A trailblazer in the Sri Lankan Research Culture – The 1st International Research Conference on Smart Computing and Systems Engineering (SCSE) -2018

The Department of Industrial Management of Faculty of Science, University of Kelaniya conducted the 1st International Research Conference on Smart Computing and Systems Engineering (SCSE), partnering with several local and international organizations including leading international universities, Zone 24X7, and the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA). The Conference, which was co-organised by the Ministry of Science and Technology, was successfully held on the 29th March, 2018 at the Hotel Clarion, Kiribathgoda.

The department of Industrial Management, which is renowned for being the pioneers of introducing innovative degree programmes to Sri Lanka, combining emerging disciplines of science, management, industrial systems engineering and computing technology, recognizes the importance of systems thinking as well as smart systems engineering in solving complex problems of business and society. The department believes that it is a timely measure to take a step in encouraging Sri Lankan academics and researchers alike, who are involved in the multiplex of subjects which interact with the Smart Computing and Systems Engineering domains, to bring forward their research work alongside internationally acclaimed scholars, in these domains to the fore.

The Conference presented the research work both Sri Lankan and international scholars in the concerned disciplines, within a range of domains such as Smart Systems and Technologies, Software and Systems Engineering, Intelligent Systems and Applications, Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning, Distributed and Cloud-based Systems, Big Data Analytics, Cognitive Computing, Web Technologies, Natural Language Processing, Swarm Intelligence, Multi Agent Systems, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Embedded Systems and more. The Conference was conducted along four tracks, based on the major themes of Smart Computing and Systems Engineering.

The keynote addresses for the conference were delivered by Professor Takao Terano of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan and Professor Pubudu Pathirana, Director of Networked Sensing and Control (NSC) Research group at the Deakin University, Australia.

Professor D.M. Semasinghe, Vice-Chancellor of University of Kelaniya, graced the conference as the chief guest, which was attended by a number of international scholars from foreign universities including Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), Tsukuba University (Japan), Yamaguchi University (Japan), Deakin University (Australia), Western Sydney University (Australia) and National Chung Hsing University (Taiwan). Professor (Ms.) B.M. Jayawardena, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor Patrick Ratnayake, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Dr. Ruwan Wickramarachchi, Head of the Department of Industrial Management, academic staff of the Department of Industrial Management, other Heads and academic staff of Departments of the Faculty of Science, L.A. Jayatissa, Librarian and many undergraduates of the Faculty of Science also attended the conference.

Furthermore, the Department organised a Pre-Conference Workshop on “Smart Computing in Action”, conducted by Professor Athula Ginige of Western Sydney University, on the 28th of March, 2018 at Hotel Clarion, Kiribathgoda. The Workshop was an interactive session on how Smart Computing concepts have been developed for real world applications, with valuable input from Professor Ginige’s experience in developing applications for agricultural and health sectors.