Curriculum Vitae



Nilukshan Krishnaram, Juzly Ahamed, Nitharshana Sathyamoorthy, Damitha Sandaruwan, & Kavinda Athapaththu. (2023). Skeletal point analysis to determine the accuracy of forehand smash shots played by badminton players. In The international journal on advances in ict for emerging regions (icter). (Accepted).


Purushoth V., Piyathilake V., Athapaththu K., Sandaruwan D., Hettiarachchi E., & Sayakkara A. (2023). High-tech eyes on marine pollution: Multispectral uav imagery for marine debris monitoring in sri lanka. In 8th international conference on information technology research (icitr). (Under Review).


W.M.U. Fernando, K.D. Sandaruwan, & A.M.K.B. Athapaththu (2023). Taekwondo poomsae movement evaluation using skeleton points. In The international journal on advances in ict for emerging regions (icter). (Accepted).


Athapaththu, A. M. K. B. , Grero, E. H., Perera, S. M., & Fernando, M. G. N. A. S. (2020). Forecasting better prices for trip packages based on historical sales data and related factors: In the context of europe railway tourism. In 2020 20th international conference on advances in ict for emerging regions (icter) (pp. 238–243).

Research & Projects


Multi-spectral image-based trash detection and classification on marine water bodies

This is an ongoing research conducted to propose a technique to detect trash in marine water bodies using aerial images captured using a multi-spectral camera.


Diagnose diseases using "Naadi" patterns

This study is conducted to propose a technique to predict diseases using "Naadi" (Pulse) patterns described in Sri Lankan indigenous medicine. "Naadi" patterns will be captured using 3 sensors attached to three points in the wrist to measure three signals named as "Waatha", "Pitha" and "Kapa" in Sri Lankan indigenous medicine.


Taekwondo Poomsae movement evaluation using skeleton points

The major research problem addressed in this study was the issue of subjectivity in the domain of Poomsae evaluation using traditional methods. In this study, Taekwondo movements were evaluated using two different models; A Dynamic model and an LSTM-based ML model. Both models were evaluated with the help of domain experts and it was found out that the dynamic model performed better in classifying correct and incorrect poses than the ML model.


Skeletal model analysis to determine the accuracy of smash shots played by badminton players

The objective of this research is to evaluate Badminton smash shots so that players can improve their playing style. A dynamic model and a ML model using Random Forest Classifier were pro- duced , and evaluated. In addition to this the dynamic model was adapted to be able to compare the performance of two players.


Forecasting better prices for Flam Railway trip packages

As the undergraduate final year project, the aim of this research was to study and analyze differ- ent machine learning approaches for price forecasting and create a hybrid model for forecasting better prices to maximize the revenue. Model was created in Python using Keras , Tensorflow, sklearn and statsmodels. The average theoretically estimated increase in revenue for the hybrid model was 79.25%.


Drone pilot training simulation research

This research was carried out to establish a machine learning approach which will generate supe- rior results than a mathematical model. Technologies used were Keras, TensorFlow and Microsoft AirSim. A 3DR Solo drone was used for data collection.


Fraud detection in finance

Several machine learning approaches were tested on the dataset obtained from Kaggle, "Synthetic data from a financial payment system" . It was found that Autoencoders produced a test accuracy of 91%. Furthermore it was discovered that XGBoost produce better results over KNN.



As the second year undergraduate project a web portal was developed to provide information about Soma Cube. Technologies used were HTML, CSS, JS, PHP and Unity

2019 - Present

Mobile games and apps

Mobiles games and applications developed for Game Jams and as a hobby. Google Playstore link :


2016 - 2020
University of Colombo School of Computing

BSc. (Hons.) Information Systems

First Class, GPA 3.54

2000 - 2013
Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala

Physical Science

Z Score 1.2

Employment History

2024 Jan - Present
Singapore Management University

Research Engineer

at School of Computing and Information Systems

2021 Nov - 2023 Dec
University of Colombo School of Computing

Lecturer (Probationary)

at Department of Computation and Intelligent Systems

2020 Oct - 2021 Nov
University of Colombo School of Computing

Temporary Assistant Lecturer

2020 Mar - 2020 Oct
University of Colombo School of Computing

Temporary Instructor

2018 Aug - 2019 Feb
University of Colombo School of Computing

Research Assistant Intern

at Modeling and Simulation Research Lab

2016 - Present

Freelancing Web Developer

2017 - Present

Freelancing Python Developer


2020 - 2023


As a lecturer, assistant lecturer and instructor, I conducted variety of lectures, tutorials and practicals. Main courses were Computer Systems, eBussiness Stratergy, eLearning and Instructional Design, Enterprise Applications, ERP Systems, Game Development, Graphics II, Laboratory II, Rapid Application Development.

2020 - 2023


As a staff member in University of Colombo School of Computing, I am involved in supervising several undergraduate group projects; both 2nd year and 3rd year and co supervising research projects. Furthermore, I have supervised industry placement projects for undergraduates.

2020 - 2023

Reviewing Research Papers

I contributed as an reviewer for ICTer conference organized by University of Colombo School of Computing. I mainly reviewd papers related to machine learning and its applications

2020 - Present

Knowledge Sharing

I’ve contributed to several session organized by different organization as a resource person to share my knowledge. I also maintain a blog at to share my knowledge on various subject areas.


3D modeling and Mapping

I was involved in preparing virtual tour of Colombo University Computer Museum ( ). Several historical equipment were scanned using LiDAR technology and refined using Blender.




IEEE Region 10 Newsletter


Track Chair

Human Computer Interactions Track at ICTer 2022



ICTer 2022


Technical Program Committee Member

International Conference of Advances in Technology and Computing 2022 (ICATC 2022)



IEEE Region 10 Robotics Competition 2022


Track Chair

Applications of IT at ICTer 2021



at ICTer 2021

2021 - 2022


IEEE Young Professionals Sri Lanka

2021 - 2022

Vice Chair and Webmaster

IEEE IAS Sri Lanka Chapter


Web and I.T. Chair

IEEE PES Global Student Congress

2018 – 2020


Sri Lanka IEEE Section Student Activities Committee (SAC)

2018 – 2019

Member of Executive Board

UCSC ISACA Student Group

2016 – 2017

Organizing Committee Member

iCS Codelab, iHack and iFest organized by UCSC ISACA Student Group



Google Code-In


2022 Jan - Present
Staff And Educational Development Association, UK

SEDA certificate

(In Progress)

2022 Jan - 2023 Jun
Staff Development Centre, University of Colombo

Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (CTHE)

2023 Jan

GRE General Test

Verbal Reasoning - 154 (62nd percentile)
Quantitative Reasoning - 158 (61st percentile)
Analytical Writing - 3.5 (37th percentile)

2022 Jun

IELTS Academic - 8.5

Listening 9.0
Reading 9.0
Writing 7.0
Speaking 8.0

2020 Oct – 2020 Dec
Staff Development Centre, University of Colombo

Making Teaching Effective (MaTE)


Charted Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

C01 Fundementals of Management Accounting
C03 Fundementals of Business Mathematics
C04 Fundementals of Business Economics



English (Fluent), Sinhala (Native), Tamil (Fair)


Python, php, R


MySQL, MongoDB

Web Dev

Html, css, JavaScript


Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator


Academic research, teaching, training, LATEX typesetting and publishing.