431.Dean of Faculty of Engineering
Prof. Nalin Wickramarachchi, Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering was elected as the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, at a special meeting of the Faculty Board of Engineering held on 07th December 2017. The post of Dean of the Faculty of Engineering fell vacant due to the appointment of Prof. Kapila Perera, to the post of Vice-chancellor, University of Moratuwa.
430.Prof. Sisil Kumarawadu appointed the Head/Department of Electrical Engineering
The Council of the University of Moratuwa appointed Prof. Sisil Kumarawadu to succeed Prof. Nalin Wickramarachchi as the Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering with effect from 7th of December 2017. The Department congratulates him on the new appointment and wish him a very successful career in the Department.
We would like to put on record our appreciation for the former Head, Prof. Nalin Wickraarachchhi for serving the Department for nearly three years in his capacity as the Head of Department. We congratulate Prof. Wickramarachchi for his new post as the Dean of Faculty of Engineering and thank him for giving a good leadership to bring the Department to a higher level and for taking timely actions to develop the Department in many aspects.
429.Dr. Upuli Jayatunga visits University of Wollongong
Dr Upuli Jayatunga visited Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre (APQRC), University of Wollongong (UOW), Australia in early December 2017 in relation to the ongoing power quality research collaboration work. At present, two joint PhDs are progressing successfully between UoM and UoW under her supervision. During her visit, she had meetings with APQRC staff members to find further research opportunities of mutual interest. Further, she paid a visit to Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) facility as well. Being an Honorary fellow at the APQRC, she is involved in research activities of PhD candidates who are under her supervision during the visit.
428.Dr. Asanka Rodrigo Served as a Resource Person to the Training Program on “Green Project Manager (Master )”
Dr. Asanka Rodrigo served as a resource person to the training workshop on “Green Project Management (Master ) at Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo on 12th November 2017, which was organized by the Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIOB-SL) together with Building Construction Authority (Singapore). The seminar gathered few eminent speakers and industry professionals engaged in the energy management and construction field. Dr. Rodrigo delivered speeches on “Smart Building Operation" and "Energy Efficiency for electrical systems, Sustainable lighting design and technology". Audiences of the seminar was engineers (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical etc), architects, construction project managers, facility managers , academics ,etc.
427.Dr. Asanka Rodrigo participates the IEEE PES Chapter Chair’s Meeting
Dr. Asanka Rodrigo, as the Deputy Chair (Prescient-Elect) of the IEEE PES Sri Lanka Chapter, participated for the IEEE PES Asia Pacific (Region 10) Chapter Chairs’ meeting held in Bangalore, India from 7th November to 8th November 2017. This meeting was held alone with the 9th IEEE PES Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference 2017.
The IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) provides the world's largest forum for sharing the latest technological developments in the electric power and energy industry, developing standards that guide the development and construction of equipment and systems, and educating professionals. Attending this event helped Dr. Rodrigo to stay up-to-date with latest advances in the power and energy sector, hear from international leaders from the area. Most importantly, this visit helped to network with the international professional and academia in the field.
426.Dr. Buddhika Jayasekara served as a panelist in Sri Lanka Robotics Meetup 2017
Sri Lanka Robotics Meetup 2017 is an IEEE event organized by Robotics and Automation Society Sri Lanka Section Chapter in partnership with IEEE Sri Lanka Section. The focus of the forum is on status of robotics and automation applications and possible future directions. Dr. Buddhika Jayasekara served as a panelist in Sri Lanka Robotics Meetup 2017 which was held on 28th September 2017 at Virtusa Auditorium.
425.Responsible Waste Management - EESoc Round-Table Conference 2017
Electrical Engineering Society (EESoc) organized the annual flagship event of it, the the Round Table Conference on Wednesday, September 13th at the BMICH on the theme ‘Responsible Waste Management’.
The Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka graced the occasion as the chief guest and Mr. Ron Slagen, Senior Urban Development Specialist was the guest of honour. The gathering included charted engineers from the industry, eminent past members of EESoc, academics and researchers, young graduates, undergraduates and professionals in the field of electrical engineering.
The moderator of the Round-table conference was Dr. Narendra de Siva, Head of Engineering, Lanka Electricity Company (Pvt.) Ltd and the panel comprised Prof. Ajith de Alwis, Department of Chemical & Process Engineering, University of Moratuwa and coordinating Secretariat for Science ,Technology & Innovation,Sri Lanka ,Dr. Mahesh Jayaweera ,Senior lecturer ,Department of Civil Engineering ,University of Mortauwa, Dr.Pasad Kulathunga, Chief Thechnical Officer,Fairway Waste Management (Pvt) Ltd., Mr. Jayavilal Fernando, Director, Solid Waste Management Project, Megapolis , and Mr.Harsha Wickramasinghe ,Deputy Director General (Strategy),Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority..
The round Table Conference was a mind opening discussion to make people aware of their responsibility in waste management in Sri Lanka. Further, present waste management techniques and their drawbacks were discussed and also possibility of energy generation from disposed materials was discussed considering both technical and economic aspects related to Sri Lanka.
The audience enthusiastically participated in the discussion at the end. Round-Table conference was followed by a talent show of the undergraduate students entertaining the gathering.
424.Dr. Lidula N. Widanaagama Arachchige conducts a Workshop on PSCAD/EMTDC for the IET Young Professionals of University of Moratuwa
Dr. Lidula N. Widanaagama Arachchige of the Department of Electrical Engineering conducted a workshop on PSCAD/EMTDC for the IET Young Professionals of University of Moratuwa on 25th September, 2017, at the University of Moratuwa. The workshop covered most of the things for a beginner to get familiar with PSCAD including: get familiar with different sections of the Master Library, identifying different ways to access the master library, creating a simple case, enterin data and configure models to simulate actual elements, controlling, plotting and exporting data, creating page modules and simulating a simple power system with interactive controls.
423.Three Probationary Lecturers Join the Department of Electrical Engineering
Mr. D.K.D.Dharmapala was appointed as a Probationary Lecturer (on-contract) with effect from October 2017 in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Mr. D.K.D. Dharmapala obtained his B.Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering with a First Class Honours in April 2017 from University of Moratuwa. His research interests include Electrical Machines and Drives, Power Electronics and Industrial Automation.
Ms. C.M.Gamage was appointed as a Probationary Lecturer (on-contract) with effect from October 2017 in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Ms. C.M.Gamage obtained her B.Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering with a First Class Honours in April 2016 from University of Moratuwa. Her research interests include Electrical Machines and Drives, Power Electronics and Industrial Automation.Ms, N.D.Hettiwatta was appointed as a Probationary Lecturer (on-contract) with effect from October 2017 in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Ms, N.D.Hettiwatta obtained her B.Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering with a First Class Honours in April 2017 from University of Moratuwa. Her research interests include Power Systems and Micro Grids.
422.Inauguration of the MSc/PG Diploma Programs - 2017/2018
The Department of Electrical Engineering marked the admittance of a fresh batch of students for its postgraduate taught programs with an inauguration ceremony held at the Seminar Room of the Department on the 20th of October 2017. This was the 19th successive intake of students for the MSc/PG Diploma course in Electrical Engineering, and 13th successive intake for the MSc/PG Diploma courses in Industrial Automation and Electrical Installations. Altogether, about 120 students enrolled for the three programs.
Among the distinguished guests gracing the occasion were the Dean/Faculty of Engineering, Prof. Kapila Perera, the Head of Department of Electrical Engineering, Prof. NK Wickramarahchi, Visiting lecturers of the three programs, and the academic staff members of the Electrical Engineering Department. The inauguration of the Industrial Automation programme was held in the morning and an interesting keynote speech was delivered by Eng. Samantha Gunawardane, Genaral Manager of DIMO Pvt Ltd. The inauguration of the Electrical Engineering and Electrical Installations programmes was held in the afternoon and the keynote speech was delivered by Eng. Harsha Wickramasinghe, Deputy Director General (Strategy) of Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority.
421.Opening of Rohan Lucas High Voltage Laboratory
ROHAN LUCAS HIGH VOLTAGE LABORATORY of the Department of Electrical Engineering was declared opened by Professor KKYW Perera, Chancellor of UOM and Professor Ananda Jayawardane, Vice Chancellor of UOM at a ceremony organised by the Department on the 17th of October. The laboratory was recently upgraded utilising part of the capital grant fund allocated to the Faculty of Engineering by the Government of Sri Lanka, making it possible to replace the entire 40-year old inventory of the laboratory with state of the art high voltage testing equipment, including a 500 kV Impulse Generator Test Set, a 300 kV HV AC Test Set, a 400 kV HV DC Test Set, a Digital Phosphor Oscilloscope with a Spectrum Analyser and an Artificial Rain Maker. These advanced equipment have promoted the Rohan Lucas High Voltage Laboratory to be the highest capacity high voltage testing facility available in the country. The laboratory facilitates regular academic learning activities as well as research promotion, serving the needs of both the undergraduate and postgraduate students. Further it is capable of catering for high voltage testing requirements of the electrical power and related industries too.The guest of honour of the opening ceremony, Eng. UD Jayawardane, CEO of LTL Holdings unveiled the commemorative plaque renaming the high voltage laboratory as “Rohan Lucas High Voltage Laboratory” honouring Emeritus Professor J. R. Lucas who is widely regarded the doyen of high voltage engineering in the country. The infrastructure renovation of the high voltage laboratory was mainly sponsored by LTL Holdings Pvt Ltd, a key industry partner of the department, together with Lanka Electricity Company and Pubudu Engineering Pvt. Ltd.
420.IEEE UoM SB Wins 2017 Darrel Chong Student Activity Award
IEEE Student Branch of University of Moratuwa has been awarded the 2017 Darrel Chong Student Activity Award by the IEEE Student Activities Committee. Commending the active involvements and accomplishment of one of its main projects MoraXtreme of IEEE SB UoM, in a letter to Prof Sisil Kumarawadu, Counselor, IEEE SB UoM, IEEE Student Activities stated that "Your Student Branch has demonstrated steps toward improving the quality of IEEE Student Activities and the fostering of knowledge sharing. As a recipient, your commitment to value is highly regarded as this award recognizes consistent progress of your project. Please accept this award as an honor to continue in this manner."
419.Dr. Rasara Samarasinghe Chairs the WIE International Leadership Summit, Sri Lanka
Dr. Rasara Samarasinghe of the Department of Electrical Engineering chaired the WIE International Leadership Summit, held on 7th and 8th of October at the Berjaya Hotel, Mount Lavinia. The event was organized by the WIE Affinity Group of Sri Lanka Section. The event was attended by 160 young girl techmakers together with around 26 distinguished speakers, which was filled with interactive sessions, speeches, an interesting workout session from workout.lk, a car clinic partnered by Automobile Association Ceylon, exhibition booth competition which happened with the participation of student branch affinity groups and Wie4Wie Humanitarian video contest and solution presentations. The IEEE WIE Student Branch Affinity Group of University of Moratuwa won the first places at the Exhibition Booth Competition and the Wie4Wie Humanitarian video contest and solution presentations.
418.Dr. Upuli Jayatunga acts as a Panel Member in the Discussion on ‘Changing Landscape of the Power and Energy Sector’ at WIE International Leadership Summit, Sri Lanka
Dr. Upuli Jayatunga of the Department of Electrical Engineering acts as a Panel Member in the Discussion on ‘Changing Landscape of the Power and Energy Sector’ at WIE International Leadership Summit, Sri Lanka. Dr. Rasara Samarasinghe was the moderator of the panel where Dr. Upuli Jayatunga and Prof. Celia Shahanaz of Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology were panel members.
417.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
416.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.
415.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.
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.