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Professor B.T.G.S. Kumara Appointed as the Director, CRKD-SUSL

It is our great pleasure to congratulate Professor B.T.G.S. Kumara on his appointment as the Director of the Centre for Research and Knowledge Dissemination of the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka (CRKD-SUSL) and we wish him nothing but success and a good return to the University. Based on expertise, experience and talent, the University has made an excellent choice.

Currently a professor affiliated with the Faculty of Computing at SUSL, Professor B.T.G.S. Kumara has served in a variety of administrative capacities. He served as the Head of the Department of Computing & Information Systems at the Faculty of Applied Sciences from May 2017 to May 2020. Furthermore, starting in 2020, he is serving as the Chairman of the Board of Study in Computing at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, SUSL, and as the Chairman of the Board of Study of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Center for Open and Distance Learning, SUSL.

He is a well-known researcher in the fields of Web Service Clustering, Big Data Analytics, Data Mining, and Image Processing. His publication of several scholarly book chapters and research articles in indexed journals, peer-reviewed online journals, national and international conferences and symposia, demonstrate his flair for competence in the fields of research and knowledge dissemination. He is also rendering his service as a member of the programme committee for a number of local and international conferences, a reviewer and an associate editor of reputed journals, and a guest editor of reputed journals including Complexity - Special Issue "Advanced Sparse Machine Learning (ASML) and Future Internet – Special Issue “Automating Process of Big Data Analytics Using Service Composition”.

The Center for Research and Knowledge Dissemination of SUSL is a place to encourage research among academics within the university, provide opportunities for local and international researchers to present and publish their research findings, and disseminate knowledge to the community. The main goal of the CRKD is to support university academics in their efforts to advance national development through high-caliber research and the dissemination of that knowledge to the public through local and international scientific conferences and initiatives fostering university-community partnerships.

We are certain that the CRKD will continue to achieve its aims and propel itself further into the spotlight under the leadership and guidance of the newly appointed Director.