
School of Mathematics and Statistics


BSc (Statistics and Computer Science) at University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 2006
MPhil (Computer Science) at University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 2013
PhD (Computer Science) at Massey University, New Zealand, 2017


Dean’s List of Exceptional Theses award (2017)
J S Watson Trust, Forest & Bird (2016)
Best Paper Award, 13th New Zealand Computer Science Research Student Conference (NZCSRSC) (2015)
WWF Conservation Innovation Awards 2014 – New Ideas for Nature runner-up in research innovation

Research Interests

Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning; Signal Processing; Denoising; Statistical Analysis

About me

My current post-doctoral research is focussed on automated birdsong recognition and development of protocols to survey wildlife. I enjoy helping ecologists, conservationists, community groups and environmental organisations to understand their wildlife through automated passive acoustic monitoring. I’m part of the multidisciplinary AviaNZ research group (http://www.avianz.net/) – a collaboration between mathematicians, data scientists, and conservation biologists – since the start of the project in 2013 and contributing to develop the AviaNZ bioacoustics analysis software.


See my Google scholar profile https://scholar.google.co.nz/citations?hl=en&user=nSMr7FIAAAAJ