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AMSI grant recipient profile: Abeysinghe Arachchige Ridmala Prabuddhi Abeysinghe

Abeysinghe Arachchige Ridmala Prabuddhi Abeysinghe

RMIT University

I am a first-year undergraduate student at RMIT University in Melbourne, pursuing my Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics. Originally from Sri Lanka, I am an international student excited to delve into the vibrant academic atmosphere of Australia.

My academic interests lie at the intersection of mathematics and statistics. Currently, I am laying the groundwork for my future endeavors, which include pursuing a PhD focused on measuring community evolution in social networks. This area of research captivates me due to its potential to unravel the intricate dynamics of human interactions and societal changes through quantitative analysis.

1. Can you give me a quick rundown about the type of mathematics you are studying and its potential impacts for the broader community (think how you would explain your work and studies to others who don’t study maths)

I’m primarily focused on mathematics and statistics. Mathematics is essentially the language of patterns and relationships, while statistics deals with analyzing data to make sense of the world around us.

Specifically, I’m interested in applying mathematical and statistical techniques to understand social networks. These networks represent how individuals or entities are connected to each other, whether it’s through friendships, interactions on social media, or collaborations in academic or professional settings.

Well, social networks are everywhere in our daily lives, from how we communicate with friends and family to how information spreads online. By studying these networks mathematically, we can gain insights into how communities form, evolve, and interact.

For example, understanding community evolution in social networks can have implications for various fields such as sociology, psychology, public health, and even business. It can help us identify influential individuals or groups within a community, track the spread of ideas or diseases, and even predict trends or behaviors.

In simpler terms, my work aims to uncover the underlying patterns in how people connect and interact with each other, with the goal of making sense of complex social dynamics and ultimately contributing to a better understanding of human society.

2. How did you get into mathematics/statistics/data science? Was there someone or something that inspired you to this field?

My journey into mathematics, statistics, and data science has been a combination of personal interest and inspiration from various sources. From a young age, I’ve always been fascinated by numbers and patterns. I found joy in solving mathematical puzzles and exploring the beauty of mathematical concepts. As I progressed through my education, I realized that mathematics wasn’t just about calculations; it was a powerful tool for understanding the world around us.

In high school, I had an inspiring mathematics teacher who encouraged me to delve deeper into the subject and explore its applications beyond the classroom. Their passion for mathematics ignited my curiosity and motivated me to pursue further studies in the field.

Overall, it’s been a combination of personal curiosity and supportive mentors in the field that led me to pursue mathematics, statistics, and data science as my academic and professional path.

3. You received a Travel Grant to attend AMSI Summer School 2024. How important was this in terms of your ability to attend, fully participate in the program and meet others studying in similar fields? Do you think it was an advantage to attend the program in-person?

Receiving a Travel Grant to attend the AMSI Summer School 2024 was incredibly important for me. It made it possible for me to attend the program, fully participate in its activities, and engage with others studying in similar fields. Without the grant, attending such an event might have been financially challenging for me as an international student.

4. What was the most valuable part of the program for you?

The most valuable part of the AMSI Summer School program for me was the opportunity to engage with leading experts and researchers in the field of mathematics and statistics. Interacting with these professionals through lectures, workshops, and informal discussions provided me with invaluable insights, perspectives, and knowledge that I wouldn’t have gained elsewhere.

5. In the long-term, what do you think are the benefits of having attended Summer School?

Attending the AMSI Summer School offers several long-term benefits. Firstly, it enhances my knowledge and skills in mathematics and statistics, equipping me with the tools needed for future academic and professional endeavors. Secondly, it expands my professional network, connecting me with peers, mentors, and experts in the field, which could lead to collaborations, job opportunities, and mentorship in the future. Thirdly, it boosts my confidence and credibility, as participation in prestigious programs like this demonstrates my commitment to learning and professional development. Overall, attending the Summer School sets a strong foundation for my future career in mathematics, statistics, or related fields, providing me with the resources, connections, and experiences necessary for success.

6. Summer School included a special Careers Day program which aims to help give students an idea of the kinds of career paths available to maths graduates in industry and private sector research areas. Do you feel better equipped to explore career options in the mathematical sciences after attending AMSI Summer School?

The special Careers Day program at the AMSI Summer School has significantly enhanced my understanding of the diverse career paths available to mathematics graduates in both industry and private sector research areas. By attending this session focused on career exploration, I now feel better equipped to navigate the job market and make informed decisions about my future career in the mathematical sciences.

7. What advice would you give to someone who is considering applying for Summer School in 2025? Should they apply and why?

I would highly encourage anyone considering applying for the AMSI Summer School in 2025 to go for it! Attending the program offers a unique opportunity to deepen your knowledge, expand your network, and explore career options in mathematics and statistics. The hands-on experience, interaction with experts, and networking opportunities provided by the Summer School are invaluable for personal and professional growth. So, don’t hesitate to apply and seize this chance to enhance your skills, broaden your horizons, and kickstart your career in the mathematical sciences!

8. What are your current career ambitions in the mathematical sciences sector?

My current career ambition in the mathematical sciences sector is to pursue a path that allows me to apply my skills and knowledge to address real-world problems, particularly in the realm of social network analysis. Whether it’s through academic research, industry projects, or public policy, I aim to make meaningful contributions to understanding complex social dynamics and driving positive change using mathematical and statistical methods.

9. How did connecting with the community at AMSI Summer School support your experience?

The community at the AMSI Summer School was incredibly kind and supportive, always willing to lend a helping hand and share their expertise. Whether it was during lectures, workshops, or informal gatherings, everyone was approachable and eager to assist each other in understanding concepts or tackling challenging problems. This supportive atmosphere created a sense of camaraderie and collaboration that made the summer School experience truly exceptional.

10. Any other feedback/comments you would like to provide on the AMSI Travel Grant or AMSI Summer School 2024?

Thank you very much for the opportunity and for providing the grant. It has been an invaluable experience that has enriched my academic journey and opened up new possibilities for my future.