6th IEEE Region 10 Humanitarian Technology Conference at Colombo, Sri Lanka

R10 HTC is a series of annual Humanitarian Technology Conferences being held in the Asia-Pacific Region and this year, the 2018 HTC conference took place on the beautiful pearl island of Sri Lanka. The three-day conference from 6 to 8 December was attended by delegates from all over the Asia-Pacific area from Japan to Pakistan to New Zealand in the south.

The conference, with its theme of “Sustainability for Humanity,” and sessions were held via technical research presentations, workshops conducted by HAC chair Prof. Paul Cunningham, Prof. Parkash Lohana, Prof. S N Singh, Dr. Ramakrishna Kappagantu, Prof Takako Hashimoto and tutorials conducted by Prof. Gamini Dissanayake University of Sydney, Australia. The conference included attractive video competitions and panel discussions organized by  IEEE WIE, IEEE YP and students participating enthusiastically in the conference community outreach projects funded by HAC.

Keynote and distinguished speakers included HAC Chair Prof. Paul Cunningham; Prof. Gamini Dissanayake from Sydney; Dr. Raj Madhavan from RAS SIGHT, Prof Kazau Kiguchi from Tokyo, Prof. Alan Purvis from UK.  The closing ceremony was facilitated by Mr. Amarnath Raja, the first R10 HTA Chair and founding member of IEEE Kerala Section SIGHT, and Prof. Yuli Zulkifli, Chair IEEE Indonesia Section where R10 HTC 2019 will be held. The program was ably conducted by  the Sri Lanka Section Chair Kithsiri Liyanage and Secretary Dilrukshi Gamage, and enjoyed by all who were able to attend.