SUSL Staff Directory

Dr. Saman Koswatte

Position: Senior Lecturer

sam@geo.sab.ac.lk

Qualifications

PhD (USQ Australia - Spatial Sciences), MPhil (PDN - Earth Sciences), BSc (SUSL - Surveying Sciences)


Profile

I am a Senior Lecturer attached to the department of Remote Sensing and GIS, Faculty of Geomatics. Highly skilled in ungraduate and graduate teaching and conducting research in the field of Geomatics. Over fourteen years of experience both in academic and technical aspects. Expertise in the areas of Geospatial semantics, Crowdsourcing, Spatial Data Infrastructures, Land surveying, Survey computations, GIS, Web and Mobile GIS,  and Automated Surveying Systems. 


Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • International Geospatial Society (IGS), member since 2013
  • Geo-Informatics Society of Sri Lanka (GISSL), member since 2008
  • Surveyors Board Queensland, Graduate Surveyor, 2014-2018

Research Interests

Crowdsourced (CSD) data quality, Geospatial Semantics and Ontologies, Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI)


Recent Publications

  • Gunatilake, S. K., Dissanayake, H. M. K. P.,  Udeshani, W. A. C., Koswatte, S.,  Rathnayake, K. T.,  Gunatilake, S. V. and  Fernando, R. (2020) Quality of surface and ground waters for domestic and irrigation purposes in CKD/CKDu prevalent areas in Moneragala District, Sri Lanka, Ceylon Journal of Science, 49(1), p. 81-91.
  • McDougall, K and Koswatte, S (2018), The future of authoritative geospatial data in the big data world – trends, opportunities and challenges,  Workshop and Annual Meeting on SPATIAL INFORMATION IN THE ERA OF DATA SCIENCE: CHALLENGES AND PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS, FIG Commission 3, 3-6 December, Napoli, Italy.
  • Koswatte, S., McDougall, K. and Liu, X., (2018). Relevance assessment of crowdsourced data (CSD) using semantics and geographic information retrieval (GIR) techniques. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 7(7), p.256.
  • Saman Koswatte, Kevin, McDougall and Xiaoye Liu, 2017, Quality assessment of VGI and CSD using semantics and Geographical Information Retrieval techniques, Workshop and Annual Meeting, Volunteered Geographic Information: Emerging Applications in Public Science and Citizen Participation, 27-30 November 2017, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Saman Koswatte, Kevin, McDougall and Xiaoye Liu, 2017, VGI and crowdsourced data credibility analysis using spam email detection techniques’, International Journal of Digital Earth, pp 1-13.
  • Saman Koswatte, Kevin, McDougall and Xiaoye Liu, 2016, Semantic Location Extraction from Crowdsourced Data, ISPRS-International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, pp 543-547.
  • Saman Koswatte, Kevin McDougall and Xiaoye Liu (2015) SDI and Crowdsourced Spatial Information Management Automation for Disaster Management, Survey Review, Volume 47, Issue 344 (September 2015), pp. 307-315
  • Saman Koswatte, Kevin McDougall and Xiaoye Liu (2014) SDI and Crowdsourced Spatial Information Management Automation for Disaster Management, FIG Commission 3 Workshop – 2014 November, Bologna, Italy
  • Saman Koswatte, Kevin McDougall and Xiaoye Liu (2014) Ontology driven VGI filtering to empower next generation SDIs for disaster management, Research at Locate 14 Conference – 2014 April, Canberra, Australia
  • Saman Koswatte, Jagath Gunatilake and Gamini Wijayaratne (2012) Geo Information Powered Sri Lanka: Today’s GI Challenges for better Future, International Symposium 2012 – Technology International Research Symposium (TIRS), Pioneer Institute of Business and Technology (PIBT) – Sri Lanka and School of Computing and Mathematics (CMC) University of Greenwich - United Kingdom

Consultancies

  •  “InforBoomi: VGIS-based Informed Decision Making for Strengthened Local Land Governance”, AHEAD Research, Innovation and Commercialization Grants (RIC Grants) funded by World Bank, University Grant Commission – Sri Lanka, Ministry of City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education
  •  “Digitalizing the Heritage” Project, jointly conducted by Department of Archelogy-Sri Lanka, University of Ruhuna, and Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka
  •  SL - China cooperation for solving the "Human-Elephant - Conflict", jointly conducted by Chinese Embassy - Sri Lanka, Wuhan University-China, and Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka

Participation in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programmes/Extension Courses/Short Courses/Visiting Lectures

Visiting Lectures

  • August 2020 – December 2020: Visiting Lecturer, BSc in Tourism Management, Faculty of Management Studies, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka
  • December 2017 – April 2018: Visiting Lecturer, MSc Surveying Sciences Programme 2017 Intake, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka
  • December 2017 – April 2018: Visiting Lecturer, Department of Natural Resources, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka
  • January 2012 – December 2012: Visiting Lecturer, Department of Natural Resources, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Conducting lectures on Basic Principles of Land Surveying course to the Undergraduate students.
  • January 2012 – December 2012: Visiting Lecturer, Department of Computing and Information Systems, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Conducting lectures on Introduction to Geographic Information Systems course to the Undergraduate students
  • November 2011-February 2012: Visiting Lecturer, External Degree Programmes and Extension Services Unit (EDPESU), Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Conducting lectures on Auto CAD for the Certificate Course for IT Professionals
  • July 2011 – May 2013: Visiting Lecturer, Department of Transport and Logistics Management, Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, Conducting lectures on GIS/GPS/RS& Geomatics Applications in Transport & Logistics course to Undergraduates
  • January 2009– May 2009: Visiting Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, Conducting lectures and laboratory sessions on Fundamentals of GIS and Remote Sensing for Level 4 - Undergraduate students
  • January 2009 – April 2009: Visiting Lecturer, Department of Geology, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, Conducting lectures and laboratory sessions on Fundamentals of GIS and Remote Sensing for Level 3 - Undergraduate students
  • January 2008 – September 2009: Visiting Demonstrator, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, Assisting postgraduate students in the laboratory sessions of MSc. Program in GIS and Remote Sensing under the board of study in Earth Sciences
  • November 2007 – July 2009: Visiting Demonstrator, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, Assisting postgraduate students in the laboratory sessions of MSc. Program in Disaster Management under the board of study in Earth Sciences
  • January 2007 - April 2008: Visiting Lecturer, External Degree Programmes and Extension Services Unit (EDPESU), Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Conducting lectures on Auto CAD for the Certificate Course for IT Professionals

Short Courses

  • March 2009 – October 2009: Resource Person, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Advanced Short Courses on GIS and Applications, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • January 2009 – December 2009: Resource Person, 14th to 24th Short Courses on GIS and Applications, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Editor-in-Chief of Journals/Editorial Board Member/Program Chair/Reviewer

Reviewer

  • IJGI: ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, MDPI
  • JEMA: Journal of Environmental Management, Elsevier

Scientific and Literary Communications

  • Invited lecture, Web GIS and Web Mapping, Pre-Conference Workshop, 10th International Research Conference, General Sir John Kotelawala Defense University, Sri Lanka, 2nd August 2017
  • Invited lecture, Introduction to Technology for Mapping, Annual Filed Visit, IT Officers, Sri Lanka Navy, 22nd September 2012, Sabaragamuwa University, Sri Lanka
  • Invited talk, Mobile GIS Applications, GIS/ Remote sensing and GPS workshop for Engineers of Telecom Sri Lanka, 14th March 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Invited lecture Remote Sensing Applications on Hydrographic Surveying, Workshop on Basic Hydrographic Surveying, 19th September to 11th October 2011, NARA, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Invited lecture, Introduction to Remote Sensing and GIS, Annual Filed Visit, IT Officers, Sri Lanka Navy,13th August, 2011, Sabaragamuwa University, Sri Lanka

Positions Held/Hold or service Rendering/Rendering (University Level/National Level/International Level)

Current

International

  • Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health Engineering and Science, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

National/University Level

  • Head, Department of Remote Sensing and GIS, Faculty of Geomatics, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka
  • Member, University Council, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka
  • Member, University Senate, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka
  • Coordinator, Curriculum Development and Revision, Faculty of Geomatics, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka
  • Member, Strategic Management and Planning, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka
  • Member, Strategic Management and Planning, Center for Quality Assurance, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka

Past

International

  • 2014 - 2017: Member, Industry Advisory Committee, School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, Faculty of Health Engineering and Science, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
  • 2015, 2016: Treasurer, Sri Lankan Cultural Club, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
  • 2014: President, Sri Lankan Cultural Club, University of Southern Queensland, Australia

National/University Level

  • 2012 – 2013: Coordinator, Industrial Training Unit (ITU) – Faculty of Geomatics, Sabaragamuawa University of Sri Lanka
  • 2011 – 2012: Member, Extension and Public Awareness Unit, Centre for Research and Knowledge Dissemination (CRKD), Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka
  • 2011 – 2012: Faculty Coordinator, Deyata Kirula National Development Exhibition-Sri Lanka, Faculty of Geomatics, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka
  • 2011 – 2012: Faculty Coordinator, Newsletter development committee, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka
  • 2011 – 2012: Student Counselor, Sabaragamuawa University of Sri Lanka
  • 2006 – 2007: Student Counselor, Sabaragamuawa University of Sri Lanka