I am passionate about finding ways to solve many of the world's most challenging problems using creative thinking combined with cutting edge technologies such as deep learning.
Chanuki Illushka Seresinhe is a doctoral researcher at the Data Science Lab, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick and the Alan Turing Institute. Chanuki's research entails using big online datasets and deep learning to understand how beautiful environments affect human wellbeing. Her research has been featured in the press worldwide including the Economist, Wired, The Times, BBC, Spiegel Online, Guardian, Telegraph and Scientific American.
Before returning to university, Chanuki had a diverse career that included running her own digital design consultancy for over eight years in London, advising clients, including the Tate, Design Museum, Dezeen, NESTA, Gulbenkian Foundation and Fornasetti how to present their businesses successfully online. She has also worked as a digital designer in California, New York and Paris.
AlAn Turing Institute, Doctoral researcher (PHD Enrichment progamme)
September 2016 - Present
Applying deep learning techniques to images of urban locations in order to explore which visual features of the environment might impact the wellbeing of city residents.
Data Science Lab, Warwick Business School, Doctoral researcher
September 2014 - Present
My PhD involves using big online data sets, from such sources as Flickr and Twitter, and deep learning to understand how the aesthetics of the built and natural environment impacts our wellbeing. Teaching activities include mentoring on the FutureLearn MOOC Big Data: Measuring and Predicting Human Behaviour.
DIGITAL DESIGN CONSULTANT
2010 - 2013
Advising clients on the creative and strategic use of digital technologies.
Micha Weidmann Studio / Design Science Office, Director & Co-Founder
2003 - 2009
A digital design consultancy specialising in identities, websites, and online and offline publications for the arts, culture, and design. Clients included the Design Museum, the Royal Academy, Tate, Dezeen, Fornasetti, Modus Publicity and Zaha Hadid Architects.
I directed the work environment where projects flourished, in turn delivering the end results so valued by our clients. Some of our key achievements included:
- A redesigned website saw sales at the Design Museum shop increase by 60% – proof that clear, simple and accessible design brings success where it matters.
- Following the redesign of Dezeen, visitors to the leading design and architecture online magazine more than doubled, reaching over 650,000 a month. Universally praised by leading figures in the industry, the redesigned Dezeen made Design Week’s Hot 50 and Time magazine’s Design 100 list of the most influential forces in global design.
recollective, Director & Co-Founder
2001 - 2003
An award-winning online design consultancy with a focus on creating accessible websites backed by high-quality design principles for clients such as NESTA, the Audit Commission and Surrey County Council. My main role included project management and design of digital identities and interactive applications.
2000 - 2001
Design of digital identities and interactive applications on such award winning projects as the Getty Images Bloodbank (featured in the D&AD annual and nominated for a BIMA) and Conran.com (winner of both a BIMA and a London International Award).
Parsons School of Design, Paris, France, Lecturer
1999 – 2000
Lecturer of web design and development course.
Lumiere.com/Fashion.net, Paris, FrancE, Art Director
1999 – 2000
Design direction and online strategy for online fashion magazines, Fashion Net and Lumiere.
Agency.com, New York, designer
1998 – 1999
Design of digital identities and interactive applications for clients such as Gucci, Armstrong, and Johnson & Johnson.
A FEW OF MY FAvourite scenic SPOTS Around the world
Big Sur, California
The Broad, Los Angeles, California
Joshua Tree, California
Granary Square, London
The Gray's Inn Gardens, London
Broadway, the Cotswolds, England
Forth Bridge, Scotland
Loch Morlich, Cairngorms, Scotland
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Iceland
Sydney Opera House, Australia
The City of Merida, Mexico
Seresinhe, C. I., Preis, T., & Moat, H. S. (2017) Royal Society Open Science, 4(7), 170170.
An application of convolutional neural network in street image classification: the case study of london.
Law, S., Shen, Y. and Seresinhe, C., (2017) In Proc. of the 1st Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning for Geographic Knowledge Discovery, Redondo Beach, CA, 07 – 10 October 2017, 5-9.
Is Happiness Greater in More Scenic Locations? Large Scale Evidence From Mobile Phone And Online Data.
Seresinhe, C. I., Preis, T., Mackerron, G. & Moat, H. S. Under Review.
Seresinhe, C. I., Preis, T., & Moat, H. S. (2015) Scientific Reports, 5, 16899.
Seresinhe, C. I., Moat, H. S., & Preis, T. (2016) Royal Society Open Science, 3(4), 160146.
Seresinhe, C. I., Moat, H. S., & Preis, T. (2017) Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, published ahead of print.
Data Science Lab
Warwick Business School, University of Warwick
PhD (in progress)
Expected Completion Summer 2018
University of Warwick
MSc – Distinction
Behavioural and Economic Science (Economics Track)
September 2013 - August 2014
University of Buckingham
BSc (Econ) – First Class Honours
January 2010 - December 2011
University of California, Santa Cruz
1995 - 1999