Danaja Maldeniya

PhD Candidate

University of Michigan


I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information. I work with my adviser Daniel Romero on information and structural dynamics in complex social, collaborative and other networks. In addition, I have a particular interest in modern data driven city science and the use of data for development (D4D).

Prior to starting at U-M, I was a researcher at LIRNEasia, a policy think tank based in Sri Lanka and operating in the Asia Pacific region. I was involved in the “Big Data for Development” project that seeks to use novel digital data sources such as call detail records (CDR) generated by mobile operators, satellite imagery and data from social media (Foursquare, Twitter) to generated policy insights in the fields of transport, urban development, disaster resilience, infectious disease propagation etc.

I have a Bachelors in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka (Class of 2011) and I worked for over two years as a software engineer (2012-2014) at CodeGen International, a leading Sri Lankan software company that develops software for tour operators.


  • Collective Intelligence
  • Collaborative Crowds
  • Complex Systems and Networks
  • Causal Inference


  • BSc Computer Science & Engineering, 2011

    University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka