Date: 23rd July 2014
Venue: Prof. V.K. Samaranayake Auditorium, UCSC
Title: The Intelligent Future
Orator: Professor Abhaya Induruwa , Professor V K Samaranayake Endowed Professor of Computing
Born in 1950, schooled at Kahagolla Maha Vidyalaya, Diyatalawa and Nalanda Vidyalaya, Colombo, Professor Abhaya Induruwa became the first ever student to graduate with a First Class Honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Sri Lanka, Katubedda Campus, winning the Professor O P Kulshreshtha award for the Best Electrical and Electronic Engineering Graduate in 1975. After reading for his PhD at Imperial College London, with Emeritus Professor B J Cory as his research supervisor, he returned to Sri Lanka in 1980.
A founding member of the Computer Society of Sri Lanka, Professor Induruwa is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, UK; a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka; and a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society. He is also a Founding Member of the Internet Society and a Member of the Internet Society, Sri Lanka Chapter.
In 1983 he served on the National Committee which formulated the Computer Policy for Sri Lanka. In 1984 he was appointed by H E the President of Sri Lanka to the inaugural board of the Computer and Information Technology Council (CINTEC). He served on the CINTEC Board until 1998, along with Professor Samaranayake who became the Chairman of the Board in 1985. He held the CINTEC portfolios for Computer Education and Data Communication & Computer Networking, and served as the Chairman of the respective CINTEC Working Committees. He also functioned as the Acting Chairman of CINTEC on many occasions. He served the public sector organisations in various ICT advisory and consultancy roles. In 1992 he served on the Cabinet appointed committee that formulated the Data Communication and Computer Networking strategy for Sri Lanka. He served on the Council of the National Science Foundation (formerly NARESA) from 1992-1996.
He represented Sri Lanka at the UNESCO Advisory Group meetings on Computers in Education (Japan, 1984 and India, 1987) and the NSFSL at the Association of Science Co-operation in Asia (Japan, 1995). He also represented Sri Lanka at the joint ADB-ITU meeting in Geneva, Switzerland in 1998. In 1994 he became a Director of the microprocessor based training activities for Physicists in developing countries of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Italy. During the last 20 years he has organised and delivered 17 programmes including regional activities in Vietnam (1997), Central and Eastern Europe (1997), Senegal (1999), Indonesia (2005), Chile (2008) and Malaysia (2012). More than 2000 scientists from over forty developing countries have benefitted from these training programmes.
He pioneered the teaching of Computer Science & Engineering in Sri Lanka and established the Department of Computer Science & Engineering of the University of Moratuwa in 1985, and served as its Head until 1998. He is currently the Professor V K Samaranayake Endowed Professor of Computing at the University of Colombo School of Computing, in addition to being the Joint Acting Head and Programme Director for Post Graduate Research in Computing at Canterbury Christ Church University. He has published widely and his current research focuses on smart phone forensics and security of the Internet of Things.
He pioneered Academic and Research Networking and deployment of Internet in Sri Lanka and led the development of LEARN – Lanka Experimental Academic and Research Network – which today provides Internet connectivity to all Universities, Research Centres, and other Education and Higher Education Institutions in the country.
In recognition of his services to the ICT industry and to the advancement of computer education and professionalism in Sri Lanka the Computer Society of Sri Lanka awarded him the Honorary Fellowship in 2003. In recognition of his life time achievement in pioneering Internet deployment in Sri Lanka the Internet Society honoured Professor Induruwa by inducting him to the Internet Hall of Fame in 2014.