ESCaPe’2020, Engineering Students Conference at Peradeniya, organized by Department of Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya was successfully held for the 5th time on 29th May 2020 as an online project symposium of final year undergraduates of Department of Computer Engineering.

This event was made a success by the organisers: Dr Damayanthi Herath, symposium chair of ESCaPe’2020; Dr Janaka Alawatugoda, Dr.Upul Jayasinghe, Dr Damayanthi Herath, the editors and the program committee: Prof. Roshan Ragel, Dr Kamalanath Samarakon, Dr Swarnalatha Radhakrishnan, Mr Sampath Deegalla, Mr Zriyan Maraikar, Dr.Isuru Nawinne, Dr Janaka Alawatugoda, Dr.Upul Jayasinghe and Dr Damayanthi Herath.

The symposium was commenced by the welcome speech of Dr Kamalanath Samarakon, Head of the Department of Computer Engineering, followed by speeches of Prof. Gemunu Herath, Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Prof. Upul B. Dissanayake, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya.

The presentations of students were pitched in three main sessions. The 1st session  comprised of presentations on four projects; A Retinex based GAN Pipeline to Utilize Paired and Unpaired Datasets for Enhancing Low Light Images, Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning in Sparsely Connected Cooperative Environments, SwarmLib- Programming Framework for Robot Swarms and Dynamic Difficulty Adjustment (DDA) in FPS games using Strategy Analysis. Followed by the 1st session, one of the highlighted segment of the event was presented, an interactive session on “What is Computer Science”, by Prof. C. Pandu Rangan, Professor at Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India.

The 2nd session consists another five presentations of students; Nanopore DNA Sequencing Data Processing on Android Smartphones, miRNAFinder: An accurate plant pre-microRNA classifier with an analysis of feature impact, Data-driven discovery of nucleotide sequences belonging to species in a metagenome, BAT: Bock Analytics Tool Integrated With Blockchain-Based IoT Platform and House Price Prediction using Random Forest.

The start of the 3rd session was remarked by the speech delivered on “Startups, Entrepreneurship and the Ecosystem”, by Mr Mano Sekaram CEO and Co-Founder at 99X Technology. Then was the 3rd session of presentations which includes four presentations; Keystroke Dynamics Based Biometric for Remote User Authentication Schemes, Exploiting univariate and multivariate LSTM models for stock price forecast: The case of Colombo Stock Exchange, Stock Market Prediction using SVM, LSTM, and Linear Regression and Real-Time Dynamic Object Tracking with a Pan and Tilt Camera Setup.

The next phase of the symposium was a panel discussion with the industry professionals, where students get the opportunity to widen their industry awareness through guidance and advice given by industry professionals. After that, students were awarded for the Best Research Article and Best Presentation. The event was concluded by the vote of thanks delivered by the secretary of Association of Computer Engineering Students.

Shortlisted best research Articles

Data driven discovery of nucleotide sequences belonging to species in a metagenome

Kasun Vimukthi, Geeth Wimalasiri and Prabhath Bandara, Damayanthi Herath 

Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning in Sparsely Connected Cooperative Environments

Pankayaraj Pathmanathan, Chandima Samarasinghe, Yuvini Sumanasekera, Dhammika Elkaduwe, Upul Jayasinghe and D. H. S. Maithripala (Selected as the best research article)

miRNAFinder: An accurate plant pre-microRNA classifier with an analysis of feature impact

Sandali Lokuge, Shyaman Jayasundara, Puwasuru Ihalagedara and Damayanthi Herath 

A Retinex based GAN Pipeline to Utilize Paired and Unpaired Datasets for Enhancing Low Light Images

Harshana Weligampola, Gihan Jayatilaka, Suren Srithraran,Roshan Godaliyadda, Parakrama Ekanayaka, Roshan Ragel and Vijitha Herath 

Shortlisted Best Presentations

Dynamic Difficulty Adjustment (DDA) in FPS games using Strategy Analysis 

Rahal Medawatte, Mabeesha Wijekoon, Dinuka Hettiarachchi, Roshan Ragel and Isuru Nawinne (Selected as the best presentation)

BAT: Bock Analytics Tool Integrated With Blockchain-Based IoT Platform

 Chathurangi Edussuriya, Kasun Vithanage, Namila Bandara, Janaka Alawatugoda, Manjula Sandirigama and Upul Jayasinghe 

Real-Time Dynamic Object Tracking with a Pan and Tilt Camera Setup Harsha De Silva, Ruchira Kalhara Mahaliyana, Isuru Nawinne and Hiranya Jayakody

Nanopore DNA Sequencing Data Processing on Android Smartphones

Hiruna Samarakoon, Sanoj Punchihewa, Anjana Senanayake, Roshan Ragel, Hasindu Gamaarachchi

Article by : Thilini Deshika

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