A typical profile of research interests of the department would include :-
- Aviation Demand Forecasting and Market Choice Behaviour
- Public Transport Operations
- Fleet Planning and Management
- Fleet Scheduling and Routing
- Transport Policy
- Transport Safety Studies including Road Safety
- Transport Regulation
- Para Transit Operations
- Transport Fares and Pricing
- Urban Transport Planning
- Regional Transport Planning
- Management Information Systems for Transport
- ICT applications for transport operations
- Transport and social impact
- Human Resource Development and team development in the fields of transport, logistics, procurement and construction
- Project formulation, feasibility, economic analysis, risk management and project management of transport related infrastructure
- Productivity improvement of transport and logistics systems
- Management and control of air pollution caused by transport related activities
Undergraduate Research Projects
These are projects handled mostly by Final Year Undergraduate students under the direction of a supervisor who is an academic staff member, as part of their course work requirement for which they will receive a grade. Industry could contact the Coordinator of Undergraduate Research Projects Dr. N.P. Perera with request for investigating any typical industrial problem that would require a rigorous approach of research study and analysis.
Such offers are expected to provide a small monetary grant to students to cover their expenses for data collection, travel etc, but not exceeding Rs 20,000/-. Request for projects from industry would be approved by the Head of Department and included in the list of projects to be offered to students every year. Each year 50 research projects are completed by Final Year Students.
Post Graduate Research Projects
The Department offers MSc., MPhil and PhD research degrees, the details of which are found on the web site of the Post Graduate Studies Division of the Faculty of Engineering. The admission requirement for each research degree program varies. MSc degrees are a one-year full time programs, while the MPhil and PhD can be done either full time or part time basis and have a minimum time period of 2 years or more.
Applications for these programs should be made as per directions given by the Department. Those who wish to pursue these degree programs could contact the Research Coordinator Dr T. Sivakumar (firstname.lastname@example.org) in order to ascertain the availability of academic staff for supervision of such a program in the department. Small to moderate financial grants for such research studies are available from the University of Moratuwa, Senate Research Council. Such applications have to be made by the supervisor on obtaining approval of an application made by a students for registering for a research degree.
Short - Term Research
Openings also exist for graduates from a relevant discipline who wish to engage as Research Assistants on short term basis to assist an ongoing research project handled by a member of the academic staff. Such Research Assistants would be paid a monthly allowance and provided with required facilities for short term research work which may range from 3 to 6 months in most cases.
Collaborative Research & Studies
Research and Development is one of the important aspects for the development of the industry. The TLM Department is prepared to engage in collaborative research and studies with the industry to solve problems based on the expertise available within the department. It is envisioned that by the year 2010 the Department of TLM would become the largest academic department in the South Asia specializing in the transport sector.
Industry Sponsored Research Projects
The Department also undertakes research projects that are sponsored by industry, international agencies, government agencies etc. These may be contracted for a specific period of time and be agreed on mutual agreement based on scope, time and cost parameters. In certain cases, it may provide a source of funding for post graduate students enrolled for research degrees, by working for such projects especially when agencies which are their employers sponsor such research projects..