Workshops & Special Sessions

Following is the list of workshops, which will be organized as a part of Mercon 2022.

Register via following link: https://bit.ly/mercon2022

Registration Deadline: Specific for Each Workshop


A Hands on introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has now become a common tool for modelling heat and fluid flow applications in many engineering disciplines. Obtaining accurate results through proper use of CFD requires a solid understanding of underling modelling principles with technical know-how gained through experience. The proposed workshop aims to disseminate the required basic theoretical understanding and technical know-how among researches of various disciplines. The workshop is designed to be largely with hands on sessions running though a full day with solving several real life engineering problems. As the main outcome of the workshop, it is expected to promote the interdisciplinary collaborations through research on multidisciplinary, multi-physics CFD modelling exercises.

Registration Deadline: 20th July 2022

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Workshop on Applying ‘Time-of-day’ Concept in Transport Demand Modelling Using Cube Voyager Software

Modeling and simulation is the key for transport planning and transport engineering. With the ever growing motorization, moving goods and people efficiently becomes more challenging for every city. Wrong policy decisions made to face those challenges create huge unnecessary costs to society, while most of them are irreversible. Therefore, such decisions must be made carefully with a scientific approach to make sure the solutions are sustainable. In order to make accurate decisions faster with no human error, the use of computer aided modelling and simulations are being heavily used around the world. One such world popular computer application is CUBE Voyager by Bentley that will be used in this workshop. The capabilities of CUBE Voyager help participants to make better and accurate models enabling better decision making.

Registration Deadline: 20th July 2022

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Strengthening supply chain resilience in a post-pandemic world

Global and Local supply chains were clearly impacted as a result of COVID-19 and the ensuing consequences of the pandemic in markers around the world with a special emphasis on production. Collectively, these events served as a true litmus test for supply chain resilience. Organizations in Sri Lanka found themselves quickly needing to address critical dependencies in their supply chains. The pandemic has forced organizations to prioritize supply chain resilience. In addition to close supplier relationships, increased digitalization, advanced technologies, machine learning and artificial intelligence will play an increasingly important role in building supply chain resilience in the post-pandemic world. To support the organizations in mapping their supply chains, identifying risks, reviewing their network and innovating via technologies, a solid understanding of modelling and simulation using programming languages/software such as Python, Cytoscape, etc. are required. This workshop is an initial step towards fulfilling that need. The delivery will be highly interactive, and it will provide the participants with the necessary hands-on skills.

Registration Deadline: 24th July 2022

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Lifecycle assessment tools for sustainability assessment of whole buildings

Climate change and rapid urbanization with growing population have prompted an emerging interest on construction industries to include more sustainable practices. To accomplish a net-zero carbon building stock in 2050, direct and indirect building CO2 release needs to be assessed and quantified. Thus, the assessment of global warming potential of buildings, through life cycle assessment, taking into account both the processes and materials, to promote the use of more sustainable construction materials and processes is timely. Different techniques associated with sustainability assessment of built environments will be discussed through lectures and interactive activities. An introduction to the life cycle assessment of built environment will be given. Different life cycle assessment tools available to calculate the global warming potential of built environment will be shown with examples. The main challenges associated with the use of tools developed in other countries for such assessment will be highlighted. Finally, there will be a hands-on session to demonstrate the use of a locally developed tool to assess the Global Warming Potential of built environment.

Registration Deadline: 24th July 2022

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Latest developments of multidisciplinary research in the transport sector

The Centre for Intelligent Transport System (CITS) of the University of Moratuwa caters to the academic and industry gaps in transportation due to the absence of a platform for individual sector experts to work together for the betterment of transportation. The Centre has been successful in bringing together different academic disciplines of the university for collaborative research developments and industrial projects both with national and international partners addressing different aspects of transportation engineering. Two major projects that have been successfully carried out by CITS are the “Multidisciplinary Transport Development Project” and “Sustainable & Efficient Electric Mobility System in Sri Lanka”. Under these projects many inventions and outcomes have been achieved and sharing these findings with the relevant stakeholders is important for successful implementations.

Registration Deadline: 24th July 2022

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Fair and explainable AI in Biology and Medicine

Data engineering has contributed immensely to the advancement of biology and medicine. Various AI-based solutions are proposed and implemented for decision-making. However, widespread adoption of AI as a frequent resort in decision-making that has tangible impacts on patient well-being is still far from achieving its potential due to the controversy of outsourcing the health and medical decision-making processes to black-box AI methods. Therefore, fairness and explainability are two factors that are desirable by biologists and medical practitioners. Recent research has focused on producing AI methods that are both transparent and can cater to improving societal equity in their respective domains. With this in mind, we consider the advances made in fairness and explainability of AI in medical and biological applications. We conceive it vital that they are considered in generalisable engineering solutions. Accordingly, this workshop focuses on methods suitable for developing fair and explainable AI-based solutions for biology and medicine.

Registration Deadline: 24th July 2022

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Workshop on Trustworthy Machine Learning

This workshop aims to raise awareness of possible pitfalls of existing Machine Learning (ML) algorithms among practitioners and users and emphasize the importance of developing trustworthy ML algorithms. To achieve this objective, the workshop will bring together international experts from ML interpretability, fairness, robustness, and verifiability to discuss the progress so far, issues, challenges, and the path forward.

Registration Deadline: 20th July 2022

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‘Lifting the Lid’: Developing Academic Literacy as a Means of Supporting English Medium Degree Programmes

This workshop focuses on the development of the Academic Literacy (AL) of undergraduates as a means of ensuring academic success in English Medium Degree Programmes (EMDPs) in the state universities of Sri Lanka. The number of EMDPs is steadily increasing in Sri Lankan Higher Education (SLHE), but there is a lack of awareness and/or lack of attention to the concept of AL, which has the potential to minimise the struggle faced by undergraduates as they transition from school to university education. The scope of this workshop is firstly to help the participants identify what academic literacy is, its positioning in English Medium Instruction (EMI) settings, and its importance in EMDPs; secondly, to discuss and share practical examples of successful implementation of AL; and finally, to discuss challenges and solutions to successful AL development. This workshop will provide the participants with a hands-on experience of discovering the concepts and practices of AL to be applied in their respective disciplinary contexts for successful facilitation of undergraduate education.

Registration Deadline: 24th July 2022

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