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Dr. Eng. Kamalanath Samarakoon

I was born in Kandy, Sri Lanka in 1964. I studied at Dharmaraja College Kandy from 1970 to 1983. I was the Deputy Head Prefect and Vice Captain of the General Knowledge team and the Debating Team.

I entered to the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya in 1985. I received the B.Sc. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 1991, the M.Eng. in computer science from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand in 1996 and the Ph.D degree from Cardiff University, U.K. in 2012.I joined Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), the public power utility of Sri Lanka, in 1992 as an Electrical Engineer and worked 15 years in the areas of hydro power plants rehabilitation, maintenance, instrumentation and control and as a Chief Engineer (Computer application and IT).In 2007, I joined the Department of Computer Engineering, University of Peradeniya as a Senior Lecturer. From 2009 to 2012, I worked as a Research Assistant while studying for the Ph.D. degree at Cardiff University.

For the research and development, I was awarded three national awards in 2000, 2006 and 2013. In addition I have received an award from CICC Japan in 1999.

I have published more than 25 papers in journals and conferences.

I am a Chartered Engineer in Sri Lanka and in the U.K. and a Member of the IESL, IEEE and IET.

My research interests are Computer Interfacing, Instrumentation & Industrial Control, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA); Computer Applications in Power System Automation and Control, Image Processing.

I have been doing many social activities and an officer an active member in many societies including professional organizations such as IESL, IET, IEEE, Old Boys’ Associations of Dharmaraja College and the College Archives Foundation, Alumni Association of the Engineering Faculty; PEFAA and social organizations such as Lions Club and Toastmasters Club.

During school days and afterword’s I participated as a team member and also as the Captain in teams and won several provincial and national championships in oratory and general knowledge. In schooldays our team won almost all the provincial general knowledge contests, became a runners-up in a national contest and I won a provincial oratory championship. At national level I lead the Kandy District Sport Quiz team and Peradeniya Engineering Faculty team in “Dulux” Engineering Knowledge team telecasted in Rupavahini (TV Chanel) and won the Championship.

Edited By Dr. Kamalanath Samarakoon