What can data science and big data do for Sri Lanka

Posted on September 14, 2015  /  0 Comments

Dr Srinath Perera, who heads research at WSO2 and serves as an advisor to our big data team, has written a blog post with the above heading, where he makes reference to our work.

Understand social dynamics like people geographic distribution, demographic distribution, mobility patterns etc to aid in policy and urban planning. This can be done through data sets like Census, CDR data, social media data ( in the right context) etc. The good news is this is already underway by Lirneasia ( see Big Data for Development Project, http://lirneasia.net/projects/bd4d/). However, there are many problems to solve. If you are a Sri Lankan research student looking for a thesis topic, chances are you can find dozen good problems in this project.

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