Social Life Networks (SLN) group aims to provide real-time information to support activities related to livelihood delivered using mobile phone applications targeted to meet the needs of people in developing countries.  This research is carried out as an international collaborative research program. The group currently focus on applications in the areas of agriculture to harness the rich information available in social networks, public data sources including spatio-temporal sensor data as well as the emerging cloud infrastructure.

Using the enormous reach of mobile phones equipped with myriads of sensors such as GPS, Camera, microphoneetc it is now possible to develop thenext generation of social networks known as Social Life Networks that not only connect people to people, but also have the capability of providing real-time, context-sensitive local information by aggregating information from a variety of sources including sms messages, sensor data and data from public data sources such as meteorological data. This aggregated information can provide real time information on evolving situations such as market prices, how to manage pests and bugs destroying the crops, good locations to catch the fish under current climatic conditions, thereby providing just-in-time assistance and support for their livelihood .

Second phase of this project named as Govi Nena was mention at the 2016 Budget Speech as an innovative project (http://www.treasury.gov.lk/images/depts/fpd/docs/budgetspeech/2016/bgtsp… section 372 – “. Some of these innovations include GoviNena, a mobile application to support efficient agricultural commodity production“).

Established: 2011

People

Prof. Gihan Wikramanayake, UCSC, Sri Lanka
Dr. Jeevani Goonatillake, UCSC, Sri Lanka
Ms. Lasanthi De Silva, UCSC, Sri Lanka – PhD Research Student at UCSC
Ms. Anusha Walisadeera, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka – PhD Research Student at UCSC
Mr. Dias Gunasinghe- MPhil/PhD Research Student at UCSC
Ms. Shanika Udeshini, Mr. Nisal Udendra, Ms. Aloka Weerasooriya, UG ICT
Mr. Milan Perera, UG CS
Mr. Mohamed Haaziq Hamza, Maneesha Wijesekara,Pamuditha Madushanka, UG ICT
Mr. Abhaya Nanayakkara, University of Vocational Technology
Ms. Iresha Dilhani Rubasinghe and Mr. Mohamed Faizan Jaleel, UG CS
  • Prof. Gihan Wikramanayake (Invited Lecture), Development of a Mobile Application for Farmers, PGIS Research Congress 2015, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 10 Oct 2015.
  • Prof. Gihan Wikramanayake (Guest Lecture), Harnessing Farmer Knowledge through Social Life Networks, International Conference on Multidisciplinary Approaches (ICMA) 2014, Modern Technology and Applications session, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 13 Aug 2014.
  • Prof. Athula Ginige (Invited Speech), Social Life Network for Framers in Sri Lanka, 13th International Conference on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions (ICTer), Colombo, Sri Lanka: 14 Dec, 2012.
  • Prof. Gihan Wikramanayake, A Social Life Network to enable farmers to meet the varying food demands of the population, by providing needed information just in time and better monitoring and management of crop production, 1st Research Coordinating Meeting, National Thematic Research Programme on Food Security – NSF, Colombo: 28 Nov, 2012.
  • Prof. Gihan Wikramanayake, A Social Life Network to enable farmers to meet the varying food demands, 1st Planning Workshop on Food Security, National Thematic Research Programme on Food Security – NSF, Colombo: 1 June, 2012.
  • Prof. Athula Ginige (via Skype from Australia), Social Life Network and Smart Mobile Phone, UCSC, Colombo, Sri Lanka: 8 April, 2011.
  • National Science Foundation – National Thematic Research programme – Food Security – 2012
Grant No: NTRP/2012/FS/PG-01/P-02
Project Title: A social Life Network to enable farmers to meet the varying food demands of the population, by providing needed information just in time and better monitoring and management of crop production
Researchers: Prof. Gihan Wikramanayake (Principal Investigator) and Dr. Jeevani Goonatillake, along with many others.
Grant Amount: SLR 2,808,000 (2013); SLR 3,200,000 (2014), SLR 1,300,000 (2015).
  • University Grant Commission

MPhil/PhD Traning for Universities
Recepient: Ms. L.N.C. De Silva, UCSC

  • Higher Education for the Twenty-first Century 
World Bank Assisted Project
Recepient: Ms. W.A. Indika, University of Ruhuna (RUH/O-Sci/N2)
  • UCSC Research Fund
  • ACIS 2012 Conference paper presentation fee of SLR 339,059, Geelong, Australia. Presented by Jeevani
  • IASTED 2012 Conference registration fee of USD400 (SLR 55,600), Colombo, Sri Lanka. Presented by Lasanthi
  • ICCSA 2013 Conference paper presentation fee of SLR 240,000, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Presented by Jeevani
  • DATA 2013 Conference paper presentation, Reykjavik, Iceland. Grant: SLR 350,000. Presented by Gihan
  • ICCSA 2014 Conference registration fee of Euro 520 (SLR 96,059), Guimaraes, Portugal. Presented by Athula
  • UsARE 2014 Conference registration fee of SEK 1,437.50 (SLR 28,183), Karlskrona, Sweden. Presented by Pasquale
  • ACIS 2014 Conference registration fee of NZD 550 (SLR 57,404), Auckland, New Zealand. Presented by Lasanthi
  • ICTer 2014 Poster presentation, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Grant (Jeevani) & (Gihan)
  • ICCSA 2015 Conference paper presentation, Banff, Canada. Grant: SLR 350,000. Presented by Gihan
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Contact

Prof. Gihan Wikramanayake, Director UCSC

Email: gnw@ucsc.cmb.ac.lk
Contact: 0112158950