University of Tennessee

Thilina Gunarathne

Department: Business Analytics & Statistics

Title: Adjunct Professor

Thilina Gunarathne is a Director of Data Science within the KPMG Data & Analytics practice. He joined KPMG in 2014 following the acquisition of Link Analytics where he lead all the Hadoop related developments and operations. Thilina has over 11 years experience in distributed systems development, together with over 7 years experience with big data analytics and Hadoop related technologies.

His current interests include distributed & parallel computing, big data analytics and cloud computing. He has published 2 books, many articles and peer reviewed research papers in the area of distributed and parallel computing, including several papers on extending MapReduce model to perform efficient data mining and data analytics computations on Cloud environments. He is a firm believer of open source software and has been a core contributor to several Apache Software Foundation projects.