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First sliit conference on Engineering and Technology

In an era where various factors impede Sri Lankan education, the Faculty of Engineering, Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) is determined to offer opportunities for young Researchers, Scientists, Academics and Industry Practitioners to stay connected with growing research networks and to get their outstanding work visible. The 1st SLIIT International Conference on Engineering and Technology (SICET 2022) is one such golden opportunity offered by the Faculty of Engineering to showcase cutting-edge research addressing emerging trends in the fields of Engineering, Technology and Applied and Natural Sciences, spanning research across Theory, Applications and Education. SICET 2022 will be held on February11, 2022 under hybrid mode, providing both physical and virtual participation opportunities.
In addition to technical sessions, SICET 2022 is geared with keynote speeches and a plenary session by renowned Academic experts. Keynote speeches on the agenda include, ‘Intelligent Robotics -Misconceptions, Current Trends and Opportunities’ by Prof. Clarence De Silva; ‘Converter Control for Integration of Renewable Energy into the Grid’ by Prof. Udaya Annakkage and ‘Aspects of Structural Vulnerability against Tsunamis’ by Prof. Priyan Dias. Moreover, a panel of speakers including Prof. Gamini Rajapakse, Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama, Prof. Vajira Dissanayake, Prof. Malika Perera and Prof. Iain Murray will speak on ‘Engineering aspects in dealing with COVID-19 pandemic’.
Fostering SICET 2022, seven different pre-conference workshops have been organised, covering diverse engineering and technology topics. Academic and industry experts from local as well as international organisations will conduct the workshops. Further details of the workshops are presented next.
Structural Design Of
High-Rise Buildings
Tall building developments have been rapidly increasing worldwide as well as in Sri Lanka. However, with the rapid increase of its function in other areas such as residential, mixed-use and hotel tower developments, the role of the structural engineer has changed significantly. Moreover, the increasingly competitive nature of the building industry has also created an immense challenge to the design team to achieve optimum designs. Hence, it is essential that the current structural engineers acquire the state-of-the-art knowledge of designing tall buildings. This workshop introduces tall building design and its uniqueness in the structural engineering context covering the concept of tall buildings, the basics of geotechnical investigation, wind analysis and earthquake design requirements. Resource people for the workshop are Prof. Priyan Mendis from the University of Melbourne, Australia and Eng. Shiromal Fernando, Eng. Bathiya Waduge, Eng. Dilina Hettiarachchi, Eng. Balrajh Kiriparan, Eng. Shilpa Thilakarathne and Eng. Arthur De Alwis from Civil and Structural Engineering Consultant (Pvt.) Ltd.
Lifecycle assessment tools for sustainability assessment of the built environment
Climate change and rapid urbanisation with a growing population have prompted an emerging interest in construction industries to include more sustainable practices. To accomplish a net-zero carbon building stock in 2050, direct and indirect building CO2 release must be assessed and quantified. Thus, the assessment of global warming potential of buildings, through life cycle assessment, taking into account both the processes and materials, is timely to promote the use of more sustainable construction materials and processes. The participants will be introduced to the building life cycle assessment. They will be using a whole building life cycle assessment tool (Building – SAT), developed by the resource persons applicable for the Sri Lankan and overseas building sectors. The workshop will be conducted by Prof. Shiromi Karunaratne and Eng. Ms. Dilshi Dharmarathna from the Department of Civil Engineering.
Reinforcement Learning

  • A Primer
    Reinforcement learning (RL) is an area of machine learning which uses intelligent agents to take actions in an uncertain, potentially complex environment to maximise a given reward. It employs trial and error to find a solution to a given problem. Artificial intelligence sets either rewards or penalties for the actions that are performed. RL does not require prior knowledge about the system and could provide robust solutions for changing systems. Reinforcement learning is used in many disciplines. These include game theory, operations research, robotics, information theory, optimization and multi-agent systems. This workshop which will be conducted by Prof. Migara Liyanage, Eng. Madhawa Herath and Thakshila Thilakanayake from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, aims to discuss the fundamentals of Reinforcement learning and provide hands-on experience through practical sessions on game environment implementation
    Condition-Based Monitoring
    Condition Monitoring plays a key role in the reliability improvement program. Where, we need to understand the machinery’s health, declaring the alarms/warnings for the machinery to prevent failures and improve profitability. In an actual reliability-based maintenance program, condition monitoring is an integral part of the planning, scheduling, and forecasting process. In more deeply, it helps for root cause analysis to predict, and necessary precautionary measures can be implemented. Further, this can be extended up to the quality assurance process as well. Therefore, this course is designed to enlighten the horizons of modern-day engineers. The workshop will be conducted by Prof. Malika Perera and his team from the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Engineering applications
    in rehabilitation and assistive technology
    Engineering technology is widely used in the medical field. A special subcategory is rehabilitation and in applications (and devices) used to aid humans in activities of daily living, often coined as ‘Assistive technology’. The technology is mostly used in injuries caused by accidents, conditions resulting from diseases, and to remedy the difficulties experienced by the deterioration of the human body and limbs. It can also be used to detect illnesses and monitor long-term health conditions. Research is carried out extensively at national and global levels due to the rocketing demands for these services. The participants will be introduced to engineering applications in rehabilitation and assistive technology. Using some research findings and case studies, the users will be able to learn how these technologies are developed, development processes, advantages and future research paths. It may also be an excellent opportunity for potential Researchers to establish connections for future collaborations. Resource panel include Prof. Iain Murray, Siavash Khaksar, Ms. Bita Borazjani, Ms. Nimalika Fernando, Dr. Shiva Sharif from Curtin University and Dr. Nimsiri Abhayasinghe from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, SLIIT.
    Bio-inspiring solutions to increase infrastructure durability and resilience to climate change
    Climate resilience is the ability to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to hazardous events, trends or disturbances related to climate. Improving climate resilience involves assessing how climate change will create new or alter current climate-related risks and taking steps to better cope with these risks. Knowing climate resilience will create better projects which sustain future climatic changes. The first phase of the workshop is on the effect of climatic change on infrastructure. The second part is on the development of infrastructure adaptation with nature-based solutions. The importance of embodied carbon and its impact on the infrastructure operational stage will be discussed, together with present and discuss some examples of infrastructures service life extension associated with reducing materials consumption by using bio-inspiration solutions. The workshop will be conducted by Dr. Ana Armada Bras, Dr. Mawada Abdellatif, Dr. Michaela Gkantou and Dr. Damian Fearon from Liverpool John Moores University.
    Building information modelling
    Building Information Modelling (BIM) has become a trending topic in Sri Lankan construction industry due to its enormous benefits compared to the traditional process. It is becoming part and parcel of the career of Construction Professionals and enhancing the skills related to BIM will add a significant benefit to their careers. Nevertheless, there are very limited resource people and sources available in SL to study this subject comprehensively. Three sessions will be conducted throughout the day to cover the theoretical and practical background related to BIM. Session 1: Theory related to BIM, Session 2: BIM related to SL context, Session 3: Beyond BIM. Workshop resource panel consists of Ch. QS Suranga Jayasena from University of Moratuwa, Ch. QS Majith Majith Majith Kodithuwakkua from International Construction Consortium (Pvt) Ltd., Dr (Ms). Mahendrini Ariyachandra from Kingston University, UK and I.G. Namal Anuradha from Department of Quantity Surveying, SLIIT.
    We encourage you to participate in these workshops and grasp new knowledge offered by the Academic and Industrial Experts in their respective fields. Pre-registration is required before February 8 2022. E-certificates will be issued for all those who register and attend the workshops.
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