Athula Ginige

Athula Ginige is Professor of Information Technology at Western Sydney University (WSU), Australia, and leads the Social Computing and Knowledge Ecosystems Research Program at WSU’s School of Computer, Data, and Mathematical Sciences. During the last decade, he has been involved in developing Smart Computing Technology Platforms for agribusiness. Such digital platforms enable a knowledge-driven agrifood ecosystem that enhances productivity, minimizes waste, and creates economic, social and environmental value that is redistributed back to the participants. His current research on digital knowledge ecosystems focuses on autonomous and participatory sensor networks, knowledge aggregation and event detection, large-scale knowledge organizations based on ontologies and Semantic Web technologies, context modeling, mobile-based system design for user empowerment, and social computing. Previously, Dr. Ginige performed pioneering work to establish the discipline area of Web engineering, which he is now extending to mobile-based applications. He has also done extensive research in the areas of digital business and digital transformation. In 2016, Dr. Ginige won the Australian Computer Society’s Digital Disrupter Gold award for developing the digital knowledge ecosystem for agribusiness. He has over 250 journal and conference publications, has presented multiple keynotes at various conferences, and has supervised 17 PhD students. He earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering with first-class honors from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK. He can be reached at