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Sanduni Premaratne Wins the First Runner-up Award at the 3 Minute Thesis Competition

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Ms. Sanduni Premaratne, an MPhil student of the Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering became the first runner up in the annual “3 Minute Thesis Presentation Competition 2018” held on 3rd October at the Galle Face Hotel. 

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a professional and highly-engaging international research communication competition originated by the University of Queensland. The Sri Lankan competition was organized for the second consecutive time by the Sri Lankan Academy of Young Scientists (SLAYS) and National Science Foundation (NSF), in collaboration with the Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI). 

The winning presentation titled “Light Field Processing: From Minutes to Seconds” was based on the research of Ms. Premaratne, where she developed novel low-complexity light field processing algorithms for real-time light field applications under the supervision of Dr. Chamira Edussooriya.

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Bahavathy Kathirgamanathan, an MPhil student of the same department who works under the supervision of Dr. Pujitha Silva, was also among the top 10 finalists who competed for the championship. She presented her research titled “Development of a customized tool for the diagnosis and treatment of foot disorders” where she has developed and implemented a methodology that uses experimental and computational methods to characterize the foots biomechanical behavior.

 

 

 

Research Paper Presentation at IEEE EMBC 2018

A research paper titled “Detection of Diabetes by Macrovascular Tortuosity of Superior Bulbar Conjunctiva” was presented at the 40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC) 2018 held in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA from July 17th to 21st. It was presented by Mr. Achintha Iroshan Kondarage and the manuscript was written by Mr. Achintha Iroshan Kondarage and Mr. Dulara De Zoysa. This Research was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Anjula De Silva, Dr. Nuwan Dayananda, Prof. Saroj Jayasinghe, Dr. Mahen Wijesuriya and Dr.Chamari Warnapura. This research was carried out with collaboration of three institutions, Department of Electronic and Telecommunication of University of Moratuwa, Department of Clinical Medicine of University of Colombo and The National Diabetes Center. Authors are focusing on implementation of computational methodologies to detect micro and macro vascular complexities. In this research work they have implemented several image processing algorithms and computational methodologies to compute tortuosity of blood vessels in bulbar conjunctiva using a 2D image of sclera region. They have also identified a significant relationship between diabetes and macro vascular tortuosity of bulbar conjunctiva.

EMBC is the annual flagship conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, covering a broad range of topics from cutting edge biomedical and healthcare technology research and development to clinical applications, biomedical education and entrepreneurship. It is the world’s largest international biomedical engineering conference. This research was conducted as the final year research project of Mr. Achintha Iroshan Kondarage and Mr. Dulara De Zoysa under the Biomedical Engineering degree program at Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering department of University of Moratuwa.

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UoM collaborations with the Department of Bioengineering of Imperial College London

Dr. Pujitha Silva, Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering with his PhD student Thiran Sellahewa visited the Department of Bioengineering of Imperial College London from the 1st to the 7th of July. The objective of this visit was to initiate the collaborative research project conducted by the University of Moratuwa and Imperial. The project focuses on post fracture regeneration of lower extremities where Dr. Pujitha and Thiran are working on developing a computational tool for fracture management. During the visit Dr. Pujitha and his research student were able to visit their state of the art laboratories and conduct research in them. In addition to the research work carried out, Dr. Pujitha was also able to meet with senior faculty members from the Department of Bioengineering and researchers from the Imperial Center for Blast Injury Studies.

Post Imperial visit, Dr. Puitha attended the 8th World Congress for Biomechanics with one of his post graduate students, Ms Bahavathy Kathiragamanathan who presented her work on foot biomechanics. The world Biomechanics Congress is the largest gathering of researchers and organizations in this area and boasted over 4000 participants this year. The event which is organized every 4 years, was held in Dublin Ireland from the 8th to the 12th of July this year. At the conference Dr. Pujitha was also able to present the work done by Ruwan Udayananda, one of his post-graduate students who is currently developing a hydrogel polymer for diabetic insoles.

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A workshop on Opportunistic networks

The Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering of the University of Moratuwa in collaboration with the University of Bremen, Germany and the Hamburg University of Technology, Germany, conducted a workshop on Opportunistic Networks (OppNets) on 2nd of July 2018.

Over 50 participants representing undergraduate students, postgraduate students, practicing engineers and researchers were present. The workshop was comprised of a tutorial session and an interactive group session. The main speakers were Prof. Dr. Anna Foerster, Dr. Andreas Konsgen, Dr. Asanga Udugama, of University of Bremen, Germany, Dr. Koojana Kuladinithi of Hamburg University of Technology, Germany, Prof. Mrs. Dileeka Dias, Dr. Tharaka Samarasinghe and Dr. Kasun Hemachandra of University of Moratuwa.

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CEBI hosts guest talk by delegates from QUT

On the 2nd of May 2018, a talk organized by the Center for Biomedical Innovation (CEBI) on biomedical engineering opportunities was held at the Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering (ENTC) department with delegates from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. The delegation consisted of Professor Prasad Yarlagadda, Professor John Bell, and Dr. Kateryna Bazaka who were visiting the University of Moratuwa in a bid to strengthen ties between the two institutions. Prof. John Bell and Dr. Kateryna Bazaka spoke broadly about research at QUT and Prof. Prasad Yarlagadda gave a talk on the “study of natural bactericidal surface production on titanium implants for orthopedic applications” which is one of his research focuses. Furthermore, as QUT has a strong robotics group, the delegation also spent some time with Prof. Rohan Munasinghe at the UAV lab located in the ENTC department as well as with Prof. Ruwan Gopura at the Bionics lab located in the Mechanical Department.

CEBI, a multidisciplinary research center established by the University of Moratuwa is an initiative towards collaborative commercializable research in the area of biomedical device development. Dr. Pujitha Silva as the center director, Dr. Nuwan Dayananda, and Professor Ruwan Gopura as the HoD’s of ENTC and Mechanical respectively along with other senior biomedical lecturing staff members from ENTC, mechanical and other relevant departments play a pivotal role in the progress of this center. This visit has allowed for mutual insight to be obtained on the current research trends occurring both at QUT and at UoM and has created a path for future collaborative activities.