Bridging the gap between academia and IT industry : The Three key elements

A traveller\'s story
With the rapidly expanding daily use of Information Technology, we have to accept that the industry is running out of the skilled workforce to cope-up with the demand. On the other hand, census suggests that a considerable amount of youth remains unemployed while having a Bachelors qualification, struggling to find a workplace. See a problem? Academia is working hard ...

සෙරෙප්පු

A traveller\'s story
ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාවෙදි, පාන්දරම නැගිටලා කෝට් එකේ ගුලි වෙලා පාර දිගේ ඇවිදගෙන යද්දි වංගුව ලග සෙරෙප්පු කඩේ මට පේනවා. හැමදාම පුරුද්දට මම ඒ ඇතුල දිලිසෙන්න පිහිදාපු වීදුරුවෙන් බලනවා. සීත කාලේට ලස්සන බූට් සපත්තු පුරෝල. ආයෙමත් හැන්දාවට වංගුව ගනිද්දි මම එතැන බලනව. ඊට අඩියක් එහායින් තියෙන අවන්හලෙන් බියර් එකක් තොල ගාන්ට ආපු ජෝඩුවක ගෑනු ලමයා ඇතුලෙ සපත්තු පෙන්වලා හිනා වෙනව මට පේනව. සමහර ...

New year celebrations at University of Melbourne with SLGS

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The best days of the year for both adults and kids in Sri Lanka fall in 2nd week of April. It is the period we have Sinhala Hindu New year : the traditional celebration of new year. It is the period when all irrespective of the age and wealth come together with the family and cherish the time together all ...

Installing RStudio on Ubuntu 15.04

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Installing R : To install R on your machine, choose the mirror preferred from below, and add it to the repository list. https://cran.r-project.org/mirrors.html sudo add-apt-repository '<em>the_selected_mirror_site'</em> Then execute below commands to install R. </pre> sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys E084DAB9 sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install r-base r-base-dev <pre> Install Rstudio : #Install the necessary dependencies. sudo apt-get install ...

A bookworm on ‘the book thief’

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I sit shocked and overwhelmed. At the same time, I am glad that it finished. A narrative: narrated by death, where he himself confesses ‘I am haunted by humans’ and THE END. The book thief by Markus Zusak was the only book I finished in a stretch recently. To write a narrative by Death: That is genius in writing!! The ...

Implementing SOM in Python

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Self Organizing Map (SOM) also known as Kohenan Maps are simple yet powerful unsupervised learning algorithm which have not lost its popularity over the years. Below is an implementation of SOM in Python written by myself.  A map of Neuron objects with GridPosition as the key is used to represent the developed neural network. https://github.com/damayanthiHerath/selforganisingmaps

Flagstaff Gardens in Melbourne..

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Although crowded in the middle, with people rushing around in the city and a few-minutes-frequent trams running all the time, Melbourne is a city with many ‘get-away’s situated in the middle of the city itself. One such place, situated a few minutes tram ride from the Melbourne CBD, is FlagStaff Gardens. http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Placestogo/ParksandGardens/AllParksandGardens/Pages/4435.aspx Established in 1862, it is considered to be ...

‘Logged Out’!

A traveller\'s story
It has been a while since I logged out and by logout I mean ‘Deactivate’.  I am celebrating my time with less social media and hope the  cheer shall remain. I sure am missing some things too. I have more time left to read, more time to keep my face out of the window while  traveling in a tram and ...

Cook’s Cottage at Melbourne

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Captain James Cook is remembered in Australia, as the sailor who discovered the south coast of Australia.I recently visited the Cook’s Cotttage , which is considered to be the oldest building in  Australia. It is  walking distance away from Melbourne CBD, in the Fitzroy garden. The facts say that the cottage which was originally built in Yorkshire, England by the parents of ...

Configuring Theano to run with GPU

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Theano is a python library, which provides easy abstraction to many of the mathematical computations. It also provides and abstraction to run code on GPUs and accelerate the execution. Below is the link to official Theano site. http://deeplearning.net/software/theano/ Once installed on Linux, Theano package should be configured to use GPU explicitly . This is done by adding configurations to the ...

Being early to observe 2016 : New Years Eve at Melbourne

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The breeze of a new year,is around the corner. Being in Sri Lanka, last year I was late to feel the breeze.  This time, being in Melbourne, Australia we are the 5th, according to the timezone details below. http://www.worldtimezone.com/newyear.html (No, Sri Lanka is NOT a part of India, though it is listed under India, We are neighbors). I was fortunate enough to ...

Engineering the code..

A traveller\'s story
Sometimes, I hear people claiming, I am specialized in Computer Engineering, but I am not fond of coding.  For me it is like saying, ‘I know a lot of recipes, but I don’t like cooking’ or ‘I can compose beautiful music, but I don’t like playing them or singing’. The beauty in programming I find it fascinating to learn a ...

Fun with Matlab : Notify me once done..

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While working on Matlab desktop application,  I wanted it to notify me once the execution complete, so that I can continue with other work until (*usually 6 hours taking )job completes. A simple way to get notified once the script completes is to add the command beep at the end. If you want any custom music, you can use sound ...

Quick code to plot a box plot of vectors of variable lengths in Matlab

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Box plots are another useful data visualization tool. But it is not straightforward how you can plot a boxplot , when your instances (rows/columns) have variable lengths. For a trivial case , below is the simplest. V1 = randn(15, 1); V2 = randn(10, 1); V3 = randn(6, 1); group = [repmat(1, [15, 1]) ; repmat(2, [10, 1]); repmat(3, [6, 1])]; ...

Breaking the Ice : My journey at Toastmasters : 1

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I recently acquired membership of Toastmasters international and became a member of the Melbourne University Toastmasters club which is a club filled with a set of quite enthusiastic individuals and are passionate about encouraging each other to speak up and get rid of any form of glossophobia. (Glossophobia is defined as the fear of public speaking). As a Toastmasters club ...

A Macro in MS Excel to loop through files

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I was not at all a fan of Microsoft Excel . But, when you work with data and data comes in many forms , be it in Excel : YOU DEAL WITH THEM! . The task I was working on included  a number of Excel files  which contained data in a fixed format. Imagine a set of Excel files on ...

For the love of Bioinformatics…………

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It is amazing how you can read the DNA of people, like you read a book. I find it fascinating that you can find reflections of their behavior, their appearance, even their thought process, in their DNA.  I am still in the early stages of understanding how we, the  people speaking the language of ‘1’s and ‘0’s, can understand the ...

පන්දම්…

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සුදුසුකම් නැති අයවලුන් ඇදුනුම්කමින්, බලපුලුවන්කාරකමින් තනතුරු ගන්නා විට, ගමේ කියන්නේ පන්දමෙන් ගිය බවය.මූල කතාව නොදන්නා මුත් ඔය පන්දම් ඇල්ලීම ගැන අප්පච්චී නිතර පිලිකුලෙන් කියනු මට ඇසී තිබේ. සුදුසුකම් නොමැතිව, ඉහලට යාමට නුසුදුස්සෝ පන්දම් අල්ලති. මොනවා වුනත්, පන්දමෙන් ආ බව දන්නා නිස ඉහල ශ්‍රේණියේ සිට පහල ශ්‍රේණියේ කවුරුත් එවැන්නන්ට වැඩ කරන්නේ කිසියම් අපුලකින්ය. ඒත් දැන් කාලය වෙනස්ය. ජන්දයක් ද අත ලග ...

මව්බිමට ආදරෙන්..

A traveller\'s story
මද පවන සිඹ බලමි හුරු සුවද නෑ දැනුනේ නාදුනන මුහුනු මැද හුරු හිනාවයි හෙව්වේ බැදී ඇත අපෙ මතකයන් මවෙත හෙවනැල්ල මෙන් නොහෙලාම බැල්මකුදු හිරුට නෙත් ලා හිදිමි බැස ගියත් හිරු, නොයෙයි මහ රෑට නින්දේදී යලිත් ඒ මතකයන් පාරවයි හද මගේ මගෙ සුසුම් සිහිලක් වේවා මග බලන ඔය නෙතට දකින්නට දින ගනින්නම් නුඹේ පුරුදු හසරැල්ල ...