449.Intelligent Service Robotics Group Present Papers at IEEE RO-MAN Conference
Four members of the Intelligent Service Robotics Group of the Department of Electrical Engineering have presented research papers at 27th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN) held from Aug 27-31, Nanjing and Tai'an, China. They are working on development of MIRob (Moratuwa Intelligent Robot), an intelligent service robot for domestic environments under the Supervision of Dr. Buddhika Jayasekara. It is commendable that the researchers of the Department of Electrical Engineering were able to present their work at this premier forum of the Human – Robot Interaction (HRI) field. These research were funded by the Senate Research Grants No: SRC/CAP/2017/03 and SRC/LT/2018/20.
Dr. Viraj Muthugala is presenting a paper at a Poster Session (Title: Cognitive Spatial Representative Map for Interactive Conversational Model of Service Robot, Authors: H.M. Ravindu T. Bandara, M.A. Viraj J. Muthugala, A.G. Buddhika P. Jayasekara, D. P. Chandima)
Bhagya Samarakoon is presenting a paper at a formal session (Title: Replicating Natural Approaching Behavior of Humans for Improving Robot's Approach toward Two Persons During a Conversation , Authors: S. M. Bhagya P. Samarakoon, M. A. Viraj J. Muthugala, A. G. Buddhika P. Jayasekara)
Chapa Sirithunga is presenting a paper at a formal session (Title: A Wizard of Oz Study of Human Interest towards Robot Initiated Human-Robot Interaction , Authors: H. P. Chapa Sirithunge, M. A. Viraj J. Muthugala, A. G. Buddhika P. Jayasekara, D. P. Chandima)
Sachi Edirisinghe is presenting a paper at a formal session (Title: Use of Autobiographical Memory for Enhancing Adaptive HRI in Multi-User Domestic Environment, M. M. S. N. Edirisinghe, A. G. B. P. Jayasekara)
448.IEEE RO-MAN Conference: The Nanjing City Prizes
Bhagya Samarakoon, a research student in the Intelligent Service Robotics Group, Department of Electrical Engineering was awarded the Nanjing City prize for the research paper entitled “Replicating Natural Approaching Behavior of Humans for Improving Robot's Approach toward Two Persons During a Conversation” published in 27th IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN) held from Aug 27-31. The city of Nanjing has offered 10 "Robotics Innovation Awards" to encourage innovation and advances in Science and robotics in particular by sponsoring each of the awardees with a value of 10000 Yuans (US$1500). The award winners were chosen on the basis of originality, usefulness, and scientific and technical soundness of the contribution. The manuscript was authored by Bhagya Samarakoon and Dr. Viraj Muthugala under the supervision of Dr. Buddhika Jayasekara.
447.Safety Workshop Conducted by the Department of Electrical Engineering
A safety workshop was held on the 24th of July at the seminar room of Department of Electrical Engineering for their technical officers and laboratory support staff, discussing the safety guidelines, precautions and first aid requirements. The workshop was conducted by Eng. Anura Wijayapala and Dr. Asanka Rodrigo
446.Design Project Competition of Electrical Engineering Undergraduates
Design project Competition for 2nd year Undergraduates of Department of Electrical Engineering organized by EESoc in collaboration with IEEE PES SBC of UoM was successfully held on 17th July 2018 at the Department of Electrical Engineering. The project carried out by the team W. A. V. U. Wickramasinghe, G. N. Wikramathunga and W. A. T. Wickramarachchi "Smart Lecture Room", which consists of an Automatic Volume Control System, Smart Lighting and Ventilation Control System and an Online File Server were selected as the winners of the competition.
445.Prof Sisil Kumarawadu to Serve in the IPC of SMARTGREENS 2019, Crete-Greece
Prof Sisil Kumarawadu has been invited to serve as an international program committee member of the 8th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems (SMARTGREENS 2019) that will be held in Kerakloin, Crete-Greece, during 3--5 May, 2019. SMARTGREENS 2019 addresses the advances and applications in the areas of Smart Cities, Green Information and Communication Technologies, Sustainability, Energy Aware Systems and Technologies.
444.Completion of PhD by Viraj Muthugala
Department of Electrical Engineering congratulates, Dr. Viraj Muthugala, for successful completion of the PhD degree under the supervision of Dr. Buddhika Jayasekara. This is the first PhD of the intelligent service robotics group, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa. It is commendable that you have achieved more than typical international level of research outcome in Robotics field with an exceptional list of publications including flagship conferences like IEEE ICRA and IROS. Furthermore, we would like to thank you for the hard work in establishing state of art facilities in service robotics with the funding from SRC Capital grants and guiding the junior students of service robotics group of the Department during last four years.
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Wu6gMCEAAAAJ&hl=en.
Home page: http://www.virajmuthugala.info/home
443.EESoc Guest Lecture - Recent Developments in Power Grid Transformations by Dr. Lasantha Meegahapola
Dr. Lasantha Meegahapola, currently a Senior Lecturer in the Electrical & Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, paid a courtesy to visit the Department recently. During the visit, he delivered a guest lecture on “Recent Developments in Power Grid Transformations" at the Electrical Engineering Seminar Room which was organized by the Electrical Engineering Society. The guest lecture was attended by the students and the academic staff.
442.IEEE IAS (Industry Applications Society) Outstanding Member and Chapter Awards 2018
Dr. Upuli Jayatunga, Advisor of the IEEE IAS (Industry Applications Society) SB (Student Branch) Chapter of University of Moratuwa was awarded the Outstanding Chapter Project Organizer in the IEEE IAS Outstanding Member and Chapter Awards 2018.
Being the Most Outstanding SB chapter among 160 IAS chapters across the globe in year 2018, IAS UOM SB chapter could win six more awards. Among them, a Final year project team from the department of Electrical Engineering (E.H.A.D Shanaka Dilan Premarathna, K.A.P Chinthiya, R.R Dharmadasa and P.H.D.A.N Wijesinghe) won the First place of the IAS CMD Myron Zucker Design Competition (Team Category) for their Final year project - Development of a Three Phase Four Wire Power Flow Tool for Analysis of Distribution Networks With Distributed generation. This project was supervised by Dr. Upuli Jayatunga.
441.The Best Paper Award at MERCon 2018
The research paper “Modelling Transfer Function of Power Transformers Using Sweep Frequency Response Analysis” authored by KLIMPB Jayarathna, WEPS Ediriweera, R Samarasinghe and JR Lucas of the Department of Electrical Engineering was awarded the best paper award of “Power Systems, Electrical Machines and High Voltage Track” at the 4th International Moratuwa Engineering Research Conference (MERCon) 2018 held in May – June 2018 at the University of Moratuwa. “Modelling Transfer Function of Power Transformers Using Sweep Frequency Response Analysis” is a product of an MSc research project conducted by Mr. Pramod Jayarathna, supervised by Dr. Rasara Samarasinghe and Prof. Rohan Lucas of the department, funded by the Senate Research Grant (SRC/LT/2017/26) of University of Moratuwa.
440.The Best Paper Award at PATW 2018
The research paper- "Reactive Power Control for Regulation of Network Voltage with Integrated Wind Farms" co-authored by Dr Upuli Jayatunga won the Best Technical paper award at the ‘Present Around the World 2018’, organized by IET Young Professionals' Section, Sri Lanka. Reactive Power Control for Regulation of Network Voltage with Integrated Wind Farms was a final year undergraduate project of 2013 batch conducted by P.C.D. Dharmabandu, R.W.P. Thilinika, B.A.J. Pushpakumara and G.D. Kanchana. The project was supervised by Dr. Upuli Jayatunga of the department and Dr. Tilak Siyambalapitiya and Dr. Amila Wickramasinghe of Resource Management Associates (Pvt) Limited.
439.Best Final Year Undergraduate Project 2018 - 13 Batch
The project titled “Development of a laboratory setup to teach Controller Area Network (CAN) protocol” has been selected by the Department as the best final year undergraduate project of 13 batch. The group members are S.K. Akmeemana, T.H. Indiketiya, P.K.P.G. Kumarasinghe, J.T.W.E. Liyanage and the project is supervised by Dr. Buddhika Jayasekara and Prof. Nalin Wickramarachchi.
438.Paper Presentation at IEEE ICRA 2018
A research paper titled ‘’Enhancing Overall Object Placement by Understanding Uncertain Spatial and Qualitative Distance Information in User Commands’’ was presented at the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) held from May 21-25 in Brisbane, Australia, by Sachi Edirisinghe, a postgraduate research student in the Department of Electrical Engineering . The manuscript was written by Sachi Edirisinghe, Viraj Muthugala and Chapa Sirithunge under the supervision of Dr. Buddhika Jayasekara. The authors are from the Intelligent Service Robotics Group- Department of Electrical Engineering and they are working on the development of Moratuwa Intelligent Robot (MIRob), an intelligent service robot for domestic environments.
The IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) is the premiere conference in robotics and automation field and is the flagship conference of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. It has the highest H-index in the robotics subject category according to Google Scholar Metrics. The research was funded by a Senate Research Capital Grant (SRC/CAP/2017/03) of University of Moratuwa.
Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Moratuwa is organizing an international conference, “2018 Electrical Engineering Conference (EECon 2018)” for the second time, which will be on 28th September 2018 at the Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo. EECon 2018 is technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Sri Lanka Section, IEEE RAS Sri Lanka Chapter and IEEE PES Sri Lanka Chapter and is financially supported by the University of Moratuwa. All accepted papers will be submitted to IEEE for inclusion in IEEE Xplore Digital Library and conference proceedings will be indexed in Scopus.
EECon 2018 solicits research papers describing significant and innovative research contributions to all fields of electrical engineering. We invite submissions on a wide range of research topics in Electrical Engineering. More details of the conference can be found at the http://www.eesoc.lk/eecon2018/.
436.We Are With You 2018
We Are With You is an event where the members of Electrical Engineering Society (EESoc) interact with differently abled students from the School for the Deaf in Ratmalana, and entertain them for a whole day. This event has a proud history of bringing together the members of EESoc for a worthy cause, and is an event that is immensely enjoyed by both members and differently abled students who take part in it.
This year WAWY was held for the 19th consecutive year with the theme of “Red Indians”, for the students of Ceylon School for the Deaf, Rathmalana on 27th of February 2018 at University Premises. A quiz programme, drama and dance made the event colourful at civil auditorium. Students enjoyed the evening with fun games and sports which were held at University grounds. An Art Exhibition where the paintings of students were displayed was held at the old gymnasium as well.
And also a donation of Hearing Aids for the students of Ceylon School for the Deaf, Rathmalana was successfully held on 15th of March 2018 at the Ceylon School for the Deaf with the presence of the President of EESoc Dr.D.P.Chandima, the Principal of the school, Staff members and students. This year, Electrical Engineering Society was able to donate four sets of Hearing Aids with the Financial Contribution of ’04 and ’05 Electrical Engineering Batches of University of Moratuwa.
435.Guest Lecture - current status and future of Sri Lankan power system
Power system of a country is a broader aspect where whole country is benefited with. In order to knowledge up the future personals whom to vest the responsibility of country’s power system a guest lecture was held on 22nd of February 2018 at the Seminar Room, Department of Electrical engineering. The workshop was conducted by two engineers from Ceylon Electricity board, Dr. H.M. Wijeekoon Banda, Chief Engineer (Transmission Planning) and Mr. M.B.S. Samarasekara, Chief Engineer (Generation Planning)
The main concern of the lecture was to handover knowledge about the current status and future commitments of Sri Lankan power system. Mr. M.B.S. Samarasekara explained about present status of Sri Lankan power generation, proposed capacity additions to the generation network, Environment aspects on power generation and commitments from CEB, comparison of energy mixes of the other countries and Sri Lanka.
Dr. H.M. Wijeekoon Banda explained about present transmission network and its development, future transmission investment commitments, HVDC link between India and Sri Lanka. The guest lecture was successfully held for about two hours with the interaction of academic staff and undergraduates.
434.IEEE Sri Lanka Section AGM
Dr. KTMU Hemapala owas appointed as an executive committee member at the Annual General Meeting of the IEEE Sri Lanka Section held on the 7th of February.
433.Prof. H Y Ranjit Perera Participates IESES2018 in Hamilton, New Zealand
Mr. Punsara Colambage, Research student in the Dept. of Electrical Engineering, and Prof. H Y R Perera visited Hamilton, New Zealand to attend the IEEE International Conference on "Industrial Electronics for Sustainable Energy Systems (IESES) -2018" held from 31st January to 4th February 2018. A joint paper on "Assessment of Cost of Unserved Energy for Sri Lankan Industrial Sector" was presented in the conference.
The Annual General Meeting of Electrical Engineering Society (EESoc) of University of Moratuwa was held for the 22nd consecutive time on 26th January 2018 from 4.30 pm onwards at Civil Auditorium. The occasion was illuminated with the presence of emeritus Prof. J.R.Lucas, Department Head Prof. Sisil Kumarawadu, other academic staff and undergraduates of Department of Electrical Engineering. Dr. Chandima Pathirana and Dr. Rasara Samarasinghe were elected as the president and Senior Treasurer respectively for the consecutive second year.