Outstanding Postgraduate Research In Information Technology 2011

The Hiran Tillekeratne Research Fund 2011 Award for Outstanding Postgraduate Research in Information Technology to Mr. K D Sandaruwan. Award was based on his postgraduate research work carried out during the 2009-2011.

Mr. K D Sandaruwan being congratulated by the donor Mr. Eardley Tillekeratne. 
Prof. Gamini Samaranayake (Chairman, UGC) also in the picture.

University Grants Commission (UGC) Sri Lanka awards Hiran Tillekeratne  Research Fund Awards for research for the most outstanding postgraduate research carried out in following domains Agriculture, Information Technology, Medicine , Engineering, National Science and Economics. Mr Eardly Tillekaratne  donated  the  financial support to establish the Hiran Tillekeratne research fund in 1990 to enable UGC to recognise the postgraduate  research  carried out by the  university academic staff,  staff  of  research  institutes and  professional  organizations.

The University Grants Commission at its 843rd meeting held on February 2012 recommended and approved to honour Mr K D Sandaruwan for the most outstanding postgraduate research carried out during the period from 2009 to 2011 in the field of Information Technology. The award ceremony was held on 27th March, 2012 at the University Grants Commission with the presence of Professor Gamini Samaranayake, Chairman, University Grants Commission and Mr Eardley Tillekeratne,  the donor of the Hiran Tillekeratne  special awards for research  .

Mr K D sandaruwan’s ultimate research outcome is a real-time perception enhanced immersive virtual reality solution for maritime applications such as naval training. He proposed novel six degrees of freedom computational ship motion simulation model, proposed and tested architecture for maritime virtual reality environment with novel features and proposed validation techniques for validate such virtual reality environment. His research project was initiated based on the real requirement of Sri Lanka Navy in 2008.

This proposed and tested virtual reality environment simulates real-time six degrees of freedom ship motions (pitch, heave, roll, surge, sway, and yaw) under user interactions, environmental conditions and various threat scenarios. It can simulate physical and mechanical properties of existing real ships. It is also possible to incorporate real world ports, harbors and weather/ environment conditions.

Real world Ship Bridge and equipments were installed within the virtual environment and interfaced with the software solution. Virtual oceanic environment is projected seamlessly and covers up to 2700 field of view. Users see the virtual oceanic scenery through the ship bridge windows. It has been evolved from scratch based on the principles of Physics and applied mathematics. Its motion prediction algorithms are based on Newtonian Physics, fluid dynamics and mathematics.

The salient feature of proposed and test virtual reality environment is that it is entirely developed using Commodity off the Shelf hardware; it is extremely cost effective; and user does not get locked into a vendor specific proprietary solution. Development and maintenance cost of this VR solution is a fraction of similar product in the market. These commercial products only permit limited customization. Any additional customization such as incorporating features of users own ships or geographic location will come at an extra fee. Moreover user is compelled to reveal secure information – details of trial, vessel and harbor/ port details, to the vendor. Hence, this is an ideal solution for Sri Lanka Navy to deploy their teaching/learning, and military simulations while preserving confidentiality.

Based on this research, Mr K D Sandaruwan published more than 12 research publications in peer reviewed proceedings of international conferences, journals and books. The technological achievement of this research was recognized at national and international level through several awards.