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Dr Lasitha Dharmasena



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Deakin Business School


Melbourne Burwood Campus


GCHE Exempt, Deakin University, 2011
Doctor of Philosophy, Royal Melb Inst. of Technology, 2009
Master of Applied Science, Royal Melb Inst. of Technology, 2003
Bachelor of Science, University of Colombo, 2002



Dr Lasitha Dharmasena is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics in Deakin Business School. Lasitha's research interests are broad, encompassing diverse areas such as information systems, stochastic processes, information retrieval, software reliability analysis, production process capability analysis, sequential analysis and statistical modelling of SMS reminder communication networks and patient appointments. She is involved in projects both within the academia as well as in industry, mainly in the area of design and analysis of surveys and experiments and data analysis.

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Research interests

  • Visual Analytics
  • Predictive Analytics/ Data mining 
  • Sequential Analysis
  • Quality control
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Business Statistics


  • Member, Australian Computer Society.

Teaching interests

  • Business statistics
  • Exploratory data analysis
  • Statistical modelling
  • Data Visualisation

Units taught

  • MIS171 - Business Analytics
  • MSQ791 - Data Analysis for Managers
  • MIS770 - Analytical Skills for Managers
  • MIS770 - Foundation Skills in Data Analysis

Knowledge areas

Mathematical Statistics

Applied Statistics

Data Mining


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The effectiveness of SMS Reminders and the impact of patient characteristics on missed appointments in a public dental outpatient clinic

E Bellucci, L Dharmasena, L Nguyen, H Calache

(2017), Vol. 21, pp. 1-21, Australasian journal of information systems, Bruce, A.C.T., C1


A new process capability index for multiple quality characteristics based on principal components

L Dharmasena, P Zeephongsekul

(2016), Vol. 54, pp. 4617-4633, International Journal of Production Research, C1


Teaching data analysis with interactive visual narratives

D Saundage, J Cybulski, S Keller, L Dharmasena

(2016), Vol. 27, pp. 233-247, Journal of information systems education, Boone, N.C., C1


Statistical comparisons of non-deterministic IR systems using two dimensional variance

G Jayasinghe, W Webber, M Sanderson, L Dharmasena, J Culpepper

(2015), Vol. 51, pp. 677-694, Information processing and management, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Univariate and multivariate process yield indices based on location-scale family of distributions

L Dharmasena, P Zeephongsekul

(2014), Vol. 52, pp. 3348-3365, International journal of production research, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Software reliability growth models based on local polynomial modeling with kernel smoothing

L Dharmasena, P Zeephongsekul, C Jayasinghe

(2011), pp. 220-229, Proceedings - International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering, ISSRE, E1


Fitting software reliability growth curves using nonparametric regression methods

L Sandamali Dharmasena, P Zeephongsekul

(2010), Vol. 7, pp. 109-120, Statistical methodology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Estimating process capability index Cpm using a bootstrap sequential sampling procedure

L Dharmasena, P Zeephongsekul, P Castagliola

(2010), Vol. 39, pp. 1097-1110, Communications in statistics - simulation and computation, Philadelphia, Pa., C1-1


Predicting software reliability growth using bootstrap nonparametric fixed-width confidence intervals

L Dharmasena, P Zeephongsekul

(2009), pp. 362-366, Proceedings of the 15th ISSAT International Conference on Reliability and Quality in Design, San Francisco, Calif., E1-1


Bootstrap sequential fixed-width confidence interval estimation of process capability index CPM

L Dharmasena, P Zeephongsekul

(2008), pp. 250-254, Proceedings - 14th ISSAT International Conference on Reliability and Quality in Design, E1-1


Sequential fixed-width confidence bands for kernel regression estimation

L Dharmasena, B de Silva, P Zeephongsekul

(2008), pp. 1-5, IMECS 2008 : Proceedings of the International MultiConference of Engineers and Computer Scientists 2008, Kowloon, Hong Kong, E1-1


Fixed-width sequential confidence bands in kernel regression using bootstrap approximation

L Dharmasena, B de Silva, P Zeephongsekul

(2008), pp. 1252-1260, ICDM 2008 : Proceedings of the International Conference on Data Management, New Delhi, India, E1-1


Predicting software reliability growth using nonparametric regression

P Zeephongsekul, L Dharmasena

(2008), pp. 337-341, Proceedings of the 14th ISSAT International Conference on Reliability and Quality in Design, Orlando, Fla., E1-1


Two-stage sequential procedure for nonparametric regression estimation

L Dharmasena, P Zeephongsekul, B de Silva

(2008), Vol. 49, pp. 699-716, ANZIAM journal, Adelaide, S. A., C1-1


Sample size determination for kernel regression estimation using sequential fixed-width confidence bands

L Dharmasena, P Zeephongsekul, B de Silva

(2008), Vol. 38, pp. 129-135, IAENG international journal of applied mathematics, Hong Kong, China, C1-1


Application of sequential nonparametric confidence bands in finance

L Dharmasena, B de Silva, P Zeephongsekul

(2007), pp. 1-17, ACE 2007 : Proceedings of 36th Australian Conference of Economists, Hobart, Tas., E1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Enhancing collaborative learning in information systems business analytics using data visualisation and manipulation techniques

A/Prof Jacob Cybulski, Prof Dineli Mather, Dr Susan Keller, Dr Lasitha Dharmasena, Dr Dilal Saundage

OLT Seed Projects - Office for Learning and Teaching

  • 2015: $36,599
  • 2014: $7,107
  • 2012: $165,000


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