Prof. Roshan G. Ragel

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Prof. Roshan G. Ragel

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Dr Ragel was appointed a Senior Lecturer in Computer Engineering at the University of Peradeniya in December 2007 and a Professor since October 2017. He has been a Professional Member of the IEEE and IEEE Computer Society since 2005 and a Senior Member since 2014. He is also a Professional Member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).

Prof Ragel has co-authored almost 200 peer-reviewed articles in topics including System on Chip, Internet of Things, Bioinformatics, Wearable Computing, and Digitisation of Local Language Text. He has won several best paper awards in conference papers, the most prolific Sri Lankan author award from Elsevier Research in 2017 and the Presidential award for scientific publication in Sri Lanka in 2018. He is also named the Top Scientist in Computer Science in Sri Lanka by AD Scientific Index 2021 and 2022. With his present h-index of 22 (i10-index of 40), he is also recognised as a Tier 4* awardee by the University of Peradeniya for Research Excellence under the Transparent Research Performance Scheme introduced by the University Grants Commission (UGC) Sri Lanka. He was a visiting research scholar at the UNSW – Sydney, QUT – Brisbane, UIUC – Illinois and ANU – Canberra.

Prof Ragel is also the consulting Chief Executive Officer at the Lanka Research and Education Network (LEARN), the national NREN, since 2017. With his involvement, LEARN was able to step up for a significant milestone by launching the Asi@Connect Project in Sri Lanka in 2017, which brings many opportunities for the LEARN Research and Education (R&E) network community to get involved utilise the project resources and funds. He has represented Sri Lanka in the Asi@Connect Governors meeting and has been a Council Member of Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) since 2017. Since 2020, he is also the Vice-Chair of the Asi@Connect Steering Committee. With Covid-19 lockdowns, LEARN is helping the university community in the country connect and engage in productive research and education activities online. At the National level, Prof Ragel was a Core Group member for Higher Education at the Presidential Task Force for Education set up in 2020. He is a member of the UGC Standing Committee on the Development of IT Infrastructure and Online Education and UGC appointed committee to develop the Concept on Virtual / Hybrid University.

Research Interests:
  • Embedded Systems
  • IoT
  • Accelerated Computing
  • Reliability and Security
  • Computational Biology
Educational Qualifications:
  • BSc Eng Hons (Peradeniya)
  • PhD Computer Science and Engineering (UNSW)
Awards and Honours:
  1. Top Scientist in Computer Science in Sri Lanka by AD Scientific Index 2021 and 2022
  2. Tier 4* awardee by the University of Peradeniya for Research Excellence under the Transparent Research Performance Scheme introduced by the University Grants Commission (UGC) Sri Lanka 2020
  3. Faculty Research Excellence Award 2018 – Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya
  4. Presidential Awards for Scientific Publications for the year 2016
  5. The Scopus most prolific Sri Lankan Author from 2011-16 by MOSTR, COSTi and Elsevier Research, May 2017
  6. Best Paper Award – The 7th International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability (ICIAfS 2014), Colombo, Sri Lanka
  7. e-Swabhinami 2012 award in the e-Science & Technology Category for the project titled “Open-source Framework for Lead Identification in Drug Design”
  8. Best Paper Award – The 6th International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability (ICIAfS2012), Beijing, China
  9. Won the First Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property Essay Competition in Sri Lanka organized by School of Law at University of New Hampshire, 2012
  10. Best student paper award for ICT & Social Transformation track – The 5th International Conference on Information and Automation for Sustainability (ICIAfS2010)
Grants:
  1. [36,300 Euro funding through Asi@Connect project from EU: 2021] National Research and Education Network Needs Assessment
  2. [999,091 Euro funding through Erasmus+ from EU: 2020-2022] Improving Access to Science and Technology Higher Education in Resource-Poor Institutions through an Open Platform for Technology Enabled Active Learning Environment (TEAL2.o). The project will be carried out by a consortium of the following eleven universities and the European Center for Quality: UNIVERSITY OF PERADENIYA – Sri Lanka, UNIVERSITY OF MORATUWA – Sri Lanka, SLT CAMPUS (PVT) LTD – Sri Lanka, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ALLAHABAD – India, RK UNIVERSITY – India, VELLORE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY TRUST-VIT UNIVERSITY – India, ASIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY – Thailand, NARESUAN UNIVERSITY – Thailand, UNIVERSITATEA TRANSILVANIA DIN BRASOV – Rumania, ALMA MATER STUDIORUM – UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA – Italy, UNIVERSITETET I STAVANGER – Norway, and EUROPEAN CENTER FOR QUALITY OOD -Bulgaria.
  3. [150,000 Euro funding through Asi@Connect project from EU: 2019-2021] Uplifting Resources to Deploy IPv6, DNS/DNSSEC, identity access management and monitoring of the network performance and its security. The activities are (1) Host Workshops in Bhutan, Laos and Sri Lanka to train NREN technical people on IPv6, DNS/DNSSEC and monitoring of the network performance and security, and (2) Collaborative effort by LEARN, Royal University Bhutan, LERNET-Laos and APNIC. Prospective target countries: Laos, Bhutan, Nepal, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Philippines and Vietnam.
Available for Supervision:
  • Yes