Thilina Gunarathne is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Informatics and Computing of Indiana University. He has extensive experience in using Apache Hadoop and related technologies for large-scale data intensive computations. His current work focuses on developing technologies to perform scalable and efficient large-scale data intensive computations on cloud environments.
Thilina has published many articles and peer reviewed research papers in the areas of distributed and parallel computing, including several papers on extending MapReduce model to perform efficient data mining and data analytics computations on clouds. Thilina is a regular presenter in both academic as well as industry settings.
Thilina has contributed to several open source projects at Apache Software Foundation as a committer and a PMC member since 2005. Before starting the graduate studies, Thilina worked as a Senior Software Engineer at WSO2 Inc., focusing on open source middleware development. Thilina received his B.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, in 2006 and received his M.Sc. in Computer Science from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 2009. Thilina expects to receive his doctorate in the field of distributed and parallel computing in 2013.