Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering

ENTC

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.

Brain Computer Interfacing Workshop ‘Hack Your Thoughts’

A workshop on brain-computer interfacing (BCI) was conducted in parallel with the MERCon 2018 with the collaboration of the Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering on the 31of June 2018. Prof. Kazuo Kiguchi of Kyushu University, Japan; Dr. Roshan Pieris of Keio University, Japan; Dr. Anjula De Silva and Dr. Thilina Lalitharatne of University of Moratuwa shared their experiences related to BCI. Variety of BCI developed by graduate and undergraduate of the university were demonstrated during this workshop giving a practical experience to BCI. For the registered 30

This was organized by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Student Branch Chapter of the University of Moratuwa (IEEE EMBS at UoM).

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Abhina 2018

History will record another episode of the big event ‘Abhina 2018’, the showcase of aesthetic talents of students of the Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering. It was held with much glamour on the eve of 9th of May 2018 at the Civil auditorium with the presence of the chief guest Mr. Sarath Kothalawala, a renowned artist, the Vice Chancellor of University of Moratuwa, Prof. K.K.C.K Perera and many Professors, senior lecturers and academic staff.

The auditorium was overflowing with the enthusiastic crowd from all over the university to witness the talents of their fellow batchmates from ENTC. It was an enormous opportunity for the students to let out their talents flow freely to an amazingly large audience which was also a breakaway from all the tension and strains of competitive and hectic day to day lives biased towards academic mind maps.

The evening wore off magically in the bliss of talented performers taking on the stage one after the other. The entire evening was filled with surprises, let it be the way an item was presented or a fascinating dance or a fun filled drama simply gluing the eyes of the spectators on to the stage for few hours. It was a gallant mix of both humor and emotion in due proportions.

As it is always, this event is a result of the combined effort of all the batches currently in the department who have worked in unison day and night to put together such an awe filled evening. While the performers did their best on stage, there were many who worked behind the curtains to make this a success. One such huge commitment displayed in full view and thus admired heavily by everyone was the gigantic backdrop on stage, a creation of two extremely talented artists of the level 2 batch.

And one fascinating event, ‘Abhina 2018’ marked its end with the loud applause of the mesmerized audience.

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Tronic Awrudu 2018

It was 5th of May. The day dawned bright and clear. ENTC students were ready to celebrate Awrudu with all the glitter, colour and essence which represented the Sri Lankan culture and heritage for the first time marking a landmark in the Department history. The event was graced and made more colourful with the presence of the Head of the Department(HOD), Dr. Nuwan Dayananda, the former HOD, Prof. Rohan Munasinghe, senior and junior academic staff of the department. Students were dressed up in their best traditional attire. Awrudu table filled with Sinhala and Tamil traditional food items was arranged in the department premises and soon after everyone has finished breakfast, all the sarongs and gowns marched towards the ‘Lagaan’ without further ado.

Awrudu games commenced with ‘Campus Eka Haraha Diweema’ where almost everyone enjoyed the participation of their fellow batchmates. The first game at the ‘Lagaan’ arena was the ‘Aliyata Asa Thabeema’, where blindfolded participants had to spot the elephant’s eye. Organizers took the game to a whole new level where some had to spot the eye of a moving elephant figure. The traditional ‘Kotta Pora’ and ‘Kanamuttiya Bindima’ were held next. Even the senior and junior lecturers could not resist the enthusiasm and participated in ‘Kanamuttiya Bindima’. ‘Sangitha Putu Tharangaya’ (musical chairs) was entertaining to both participants and those who watched. ‘Kamba Adeema’ or tug of war and catching eggs were held at the university ground. Undergraduates were eager in participating in events and the day was becoming one of the best days they had in the year so far.

Meanwhile, Lagaan was being prepared for the most awaited event of the day, selecting ‘Tronic Kumara and Kumariya’. Online voting was conducted for a week. And all the finalists were called upon the stage. At the end of a huge competitive session, Uththara from level 3 and Hasith from level 4 were crowned as ‘Tronic Kumariya and Kumara’ by Dr. Chamira Edussooriya.

The final event of the day was Padura where all the undergrads got together at ENTC1 to soothe their souls with songs. Thereby, one of the most entertaining days of the year marked its deadline giving us the pleasure of the Awrudu season once again.

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Invited talk at the International Workshop on Nanodevice Technologies (IWNT) 2018, Hiroshima University

Extending the collaboration between the University of Moratuwa (UOM) and the Hiroshima University (HU), Dr. Anjula De Silva delivered a talk at the IWNT 2018 held on the 2nd March titled ‘Dry electrode in non-invasive electrophysiology’. The talk mainly focused towards combining electronics IC design and biomedical expertise in UOM and unique IC fabrication facility in HU where next generation 4 nm technology is used.  Eminent researchers from Japan, UK, France and the USA also delivered invited talks during this workshop.

Prof. Shin Yokoyama was instrumental in inviting and hosting this event. In addition, he initiated facilitating ENTC undergraduate students to participate in a fully sponsored week-long IC design training session at the HU annually started from last year.

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