Sida PhD Project (1999-2002; 2003-2010)


Donor: Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)

Through the PhD programme 20 PhD students - all members of the academic staff of Sri Lankan universities conduct their studies towards their Doctorate degrees at Swedish universities. Half of the year they are at their home universities in Sri Lanka, and the other half in Sweden.

Phase I of the programme (1999-2002) trained 8 candidates.

1. Dr. T.N.K. De Zoysa PhL (2000), PhD (2003) Stockholm University
2. Dr. P.M. Jayaweera PhL (2002), PhD (2004) Stockholm University
3. Mr. S.J. Paheerathan PhL (2003) Stockholm University
4. Mrs. K.M.S. Liyanage
5. Ms. D.E.W.V. Nanayakkara PhL (2003)
6. Ms. M.A.L. Kalyani PhL (2003)
7. Mr. K.P.M.K. Silva Uppsala University
8. Dr. H.L. Premaratne PhL (2003), PhD(2005)

Phase II of the programme (1st October 2003 - 30th September 2007) was implemented from Oct 2003 to June 2010 after an extension from 1st October 2007 to 30th June 2010. Candidates commended their research in 2004 and completed between 2009 and 2011.

Project Value: 14,000,000 (Swedish Krona)

Funds Received: 58,572,272.00 (Rs)

Remark: 89% complete

12 students from Sri Lankan Universities enrolled for this programme and 2 left prior to completion. Out of the remaining 10, 8 students have completed and currently work in the local Universities. Supervisors also identified.

  1. Ms. Thashmee M. Karunaratne PhL (2007) Stockholm University [Prof Henrik Bostrom & Dr. A S Karunananda]
  2. Mr. Gunaratnam Pratheepan - drop out [Prof. Bjorn Pehrson & Dr. Sanath Jeyasena]
  3. Dr. E.A.T. Ananda Edirisuriya PhL (2007), PhD (2009) Stockholm University [Prof. Paul Johannesson, Dr. G N Wikramanayake & Dr. P M Jayaweera]
  4. Mr. M.D. Rasika N. Dayarathne PhL (2007) Stockholm University [Prof Louise Yngström and Prof Simone Fischer-huebner & Dr. T N K de Zoysa]
  5. Dr. Taraka S. Ilayperuma PhL (2007), PhD (2010) Stockholm University [Prof. Paul Johannesson, Dr. G N Wikramanayake & Dr. P M Jayaweera]
  6. Mr. D. Sampath Deegalla PhL (2009) Stockholm University [Prof. Henrik Boström, Dr. K S Welgama & Dr. K B N Rathnayake]
  7. Mr. Suthakar Somaskandan - drop out Uppsala University [Prof. Ewert Bengtsson & Dr.N D Kodikara]
  8. Dr. Mahen C. Jayawardena PhL (2007), PhD (2010) Uppsala University [Dr. S Holmgren & Dr. A R Weerasinghe]
  9. Mr. Thabotharan Kathiravelu PhL (2007) Uppsala University [Arnold Pears & Dr. D N Ranasinghe]
  10. Dr. (Ms) U. Amalka J. Pinidiyaarachchi PhD (2009) Uppsala University [Prof. Carolina Wählby, Prof. Ewert Bengtsson & Dr. P M K Alahakoon]
  11. Dr. M. Rajitha Udawalpola PhD (2010) Uppsala University [Prof. Martin Berggren & Prof. Rathnajeevan Hoole]
  12. Dr. Manivasakan Sabesan PhL (2007), PhD (2010) Uppsala University [Prof. Tore Risch & Dr. G N Wikramanayake]
  • Manivasakan Sabesan: Querying Mediated Web Services, Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, Licentiate theses, 2007-001.
  • Thabotharan Kathiravelu: Towards Content Distribution in Opportunistic Networks, Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, Licentiate theses, 2007-003.
  • Mahen Jayawardena: Parallel Algorithms and Implementations for Genetic Analysis of Quantitative Traits, Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, Licentiate theses, 2007-005.
  • Tharaka Ilayperuma: Reference Ontology - Towards the Interoperability between Business Modelling Ontologies, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, Licentiate thesis, 2007-011.
  • Ananda Edirisuriya: On the Alignment of Business Models and Process Models, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, Licentiate thesis, 2007-012.
  • Rasika Dayarathne: Towards comparing personal information privacy protection measures, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, Licentiate thesis, 2007-018.
  • Thashmee M. Karunaratne: Graph Propositionalization for Learning from Structured Data, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, Licentiate thesis, 2007.
  • Sampath Deegalla: Towards Improving Performance of Nearest Neighbor Classification in High Dimensions, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, Licentiate thesis, 2009.
  • Ananda Edirisuriya: Design Support for e-Commerce Information Systems using Goal, Business and Process Modelling, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, Doctoral thesis, 2009.
  • Amalka Pinidiyaarachchi: Digital Image Analysis of Cells : Applications in 2D, 3D and Time, Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, Doctoral theses, 2009-596.
  • Manivasakan Sabesan: Querying Data Providing Web Services, Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, Doctoral theses, 2010.
  • Tharaka Ilayperuma: Improving E-Business Design through Business Model Analysis, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, Doctoral thesis, 2010.
  • Mahen Jayawardena: An e-Science Approach to Genetic Analysis of Quantitative Traits, Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, Doctoral theses, 2010-708.
  • Rajitha Udawalpola: Shape Optimization for AcousticWave Propagation Problems, Department of Information Technology, Uppsala University, Doctoral theses, 2010-709.


Project Management Committee

This project was managed by the University of Colombo School of Computing.