Prof K.P.Hewagamage

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BSc(Col),PhD(Hiroshima),SMIEEE,
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Research Interests:

  • Human-Computer Interaction,
  • Software Engineering,
  • e-Learning,
  • Mobile Learning/Computing,
  • ICT for Education
  • Situated and Affective Computing,
  • Information Sysems
  • ICT based community development
  • IT Project Management


Biography

Prof. K. P. Hewagamage servers as a senior lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC) and the coordinator of the e-Learning Centre at UCSC. He holds a bachelors degree in Computer Science with First Class honours form University of Colombo and a doctorate in Information Engineering from Hiroshima University.

2011 December:

Dr. Hewagamage topped his batch at University of Colombo and won the Professor Mohan Munasinghe Award for the Outstanding Graduate in Computer Science and the D. P. P. Samerasekara Peach Award for forestering the goodwill and harmony in the Faculty of Science in 1994. Later, he was awarded Japanese Government Monbusho Scholarship for Postgraduate studies in Japan.

Dr. Hewagamage has a wide variety of research interests centered around Human-Computer Interaction and Software Engineering, namely, e-Learning, situated computing, HCI in mobile computing, object-oriented and pattern oriented software development and multi-model interaction. Hence, he has led several research groups and supervised considerable number of undergraduate, masters and doctorial students in these areas. He has more than 80 international publications in International Proceedings, Journal and Book Chapters. He won the faculty research award twice during last 6 years.  At the same time, several of his research outcomes has own national and international awards. Few of them are the Best Paper Awards of IEEE and other conferences, UNESCO award, NBQSA awards from British Computer Society, e-Swabhimani Awards from ICT Agency of Government of Sri Lanka.

During last 8 years, he has successfully managed several e-Learning projects funded by Sida, IDRC, JAICA, and World Bank. Among them, the National e-Learning Centre Project of Swedish International Development Agency is the largest project (www.e-Learning.lk). One of his current main emphasis is on Promoting Free and Open Online Education (FOOE) to bring the benefits to less privileged society in Developing Countries.

Dr. Hewagamage who is a senior Member of IEEE and ACM, is the former chair of Computer Society Chapter of Sri Lanka. At the same time, he is an active member of Computer Society of Sri Lanka and academic advocate of ISACA local chapter. He spent his sabbatical study at the Department of Computer and Systems Science,  Stockholm University in Sweden 2011. You can contact him kph@ucsc.cmb.ac.lk or kphewa@gmail.com.

2014:

Dr. Hewagamage was promoted to the post of Professor in 2014 January based on his qualtification. He is also appointed as the Head of Deparment of Information Systems Engineering.

2016:

Prof. Hewagamage was appointed as the director of University of Colombo School of Computing.