The 5th International Conference on Information Technology Research (ICITR 2020) was held from 2nd to 4th December 2020. This is an annual event organized by the Information Technology Research Unit (ITRU), which is the research dissemination arm of the Faculty of Information Technology, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Considering the restrictions made in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic the event was held as an innovative virtual conference.
The theme of the conference was ‘Towards the New Digital Enlightenment’. The conference’s main focus was to provide a forum to discuss the rapid advances being made in research and development in Digital Transformation. The conference scope included subareas of ICT including but not limited to Web Intelligence, Network Mobility Management, Embedded Systems, Decision Making and Risk Management, Psycholinguistics and Language Processing, Cognitive Mechanisms of Decision Making, Artificial Intelligence, etc.
Prof. Kento Morita, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Mie University, Japan, Dr. Varuna De Silva, Senior Lecturer in Machine Intelligence at Loughborough University, the United Kingdom and Prof. Genci Capi, Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hosei University, Japan delivered the key note speeches at the Session 1, Session 2 and Session 3 respectively.
The conference offered a panel discussion on the topic ‘The Role of Information Technology in Tomorrow's World’. Mrs. Vishaka Nanayakkara, Chairperson-Centre for Open & Distance Learning (CODL), University of Moratuwa; Mr. Nuwan Perera, Vice President Commerce, IFS R&D International Ltd; Mr. Thilan Kannangara, Manager, Digital Customer Service, Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. served as the panel members. The panel was moderated by the Professor Chandimal Jayawardena, Dean, Faculty of Computing, Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology.
ICITR 2020 was technically co-sponsored by IEEE Sri Lanka Section, IEEE Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) and IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Sri Lanka Section. All the accepted papers to the ICITR 2020 indexed in IEEE Xplore Database. The main financial sponsor of the conference was CodeGen (Pvt) Ltd. ICITR 2020 received around 65 research papers, and 26 papers were accepted by maintaining the acceptance ratio around 42%. Papers which were not selected for full paper publication in ICITR 2020 had been considered as short papers for the ITRU Research Symposium 2020 with the aim of providing constructive feedback for young researchers.
The 6th International Conference on Information Technology Research (ICITR 2021) will be held 1-3 December, 2021 at the University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.