IEEE WIE SB AG of University of Peradeniya was awarded the ‘Best WIE Activity Award’ for the program “GNANA PRADEEPA” at the IEEESLSYWC’17 which was held at Sabaragamuwa University on 22-24th December.This is the second consecutive win for WIE Affinity Group, UOP “GNANA PRADEEPA” – Workshop on Technical Skills Development was a program organized by WIE SB AG of University of Peradeniya with the intension of delivering hands on experience on electronics, circuit design and programming for school girls.
This was held on October 2017 , at DEEE seminar room .Ninety school girls participated and they were enlightened on IEEE WIE and the event. Then the participants were grouped for the projects (LCD, Light sensor, Distance meter, Knight rider circuit, Motor speed control) and were provided with equipment’s & guidance.
They were instructed to complete the project within a time frame and present their outcome. At the end of the day students were able learn while enjoying. With the received positive feedback, it was clear that we were able to inspire them to think more about the field of Engineering especially electrical & electronics.
The launching ceremony of the Double Degree Program on Master’s in Wireless Communications between University of Peradeniya and University of Oulu, Finland was held on the 14 of the December, 2017 at OZO, Colombo.
The partner institution, University of Oulua>, Finland has a long tradition of world class research and industry collaboration in modern telecommunication systems such as 5G wireless systems and Internet of Things (IoT). The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DEEE) at University of Perdeniya has a strong group in communications engineering which offers an excellent teaching program and undertake research in communication systems.
Honorable Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Harsha de Silva, chief guest of the launching ceremony, and acting vice chancellor, Prof. LakshmanWijeweera addressed the gathering.Delegates from Finland, including CWC director, Prof. MattiLatva-ahoand Development Manager, Ms. Hanna Saarela spoke about out the importance of the program to both parties. Prof. Latva-ahoalso highlighted that the double degree program will give students from Sri Lanka and Finland an in depth technical knowledge on modern wireless ecosystems that will help to build future scholars, researchers and industry leaders.
The event was well attended by local industry representing all major telecommunication service providers and application developers, representatives from local universities as well as prospective students who showed a keen interest in joining the program.
Due to active interest among the prospective students, application deadline to enroll has been extended till 31st of December, 2017. Selected students will be eligible to receive financial aid to support their studies. The first intake of students to the program is planned for January 2018.
Kasun Weerakoon, an undergraduate of the Department of Electrical and Electronic engineering participated at the Asia Pacific Microwave Conference (APMC 2017) held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 13-16th November, 2017. APMC is a leading IEEE technical conference in the Asia pacific region on radio frequency/microwave/millimeter wave technology, antenna/propagation and wireless technology. This year's edition featured the participation of many distinguished and eminent academics and people from world's leading companies such as Tekmark/Keysight Technologies, Rohde & Schwarz, MPI corporation and NEDI Technologies Co Ltd. The conference also hosted several tutorials, workshops on cutting edge topics in wireless and 5G cellular such as Internet of things (IoT), wireless power transfer, energy harvesting and millimeter wave applications. Kasun, also the Chair of IEEE MTT-S University of Peradeniya Student Chapter, presented at the annual chapter chair meeting held in conjunction with the conference.
The IESL - UTE Raspberry Pi Challenge 2017 organized by UTE and IESL consisted with a total of 46 applicants which constituted of 32 applications from the undergraduate category and 14 applications from the school category. After the commencement in June 2017, all teams faced multiple progress evaluation tests and judges to prove the effectiveness and benefits of their new invention that uses a Raspberry Pi device as the main component.
At the recently concluded “Techno 2017” exhibition, Winners, First Runner-up and Second Runner-up of the competition were decided. The final award ceremony took place at the Kingsbury Hotel, on the 1st of November 2017. UTE- the National Engineering Solutions Provider in Sri Lanka partnered with IESL to make this competition a success with the vision of promoting technological innovation and creativity among the Sri Lankan youth.
Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Peradeniya secured two among the top three places as mentioned below.
The institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is one of the premier professional engineering organizations in Sri Lanka with the headquarters in the United Kingdom.
IET Sri Lanka in one of the active branches of the IET global network. The Young Professionals Section of the IET Sri Lanka consisting of Young Engineering professionals and engineering undergraduates. It’s involving in the career development of young engineers and engineering undergraduates.
15th Annual Technical Conference “Present Around the World 2017” of the IET Young Professionals Sri Lanka, one of the major events of the event matrix of the year was held at Faculty of Engineering University of Peradeniya on 16th July 2017. The Annual Technical Conference is creating an opportunity for young researchers in the IET disciplines to present their research outcomes and knowledge sharing between academic, industrial professionals and young engineers.
Best Technical Paper Award: Winning Team * Sachini Ekanayake * Neelanga Thelasingha * Bavantha Udugama
Paper Title - "Object Dimension Extraction for Environment Mapping with Low Cost Cameras Fused with Laser Ranging" Supervised by- * Dr.Roshan Godaliyadda * Dr.Parakrama Ekanayake * Dr.Lilantha Samaranayake * Dr.Janaka Wijayakulasooriya.
Best Presenter - Runner Up: SachiniEkanayake, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering.
Dr. S.A.H.A. Suraweera, senior lecturer atthe department of electrical and electronic engineering, is this year’s co-recipient of IEEE communication society’s LEONARD G. ABRAHAM PRIZE.Abraham Prize is the IEEE's top awardfor papers in communications systems. It is given to the best paper thatappeared in the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications over thepast three years. The paper Dr. Suraweera co-authored with collaborators from the Linköping University, Sweden, and the Queen's University Belfast is titled “Multipair Full-Duplex Relaying with Massive Arrays and Linear Processing”. Past recipients of this award are affiliated to prestigious universities and research institutions around the world suchas Bell Labs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge University, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), IBM research,University of California, Berkeley, Cornell University, Princeton University, California Institute of Technology, NTT Japan, and Georgia Tech.IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization, based in the USA, with more than 400,000 members spread across the Globe.
Dr. Suraweera obtained B.Sc. Engineering degree specializing Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Peradeniya and PhD degree from the Monash University, Australia.
The IEEEXtreme 10.0, the global coding competition for the year 2016, was held from 5.30 a.m. on 22nd October until the following day morning at the Computer Engineering Department premises of University of Peradeniya. Thousands of student groups from around the world participate in this global coding competition organized every year by the world’s largest professional body, the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE).
In this year, more than 30 teams represented IEEE Student Branch of University of Peradeniya in IEEEXtreme 10.0 while many teams including team "biteCode" and team "Codebros" lead the Sri Lankan leader board from the very beginning. And at the end of the 24 hours, team ‘biteCode’ secured the first place in Sri Lanka and 62nd place in the world leader board. The team “biteCode” was represented by GihanChanaka, SamurdhiKarunarathne, andHarshanaSumedha.
The 4th IEEE Electronic Design Competition for undergraduate students organized by the IEEE Sri Lanka was held in University of Peradeniya and University of Moratuwa with the participation of over 30 groups from five universities on 14thJanuary 2017. The competition was a great success and the participants were able to collaborate with their own team members to design a Hi-Fi audio amplifier to their own specifications. A notable achievement this year was that all the three top positions of this competition was won by teams from University of Peradeniya. The following were the winners of the completion.
First place: Shanaka Ramesh Gunasekara Malinda Sulochana Silva RuchiraThilanMunasinghe
Second place: T. ChanakaHettige S.M. AkilaHemal J.M.T.R. Jayawickrama
Third place: Malinda UrithBandaraJayathilake J.D. ChathushkaChamithRathnapala R.M.U.K. HarshanaMadushanka Kumara Rathnayaka
The annual Global Website contest organized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) was held recently. The team representing the student branch of University of Peradeniya was able to win the first place in Asia Pacific Region and then the first place at the global contest. Teams from all around the world, including giant nations like USA, Japan, India etc took part in this contest. The main purpose of their website is to enlighten the global community of the activities, research and projects carried out by the student branch. It also publishes technical articles produced by student members.
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest professional organization with over 420 000 members from more than 160 countries. We cater for the technological enthusiastic professionals of the world in the related fields through standardization, technical conferences, financial and technical assistance, networking opportunities and many other ways to enable the advancement of technology for the betterment of humanity. IEEE Sri Lanka section, which is a part of IEEE Region 10 (Asia Pacific Region), is the local body of IEEE who are working towards the above mentioned common goals with the local community. IEEE Sri Lanka Section was established back in 2003 and currently we have a member base of over 1900, which spans from undergraduates to most senior citizens.
Prof Janaka Bandara Ekanayake, from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Peradeniya has been named an IEEE Fellow. He is being recognized for contributions to education in renewable energy integration and smart grid.
The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed 0.1% of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.
Prof. Ekanayake believe to be the only Sri Lankan named as a Fellow of IESL, Fellow of IET (UK) and Fellow of IEEE (USA) and the only academic elevated to the grade of Fellow of IEEE while in service in Sri Lanka. He is also a distinguish lecturer of IEEE Power Engineering Society.
The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 400,000 plus members in 160 countries, the association is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.
Its with pleasure I inform that the following students have won the IESL EW
Karunaratne award for best project in EE.
1. Athula Kumara
2. Sandeep Batewala
3. Deshika Dharmasena
The project was supervised by Dr. J.V. Wijayakulasooriya and Dr. S.A.H.A. Suraweera.
We have won this award several times in the recent past (In 2009, 2011 and in 2014).
The award ceremony will be held at BMICH on 14/09/2016.
The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DEEE) of Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya organized the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Research and Project Symposium (EEERaPS) 2016 for the third consecutive year at Waters Edge, Battaramulla on 5th September 2016 with this year’s theme “Research & Development: Path to National Development”. The occasion was graced by the Chief Guest Hon. Khabir Hashim, the Minister of Public Enterprise Development, Vice Chancellor of University of Peradeniya, Prof. Upul B. Dissanayake, Dean of Faculty of Engineering – University of Peradeniya, Prof. Leelananda Rajapakse, the Secretary of Ministry of Defense, Mr. Karunasena Hettiarachchi, the Secretary of Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy, Dr. Suren Batagoda, the Chairman of CEB, Dr. Anura Wijepala, Prof. K.K.Y.W.Perera from the first batch of Electrical Engineers from then University of Ceylon and many more distinguished personalities representing the Government, Industry, and the Academia. Over 50 undergraduate and postgraduate level projects and research outcomes by the students the DEEE were demonstrated to school students, industrialists and academia from 1.00 pm onwards.
The inauguration session of the symposium was held at 5.00pm with two keynote speeches from Prof. Ravi Silva (University of Surrey, United Kingdom) and from Prof. J.B. Ekanayake, the Head of the Department, DEEE – Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya. The honorable minister delivered his speech congratulating the faculty and emphasizing the importance of research and development for the development of the country.
The DEEE has been pioneering in producing the highest quality research at national and international level, which is evident by the top ranking researchers attached to the department and by the number of highly cited research publications during the last several years. The symposium focused on diverse research interests ranging from Communication Systems and Information Technology, Electrical Power and Renewable Energy, High Voltage Engineering, Robotics and Control Systems, Electronic and Instrumentation, Biomedical Engineering and Nano Technology etc. The participants were exposed to locally developed novel and cutting edge solutions to relevant engineering issues while the undergraduates were granted the opportunities to understand and get exposure to industrial expectations.
EEERaPS was followed by “EEES Night” where the past and present members of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Society (EEES) of Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya for a pleasant get together. The alumni directory of the EEES was also launched at this grand event which was attended by over 200 members of the society.
A 60 kW solar PV system was installed at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering under ADB funded Clean Energy & Network Efficiency Improvement Project (loan 2892/2893-SRI). Similar systems are installed at the University of Jaffna, the University of Ruhuna and the University of Moratuwa. The Vice Chancellorof University of Peradeniya formally opened all these four systems at the presence of representatives from Asian Development Bank, Sustainable Energy Authority and sister Universities on Friday 5th August at 2:00 pm. The system that is installed here at Peradeniya is sufficient to supply the full power requirement of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering more than 80% of the time. During morning and in some afternoons where there are no practical sessions, the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering is only consuming about 20 kW and therefore the excess power is supplied to the rest of the Faculty. This is the first step of making our Energy supply greener thus contributing to mitigate concerns of climate change. More photos can be found at:
Two members of the DEEE, Prof. Manjula Fernando and Dr. Vijith Herath received President’s Award on the 18th November 2015 for their research during 2013. They have been rewarded for publishing two or more research papers in peer reviwed international journals covered by the Science Citation Index Expanded of Thomson Reuters. The event was organized by the National Research Council of Sri Lanka.
This conference will be held at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
More details of the conference can be found at www.iciis.org.
Prof. Kithsiri Liyanage a Professor from the DEEE was appointed as the Secretary to the Ministries of Policy Planning, Economic Affairs, Child, Youth & Cultural Affairs.
DEEE together with the Computer Engineering department participated in the above exhibition. Our stall was one of the attractive stalls of the exhibition and a large number of school students and others visited the stall.
This workshop was held on 6th May 2015, at the Seminar Room of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya. The focus of this workshop is to expose the participants to the use of mathematics in giving solution to real world problems in sub-disciplines in electrical and electronic engineering, including robotics, telecommunication, signal processing, biomedical engineering, nano technology, pattern recognition, etc. Please find the enclosed leaflet about this event.
A talk on "Robust Control of Thrust Vectoring Unmanned Aerial Vehicles" by Mr. Hiranya Jayakody, PhD candidate at University of New South Wales, Australia was organised by IEEE Sri Lanka Section and IEEE Sri Lanka Central Region sub Section on Tuesday 22nd July 2015.
A talk on "Power Quality Research and Development Activities" by Prof. Sarath Perera, Technical Director, Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre (APQRC), University of Wollongong, AUSTRALIA was held on Thursday, 29th of June 2015. This was organised by the PHES club in collaboration with the IEEE PES SL Chapter.
A talk on “Beyond Theories-Become a better suited Electrical Engineer to the Industry" by Eng. W.J.L.S Fernando, Immediate Past General Manager of Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and Immediate Past President of Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL) was held on Thursday, 26th of March 2015. This was organised by the PHES club in collaboration with the IEEE PES SL Chapter.