MERCon 2020 organized by the Engineering Research Unit (ERU) of University of Moratuwa in collaboration with IEEE Student Branch University of Moratuwa successfully held from 28th July to 30th July of 2020. Due to the unprecedented condition caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, MERCon 2020 has been reorganized as a virtual conference, considering the safety of both academic and research communities.
MERCon 2020 consisted of two conference sessions which were held on 28th and 29th of July, where 114 research papers were presented and four workshop sessions on 30th of July. More than 100 papers from nearly all the disciplines of engineering were accepted and presented fully at the first two days of the virtual conference, which will be submitted for publication to IEEE Xplore in the near future. The keynotes of the event were delivered by Prof. Suranga Nanayakkara from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, Prof. Soumyajit Mandal from University of Florida, USA and Prof. Dzung Viet Dao from the Griffith School of Engineering, Australia.
As the hosting Student Branch of MERCon 2020, the Junior Organizing Team from IEEE Student Branch University of Moratuwa, undertook the responsibility of managing the technical sessions under the supervision of the chairpersons of the program committee of MERCon 2020. The chairpersons of the program committee of MERCon 2020, the first-ever virtual research conference in the International Multidisciplinary Engineering Research Conference were as follows.
General Chair – Prof. Ruwan Gopura
Program Chair – Dr. Buddhika Jayasekara
Program Co-Chair – Dr. H. R. Pasindu
Program Co-Chair- Dr. R. Rodrigo
Financial and Registration Chair – Mr. B. Samarasekara
The volunteering team from our student branch consisted of Co-chairpersons from the student branch, Online Junior Track Chairs and the Junior Volunteers. The volunteering team from our student branch undertook the management of the technical sessions and monitored the event flow for consecutive 3 days being at the university premises even under the pandemic situation in the country. The closing ceremony of the virtual conference program held on 29th of July, 2020 followed by the 4 workshop sessions which were held on 30th of July, 2020 were fully hosted by the student branch.
The collective effort of the Program Committee of MERCon 2020 and the Junior Volunteering Team from IEEE Student Branch University of Moratuwa made the whole event a huge success. The young individuals from IEEE Student Branch University of Moratuwa worked in a perfect sync with each other and it can be said with confidence that they fulfilled their responsibilities to make the whole event an immense success in every possible way.
Global Recognitions for the event
- An article about the event was published in the IEEE Region 10 Newsletter: October Edition 2020.