Chathra Hendahewa, PhD

Sri Lanka (Fulbright S&T Alumna 2008)

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Chathra Hendahewa is a Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers University, where she is conducting research on applications of machine learning techniques for financial decision making. At the Sequence Analysis and Modeling (SeQAM) Laboratory, she works to discover novel, efficient computational and algorithmic methods applicable to financial time series analysis. These methods would assist in identifying useful, yet unknown, relationships and patterns in the financial data, finding anomalous behavior in stock trading and providing better predictions.

A native of Sri Lanka, Chathra completed her Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology at University of Moratuwa, where she secured the award for the Best Information Technology Graduate for the Year 2002/2003. Chathra was also a finalist and a multiple gold medal recipient at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants–UK (CIMA) Awards, which exemplify her interest in linking financial analysis with computer science. In Sri Lanka, prior to being awarded the International Fulbright Science & Technology Award, she has gained experience as a Business Systems Analyst and completed two internships developing software modules for a free and open source disaster management system and as a software engineering intern.

Chathra enjoys cooking, travelling, writing articles, reading, and playing the piano in addition to exploring and researching computational methods on time series analysis, which has become her recent passion.