Prof. S.D. Pathirana
Susantha Pathirana is with the Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He received the BScEng in Production Enginering from the University of Peradeniya in 1978, and MSc in Automatic Control and DEng in Mechanical Engineering in 1982 and 1989 respectively. He has held number of faculty positions at the University of Peradeniya. He was the Head of the Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering during several periods since 1990 and also holds the position of the Director of Engineering Workshops since 1990. From 2002 to 2005 he was the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and currently the Professor of Production Engineering at the University of Peradeniya. His teaching and research interests includes precision machining, robotics & automation and modeling & control of dynamic systems. He has been a visiting research fellow at the University of Tokyo, Japan, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium and at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He has also held number of key positions at the Ministry of Industrial Development and Ministry of Agriculture of the Government of the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. He is a Fellow of IESL, Member of both IEEE (USA)and IET(UK).
PhD (University of Tokyo, Japan) 1989
MSc (State University of Ghent, Belgium) 1982
BScEng (University of Peradeniya) 1978
MIEEE, CEng MIET, CEng FIE (SL),MASME
National Committee on Robotics, Advanced Design and Manufacturing (2011)
Professor of Production Engineering (2007 – todate)
Acting Director – LTS, IRQUE World Bank Project, University of Peradeniya (2006)
Council, University of Peradeniya (2006 – 2009)
Dean – Engineering ( 2002 - 2005)
Board of Directors, Richard Peiris and Company PLC (2002-todate)
Coordinator – ADB Science & Technology Personnel Development Project (ADB-STPDP), University of Peradeniya (2001-2002)
Board of Directors – Institute of Post Harvest Technology, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (1999-2001)
Consultant/Director – Ministry of Industrial Development, Government of the Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (1998 - 1999)
Senior Lecturer I – Production Engineering (December 1995)
Director – Engineering Workshop (February 1990)
Head – Production Engineering (February 1990)
Senior Lecturer II - Production Engineering (December 1989)
Assistant Lecturer – Production Engineering (October 1978)
Research Fellowship, University of New South Wales, Australia March – May 2007
Research Fellowship (Peters Foundation), Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium April – June 2003
Research Fellowship, University of Tokyo, January – March 2001
Member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, UK (IET)
Member of the Institution of Electrical & Electronic Engineers, USA (IEEE)
Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (FIESL)
Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Technology & Human Life, University of Ruhuna, November 2003
Engineering Design & Innovation, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, July 2001
Parameter Optimization in Metal Cutting
Precision Machining Strategies/Algorithms
Robotics & Automation – Mobile Robots
Modeling & Control of Dynamic Systems (Pneumatic Artificial Muscles, Servo Drives..)
Design & Manufacture of Bio-medical prosthesis
Bandara G.E.M.D.C., Ranawana R.M., Pathirana S.D.,‘Use of fuzzy feature descriptions to recognize handwritten alphanumeric characters’, Studies in Computer Intelligence, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, Vol. 4/2005: ISSN:1860-949x(paper), 1860-9503 (online)
Pathirana S.D., ‘Welding Science I – Electric Arc Welding’, Book for supplementary reading (Translation: Sinhala to English) – ISBN 955-95405-2-1, May 2006
Pathirana S.D. Creative work in the academic discipline: Design, Manufacture, Assembly and Automation of Machinery for Sri Lankan Industry – ‘A DOCUMENTARY ON TECHNOLGY TRANSFER’, A case for enhanced market share of Medium Scale Industries with local technologies.
J.Katupitiya, M.W.Yiu, D.Springford, S.Pathirana, “A Mechatronics approach to Human Skills Duplication”, 1998 Pacific Conference on Manufacturing, Brisbane, August 18th - 21st, 1998
S.D.Pathirana, A.Ratnaweera “Using Genetic Algorithms to optimize NC Milling”, IEE Annual Sessions, Colombo, Sri Lanka, September 1999
D.C.Bandara, S.D.Pathirana “Intelligent Temperature Controller for Tyre Curing Process”, Jubilee Congress, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, July 2000
Bandara G.E.M.D.C., Pathirana S.D., “Preliminary Study on design of an Embedded Control System for a classical EDM machine”, Proceedings on Annual Research sessions, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, November 2001 (Selected as one of the Best papers presented in the annual session)
Bandara G.E.M.D.C., Pathirana S.D., and Ranawana R.M., “A Short Method for On-Line Handwritten Character Recognition”, in Proceedings of NAFIPS-FLINT’2002 International Conference, New Orleans, USA, June 2002 USA, pp. 488-499.
Bandara G.E.M.D.C., Pathirana S.D., and Ranawana R.M., “Use of Fuzzy Feature Descriptions to Recognize Handwritten Alphanumeric Characters”, in Proceedings of FSKD’02 International Conference, July 2002, Singapore, pp. 269-274.
Bandara G.E.M.D.C., Pathirana S.D., Athukorala N., “Application of Intelligent Techniques for Market Focasting”, in Proceedings of CIRAS’2003, International Conference of Computational Intelligence, Autonomous and Robotic Systems, Singapore, 15th- 18th December 2003
Bandara G.E.M.D.C., Pathirana S.D., Hakeem U., “Application of fuzzy Logic in Intelligent Traffic Light Control Systems”, in Proceedings of CIRAS’2003, International Conference of Computational Intelligence, Autonomous and Robotic Systems, Singapore, 15th- 18th December 2003
Shanthini R., Pathirana S.D., “Thinking Afresh in Making of an Engineer at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya”, International Seminar on Economic Advancement based on the Knowledge Society – Role of the Engineer in a Developing Country, Colombo, 17th & 18th October 2003
H.Pota, R.Eaton, J.Katupitiya, S.D.Pathirana, Agricultural Robotics: A Streamlined Approach to Realization of Autonomous Farming, Second International Conference on Industrial and Information Systems, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, August 2007
P.Gamage, U.S.S.Dharmapriya, A.K.Kulatunga, S.D.Pathirana, B.A.P.S.Sandareka, W.L.I.Wickramaarachchi, M.R.N.N.Mederigama, Design and Development of Worker Performance Indices to improve the Overall Productivity of a Plant., Annual research Sessions, University of Peradeniya, December 2008
G.D.S.Desinghe, K.Perera, S.D.Pathirana, Computer Numerial Control (CNC) Machining: Model building for Surface Finish in End Milling, Annual Research Sessions, University of Peradeniya, December 2008.
W.L.I.Wickramaarachchi, A.K.Kulatunga, S.D.Pathirana, Scheduling a Repairing Plant to enhance Machine Utilization and Productivity, Sixth International Conference on Business Management (ICBM 2009), March , 2009.
A.W.C.D.Annasiwatta, K.G.S.Darshana, JordanM. Berg, D.H.S.Maithripala, S.D.Pathirana, Modeling, Simulation and Control of Autonomous Tractor-Trailer Robot, Annual Research Sessions, University of Peradeniya, December 2009.
K.G.S.Darshana, A.W.C.D.Annasiwatta, D.H.S.Maithripala, S.D.Pathirana, Stabilization of a Segway type Mobile Robot, Annual Research Sessions, University of Peradeniya, December 2009.
R.S.Amarasinghe, S.D.Pathirana, S.R.Herath, Design and Manufacture of Custom-made bone implants, Annual Symposium of Kotelawala Defence University., Colombo, August 2010
R.P.Manorathna, S.D.Pathirana, V.Gowreesan, Quality Assurance in Manual Metal Arc Welding (MMAW) Assisted with Online Process Monitoring, 105th Annual Sessions of Institution of Engineers, Sri Lnnka, October 2011
R.P.Manorathna, S.D.Pathirana, J.C.Weerakkody Increasing the Efficiency of Solar Energy Harvesting by Tracking Sun’s East-West Movement, 105th Annual Sessions of Institution of Engineers, Sri Lnnka, October 2011