Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering

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UoM marks its name in the world of Robotics again!

Written by Hiranya Kuruppu.

 

As the best technical university in the island, University of Moratuwa takes the pride of presenting the champions of International Autonomous Robotics Challenge (IARC)-2016 which was held in India recently. Members of the winning team are, Achala Athukorala (team leader), Nipuna Ranasinghe, Kosala Herath, Kanishka Wijayasekara from the department of ENTC and Praveen Gunarathna from the department of Mechanical Engineering.

From left to right : Kosala Herath, Praveen Gunarathne, Achala Athukorale, Nipuna Ranasinghe, Kanishka Wijesekara

IARC was organized by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, a reputed university in India along with its 22nd technical fest, TECHKRITI. Competing with 8 other teams who were the winners in zonal and national competitions held previously in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka with over 250 participant teams, makes this a remarkable achievement.

Being novices, with not more than a year of experience, the winning team boasts the championship in Sri Lanka Robotics Challenge (SLRC)-2015 and proudly the 2nd runner up in International Robotics Challenge (IRC)-2015 organized by IIT Bombay in India.

Over the past few years, teams from UoM have been making history claiming for international victories in robotics. Being the technical hub of the island and possessing young, skillful aspirants with spirit who are ready to change the world with technology, UoM awaits its next victory.

Thinking for the future

Written by Madara Wimalarathna.

“Thinking for the future” a lecture conducted by Mr. Janaka Senarathna was held at ENTC 1, University of Moratuwa on 17th of December 2015.

Mr. Janaka Senarathna is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of biomedical engineering at the Johns Hopkins University.  Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, He graduated from the Department of Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Moratuwa. He won the gold medal for the student with the best academic standing in the Electronic and Telecommunications stream and was jointly awarded the Prof. Dayantha S. Wijayasekara award for the most outstanding graduate and the university gold medal for his overall performance in academics and extracurricular activities at the University of Moratuwa. 

The lecture “Thinking for the future” was motivational and throughout the lecture Mr. Janaka Senarathna guided students to build the big picture of their future carrier and gave valuable advices with evidences from his own life experiences.  At the end there was a questioning time and interesting matters were discussed through the questions asked by the audience. Finally he winded up the lecture with a great quote by Sir Albert Einstein. “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”

SLRC - 2015 (University category)

Written by Madara Wimalarathna.

Sri Lankan Robotics Challenge(SLRC)-2015 for University category, organized by E-Club of Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering (ENTC), University of Moratuwa was successfully held on 28th of November, 2015 at the same University for the 4th consecutive year.

This was an open competition for all university students who are interested in robotics and therefore considerable number of teams from various universities participated. Among them an unbeaten team from University of Moratuwa could win the competition as all other times while making their mother university proud. Now they are ready to participate in TCHFEST international competition in India which will be held from 26 to 28 of December 2015 at University of IIT, Bombay.

Giving ideas Mr.Kushan Pandipperuma, the main organizer of SLRC-2015 University category thanked ENTC 14th and 13th batches for thir support and Miss.Hasantha Malavipathirana, President of E-club for the valuable guidance. Also he gratefully mentioned Mr. Sahan Chathuranga,Managing director of Sanota PVT and Keerthi Kodithuwakku, Director of Effective Solutions for the sponsorships of their companies. According to Mr.Kushan Pandipperuma SLRC Student category will be held soon.

For the past few years, Students from the University of Moratuwa participated and made victories at many international robot competitions including ROBOCON, iNexus and TECHFEST. This year also confidence and the dedication of winners of SLRC give us the hope of victory.

E-Care 2015

Written by Sahani Goonetilleke.

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The E-Club, once again, partook on the worthy cause of holding its annual CSR project, "E-Care 2015" at a rural, underprivileged school; namely Paragala Kanishta Vidyalaya, Deniyaya. The charity program was conducted over the weekend, on the 7th and 8th of November. In-kind and monetary donations were collected from well-wishes.
The proceedings commenced after a warm welcome from both staff and students of the school. Then the participants enthusiastically got down to work.

Some of the contributions included:

  • Refurbishing and building a ceiling for the school's laboratory and staff room
  • Workshops for students, on Ordinary Level Mathematics and Science, including practicals
  • English and Music classes
  • Painting the Premises
  • Setting up a library comprising of textbooks, O/Level past paper books and dictionaries
  • Outdoor games and activities

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The donations included:

  • Laboratory Equipment for O/Level Science practicals
  • Musical instruments to initiate Eastern Music as a subject in the school for the O/Level examination.
  • Speakers and amplifiers to conduct morning assembly.
  • Stationery items

It is indeed heart-warming to know that the lives of 120 children were transformed for the best; while providing a better learning environment and opportunities to nurture their talents. We extend our sincere gratitude to each and every individual who contributed to make this event a reality.

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FPGA workshop by ParaQum Technologies - Semester 4

Written by Sahani Goonetilleke.

ParaQum Technologies, a start-up company driving their way to the world of High Speed Digital Design and FPGA, conducted a special workshop for the semester 4 ENTC '13 students. The focus area of the workshop was "Digital Design using FPGA" and it was conducted by Mr. Kalana De Silva and Mr. Geethan Karunarathne. The workshop was held on the 1st of November 2015 at ENTC 1, ENTC. An extensive coverage of the following were completed in a relatively short time duration:

  • Overview and architecture of FPGA
  • Simulation and Implementation flows
  • An introduction to Verilog coding
  • Digital systems design using Verilog HDL

Aspects of combinational and sequential logic and examples on both hardware and software applications were interactively discussed. This workshop was beneficial for the students as areas of subjects of future semesters such as DSD and IC design, were also covered.