Meet our latest PhD Scholarship recipients

As part of the Monash Data Futures Institute’s (MDFI) initiative to support the next generation of AI-data science leaders, we are pleased to introduce our two newest recipients of MDFI PhD Scholarships.

They join our existing cohort of PhD students to accelerate our progress in addressing research problems using AI and data science, and to further our work in AI for social good.



Bhanuka Gamage completed his Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) from Monash University Malaysia and was awarded the School of IT Overall Best Graduate and Best Student of the Year awards. After completing his degree he worked as a Machine Learning Engineer at a Singapore based FinTech startup to extract unstructured data from documents using computer vision and natural language processing.

His previous research is in Visual Question Answering and he has a growing interest to unite academic research with industry application.

Bhanuka was part of the basketball team that won the Sri Lanka Under 19 All-island Basketball tournament. He enjoys taking part in hackathons and was able to convert a hackathon idea into a campus wide feedback system at Monash University Malaysia.

Bhanuka’s PhD project is building "AI-enabled smart glasses for people with severe vision impairments”, as part of a collaborative team involving the Faculty of IT, Faculty of Engineering, and Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.



Holly Gray obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Politics & International Studies and Criminology in 2020, finishing her Honours year in Criminology 2021 with first class honours, from the University of Melbourne. She conducted her honours year research on how social media platforms shape and respond to image-based sexual abuse. Continuing on this, her present research focuses on “Interventions to Prevent and Disrupt Deep Fakes and AI-Facilitated Abuse”, in particular looking at how a gendered and stakeholder lens can guide and inform ways to address the growing impact of Deep Fake harms.

Holly has also conducted an internship with the Monash Voluntary Assisted Dying Research Project in 2021, focusing on the relationship between the law and the medical profession surrounding voluntary assisted dying.

In her free time, Holly enjoys a wide range of activities from sewing and crafts, table top games, baking and online games with friends.

As a recipient of the MDFI scholarship, Holly will be working within an interdisciplinary team involving the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of IT, and the Faculty of Law.