INVENTIO Competition Organized by University of Kelaniya Parallel to the VIDYA 2017 Exhibition

Team “Infinity” of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) immerged as the second runner up in the “INVENTIO” competition organized by the University of Kelaniya in parallel to the technical exhibition “VIDYA 2017” which was held on 8th and 9th October 2017 at the University premises.

The competition was conducted in five categories - Agriculture, Science, Engineering, Medical and Technology and it was open to all University and school students. The students of Faculty of computing, KDU - Mr. B.K.T.P.Wickramasinghe, Ms. K.K.V.S.Anjana, Mr. U.D.V.A. Silva and Ms. D.S.A.Abeyasena had participated in this highly competitive event as team “Infinity” under the theme of Agriculture. The team had built an Automated Water Irrigation System with Light Adjustment which is supported by an android application in-order to address the issue of water excess flow. The design had addressed four main features, i.e. Soil Moisture Detection, Light Adjustment, Bluetooth Connection and Automatic Water Adjustment using the ultra-sonic sensors. This project which prevents waste of water has been appreciated by the judges as well as the visitors of the exhibition.


Winners of iHack 3.0

The General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University was emerged as Winners of iHack 3.0, a 24-hour inter-university hackathon held on the 7th and 8th October 2017 at the University of Colombo. The event was organized by the ISACA Student Group, University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC).The University of Colombo School of Computing was placed as the first Runner Up and the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) was placed as the second Runner Up in the event. Twenty teams were chosen to take part in the hackathon based on a proposal submitted, and five teams were chosen as finalists based on the work presented during the hackathon, from which the winners were chosen after an extensive reviewing process involving three rounds of presentations during the course of the 24-hour hackathon. In a hackathon, programmers code in an extreme manner over a short period of time, where they are provided with an opportunity to showcase their software development skills and apply their problem-solving skills in order to find effective solutions for real-world problems.

The wining team of three, Mr. Sachintha Hewawasam, Mr. Kavindu Rathnasiri (Department of Computer Science) and Ms. Krishni Hewa (Department of Information Technology), 3rd year students, representing Faculty of Computing at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University developed a software solution to ease the learning process of students suffering from Dyslexia and other learning disorders.

The application has a summarization module developed using Natural Language Processing, which provides a summary of a given document. It also has an Optical Character Recognition module which identifies text of an uploaded image, where the student can recognize any errors made through the error checking module implemented specifically for students with dyslexia. The application also has incorporated with a Speech-to-Text module which transcribes what the student says in order to aid them with their writing process.

CISCO Hackathon IoT 2017

Cisco Networking Academy Hackathon competition 2017 was opened for all the students of Sri Lanka in the age group of 14-30. There were 2500 students registered for the first round and 100 students from 20 teams has been selected to the final round.

The final competition was held on 25th and 26th of September 2017. The competitors had to develop solution with IoT technology for garbage management and 10 hours of time period allowed for the task. The first task was completed by 6pmon the first day and panel completed their evaluation of prototype by 10.30 pm. The second day was scheduled to do the present their solutions explaining the viability of the product they developed in a commercial environment.

After lengthy two rounds of hard-fought competition, General Sir John Kothalawata Defense University emerged as the winner and Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology became the 1st runner-up. The 2nd runner-up was a team from the University of Moratuwa.

10th International Research Conference of KDU- Computing Sessions

General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University has been in the fore front of higher education in Sri Lanka for the last 30 years, and it proudly conducts its 10th international research conference, at the University premises on 3rd and 4th August, 2017.

The theme of this year’s computing sessions was “Resolution for challenges & opportunities of global dynamics through digital innovations”, and a large number of scholars, both military and civil, are attend this conference.

Each year, the university attracts more than 2000 researchers from all over the world and it receives more than 500 submissions of research papers. Out of a similar number of submissions, 320 papers have been selected to be presented at this year’s conference. In the computing sessions out of large no of papers 20 was selected as oral and 19 selected for poster sessions.

This year, the organizers have invited two academics to conduct pre conference workshop such as Prof  Jay R Rajasekara - Vice President of International University of Japan under the topic of Core competencies and survival in internet Age: Another idea for creating  new business and Dr Ajith Madurapperuma, Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Open University of Sri Lanka under the topic of Artificial intelligence opportunities and threats. This was organized by Dr Pradeep Kalansooriya and faculty members.

In the second day Plenary Session was chaired by Prof. Dileeka Dias – Dean – Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Moratuwa. Four main speakers  involved including Prof. Jay Rajasekera, Vice President International University of Japan under the Topic of “ICT to IOT How to Keep Up With Fast Moving Information Technologies”, Dr. Lalith Liyanage, CEO, Lanka Logistics & Technologies, Ministry of Defence under the topic of “Online Learning: Common Challenges for Instructors in Large Online Courses: Strategies to Mitigate Student and Instructor Frustration”, Dr. Chamath Keppatiyagama, Senior Lecturer, University of Colombo School of Computing under the topic of “Bitcoins are here to stay: Are we ready” and finally Dr. Srinath Perera, Vice President of Research, WSO2 under the topic of “Analytics and AI: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.

In the third day, first session theme was “Artificial Intelligence for Digital Innovations” and Chaired by Dr. Ananda Edirisuriya; Head – Department of CS, University of Sri Jayawardanapura. The second session theme was “Machine Learning towards Intelligent Behavior“ and chaired by Prof. JR Rajasekera, Vice President, International University of Japan. The third one was “Digital Solutions for Global Challenges“, Chaired by Dr. Damith Karunarathne, Head – Department of Communication & Media Technologies, UCSC. Finally fourth session was chaired by Dr. Ruwan Wickramarachchi, Head - Department of Industrial Management - University of Kelaniya.                                                                               

Computing sessions were conducted under the guidance of the Rector, Southen Campus Brigadier Aruna Ariyasinghe and The dean Faculty of computing Capt Janaka Gunaseela and two HOD’s Mr Asela Gunasekara and Mr Nandana Pathirage. Maj RMM Pradeep, Ms Nirosha Wedasinghe, Mr Budditha Hettige, Ms Anuradha Ariyarathna and Mr Ranga Kulasekara work as coordinators of this sessions and with the excellent support of all the staff members 10th International Conference 2017, computing sessions were completed successfully conducted.