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Availing the experiences of last five years, IEEE Student branch of University of Moratuwa is in the frontier to launch IEEEXtreme 8.0 on 18th October starting at 05:30am in local time parallel to the global event, at the university premises

IEEEXtreme”, worldwide, online coding competition running for 24 hour time span, is organized by the IEEE, “Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers” and co-hosted locally by IEEE Student Branches in more than 80 countries globally. University of Moratuwa, the most consistent university of the competition so far is ready to take the arena again with 103 teams – holding the record for the highest number of teams from a single university, again!

The forefront technical institute maintains an exceptional record of achievements in IEEEXtreme including the global championship in Xtreme 3.0, runners-up in Xtreme 5.0 and third place in Xtreme 6.0. Apart from that, in each year university of Moratuwa is accountable for producing the highest number of teams within top 100 rankings from a single university.

Highlighting all those achievements, a session for introducing IEEEXtreme 8.0 and recognizing best performed teams of IEEEXtreme 7.0 will be held on 16th October at the Department of Electronic and Telecommunications, University of Moratuwa.

Atrenta”, the creator of famous Predictive Analysis software platform “SPYGLASS”, joins hands this time with IEEE Student Branch of University of Moratuwa as the Platinum sponsor for IEEEXtreme 8.0 and national domain registry, “LK Domain” provides another generous sponsorship to make this massive event a success.

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Enriching the algorithmic programming skills among Sri Lankan students

Considering the salient advantages by enriching the algorithmic programming skills among the Sri Lankan school, undergraduate students as well as early career graduates, IEEE Young Professionals Sri Lanka thought of having an algorithmic programming competition among Sri Lankan young programmers.

Having the constraints of informatics Olympiad, IEEE Xtreme competitions which are of similar kind but restricted to one set of group, we think of having all programmers compete in one platform to enhance the competitive advantage.

This will be a warm up session for undergraduate and graduate students who are willing to participate in the IEEE Xtreme 8.0 and will be a challenging experience for school students who could be able to share the same arena with senior programmers. The early career graduates will also witness a wonderful change having bored with working on their company projects all the time. The expected participation would be around 200+ participants.

Date: 11thOctober, 2014
Venue: University of Moratuwa & University of Peradeniya

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Details submitted to us by Andun Sameera

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“Today we live in a world where everything is interconnected. Your spectacles, your watch, your mobile phone and may be even your shoes. And who knows, in mere future the very chairs you sit on may communicate with your trousers.” The outset of the most awaited event of the month was marked as such.

Google has always been the core engine of almost all the internet related searches. Adding to the interest of young intellectuals, Google has launched many additions like the Google Student Ambassador Program, Google Summer Code and Google Map Making. In parallel to those, with the purpose of running the awareness and guidance to the enthusiastic Sri Lankan youth, a meet up was organized for the Google Students Group in Sri Lanka by the Google Student Ambassadors.

Akshika Wijesundara addressing the audience

Akshika Wijesundara addressing the audience

The meet up, which was a result of efforts taken by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UOM, to enhance the skills of the university undergrads, was held on 3rd September 2014 at 1700hrs at CSE seminar room, UOM. The meetup was organized by Akshika  Wijesundara (Engineering undergraduate of CSE), along with the fellow Google student ambassadors. It was compered by Malith Jayaweera, an Engineering undergraduate of CSE UOM. The proceedings of the meeting were followed by the welcome speech delivered by Akshika  Wijesundara.

‘Google Summer of Code’ is a global program that offers students stipends to write code for open source projects. The CSE undergraduates Bhathiya Supun, Sachith Senevirathne, Sachini Herath and Buddhika Dilhan were the experienced seniors of GSoC at the gathering. The audience was thankful when these members came up with a presentation which included their experiences and a brief description of the projects each had contributed.

Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UOM never lack winners. The department included two out of the three winners of G-CV. The competition involved online CV creation using Google Sites and the winners were as follows.

  • 1st place – Justine Win, Philippines
  • 2nd place – Rajith Yashodha, Sri Lanka
  • 3rd place – Sachith Senavirathne, Sri Lanka

The next in the agenda of the Google student meet up was the award presentation to the two G-CV winners Rajith and Sachith thus appreciating their noteworthy achievement.

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Subsequently, the presentation on Google Map Making was staged by Dulshani Gunawardena (GSA for South East Asia). The presentation attracted a considerable attention of the audience that it was followed by a lengthy Q&A session.

“How would the accuracy of an included detail will be confirmed by the map making community?”, “Who has the authority to accept and confirm any details requested to be added?”, “How can one request his/her details to be reconsidered once the request is rejected?”

were a few questions asked and answered during the session.

A person’s interests could vary with time. The meet up was scheduled on a time when the waves of interest were flowing in an around the university premises. The new found interest was regarding the upcoming Google translate week. Adding to the mentioned interest, Kasun Gunasekara (GSA for SouthEast Asia) came up with a presentation which included essential details of the upcoming event.

The most awaited moment of the most awaited event was scheduled next. Dulshani Gunawardena, was once again on the stage with a bunch of stimulating facts and points regarding the Ambassador Summit. Adding to the interest, was a short video depicting their delightful experience in the last summit.

The meet up was an outcome of a collective effort. Its fruitfulness lied in the dedication and the support of many who were involved in the organization. The vote of thanks, which included all the gratitude towards the parties involved was delivered by Samadhi Poornima.

The crowd seemed to have gained so much interest regarding the Google Student Group – Sri Lanka and its associated events. Hoping for their enthusiastic participation in the upcoming events, the  meeting was adjourned with a group photograph taken by Dilshan Pathirana.

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TechEx Society of University of Moratuwa presents ‘Girls Gone Google!’

What does it take for a girl to excel in a very techie world?
Girls, join in for a very special GIRLS-ONLY event

Also, the CSE Department will launch “CSE News Magazine – Special Edition” at this event.

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Google Summer of Code, one of the most globally recognized and competitive programs that challenges students to write code for various open source software projects, celebrates 10 years of massive success. Since its inception in 2005, GSoC as it is popularly known, has brought together over 7,500 successful student participants from over 100 countries worldwide. This mammoth force has collectively managed to produce over 50 million lines of code.

To mark this special milestone, Computer Science and Engineering Department of  University of Moratuwa, one of the world’s premier contributors to GSoC, has organized a public celebration on 23rd of this month, which will commence at 3.30 PM at the Civil Auditorium in University of Moratuwa.

Ms. Vishaka Nanayakkara, Deputy Project Director/HETC Project and Senior Lecturer at University of Moratuwa said, ‘Google Summer of Code is great initiative that has inspired student developers all over the globe. Sri Lanka, especially the University of Moratuwa over the years has performed remarkably well and has ranked at the top of the world.’ She furthermore invited students of other universities as well as institutes to contribute to GSoC and make use of this great opportunity to horn their developer skills.

Andun Sameera, a GSoC contributor in 2013 said, GSoC helped him to communicate better and effectively in a large scale development project. ‘It also introduced me to FOSS and the large software stack  and tools that are enabling FOSS. Due to the success of my project I was fortunate enough to participate in world conferences.’

diGIT is proud to be the Online Media Partner for this massive event, and we will be bringing you the latest information as it happens during the event.

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Expose Forum 2013 will be held on January 10th 2014. Organized by the E-Club, the official student body of the Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering, University of Moratuwa, the forum aims in bridging up the gap between the industry and academia in Sri Lanka. The modern electronic and telecommunication engineering is developing at an unimaginable rate, with the emergence of superior hardware, automation and innovation. The department has identified the fields of Biomedical Engineering, High-Performance Computing and Industrial Automation as emerging technologies and the Expose Forum 2013 will be focused on those. The president of the E-Club, Tharindu Adikari said, “The E-club has always been a step ahead in organizing various projects throughout the year. E-Forum is the main event in terms of industry relations and student skill development. A forum of this nature is especially important to the department at a time it is attempting to produce more job creators than job seekers”.

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E-Forum 2013 will be held on January 10th with the patronage of Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa and the Dean of Faculty of Engineering. The panel for the day will include, Mr. Udena Wickramasooriya, Director of Brandix Lanka, Mr. Prasantha Kularathna , CEO of Premium International, Mr. Ajit Samaranayake, Chief Scientist of Millennium Information Technologies, Dr. Harsha Subasinghe ,CEO of CodeGen and Prof. Kapila Jayasinghe and Prof. Dileeka Dias from the department.

Expose Forum will build an arena where the undergraduates, the alumni and the industry can formally interact, to strengthen the understanding between each other. Universities are one of the forces that drive the industry and hence it is of great importance that these parties involve in continuous discussions. The talents and skills of the undergraduates will also be exposed at the forum and the superiors will be given their due recognition. The final year projects will be demonstrated which will uncover novel technologies. Another importance in the E-Forum would be the release of E-Carrier 2013 the official magazine of the E-Club.

Dr Ajith Pasqual, Head of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering had a quick chat with us regarding the event. See youtube video below.

For more information contact via www.facebook.com/UOM.EForum or e-club@uom.lk

More info on the event: http://digit.lk/event/expose-forum-2014/

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Sri Lankan Robotics Challenge 2013 will be focusing on three major events: Flying Dutchman (university category),Black Pearl (school categoryand Endeavour (open category). The school and open category will be held on 12th of December and University category will be held on 13th of December at Civil auditorium, University of Moratuwa.

For more info, read here.