Dr Raj Prasanna

Academic Summary

PhD, Loughborough University, UK
MSc (IT), University of Colombo School of Computing, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
MBA (PIM), University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
BSc. Eng. Hons. (Electronics & Telecommunications), University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Chartered Engineer in Information Technology, Institute of Engineers Sri Lanka


Research Profile

Raj is a transdisciplinary researcher with experience of working in three continents in the field of Technologies and Systems for Disaster and Emergency Management.  His current research focuses on transdisciplinary socio-technical research on 1) the application of Internet of Things (IoT) for Disaster Management, 2) Designing Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) for Emergency Response and Situation Awareness, 3) End-user Acceptance of Systems Supporting Crisis Situations, and 3) Cognitive Requirements Capturing Techniques for Emergencies. Raj maintains an excellent research portfolio supported by strong collaborative research with researchers from both domestic and international organisations and institutes.

Raj has established research collaborations across several schools and colleges within Massey University and also made very strong research links with New Zealand’s top-ranking research organisations such as GNS Science and NIWA. Also, Raj has managed to initiate important research collaborations with international universities such as UCL, Loughborough University, the University of Essex in the UK, the Technology University of Sydney in Australia, Taiwan National University, National School of Business Management and the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka. For many years, Raj has also been serving as a reviewer of several high-quality journals and involved in organising, track chairing and reviewing disaster and emergency management conferences.

Raj also contributes as an expert in emergency management to support both local and international government and non-government organisations. He has more than sixteen years of teaching experience as a fulltime academic in graduate and postgraduate programmes in New Zealand, Sri Lanka, and the UK. Raj also served as a visiting faculty member of several institutes affiliated with reputed Universities such as RMIT Australia, Loughborough University, and Sheffield Hallam UK. In addition to delivering face to face lectures, Raj is well experienced in delivering them over the internet and other means. Raj is an experienced academic in graduate and postgraduate programme coordination including PhD programmes. Also, he is an expert in developing academic qualifications, curricula, teaching material and an expert in eLearning tools and platforms.

Publications

  • Becker, J., Potter, S., Prasanna, R., Tan, M., Payne, B., Holden, C., Horspool, N. & Smith, R. (2020). Scoping the potential for Earthquake Early Warning in New Zealand: A sectoral analysis. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction (In Press)
  • Tan, M. L., Prasanna, R., Stock, K., Hudson-Doyle, E., Leonard, G., & Johnston, D. (2020). Understanding end-users’ perspectives: Towards developing usability guidelines for disaster apps. Progress in Disaster Science.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pdisas.2020.100118
  • Harrison, S., Potter, S., Prasanna, R., Doyle, E.E.H., & Johnston, D.  (2020). Volunteered Geographic Information for people-centred severe weather early warning: A literature review. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies24(1), 3-21.
  • Jayasinghe, K., Kenney, C. M., Prasanna, R., & Velasquez, J. (2020). Enacting “accountability in collaborative governance”: lessons in emergency management and earthquake recovery from the 2010–2011 Canterbury Earthquakes. Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management.
    https://doi.org/10.1108/JPBAFM-09-2019-0143 
  • Tan, M. L., Prasanna, R., Stock, K., Doyle, E. E., Leonard, G., & Johnston, D. (2020). Modified Usability Framework for Disaster Apps: A Qualitative Thematic Analysis of User Reviews. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s13753-020-00282-x
  • Huggins, T. J., & Prasanna, R. (2020). Information Technologies Supporting Emergency Management Controllers in New Zealand. Sustainability12(9), 3716.
    https://doi.org/10.3390/su12093716
  • Ahangama, N., Prasanna, R., & Blake, D. (2019). ‘Living with the floods’: the influence of relational and cognitive capital on disaster risk management capacities in Rathnapura, Sri Lanka. Resilience, 7(1), 41-58.
  • Adhikari, M., Paton, D., Johnston, D., Prasanna, R., & McColl, S. T. (2018). Modelling Predictors of Earthquake Hazard preparedness in Nepal. Procedia Engineering, 212, 910-917.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2018.01.117 
  • Tan, M.L., 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.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.06.009
  • Prasanna, R., Yang, L., King, M., & Huggins, T. J. (2017). Information Systems Architecture for Fire Emergency Response. Journal of Enterprise Information Management, 30(4), 605-624.
    https://doi.org/10.1108/JEIM-12-2015-0120
  • Jayalath, U., Samarasinghe, G.D., Kuruppu, G.N., Prasanna, R. and Perera, H.S.C.(2017). Quality Management and Supply Chain Management Practices towards Operational Performance: A Study of the Rubber Manufacturing Industry of Sri Lanka. Colombo Business Journal, 8(2),19–41.
    http://doi.org/10.4038/cbj.v8i2.16
  • Prasanna, R., & Huggins, T.J. (2016). Factors affecting the acceptance of information systems supporting emergency operations centres. Computers in Human Behavior, 57, 168-181.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2015.12.013
  • Ahangama, N., & Prasanna, R. (2015). Disaster Risk Management and Resilience: What Remains Untouched? NSBM Journal of Management, 1(1), 52-72.
    http://doi.org/10.4038/nsbmjm.v1i1.4
  • Yang, L., Prasanna, R., & King, M. (2015). GDIA: Eliciting information requirements in emergency first response. Requirements Engineering20(4), 345-362.
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s00766-014-0202-2 
  • 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.
  • Prasanna, R., Yang, L., & King, M. (2014). Sensor networks Supporting Fire Emergency Response. ABU Technical Review, 258(Q2), 8-13. ISSN 0126-6209
  • Prasanna, R., Yang, L. & King, M., (2013).  Guidance for Developing Human-Computer Interfaces for Supporting Fire Emergency Response. Risk Management, 15(3),155-179.
    https://doi.org/10.1057/rm.2013.3
  • Prasanna, R., King, M., & Yang, L. (2010). Real-time Resources. Fire Risk Management, 2010(July), 38-43.
  • Yang, L., Prasanna, R. & King, M. (2009). Situation Awareness Oriented User Interface Design for Fire ER. Journal of Emergency Management, 7(2), 65-74. DOI: 
    https://doi.org/10.5055/jem.2009.0005
  • Yang, L., Prasanna, R. & King, M. (2009). On-Site Information Systems Design for Emergency First Responders. Journal of Information Technology Theory and Application, 10(1), 5-22.
    https://aisel.aisnet.org/jitta/vol10/iss1/2
  • Prasanna, R. & Wickramanayaka, G. (2004). ERP usage in Apparel Brand Identification. IS Engineer, Oct. 2004.

Under Review

  • Jayawardene, V., Prasanna, R., & Fakhruddin, B. (2020) What Data and Information Quality means in disaster response. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • Tan, M. L., Prasanna, R., Stock, K., Doyle, E.E.H., Leonard, G., & Johnston, D. M. (2020). Usability factors influencing the continuance intention of disaster apps: A mixed-methods study. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • Algiriyage N., Prasanna, R., Stock, Kristin., Doyle, E.E.H., Johnston, David. (2020). Multi-source Multimodal Big Data and Deep Learning for Disaster Research: A Systematic Review. Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing.
  • Ahangama, N. & Prasanna, R. (2020) Building the Theory of Disaster Knowledge Transfer in Survival-Focused Social Contexts (KTinSSC). International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • Imtiaz,S.Y., Uma, S.R.,  Prasanna, R., Wotherspoon, L. (2020). End to end linkage structure for integrated impact assessment of infrastructure networks under natural hazards. NZSEE Quarterly Bulletin.

About to be submitted

  • Harrison, S., Potter, S., Prasanna, R., Doyle, E.H.E., Johnston, D. (2020) Identifying data needs and opportunities for impact-based severe weather warnings. Weather, Climate, and Society.
  • Prasanna, R, Yang, L. & King, M., (2020) HCI Design Principles for Enhancing Situational Awareness of Emergency First Responders.  Telematics and Informatics.
  • Mathangaweera, A., Prasanna, R., Samarasinghe, D., Huggins, T., J. & Yang, L. (2020).  Empirical Study on how IoT Technologies are Adopted by Operational Fire Fighters.
  • Jayasinghe, K., Prasanna, R., Wijesinghe, C. & Wijethilake, C. (2020). The Use of Incident Command System in Responding to COVID 19: Lessons Learned from New Zealand and Sri Lanka. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.

Book Chapters

  • Harrison, S., Tan, M. L., Prasanna, R., & Doyle, E.E.H. (Forthcoming). Social media use by multiple stakeholders during the Fort McMurray wildfire. In S. Feldmann-Jensen, S. Jensen, & D.M. Johnston (Eds.), Disaster and emergency management: Case studies in adaptation and innovation. (Accepted)
  • Ahangama, N, & Prasanna, R. (Forthcoming). Surviving Floods Through Social Capital and Situational Leadership – A Case of Flood Response by District-level Responders. In Sri Lanka. In S. Feldmann-Jensen, S. Jensen, & D.M. Johnston (Eds.), Disaster and emergency management: Case studies in adaptation and innovation. (Accepted)

Scientific Reports

  • Uma, S.R., Syed, Y., Sapthala, K., Prasanna. R. (2020). Modelling interdependencies of critical infrastructure network recovery using a decision support system. Lower Hutt (NZ): GNS Science. 42 p. (GNS Science report; 2020/18).
    https://doi:10.21420/Y46F-GJ02
  • LODGD (2019), Next Generation Disaster Data Infrastructure -White Paper. CODATA Task Group, Linked Open Data for Global Disaster Risk Research (LODGD). September 2019. Paris. 
    https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3406127

Selected Conference Proceedings

  • Tan, M. L., Harrison, S., Becker J.S., Doyle, E.E.H. & Prasanna, R. (2020). Research themes on warnings in information systems crisis management literature. In A.L. Hughes, F. McNeill, & C. Zobel (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM). Blacksburg, VA, USA.
    http://idl.iscram.org/files/marionlaratan/2020/2299_MarionLaraTan_etal2020.pdf
  • Algiriyage N., Prasanna, R., Stock, Kristin., Doyle, E.E.H., Johnston, David. (2020). Traffic Flow Estimation based on Deep Learning for Emergency Traffic Management using CCTV Images.In A.L. Hughes, F. McNeill, & C. Zobel (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM). Blacksburg, VA, USA.
    http://idl.iscram.org/files/nilanialgiriyage/2020/2211_NilaniAlgiriyage_etal2020.pdf
  • Tan, M. L., Prasanna, R., Stock, K., Hudson-Doyle, E., Leonard, G., & Johnston, D. (2019). Enhancing the usability of a disaster app: exploring the perspectives of the public as users. In Z. Franco, J. J. Gonzalez, & J. H. Canos (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM) (pp. 876–886). Valencia, Spain.
  • Tan, M., Prasanna, R., Hudson-Doyle, E., Stock, K., Johnston, D., & Leonard, G. (2018). Usability Factors Affecting the Continuance Intention of Disaster Apps.  In K. Stock and D. Bunker, (Eds.), Proceedings of the 1st International ISCRAM Asia Pacific Conference. Wellington, New Zealand, 5-7 Nov. 2018.
    http://idl.iscram.org/files/marionlaratan/2018/1643_MarionLaraTan_etal2018.pdf
  • Imtiaz, S. Y., Prasanna, R., Uma, S. R., Stock, K., & Blake, D. (2018). A Design Science-based Simulation Framework for Critical Infrastructure Interdependency. In K. Stock and D. Bunker, (Eds.), Proceedings of the 1st International ISCRAM Asia Pacific Conference. Wellington, New Zealand, 5-7 Nov. 2018.
    http://idl.iscram.org/files/yasirimtiazsyed/2018/1645_YasirImtiazSyed_etal2018.pdf
  • Ahangama, N., & Prasanna, R. (2018). Disaster Knowledge Transfer in Networks: Enablers and Barriers. In K. Stock and D. Bunker, (Eds.), Proceedings of the 1st International ISCRAM Asia Pacific Conference. Wellington, New Zealand, 5-7 Nov. 2018.
    http://idl.iscram.org/files/nadeeraahagama/2018/1686_NadeeraAhagama+RajPrasanna2018.pdf
  • Sherson, A., Uma, S. R., & Prasanna, R. (2018). The effect of localised factors on water pipe repair times post-earthquake.  In K. Stock and D. Bunker, (Eds.), Proceedings of the 1st International ISCRAM Asia Pacific Conference. Wellington, New Zealand, 5-7 Nov. 2018.
    http://idl.iscram.org/files/andrewsherson/2018/1685_AndrewSherson_etal2018.pdf
  • Ahangama, N., & Prasanna, R. (2017). Knowledge Improvisation during floods. In Proceedings of the Engineering Research Conference (MERCon), 2017 Moratuwa (pp. 455-460). Colombo: IEEE.
    https://doi:10.1109/MERCon.2017.7980527
  • Tan, M., Prasanna, R., Hudson-Doyle, E., Stock, K. M., Leonard, G., & Johnston, D. (2016). A review: Crisis informatics and mobile applications in building resilience. In N. Domingo, & S. Wilkinson (Eds.), Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Building Resilience (pp. 504-516). Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University and The University of Auckland.
  • Ahangama, N., & Prasanna, R. (2016). Calm over calamity: The effect of knowledge networks on resilience. In N. Domingo, & S. Wilkinson (Eds.), Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Building Resilience (pp. 478-491). Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University and The University of Auckland.  
  • Ahangama, N., & Prasanna, R. (2015). Government Initiatives to Form Knowledge Networks to Promote Disaster Resilience in Sri Lanka. In Proceedings of the 2nd World Congress on Disaster Management. DMICS. Vishakapatnam, Andra Pradesh, India, 2015.
  • Jayalath, J.A.D.U.D., Prasanna, R., Perera, HSC., & Samarasinghe, GD. (2015). Management Practices towards Operational Performance of Sri Lankan Rubber Products Manufacturing (Export) Firms. In Proceedings of the 10th International Research Conference on Management and Finance 2015 (pp. 383 – 412). Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Atulugama, S., Prasanna, R. P., & Nanayakkara, V. (2014). Earning expected benefits of ERP for insurance organisations in Sri Lanka: Implementation perspective. In Proceedings of NITC 2014, Sri Lanka (pp. 1-3). Sri Lanka: Computer Society of Sri Lanka.
  • 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: Global Cities Research Institute, RMIT University.
  • Prasanna, R., Yang, L. & King, M. (2012). Design guidelines for human-computer interfaces supporting fire emergency response. In Proceedings of the 4th International Disaster and Risk Conference – IDRC Davos. Davos, Switzerland, 26 – 30 Aug. 2012. [CD ROM]
  • Rahubadde Kankanamge, R. P., Pituwala, S., & Kuruppu, G. (2012). Impact of decision making on project success in virtual software development projects in Sri Lanka. In T. R. Perera, S. R. Manorathna, & S. B. Ranasinghe (Eds.), The Seventh International Research Conference on Management and Finance [IRCMF 2012]: Conference Proceedings (pp. 402-416). Sri Lanka: Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Colombo.
  • Ekanayake, T., Prasanna, R. & Kuruppu, G. (2012). End-User Acceptance of ERP Systems in Manufacturing Organizations in Sri Lanka. In Proceedings of the Seventh International Research Conference on Management and Finance (IRCMF 2012) (pp. 176-192). Colombo, Sri Lanka, Dec. 2012.
  • Prasanna, R., Yang, L. & King, M. (2011). Evaluation of a Software Prototype for Supporting Fire Emergency Response.  In Proceedings of the 8th International ISCRAM Conference. Lisbon, Portugal, 8-11 May 2011.
    http://idl.iscram.org/files/prasanna/2011/854_Prasanna_etal2011.pdf 
  • Prasanna, R., Yang, L.  & King, M. (2011). Information Systems Architecture for Supporting Fire Emergency. In Proceedings of TIEMS 16th Annual Conference of the International Emergency Management Society. Bucharest, Romania, 7-10 June 2011. [CD-ROM]
  • Yang, Y., Prasanna, R., Yang, L., May, A. (2010). Opportunities for WSN for Facilitating Fire Emergency Response. In Proceedings of ICIASFS10 (pp.81-86). Colombo, Sri Lanka, December 2010.
  • Yang, L., Prasanna, R. & King, M. (2009). Information Requirements Gathering for On-Site ER Systems. In: Proceedings of TIEMS 15th Annual Conference of the International Emergency Management Society (pp. 173-182). Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Prasanna, R., Yang, L. & King, M. (2009). GDIA: A Cognitive Task Analysis Protocol to Capture the Information Requirements of Emergency First Responders.  In J. Landgren and S. Jul (Eds)., Proceedings of the 6th International ISCRAM Conference. Gothenburg, Sweden. [CD-ROM]
  • Prasanna, R., Yang, L., & King, M. (2008). Dynamic Information Management during Fire Emergency Response. In Proceedings of the 15th annual conference of the International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) 2008. [CD- ROM]
  • Prasanna, R. K. R., Yang, L., & King, M. (2007, September). Integrated information management system model for emergency response. In Proceedings of the. 13th International Conference on automation & Computing Staffordshire University (pp. 59-64).Colchester, UK.
  • Prasanna, R., 2006. Business Intelligence via Enterprise Resource Planning, Case Study: Apparel Brand Identification Industry. 62nd Annual Scientific Sessions. Dec. 2006, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Prasanna, R., (2006). Investigation on application of ICT in Sri Lanka Education Sector. 62nd Annual Scientific Sessions. Dec. 2006. Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Prasanna, R. (2006). Investigation on application of ICT in Sri Lankan Banking Sector. International Symposium 2006. University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Prasanna, R. (2006). Enterprise Architecture an ultimate tool to enhance organizational performance, International Research Conference, Sept. 2006. Faculty of Management & Finance, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Prasanna, R. (2006). Organizational Performance Evaluation via Application of Balanced Score Card in Sri Lankan Industry, Case Study: Sri Lankan Software Industry. International Research Conference, Sept. 2006. Faculty of Management & Finance, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Prasanna, R. (2006). Website analysis of Sri Lankan Large companies. International Symposium on Issues & Challenges of the 21st Century. Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka.
  • Prasanna, R. (2006). Process Improvement via Information Integration, Case Study: Apparel Brand Identification Industry. International Symposium on Issues & Challenges of the 21st Century. Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka.
  • Prasanna, R. (2006). Balanced Score Card as a Measure of Organizational Strategic Achievement: Case Study – Sri Lankan Software Industry. International Symposium on Issues & Challenges of the 21st Century. Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka.

Selected Conference Abstracts & Posters

  • Lambie, E., Campbell, E., Johnston, D., Elwood, K., Stephens, M., Uma, S. R., … & Hudson-Doyle, E. (2019). Smart Resilient Cities. In QuakeCoRE Annual Meeting. Nelson, New Zealand.
    http://hdl.handle.net/10092/17228
  • Syed, Y. I., Prasanna, R., Uma, S. R., Stock, K., & Blake, D. (2019). Development of a Decision Support System using a Critical Infrastructure Interdependency Modelling Framework. In QuakeCoRE Annual Meeting. Nelson, New Zealand.
    http://hdl.handle.net/10092/17184
  • Algiriyage, N., Prasanna, R., Stock, K., Hudson-Doyle, E., & Johnston, D. (2019). Identifying Research Gap and Opportunities in the use of Multimodal Deep Learning for Emergency Management. In QuakeCoRE Annual Meeting. Nelson, New Zealand.
    http://hdl.handle.net/10092/17151
  • Syed, Y. I., Uma, S. R., Prasanna, R., Stock, K., & Blake, D. (2018). An Integrated Simulation Framework to Model Critical Infrastructure Interdependencies. In QuakeCoRE Annual Meeting. Taupo, New Zealand.
    http://hdl.handle.net/10092/15876
  • Harrison, S., Potter, S., Prasanna, R., Hudson-Doyle, E., & Johnston, D. (2018). Alternative Data Sources for Impact-Based Forecasts and Warnings and Impact Modelling Risk Communication. In QuakeCoRE Annual Meeting. Taupo, New Zealand.
    http://hdl.handle.net/10092/15861
  • Tan, M., Prasanna, R., Stock, K., Hudson-Doyle, E., Leonard, G., & Johnston, D. (2018). DISASTER APPS: Usability factors affecting continued intention to use.  In QuakeCoRE Annual Meeting. Taupo, New Zealand.
    http://hdl.handle.net/10092/15970

Thesis

  • Unpublished Graduation Thesis of Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems: Information Systems for Supporting Fire Emergency Response, 2010.
    https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/dspace-jspui/handle/2134/7648   
  • Unpublished Thesis of the Master of Science (MSc) in Information Technology: Enterprise Resource Planning Software for Apparel Brand Identification, 2005
  •  Unpublished Thesis of the Master of Business Administration (MBA): Application of Balanced Scorecard to the Software Industry: A Study of Two Organisations, 2001
  • Unpublished Honors Project Report of Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSc. Eng.): Automated Test & Measuring System Based on GPIB),1995