The series of computer engineering seminars organized by the Association of Computer Engineering Students (ACES) of the University of Peradeniya is becoming a huge success.The Computer Engineering Seminar Series has been running since May 2021, including audiences from the Department of Computer Engineering, University of Peradeniya as well as attendees from other universities in Sri Lanka and abroad. Under this seminar series, 18 seminars had been conducted virtually. With the assistance of professionals from many industries and academics, these seminars discuss a range of topics, including cryptography, machine learning, blockchain, data science, cloud computing, etc.

The first on-ground seminar was held on December 8, 2022, at the Prof. E.O.E. Pereira Theatre, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya. The 19th in the series of computer engineering seminars was a fruitful hour-long exploration of the concept of artificial intelligence testing. Mr. Jagath De Silva, CEO of Exactpro Sri Lanka, who has more than 20 years of experience in software quality engineering and testing, delivered the keynote at the seminar. The following keynote address was presented by Professor Rostislav Yavorski, global head of research at Exactpro and a former associate professor at the Faculty of Computer Science at the School of Data Analysis and Artificial Intelligence at the National Research University-Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Undergraduate students from the engineering and science faculties, as well as staff members, attended the event, which drew more than 200 people.

Prior to the seminar, the representatives from Exactpro met with the academic staff of the Department of Computer Engineering and had a productive discussion about enhancing the collaborations between industry and the department, bridging any gaps between undergraduate study programs and industry expectations, and advancing the computer engineering industry and startups.

Software testing was the topic of the opening keynote. Mr. Jagath De Silva addressed this topic and discussed the general idea of software testing, the importance of software testing, and the tools that assist in overcoming the typical challenges associated with software quality engineering and testing. The second session focused on machine learning approaches and the software testing life cycle. Professor Rostislav Yavorski shared his thoughts on these topics. A quiz was conducted based on the topics discussed, and the top three scorers were invited to the stage and awarded prizes. Additionally, each participant received a diary and a pen as a memento. The informative seminar was ultimately brought to a close with an interactive Q&A session to clear any doubts. Questions from the audience were answered and discussed by the presenters in response.

With the enormous and tireless work done by the students and staff, the seminar was a success. Following it, the 20th seminar in the series will be planned with a lot more trust, and the success rate will continue to rise.

Reported by
Vithurshini Subramanieam

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