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Dr. Raj Prasanna is an expert in Technology and Systems for supporting Emergency Management. He graduated from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 1995 in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering. He also obtained an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka in 2000 and an MSc in Information Technology from University of Colombo in 2005. Raj is also a qualified chartered engineer in Information Technology. Raj has been a fulltime academic and a researcher since 2004 and obtained his PhD from Loughborough University, UK in 2010 in Information Systems supporting Emergency Response. Raj's current research interests include application of Internet of Things (IoT) for Disaster Management, Human Computer Interface supporting Emergencies and Cognitive Requirements Capturing Techniques for Emergencies. His recent research findings related to emergency response is now being used by the Ministry of Civil Defence of UK and the UK fire and rescue service, to develop information systems supporting fire emergency response. Since 2011 Raj is attached to the Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University. He teaches Emergency Management and Incident Command Systems and coordinates Emergency Management Program at Massey. Previously he served as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management of Technology, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He also served as a part-time lecturer and a visiting academic at the Loughborough University, UK. He has also served as a visiting lecturer for the Sri Lankan affiliations of Massey University, Sheffield Hallam University, UK and RMIT University Australia. Prior to his academic career, Raj worked in the industry for nearly nine years in different managerial and technical job roles, including a top managerial position in a Sri Lankan office of one of the fortune five hundred manufacturing companies. Raj is also a professional consultant in many IS/IT related projects in top business ventures in Sri Lanka and Europe.
Raj is an expert in Technology and Systems for supporting Emergency Management.
Raj's current research interests include big data analytics and deep learning applications for emergency situation awareness, Internet of Things (IoT) for Disaster Management, Human-Computer Interface supporting Emergencies and Cognitive Requirements Capturing Techniques for Emergencies.
Resource Development and Management, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture, Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Cognitive Sciences (170200): Computer Perception, Memory and Attention (170201):
Computer Software (080300): Computer System Architecture (080302): Computer-Human Interaction (080602): Decision Support and Group Support Systems (080605):
Information And Computing Sciences (080000): Information Systems (080600):
Interdisciplinary Engineering (091500):
Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000):
Risk Engineering (excl. Earthquake Engineering) (091507):
Software Engineering (080309):
IS for Emergency Response, Internet of Things, Disaster/Emergency Management, IT, MIS, Situation Awareness, Cognitive Task Analysis, Interpretive Case Study Research
Massey University Emergency Management Academic Programme Coordinator
130.201 Introduction to (Civil Defence) Emergency Management in New Zealand
130.301 Incident Command Systems
130.705 Emergency Management
Postgraduate Supervision at Massey
Current PhD Supervision (Overseas)
Research Supervision Successes Overseas