September 1, 2016 - 9:00 am
September 3, 2016 - 5:00 pm
16th International conference on Advances in ICT for emerging regions held from 1st to 3rd September brought together local and international researchers and practitioners in computing. The main conference was held at the Hotel Jetwing Blue, Negombo on 1st and 2nd of September with the special participation of Prof. P. S. M. Gunarathna, the vice chairman of the University Grant commission as the chief guest and Prof. Mohan Munasinghe as the guest of honor. Since 1998, ICTer has been playing a leading role in creating a unique platform to those who are interested and skilled in the domain of computing to present their achievements and ideas. Creating an international forum to the local participants is another significant aspect of this conference.
ICTer is a concept of late Prof. V. K. Samaranayake who was the founding director of UCSC. Gradually it was linked with the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) with the intention of grabbing an international recognition and its name was changed in order to emphasize its regional importance. UCSC believes this conference as one of its most significant events considering its service in disseminating the knowledge in collaboration with other universities, public and private organizations. A significant number of academics and practitioners on the industry take part in this conference by submitting and reviewing research papers as well as by contributing to organize the conference.
This year ICTer had received 118 submissions from 6 countries which were double blind reviewed by 84 international and local reviewers. Based on the reviewers’ feedbacks, 43 full papers and 05 posters had been selected for the main conference with the acceptance rate of 42%. The industry track which was carried out for the first time in the ICTer records was another outstanding event of the 16th conference. The main purpose of the industry track was to allocate a space for the leaders and visionaries of the computing industry in Sri Lanka to share their achievements and experience in computing.
All the accepted publications were presented in two parallel sessions under the themes of distributed computing, natural language processing, e-learning and ICT4D, image processing and computer vision, algorithms, computational biology, database and data mining, simulation and virtual reality, sensor networks, software engineering and knowledge based systems. UCSC decided to divide the conference into two sessions in order to give more opportunity to the participants to select the subject areas according to their preferences.
It was a great honor for us to have four prominent international academic personalities as our keynote speakers on that special day. They were Prof Falko Dressler from the department of computer science, University of Paderborn, Germany, Prof. Laurie Buys from School of Design, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, Prof. Jennifer Widom from School of Engineering, Stanford University, United States, and Prof. Alex Aiken from Department of Computer Science also from Stanford University. The invited talks were delivered by Code Gen and the Millennium IT. After the main conference on 1st and 2nd of September we could successfully conduct a work shop of the keynote speakers and the well known practitioners of the field on 3rd of September at the University of Colombo school of Computing.
CodeGen as the global research partner, millennium IT as the platinum sponsor Gambio Software engineering and National Science Foundation as the gold sponsor IFS as the silver sponsor and 99X made a great effort to make this event a success. The enormous support given by the Ministry of Higher Education, University Grant Commission, Vice chancellor and his office is another reason for the success of the conference.