UCSC wins Overall Gold at NBQSA 2013


The Gold Winners, UCSC Students at NBQSA ICT Awards-2013 (Tertiary-Business) receiving ward.

UCSC won the Overall Gold at the National Best Quality ICT Awards - 2013 held recently at Kingsbury Hotel. Among the 146 participants at the NBQSA 2013, 47 were commercial products from the local ICT industry and 99 were students’ projects by undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

Siyara-Harbour VTMS (New Dimension in Port Traffic Management) product of the UCSC won the GOLD under Research & Development Category in addition to bagging the Overall Gold. UCSC won three Gold awards, one Bronze award and four Merit awards at this event.

Siyara is a real-time 3D Vessel Traffic Management System (3DVTMS) for commercial/large-scale ports and was installed at the Colombo port in August 2013. Siyara consists of the full scale 3-Dimensional (3D) view of the harbour environment and the conventional 2-Dimensional (2D) traffic monitoring view.

Siyara 2D/3D Vessel Traffic Monitoring solution is entirely based on Free and Open Source frameworks and it uses off-the shelf commodity hardware. It uses more flexible and distributed architecture to cater a wide range of requirements. Siyara consists of 2D/3D vessel traffic viewers, vessel traffic detection modules and Central coordinating point to manipulate vessel traffic viewers/vessel traffic detection modules/users.

FaceID: A Facial Muscle Anatomy Based Solution For Forensic Facial Reconstruction in Sri Lanka by final year ICT students of the UCSC, namely Roshan Rajapakse, A. K. Madugalla, P. I. U. Amarasinghe and V. H. Padmathilake was the Tertiary (Business) GOLD Winner. This project was supervised by Dr. Anuja Dharmaratne & Mr. Damitha Sandaruwan and was carried out together with the Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Completely decomposed or disfigured dead bodies would at times make it hard for forensic officials to establish their identity using existing identification mechanisms. In such cases, forensic facial reconstruction is used (Ex:Natural Disasters, Murder Cases).

But in Sri Lanka this process has still not been conducted due to several unresolved issues and lack of data in this area. Hence, the aim of this study is to solve those issues and gather necessary data and to introduce a more efficient multimedia based solution that would make the local forensic officials more efficient and their process more accurate.

Sensing Environment through Mobile: A Personalized Wearable Obstacle Detection System for Visually Impaired by Y. M. Kalindu Priyadarshana final year CS student was the Tertiary (Technology) Bronze Winner. This project was supervised by Dr. Prasad Wimalaratne. Moving through an unknown environment becomes a real challenge for visually impaired people compared to others.

The challenge of improving the mobility of visually impaired people is still exist in the world even after proposing various types of solutions. This project presents a wearable obstacle detection approach which can be personalized along with the user via a mobile device.

Research & Development Category Merit Award was won by Dr. K.L. Jayaratne for the Content Based Audio Music Monitoring Approach for Singhala Songs. Swaraloka (Adaptive Music Score Trainer for Visually Impaired in Sri Lanka) by Shyama Chandani, Dawpadee Kiriella, Kavindu Ranasinghe won a Merit Award under the Tertiary (Technology) category. ICT Based Education for Students with Special Educational Needs by Nadira Tharanga Perera, Manori Madubhashini Wijesooriya, Induni Shyamika Wijerathne won a Merit Award under the Tertiary (Business) category. Non Invasive Human Stress Detection Using Key Stroke Dynamics and Pattern Variations by Suranga D. W. Gunawardhane, Pasan M. De Silva, Dayan S.B. Kulathunga won a Merit Award under the Tertiary (Business) category.

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