410.Intelligent Service Robotics Group Present Papers at IEEE Fuzz 2017
Three postgraduate students, Viraj Muthugala, Arjuna Srimal and Chapa Sirithunga of the Department of Electrical Engineering have presented three research papers at IEEE international conference on Fuzzy systems 2017 (IEEE Fuzz 2017) held July 9-12, Naples, Italy. They are working on development of MIRob (Moratuwa Intelligent Robot) , an intelligent service robot for domestic environments in the robotics and control laboratory of the department 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 Fuzzy Systems field. This research was funded by the Senate Research Capital Grants No: SRC/CAP/14/16, SRC/CAP/16/03 and SRC/CAP/17/03.
The figure shows the members of the Intelligent service robotics group: from left Arjuna Srimal, Chapa Sirithunga, Dr. Chandima Pathiranage, Dr. Buddhika Jayasekara, Viraj Muthugala and Sajila Wickramaratne with the current version of MIRob.
415.Dr. DP Chandima, Dr. AGBP Jayasekara and Dr. KTMU Hemapala elevated to the grade of Senior Member of the IEEE
Dr. DP Chandima, Dr. AGBP Jayasekara and Dr. KTMU Hemapala elevated to the grade of Senior Member of the IEEE this year. Senior Member is the highest professional grade of the IEEE for which a member may apply. It requires experience, and reflects
professional accomplishment and maturity. Less than 10% of membership achieved this level of professional recognision.
The Department would like to congratulate Dr. DP Chandima, Dr. AGBP Jayasekara and Dr. KTMU Hemapala on joining the elite rank of IEEE Senior Members.
414.Sustainable Buildings Research Centre - UOW and Team UOW entry into the Solar Decathlon
Dr. Duane Robinson visited the University of Moratuwa on the invitation of the Department of Electrical Engineering. The University of Moratuwa is engaged in its first ever Joint PhD program with the University of Wollongong.
413.Mr. Pathum Sudasinghe Commences Studies at University of Wollongong, in a Joint PhD Programme Offered by UoW and UoM
Mr. Pathum Maduranga Sudasinghe, the first ever UoM student to enroll in a Joint PhD program commenced his work at the University of Wollongong on 29.8.2017 for the second part of his program. UoW offers him a full tuition waiver and a University Postgraduate Award for living expenses for a period of 18 months. Pathum commenced his PhD program at the University of Moratuwa in July 2017, and spent the first year at UoM.
His supervisors at UoW are Prof. Sarath Perera, Assoc. Prof. Phil Ciufo, Dr. Jeff Moscrop and Dr. Phil Commins. His supervisors at UoM are Dr Upuli Jayathunga and Dr. W. D. Prasad.
412.Prof. H Y R Perera Presents a Paper at 9th International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings held in Chania, Greece
Prof. H Y R Perera participated the 9th International Conference on sustainability in Energy and Buildings – SEB’17 – held in Chania, Greece from 5 – 7 July 2017. He presented the paper on "Reduction of Solar PV Payback period Using Optimally placed Reflectors". The paper is co-authored by D T P Wijesuriya, K D S H Wickramathilaka, L S Wijesinghe, D M Vithana and H Y R Perera. The paper is accepted for publication in the Elsevier Journal Energy Procedia.
411.Prof. Sisil Kumarawadu delivers a Keynote Speech at IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Computing, Instrumentation and Control Technologies held in Kannur, India
Prof. Sisil Kumarawadu delivered a keynote speech titled "Second-guessing: A Critical Attribute for Success in R&D in Engineering and Technology" at the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Computing, Instrumentation and Control Technologies (IEEE ICICICT'17), that was held on 6th and 7th of July, 2017, in Kannur, India. Prabhir Biswas, IIT Kharagpur, Limsoon Wong, NUS, Singapore, M. Veerachary, IIT Delhi, Rogers Mathew,
IIT Kharagpur, also delivered keynote speeches at IEEE ICICICT'17.
410.Robotics Guest Lecture by Dr. Navinda Kottege
Robotics is one of the key trending fields of engineering with a massive impact on every other aspect of engineering.
Taking this timely topic in to consideration a guest lecture on robotics was organized by EESoc with the coordination of IEEE RAS on 09th of May 2017. The lecture was conducted by Dr Navinda Kottege on the topic Weaver: Hexapod robot with 5DoF limbs for navigating on unstructured terrain. Dr Navinda Kottege is a Senior Research Scientist and Project Leader in Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Pullenvale, QLD.
Conducting the lecture Dr Navinda discussed about hybrid control architecture for a Weaver, making it capable of autonomously navigating in uneven terrain. The main contribution stems from the use of vision-based exteroceptive terrain perception to adapt the robot’s locomotion parameters. He also pointed out key advantages such as ability to run autonomously on a test bed with variable terrain types illustrate that adaptive stride and impedance behaviour decreases the cost of transport by 30% compared to a non-adaptive approach and simultaneously increases body stability (up to 88% on even terrain and by 54% on uneven terrain).
At the end of the session, appreciating his contribution and commitment a token of appreciation was offered on behalf of the students and EESoc.
409.Dr. Thushara Rathnayake Appointed as a Senior Lecturer
Dr. R.M.T. Damayanthi was appointed as a Senior Lecturer (Grade I) with effect from 17th April, 2017 in the Department of Electrical Engineering by the Council of University of Moratuwa. Dr. R.M.T. Damayanthi had been serving in the Department as a senior lecturer (contract) since April 2016 prior to the new appointment. Dr. Damayanthi obtained her B.Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering in 2003 from the University of Moratuwa. She was awarded a scholarship in 2004 to pursue doctoral studies at University of Tokyo, Japan and has completed her PhD 2009. Her research interests include Nuclear Engineering and after completing her PhD she has been working in University of Tokyo as a postdoctoral research fellow from 2009 to 2013, and a research scientist at RIKEN from 2013 to 2016. The Department likes to congratulate Dr. Damayanthi on her new appointment and wishes her a long, happy and rewarding academic career.
408.Hearing Aid Donation to The School of Deaf at Ratmalana
"We make living by what we get but, we make a life by what we give”, Winston Churchill. Kindness is the best gift that one can give. Revealing the kind and giving nature of Electrical Engineering undergraduates and the Electrical Engineering Society, an extended phase of the annual charity program to the children at the School for the deaf, Ratmalana was held on 9th of March 2017.
Opening the gate for two little souls to listen and hear without difficulties, two hearing aids were donated. Initially two students with hearing difficulties who have the potential to achieve better hearing using hearing aids were selected and customized hearing aids were designed. The two hearing aids were handed over to the students by Dr. D.P. Chandima, President of EESoc and Dr. Rasara Samarasinghe, Senior Treasurer of EESoc. A steel cupboard and some gardening equipment were also donated as requested from the school.
407.Professor Prinath Dias attendeds the Annual Meeting of the Standing Advisory Group on Technical Assistance and Cooperation
Professor Prinath Dias of the Department of Electrical Engineering recently attended the annual meeting of the Standing Advisory Group on Technical Assistance and Cooperation (SAGTAC) held at the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. SAGTAC is an advisory committee appointed by the Director General of the IAEA to advise him on the Technical Cooperation Programme of the IAEA. The SAGTAC of 2017 deliberated on Ensuring High Quality of the TC Programme and on Partnerships as Enablers of Technical Cooperation Programme for 2018-2019 and held a joint session with the Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Applications (SAGNA). The Technical Cooperation Programme of the IAEA provides technical assistance to developing countries to utilize nuclear technologies in medical, industrial, agricultural and power sectors. The meeting was chaired by Ms. Emma Torres, Senior Adviser to Regional Director for Latin America and Caribbean of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
406.Dr. Buddhika Jayasekara Delivers a Talk at National CXO Forum 2017
Dr. Buddhika Jayasekara delivered a talk on “AI for intelligent systems and robots” at the 2nd National CXO Form organized by the Federation of IT Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) the apex industry association for the ICT industry Sri Lanka which was held on 28th March 2017 at the Hilton Colombo Residence. It was focused on “Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning” for an audience including 250 CXOs of leading companies in Sri Lanka. His talk was mainly focused on natural intelligence, artificial intelligence on systems and robots, machine learning and current developments at the Department of Electrical Engineering, university of Moratuwa on intelligent service robots such as MIRob (Moratuwa Intelligent Robot).
405.Annual General Meeting of the Electrical Engineering Society
The Annual General Meeting of the Electrical Engineering Society (EESoc) of University of Moratuwa was held for the 21st time on 13th February 2016 at University premises. Academic staff lead by the Emeritus Professor J.R. Lucas patron of the society and the Head of the Department, Prof. N. Wickramarachchi together with the undergraduate students of the department of Electrical Engineering were among the gathering. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting 2016 and the financial report for the past year were read by the secretary and the junior treasurer respectively and were approved to be true and correct by the audience.
The new board of members for the year ahead was appointed and resumed their duties with the warm wishes of the retiring members of the board who served immensely towards the betterment of the society and the department through many successful events including the annual charity programme ‘We Are With You’, the International Conference EECon, as well as the impressive Round Table Conference.
The new board is headed by Dr. Chandima Pathirana as the President and Dr. Rasara Samarasinghe as the Senior Treasurer consisting of eight members from the final year undergraduate students. The AGM was followed by an entertainment session which reflected the talents of the undergraduates of the Department of Electrical Engineering adding glamour to the event.
404.Prof Sisil Kumarawadu Delivers a Lecture on Intelligent Buildings at the GBCSL Program
Prof Sisil Kumarawadu delivered a lecture titled "Intelligent Buildings" at the 16th Associate Professional Training (APT) program conducted by the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka (GBCSL), which is the Sri Lanka representative of World Green Building Council. This lecture highlighted the concepts and technologies used in modern energy-optimal smart bulidings. GBCSL APT program was held at the Narayanasamy Conference Hall, Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute during 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th of January, 2017.