Anushka Vidanage

Research Fellow

Interests

My primary area of research is preserving the privacy of individuals through different techniques including distributed machine learning, differential privacy, and federated learning. I am also interested and working in the area of privacy-preserving record linkage (PPRL) especially in developing different privacy attacks on PPRL techniques.

Biography

I am a Research Fellow in the Software Innovation Institute at the Australian National University. My current research project focuses on exploring means of achieving privacy through extremely distributed machine learning. I am working under the supervision of Prof. Graham Williams.

Prior to joining ANU, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Information and Communication Technology (Honours) from the University of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka in 2016.

Apart from research, I am also a passionate photographer studying photography as a hobby. I enjoy travelling and taking photographs of landscapes, cityscapes, woodlands, and wildlife.

Research Areas

My current research work lie in the following specific areas:

  • [SOLID] (https://solidproject.org/) and Personal Online Datastores (PODs)
  • Data privacy and security
  • Distributed machine learning
  • Federated learning
  • Privacy-preserving record linkage (PPRL)
  • Cryptanalysis attacks on PPRL
  • Differential privacy

Activities & Awards

Publications

For a full list of research publications, see my Google Scholar Profile.

Awards

  • Australia–Germany joint research cooperation scheme fund
    German academic exchange service (DAAD), 2021 and 2022. Co-investigator with Peter Christen, Thilina Ranbaduge, Rainer Schnell, and Sarah Redlich.
  • SIGIR student travel grant
    Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), 2020.
  • Finalist
    he Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) competition, 2020. University level finals, The Australian National University, Canberra. The presentation can be viewed from here
  • 3MT People’s Choice Award and College Level Winner
    Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, 2019. The Australian National University, Canberra. The presentation can be viewed from here
  • Professor V. K. Samaranayake Medal for the Most Outstanding Graduate of UCSC
    Univeristy of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC), Sri Lanka, 2015.
  • Best Final Year Project
    4th year undergraduate research project (group) Univeristy of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC), Sri Lanka, 2015.

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