Academic Staff Profiles

Dr. Damith Chathuranga

Senior Lecturer,
Department of Mechanical Engineering,
University of Moratuwa,
Katubadda,
Moratuwa, 10400,
Sri Lanka.
Email: chathurangas-at-uom.lk



Teaching and Administrative Work: 

 

Undergraduate Modules: 

ME1802 - Introduction to Manufacturing Engineering

ME2060 - Mechanics of Materials 2

ME3812 - Machine Design

ME4502 - Robotics Technology

Postgraduate Modules:

Research Activities : 

 

Ongoing postgraduate research projects:

1. Design and Development of a Tactile Feedback System for Prosthetics and Tele-operated Robots

2. Tactile Sensor Array Based Visual Servoing for Object Manipulation by Articulated Robots

 

Past undergraduate research projects:

1. Development of a Leap Motion Controlled Dual Arm Robot System to Assist in Laboratory Environments

2. Design and Implement a Haptic Feedback System for Tele-operated Surgery.

3. Development of Liquid Fertilizer Spraying Drone System for Farms.

Education and Training : 

(1). B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.

(2). Master of Engineering in Advanced Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, Japan. 

(3). Doctor of EngineeringRitsumeikan University, Japan.

Career : 

 

Career History:

(1). 2014 October - 2014 December: Visiting Researcher - King’s College London, UK

(2). 2013 October - 2014 April: Researcher - Mitsubishi Electric Advanced Technology Development Center, Amagasaki, Japan

(3). 2011 March - 2011 September: Mechanical Engineer - Aero Sense Pvt. Ltd.

(4). 2010 June - 2011 March: MEMS/NEMS Sensor Design Engineer - Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA)

(5). 2009 August - 2010 June: Temporary Instructor - Department of Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa

 

Professional Affiliations:

(1), Member, IEEE

(2). Associate Member, IESL

 

Honours and Awards : 

Grants:

1. IEEE RAS BP travel grant 2017

2. Rs. 1.5M grant from SRC, University of Moratuwa for the research 'Design and Development of a Tactile Feedback System for Prosthetics and Tele-operated Robots' (PI) - 2017

 

Awards:

(1). Japanese Government Monbukagakusho (MEXT) Scholarship, 2011. - Japanese Government

(2). Monbukagakusho (JASSO) Honors Scholarship, 2014. - Japanese Government

(3). ASTER Scholarship, 2013.- Ritsumeikan University

(4). KOKUSAITEKI Research Fund (for Promoting International Research Activities in the Doctoral Degree Program), 2014. - Ritsumeikan University

(5). Finalist of best paper award RCAR 2015.- International Conference on Real-time Computing

(6). 1st Prize 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition of Ritsumeikan University, 2015.- Ritsumeikan University

(7). 1st Prize, International Arth Robot Competition, 2009.- Institute of Information Technology, Mumbai, India

Publications : 

 

Peer reviewed journals:

(1). Damith Suresh Chathuranga Zhongkui Wang, Yohan Noh, Thrishantha Nanayakkara, and Shinichi HiraiMagnetic and Mechanical Modelling of  Soft Three-Axis Force Sensor", IEEE Sensors Journal, 2016.

(2). Yohan Noh, Hongbin Liu, Sina Sareh, Damith Suresh Chathuranga, Helge Wurdemann, Kawal Rhode, Kaspar AlthoeferImage-based Optical Miniaturized Three-Axis Force Sensor for Cardiac Catheterization", IEEE Sensors Journal, 2016.

(3). Noh, Y.; Bimbo, J.; Sareh, S.; Wurdemann, H.; Fraś, J.; Chathuranga, D.S.; Liu, H.; Housden, J.; Althoefer, K.; Rhode, K., "Multi-Axis Force/Torque Sensor Based on Simply-Supported Beam and Optoelectronics.", Sensors, 2016.

 

Peer reviewed conference publications:

(1). Zhongkui Wang, Damith Suresh ChathurangaShinichi Hirai, "3D Printed Soft Gripper for Automatic Lunch Box Packing", IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO), 2016.

(2). Damith Suresh Chathuranga, Zhongkui Wang, Yohan Noh, Thrishantha Nanayakkara, Shinichi Hirai, “A Soft Three Axis Force Sensors that is Useful for Robot Grippers", IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), September 2016.

(3). Damith Suresh Chathuranga, Zhongkui Wang, Yohan Noh, Thrishantha Nanayakkara, Shinichi Hirai, “Robust Real time Material Classification Algorithm Using Soft Three Axis Tactile Sensor: Evaluation of the Algorithm", IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), September 2015.

(4). Damith Suresh Chathuranga, Zhongkui Wang, Yohan Noh, Thrishantha Nanayakkara, Shinichi HiraiDisposable Soft 3 Axis Force Sensor for Biomedical Applications”, The 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), Italy, Milano, 8/2015.

(5). Helge Arne Wurdemann, Sina Sareh, Ali Shafti, Yohan Noh, Angela Faragasso, Damith Suresh Chathuranga, Hongbin Liu, Shinichi Hirai ,Embedded Electro-Conductive Yarn for Shape Sensing of Soft Robotic Manipulators”, The 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), Italy, Milano, 8/2015.

(6). Zhongkui Wang, Damith Suresh Chathuranga, Shinichi Hirai, “Study on the Human Perception of Incipient and Overall Slippages Using A 2D FE Fingertip Model”, The 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) ,Italy, Milano, 8/2015.

(7). Zhongkui Wang, Damith Suresh Chathuranga, Shinichi Hirai, “Study on Fingertip Slippage using FE Model for Developing Human-Like Tactile Sensor”, International Conference on Real-time Computing And Robotics, Changsha, China, 6/2015.

(8). Damith Suresh Chathuranga, Zhongkui Wang, Shinichi Hirai, “An Anthropomorphic Tactile Sensor System with its Applications in Dexterous Manipulations” ,IEEE International Conference on CYBER technology in Automation, Control and Intelligent Systems, Shenyang, China , 6/2015.

(9). Damith Suresh Chathuranga, Zhongkui Wang, Shinichi Hirai, “Challenges in Developing Soft Tactile Sensors for Robots That Detect Incipient Slip” ,7th International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 12/2014.

(10). Damith Suresh Chathuranga, Zhongkui Wang, Van Anh Ho, Mitani A, Shinichi Hirai, “A Biomimetic Soft Fingertip Applicable to Haptic Feedback Systems for Texture identification” ,International Symposium on Haptic Audio-Visual Environments and Games, Istanbul, Turkey,10/2013.

(11). Damith Suresh Chathuranga, Van Anh Ho, Shinichi Hirai, “Investigation of the Bio-mimetic Fingertip's Ability to Discriminate Fabrics Based on Surface Textures”, IEEE/ASME International conference on Advance Intelligent Mechatronics, Wollongong, Australia., 7/2013.

(12). Damith Suresh Chathuranga, Van Anh Ho, Shinichi Hirai, “A Bio-mimetic Fingertip That Detects Force and Vibration Modalities and its Application to Surface Identification”, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, Guangzhou, China, 12/2012.

Symposiums and other publications:

(1). Damith Suresh Chathuranga, Chirantha Jayasinghe, “Design and simulation of MEMS sensor with inbult GSM communication for smart buildings”, International Conference of Sustainable Built Environment, Kandy, Sri Lanka, 12/2010.

(2). Damith Suresh Chathuranga, Shinichi Hirai, “Soft 3D Tactile Sensor for Artificial Fingertips”, The Robotics and Mechatronics Conference 2015 (ROBOMECH), Kyoto, Japan, 5/2015.

(3). Damith Suresh Chathuranga, Shinichi Hirai, “A Bio-Mimetic Fingertip that can Detect Force and Vibration Modalities: Investigation of Bio-mimetic Fingertip’s Ability to Discriminate Textures”, The Robotics and Mechatronics Conference 2013 (ROBOMECH), Tsukuba, Japan, 5/2013.

(4). Damith Suresh Chathuranga, Ahn Van Ho, Shinichi Hirai, “Surface Texture Discrimination Using MEMS Accelerometer Embedded Biomimetic Fingertip”, International workshop on soft and flexible micro/nano systems technology, Gold coast, Australia, 7/2013.

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Research Opportunities: 

Number of postgraduate opportunities are available for highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals in the field of soft robotics at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Moratuwa.

Eligibility:
Candidates who have a four year degree with first class or second class upper division in Mechanical/ Biomedical/ Mechatronics/ Electronics/ Electrical Engineering or any other relevant engineering field in a recognized university are encouraged to apply.

Contact:
Dr. Damith Chathuranga (Email: chathurangas-at-uom.lk, Tp: 0776 874 141 )

 

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