Dr. Bodhi Priyantha, gave a talk on enabling energy efficient continuous sensing on mobile devices at the Department on APril 24, 2013.
Abstract: Today's mobile devices are equipped with a rich set of sensors such as accelerometers, ambient light sensors, compasses, pressure sensors, and GPS receivers. Gathering user context such as user activity, geographic location, and location type requires continuous sampling of these sensors. However, such sampling shortens device battery life due to the associated energy overhead. We will examine the root causes of this energy overhead and present ongoing research on system and sensor architectural designs that enable energy-efficient continuous sensing.
Bodhi Priyantha is a researcher at Microsoft Research, Redmond, Washington, USA. His research interests include low-power systems design, wireless communication, and networked sensing. Priyantha has a PhD in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a graduate in Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Moratuwa.
A team of researchers from the University of Moratuwa visited Sri Lanka Spinal Cord Network (SLSCN) at the National Hospital on June 11, 2013. The meeting was hosted by Dr. Narendra Pinto, Consultant Orthopedic and Trauma Surgeon who is the President of the SLSCN. From Several medical doctors other personnel associated with the Network attended.
The following reserachers attended the meeting from Moratuwa:
- Dr. Ranga Rodrigo (Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering)
- Dr. Harsha Abeykoon (Department of Electrical Engineering)
- Dr. Ruwan Weerasuriya (Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering)
- Dr. Ruwan Gopura (Department of Mechanical Engineering)
- Dr. Jayathu Samarawickrama (Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering)
- Dr. Ranjith Amarasinghe (Department of Mechanical Engineering)
Dr. Pinto described the purpose and services of SLSCN. Moratuwa researchers presented their work related to the rehabilitation of patients with spinal injuries. The discussion was followed by a ward visit. Both parties agreed to collaboratively work toward developing assertive devices.
A proposal submitted by the department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering to the World Bank Higher Education for Twenty First Century Project Quality and Innovation Grant Round 2 was ranked first among all other proposals submitted by State Universities in SriLanka. The main composers of the proposal were Prof. Dileeka Dias and Dr.Chandika Wavegedara.With this the Department was awarded with Rs. 25 million on the 29th May 2013 to implement the proposal.
The proposal comprises of some drastic changes to the current curriculum of the department. Modernization of the curriculum, creation of an Ecosystem for innovation and Strategic industry partnership rank high among them. With the implementation of this new proposal, the department aims to produce vibrant young graduates who will have a sound knowledge on applying the theoretical concepts to solve real life problems without effort, while enhancing their creativity and also engaging in soft skills development, ultimately driving them towards technology leadership.
At the opening ceremony of the Sri Lanka University Games, Electronics students showcased a quadrotor UAV show in the presence of His Excellency the President. The quadrotors rose in to the sky of from Moratuwa grounds carrying flags. Earlier, the Olympic lamp was lit by a robotic arm carrying the torch. The march past was accompanied by the ENTC de-mining robot, carrying the Mora mascot. All three items, which attracted much attntion, were supervised by D.r Rohan Munasinghe.