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Dr Raj Prasanna PhD, MSc in IT, MBA, BSc Eng (Hons), CEng in IT

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

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.

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: +6448015799 Ext: 62167
    Location: T20i, T20
    Campus: Wellington

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - Loughborough University, UK (2010)
  • Master of Science in Information Technology - University of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka (2005)
  • Master of Buisiness Administration - Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka (2000)
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Electronics and Telecommunications) - Univeristy of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka (1995)
  • Chartered Engineer in Information Technology - Insititute of Engineers Sri Lanka (2007)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

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.

Research Opportunities

  • Massey University Research Fund  (01/01/2015) An exploratory study of information requirements for emergency operation centre personnel
  • Early Career Research Fund  (March 2014) Research on Emergency Operation Centre Software Usability

Thematics

Resource Development and Management, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

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):
Engineering (090000):
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):
Technology (100000)

Keywords

IS for Emergency Response, Internet of Things, Disaster/Emergency Management, IT, MIS, Situation Awareness, Cognitive Task Analysis, Interpretive Case Study Research

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 4 4

Research Outputs

Journal

Tan, ML., Prasanna, R., Stock, K., Hudson-Doyle, E., Leonard, G., & Johnston, D. (2017). Mobile applications in crisis informatics literature: A systematic review. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 24, 297-311
[Journal article]Authored by: Hudson-Doyle, E., Johnston, D., Prasanna, R., Stock, K.
Prasanna, R., Yang, L., King, M., & Huggins, TJ. (2017). Information systems architecture for fire emergency response. Journal of Enterprise Information Management. 30(4), 605-624
[Journal article]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Adhikari, M., Prasanna, R., Johnston, D., & McColl, S. (2015). Research agenda for Nepal: A country recovering from a mega disaster. : All India Disaster Mitigation Institute
[Internet publication]Authored by: Johnston, D., McColl, S., Prasanna, R.
Ahangama, N., & Prasanna, R. (2015). Disaster Risk Management and Resilience: What Remains Untouched?. NSBM Journal of Management. 1(1), 52-72
[Journal article]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Prasanna, R., & Huggins, TJ. (2016). Factors affecting the acceptance of information systems supporting emergency operations centres. Computers in Human Behavior. 57, 168-181
[Journal article]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Yang, L., Prasanna, R., & King, M. (2015). GDIA: Eliciting information requirements in emergency first response. Requirements Engineering. 20(4), 345-362
[Journal article]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Prasanna, R., Yang, L., & King, M. (2014). Sensor networks supporting fire Emergency Response. ABU Technical Review. (258), 8-13
[Journal article]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Prasanna, R., Yang, L., & King, M. (2013). Guidance for developing human-computer interfaces for supporting fire emergency response. Risk Management. 15(3), 155-179
[Journal article]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Prasanna, R., King, M., & Yang, L. (2010). Real-time resources. Fire Risk Management. (JULY), 38-43
[Journal article]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Yang, L., Rahubadde Kankanamge, R., & King, M. (2009). Situation awareness oriented user interface design for rire emergency response. Journal of Emergency Management. 7(1), 65-74 Retrieved from http://pnpcsw.pnpco.com/cadmus/testvol.asp?year=2009&journal=jem
[Journal article]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Yang, L., Rahubadde Kankanamge, R., & King, M. (2009). On-site information systems design for emergency first responders. Journal of Information Technology Theory and Application. 10(1), 5-27 Retrieved from http://aisel.aisnet.org/jitta/vol10/iss1/
[Journal article]Authored by: Prasanna, R.

Thesis

Prasanna, R. (2010). Information Systems for Supporting Fire Emergency Response. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Rahubadde Kankanamge, RP. (2005). Enterprise Resource Planning Software for Apparel Brand Identification. (Master's Thesis)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Rahubadde Kankanamge, RP. (2000). Application of Balanced Scorecard to the Software Industry: A Study of Two Organizations. (Master's Thesis)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Rahubadde Kankanamge, RP. (1995). Automated Test & Measuring System Based on GPIB. (Master's Thesis)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Prasanna, R.

Conference

Ahangama, N., & Prasanna, R. (2017). Knowledge Improvisation during floods. 3rd International Moratuwa Engineering Research Conference, MERCon 2017. (pp. 455 - 460).
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Ahangama, N., & Prasanna, R. (2016). Knowledge networks for flood resilience: A case of public administration officers of ratnapura. In Annual Research Symposium 2016 Proceedings(pp. 116 - 116). , University of Colombo Annual Research Symposium 2016: University of Colombo Sri Lanka
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Ahangama, N., & Prasanna, R.(2016). Calm over calamity: The effect of knowledge networks on resilience. Paper presented at the meeting of Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Building Resilience. Auckland, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Tan, M., Prasanna, R., Hudson-Doyle, E., Stock, KM., Leonard, G., & Johnston, D.(2016). A review: Crisis informatics and mobile applications in building resilience. Paper presented at the meeting of Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Building Resilience. Auckland, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Hudson-Doyle, E., Johnston, D., Prasanna, R., Stock, K.
Madhubhashini, ETS., & Prasanna, R. (2016). Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries in the Western Sri Lankan Waters. , National Conference on Geo-spatial Science and Disaster Management
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Ahangama, N., & Prasanna, R. (2015). Role of structural social capital for effective knowledge transfer - A review of literature. , Annual Research Symposium 2015 Sri Lanka
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Ahangama, N., & Prasanna, R. (2015). Government initiatives to form knowledge networks to promote disaster resilience in Sri Lanka. India: 2nd World Congress on Disaster Management
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Jayalath, JADUD., Prasanna, R., Perera, HSC., & Samarasinghe, GD. (2015). Relationship between quality and supply chain management practices towards operational performance of Sri Lankan rubber products manufacturing (export) firms. Proceedings of the International research Conference on Management and finance 2015. (pp. 383 - 412). Colombo, Sri Lanka: The 10th International Research Conference on Management and Finance 2015
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Atulugama, S., Prasanna, RP., & Nanayakkara, V. (2014). Earning expected benefits of ERP for insurance organisations in Sri Lanka: Implementation perspective. Proceedings of NITC 2014, Sri Lanka. (pp. 1 - 3). Sri Lanka: National Information Technology Conference
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Prasanna, RP., Yang, L., & King, M.Human Computer interactrion for Supporting Fire Emergency First Responders. . Melbourne
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Rahubadde, RP. (2013, July). Human computer interaction for supporting fire emergency first responders. Presented at People and the Planet 2013: Transforming the Future. RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Prasanna, R., Yang, L., & King, M. (2013). Human computer interaction for supporting fire emergency first responders. In P. James, C. Hudson, S. Carroll-Bell, & A. Tiang (Eds.) People and the Planet 2013: Transforming the Future. (pp. 1 - 25). Melbourne, Australia: People and the Planet 2013: Transforming the Future
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Rahubadde Kankanamge, RP., Yang, L., & King, M.(2012, August 26). Design guidelines for human computer interfaces supporting fire emergency response. In IDRC Davos 2012: Interative Risk Management in a Changing World - Pathways to a Resilient Society: Programme and Abstracts(pp. 169 - 169). , 4th International Disaster and Risk Conference [IDRC Davos 2012]: Integrative Risk Management in a Changing World - Pathways to a Resilient Society Switzerland: Global Risk Forum GRF Davos
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Rahubadde Kankanamge, RP., Yang, L., & King, M. (2012, August). Design guidelines for human computer interfaces supporting fire emergency response. Presented at 4th International Disaster and Risk Conference [IDRC Davos 2012]: Integrative Risk Management in a Changing World - Pathways to a Resilient Society. Davos, Switzerland.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Ekanayake, T., Rahubadde Kankanamge, RP., & Kuruppu, G. (2012). End-user acceptance of ERP systems in manufacturing organizations in Sri Lanka. In TR. Perera, SR. Manorathna, & SB. Ranasinghe (Eds.) The Seventh International Research Conference on Management and Finance [IRCMF 2012]: Conference Proceeding. (pp. 176 - 192). Sri Lanka: The Seventh International Research Conference on Management and Finance [IRCMF 2012]
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Rahubadde Kankanamge, RP., Pituwala, S., & Kuruppu, G. (2012). Impact of decision making on project success in virtual software development projects in Sri Lanka. In TR. Perera, SR. Manorathna, & SB. Ranasinghe (Eds.) The Seventh International Research Conference on Management and Finance [IRCMF 2012]: Conference Proceedings. (pp. 402 - 416). Sri Lanka: The Seventh International Research Conference on Management and Finance [IRCMF 2012]
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Prasanna, R., Yang, L., & King, M. (2011). Evaluation of a Software Prototype for Supporting Fire Emergency Response. http://www.iscramlive.org/ISCRAM2011/proceedings/papers/110.pdf: 8th International ISCRAM Conference
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Prasanna, R.

Other

Prasanna, RP. (2015, March). Introduction to Emergency Management Information Systems. In Emergency Management Summer Institute March 2015, Massey University, Wellington.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Prasanna, RP. (2015, March). Decision making and Information Management. In ASEAN - AHA Centre ( ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management ) visiting cohort. Presented at Massey University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Prasanna, RP. (2015, January). Contemporary Emergency Management in New Zealand. In Presented at the National Emergency Management Response Plan Revision Workshop, Disaster Management Centre, Sri Lanka..
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Prasanna, R., Adank, R., & Kremer, K. (2014). Successfully got through to the 2nd round of Humanitarian Innovation Fund ( Large Grant). Topic: Floodscape Value: 139,620 GPB.
[Other]Authored by: Adank, R., Kremer, K., Prasanna, R.Contributed to by: Prasanna, R.
Prasanna, RP. (2014, September). Emergency & Service Management in New Zealand: Moving on from the 2011 Christchurch Earthquakes.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Prasanna, R.Contributed to by: Prasanna, R.
Prasanna, R. (2014, March). Introduction to Emergency Management Information Systems. In Emergency Management Summer Institute, Massey University Campus, Wellington, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Rahubadde Kankanamge, RP. (2014, January). Human centred design considerations for systems supporting extreme environments. In Research Seminar: Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Prasanna, R.
Prasanna, R., Mitchell, J., & Johal, S. (2013). Design and Development of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Emergency Management. https://www.open2study.com/courses/emergency-management
[Other]Authored by: Johal, S., Prasanna, R.Contributed to by: Johal, S., Prasanna, R.
Rahubadde Kankanamge, RP. (2012, April). Dynamic Information Management during Fire Emergency Response in Buildings.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Prasanna, R.

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

  • English
    Last used: Daily
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • Sinhalese
    Last used: Daily
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • Japanese
    Last used: Not Often
    Spoken ability: Needs work
    Written ability: Needs work

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 3 0
Not Specified 1 0
CoSupervisor 1 0

Teaching

Emergency Managment Program Cordinator

130.201 Introduction to (Civil Defence) Emergency Management in New Zealand

130.301 Incident Command Systems

130.705 Emergency Management

130.799 Research Project in Emergency Management

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Yasir Syed - PhD
    Development of a Framework to Model Interdependencies between Critical Lifeline Utilities and their effect on Outage Time of different regions
  • Marion Tan - PhD
    Evaluating the usability of disaster apps from the perspective of the general public

CoSupervisor of:

  • Mina Adhikari - PhD
    Modelling Earthquake Hazard Preparedness in Recovery Period in Nepal

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