A Final Year Research Project from the 2015 Biomedical Engineering Batch from the Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering (ENTC), University of Moratuwa secured the “MERIT Award” of the Manamperi Award (Engineering) 2020 for the "Most Outstanding Undergraduate Engineering Research Projects" in the Group Category.
The Research Project group comprised of 4 students from the Biomedical Engineering Specialization: K.G.G.L.A. De Silva, J.K.M.V. Perera, K.R.B. Wickremasinghe, and A.M. Naim, and was supervised by Dr. S.L. Kappel from the Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering and Dr. T.D. Lalitharatne from the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
The research project was focused on “Designing a Cost-Effective Active Dry Contact sEMG Sensor System for Controlling a Bionic Hand”. The goal of the project was to develop a cost-effective neural interface for individual finger-based wireless interaction using sEMG technology. The device is aimed to be a novel wearable technology with many applications, mainly for Bionic Hand Control Systems. In addition to this achievement, the group has published 2 international conference papers at IEEE ICASSP 2020 and IEEE SMC 2020, and have also gotten an “Honorary Mention” at IEEE ComSoC Student Comp. 2019.
The “Manamperi Award” is awarded by the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) each year for the Most Outstanding Undergraduate Engineering Research Project. It is open to all Engineering graduates who have graduated from a recognized university of Sri Lanka and completed a Final Year Research Project (Individual or Group) within the duration of the year this award is presented.