SCSE 2021

The International Research Conference on Smart Computing and Systems Engineering (SCSE), was held for the fourth consecutive time on the 16th of September, 2021 amidst a representative virtual gathering of research scholars, authors, academia, industry experts and invitees marking a new milestone in today’s era of digitalization. This first ever virtual conference in the history of the University of Kelaniya, was organized by the Department of Industrial Management, Faculty of Science. The conference brought together learned delegates from corporates and academia including leading academics, research scholars and industry experts and provided a forum to discuss recent innovations and trends as well as practical challenges encountered in the industrial and service sectors in the areas of Smart Computing and Systems Engineering. The conference was technically sponsored by IEEE Sri Lanka Section, SLASSCOM and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

Cadre Chair and Senior Professor Nilanthi de Silva, Vice-Chancellor, University of Kelaniya graced the event as the Chief Guest and remarked on the appropriateness of the conference, given the changed landscape in the world due to the ongoing pandemic. Keynote addresses of the conference were delivered by Dr. Mats Isaksson, Swinburne University, Australia and Professor Nirmalie Wiratunga, Robert Gordon University, United Kingdom. Their thought-provoking keynote speeches set a perfect platform for the speakers to deliver their presentations in the technical sessions afterwards.

The distinguished guests presented at the occasion were Senior Professor S.R.D. Kalingamudali, Dean, Faculty of Science, Chairman, Research Council, Prof Kapila Senavirathne, Dr. Suren Peter, Head, Department of Industrial Management, Conference Chair, Prof. Janaka Wijayanayake and all the Deans of Faculties, Heads of Departments who stood tall amidst the galore of educationists. Other academic and non-academic staff members of the department, researchers along with the undergraduates of the Department of Industrial Management and the invitees embellished the occasion with their courteous presence.

The conference included presentations of forty one papers (out of more than hundred) under two tracks, Smart Computing and Systems Engineering. Though the conference papers were presented in a virtual setting, the discussions at the presentations were thought provoking and informative and there is no doubt that the minds of all participants would have been nourished with the innovative exchanges, ideas and words of wisdom from the learned audience.