Keynote Speakers

Prof. Alun Lloyd
North Carolina State University,USA



Prof. Alun Lloyd is a mathematical biologist and a Professor of Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics at the North Carolina State University. He is also the Director of Centre for Quantitative Sciences in Biomedicine, the Biomathematics Gradate Program and the Research Training Group in Mathematical Biology at North Carolina State University.

Prof. Lloyd’s main research work concerns mathematical biology with a particular interest in mosquito-borne infections. He obtained his B.Sc. degree in Mathematics from Trinity College, Cambridge and Ph.D. from Oxford University, UK in 1996. He also had his postdoctoral training at Oxford University before moving to North Carolina State University as Faculty in 2003.

Prof. Maithree Wickramasinghe
University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Prof. Maithree Wickramasinghe is a Professor in English and the founding Director of the Center for Gender Studies at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.She is also a visiting Professor at the Center for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER), School of Education and Social Work, University of Sussex, United Kingdom.

Prof. Wickramasinghe’s main research interests includes gender studies such as gender equality, a scan of gender sensitive laws, feminist-research methodology, etc. She is an Associate Director for the forthcoming Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia on Gender and Sexuality Studies.

She obtained her B.A. degree in English from King’s College, University of London, UK, M.A. degree in women’s studies from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and Ph.D. in Women’s Studies/Education from University of London, UK.

Dr. Herath Manthrithilake
International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka



Dr. Herath Manthrithilake is a Senior Researcher and the Head of Sri Lanka Development Initiative of International Water Management Institute (IWMI) of Sri Lanka.

His main research concerns stochastic hydrology and focuses on river flow regimes as Markov Chains, modeling and simulation for the management of river cascades – regulation, and use for agricultural and hydro power production.He obtained his M.Sc. in Water Resource Engineering from International Friendship University in Moscow USSR and Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resource Management from the Moscow Civil Engineering Institute, Moscow, USSR.

Dr. Manthrithilake has over 35 years of experience in dealing with water-related issues and irrigation management. He has experience in leading multidisciplinary and multicultural research teams in many countries and has extensive experience in serving in many National Science committees. He served as the Director of Planning and Monitoring Unit of Mahaweli Authority, Sri Lanka before joining IWMI as a Senior Researcher in 2002

Dr. Dirk Kindermann
University of Vienna in Austria.



Dr. Dirk Kindermann is a philosopher of language and an Assistant Professor in Philosophy at the University of Vienna in Austria.

His main research concerns the interaction of linguistic meaning with context in semantics and pragmatics. His wider research interests include issues in the philosophy of mind, epistemology, and feminist philosophy. He has written on relativism, truth, mental attitudes and content, knowledge, and communication, and matters of taste. He is co-editor of two books forthcoming with Oxford University Press, “Unstructured Content” and “The Fragmented Mind”, and a member of the German research network “The Semantics and Metasemantics of Context-Sensitive Language”.

Dr. Kindermann received his BA from Catholic University Leuven, Belgium, his MA from Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany, and his PhD from University of St Andrews, Scotland. Before joining the Institute of Philosophy in Vienna, he was a postdoc researcher at Rutgers University, New Jersey, and Assistant Professor at the University of Graz in Austria.

Dr. Harshana Liyanage
University of Oxford



Dr Harshana Liyanage is a Research Fellow in Clinical Informatics at the Department of Primary Health Care Science, University of Oxford. He is the secretary of the Primary Care Health Informatics Working Group in both the European Federation of Medical Informatics and the International Medical Informatics Association. He is an associate editor of the British Medical Journal – Health & Care Informatics Journal. 

 During the past few years, he has been involved in a number of European projects profiling and linking health databases for epidemiological studies. His current research focus is on developing case-finding algorithms and ontologies for supporting routine health data analysis. 

 Dr Liyanage obtained a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Peradeniya and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Surrey, UK