Date: 5th July 2016
Venue: Auditorium of the Department of National Archives, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Prof. Saman Halgamuge is currently a full Professor of University of Melbourne and the Prof V.K Samaranayake Endowed Visiting Professor of University of Colombo School of Computing,University of Colombo. He is the designated Director of Research School of Engineering of Australian National University, a prestigious appointment; he will take up in several months. He graduated with Dipl.-Ing and PhD degrees in Data Engineering (“Datentechnik”) from Technical University of
Darmstadt, Germany and B.Sc. Engineering from University of Moratuwa. He has held several academic leadership positions focusing on research training and International relations.
As former Associate Dean International and the Director of PhD Training Centre MIPP, he initiated the UGC-University of Melbourne PhD scholarship scheme for Sri Lankan students and the collaborative research training between major IITs and the University of Melbourne. As an UNDP-TOKTEN Fellow he previously visited University of Colombo School of Computing
(UCSC) and Institute of Fundamental Studies and appointed as a Visiting Professor of University of Peradeniya.
He has an outstanding research record in Data engineering, which includes Deep Learning, Big Data Analytics and Optimization focusing on applications in Mechatronics and Bioengineering. He holds membership of key research panels including Australian Research Council and the Research Advisory Council of University of Technology PETRONAS, Malaysia. He has been the supervisor of 45 PhD students with 30 PhD completions at University of Melbourne and others currently reading for PhD in his group. His past and present PhD students include 20 Sri Lankan scholars and among them 5 current academic staff in Sri Lankan state Universities. He has been a frequently invited public speaker with talks at IBEC Spain (2015), University of British Columbia (2014), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2014), IITs in Kanpur, Kharagpur and Chennai, India (2012-14), Institute of Technology Bandung (2012), University Indonesia (2012), Robert Bosch Germany (2011), Academia Sinica Taipei (2011), Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China (2010) and NASA JPL Labs in Pasadena (2008). He also delivered about 20 keynote speeches at research conferences including ICTer (2010), ICIAfS (2012), ICIIS (2014) and MERCON (2016) pioneered by Sri Lankan academics.
As a student of University of Moratuwa, he held the position of National Vice President of World University Service when Prof V. K. Samaranayake was the President in 1982-83. This association led him to become a frequent visitor of UCSC later as an academic. He also engaged himself in the Student Council of University of Moratuwa as the President of the External Relations Committee in 1983. As a student of Ananda College, Colombo, he pioneered the Energy Conservation Society and engaged in various student societies including public speaking at the School.