Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT) in seeking for excellence in research this year has been recognised in international forums in countries spanning 3 continents, namely, the Netherlands, India, China and USA. The research work has been carried out as part of the final year projects on the BEng. (Hons) Software Engineering Degree Programme conducted by IIT in collaboration with University of Westminster, UK. The research environment created at IIT has been able to facilitate students to reach international recognition at several conference forums of high repute.
IIT has opened a window of opportunity to increase the research capacity of students in the areas of artificial intelligence, HCI Robotics and several other related areas. This year’s acceptance of final year research papers began with Sheran Corera, who represented Sri Lanka at 'Chi Sparks 2011' held in Arnhem, the Netherlands. The title of his research paper was “Capturing Hand Gesture Movement: A Survey on Tools, Techniques and Logical Considerations”. The theme of the conference was 'HCI research, innovation and implementation' and was organized by Chi Nederland, the Dutch local chapter of the ACM Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction. The paper which he presented at the conference was in relation to research conducted on gesture based interaction with computers for educational and recreational purposes.
Sheran’s paper was selected from among a significant number of submissions from across the world and he was the youngest speaker at the conference. He had the added distinction of being the only undergraduate speaker and the only individual to represent Asia. All the other presenters at this conference were graduates or PhD holders. Needless to say that to stand up before such an audience and hold his head high was admirable.
The second conference was on Computer Vision and Robotics which is one of the most challenging areas of the 21st century. The International Conference on Computational Vision and Robotics (ICCVR- 2011), Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India provided a forum for the presentation of new research results and the demonstration of new systems and techniques in the above mentioned area. The conference brought together developers, users, academics and researchers in this area and the business community for sharing and exploring new areas of research and development and also to discuss emerging issues facing business organisations in the knowledge economy.
Dilushinie De Silva presented her research, “Review on Sign Language Recognition Methods for Supporting Communication between Deaf and Non-deaf”, along with her two other friends Thayine Kugamoorthy and Gamitha Munasinghe presenting “Review on Human Computer Interaction Methods for a Virtual Jewellery Decider “and “GeoTips-An Enhanced Mobile Search Application”, respectively. Here again they were still undergraduates at the time of presenting the papers.
Achala Aponso and Sandun Perera are two other graduates of IIT whose papers have been accepted for presentation and publication at the Second International Conference of Soft Computing and Pattern Recognition (SoCPaR 2011) held at Dalian, China from October 14 to 16, 2011. Their papers will be published in the conference proceedings of the IEEE.
Their projects respectively are a “Review on State of Art Image Enhancement and Restoration Methods for a Vision Based Driver Assistance System with De-weathering” and “Smart-PIVO System- Personal Image and Video Organizer with Person- Based Navigation”.
SoCPaR 2011 was organized to bring together worldwide leading researchers and practitioners interested in advancing the state of the art in Soft Computing and Pattern Recognition, for exchanging knowledge that encompasses a broad range of disciplines among various distinct communities. The theme for this conference was focused on "Innovating and Inspiring Soft Computing and Intelligent Pattern Recognition". The two students presented their papers among a panel of prestigious presenters which includes Prof. Henri Prade and Prof. Francesco Marcelloni.
The Fourth conference to which IIT students contributed is The 2nd AMA (American Medical Association) IEEE Medical Technology Conference held in Boston,MA, USA.
The conference is organised to aid the Healthcare sector, a discipline at the intersection of information and computer science, engineering, and healthcare. The conference is expected to examine resources, devices and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, display, and use of information in health and biomedicine including healthcare informatics applications such as clinical decision support.
Iranda Hewawitharane is the only Sri Lankan student to be chosen for this prestigious conference. Outside the conference rooms, attendees start to network with other researchers and enhanced their own understanding of their research areas. In addition of course IIT becomes a valued entity outside of Sri Lanka.
Participating in these conferences not only gives a real-life opportunity, where students can share their ideas related to the conference theme. It also provides an enriching environment to collaborate with other researchers to explore a topic and share information. The conference encourages stimulating conversations, life-long learning and adds to professional development. IIT has always been in the forefront of encouraging final year students to take their final year projects to much greater academic heights rather than it being a mantel piece on the library shelf. This year has been a very rewarding and successful year for IIT in the field of research activity and we hope to take it to greater heights in the years to come.