I entered the brotherhood of scouting during my days in Ananda College. Being a scout enabled me to experience wonderful camping trips and some mountain climbing expeditions. Also it had created an opportunity to meet people from all over the country, as well as some scouts from overseas during camping trips. I engaged in many community service projects during this era. I still remember with enthusiasm, a community service project we did in a local hospital, “Thanthirimale”: a remote area of northern Sri Lanka. I have received the most prestigious award that can be achieved by a senior scout, the “President’s Award”. Proving the saying “Once a Scout, is always a scout” I still involved camping trips and mountain climbing expeditions and doing community service whenever possible. Up to now I have climbed 7 mountains in Sri Lanka and there’s also a lot to come within years ahead.
The G.C.E. Advanced Level examination is a huge milestone of any Sri Lankan student. I have successfully completed the milestone, achieving 325 marks out of 400. I was ranked as the 24th of the whole island. This has opened doors for me to follow B.Sc. Engineering course in University of Moratuwa.
When I began my undergraduate career in University of Moratuwa, I had the opportunity to be exposed to the full range of engineering courses, all of which tended to reinforce and solidify my intense interest in engineering. The subjects in the course have been both enjoyable and enlightening providing me with a new and different perspective on the world in which we live. Each undergraduate should achieve high marks in his/her first year examination to choose the field of engineering he/she expects to specialize. In this examination I became the 5th of the entire batch (out of approximately 400 students) and was selected to Computer Science and Engineering field in which I have developed a special interest.
After third year each undergraduate has to have his/her industrial training. I have heard an interesting program, which was providing an opportunity to have the industrial training attachment in National University of Singapore (NUS). This was introduced to our university for the first time. It was in the field of Image Processing and Computer Vision with some hands on experience in hardware interfacing. These subjects were not taught till the final year of our course. Thus anyone who applied should face the challenge of learning those subjects and perform well to make this exchange program continue for the future. I took the challenge and soon was selected for the program by NUS. It was a wonderful experience, where I met a lot of research students from all over the world. Also gave me the opportunity to interact and work in a famous project called “Smart Room”. Smart Room is a “Smart” room where the room “knows” what the person wants and provides automatically. I have learnt a lot under Image Processing and Computer Vision. At the end I completed all the tasks I had been entitled to successfully. I developed a system to person presence detection / tracking after doing a lot of research. The project supervisor was impressed with my performance as he has mentioned in his recommendation letter of me. Furthermore, I published a research paper to the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, 2003 held in Hong Kong.
My enthusiasm towards image processing continued in the final year project, “Low-cost barcode reader using a low resolution camera” (SmartCamBCR). I employed a lot of innovative ideas in this project to make it a success. I was thrilled, when SmartCamBCR was awarded GOLD in National Best Quality Software Awards 2003. Then I represented Sri Lanka for Asia Pacific ICT Awards 2003 Competition held in Bangkok Thailand. It has enabled me a lot of experiences, where I presented my project work to an international audience. My project won a MERIT award, and brought pride to Sri Lanka and my university. And I published 2 research papers of this project to ERU Symposium and Sri Lanka Association of Artificial Intelligence Annual Sessions. I gave my 100% for developing SmartCamBCR. Along with all these in 2003, I completed my Bachelor of Science Engineering degree in Computer Science and Engineering with first class honors .
My future lies with image processing, Computer Vision and Robotics.