Conference Track - C
TRACK C: Advances in Basic Sciences towards Technological Development
Co-Chairs: Prof. Chandana Jayaratne Prof. Dhammike P Dissanayake
Coordinator: Dr. Neranga Abeyasinghe
Members: Dr. Dilushan Jayasundara Dr. Hasini Perera Dr. Hiran Jayaweera Dr. Anuradha Mahasinghe Dr. Manuja Lamabadusuriya Dr. Sashiprabha Vithanarachchi Dr. Thilini A Perera
The concepts in the basic natural sciences had advanced over the past couple of centuries giving rise to a multitude of applications. Starting from the basics of Mathematics to applications in Biology through the use of rudiments in Chemistry and Physics has become a driving force for the subsequent development of novel technologies. Therefore, in this track we would like to invite the investigators working at the intersection of basic and applied sciences to submit their paper(s) to be presented at this centenary conference.
Workshops / Special Sessions: Quantum Computing
EXPLORE TRACK C
We have 7 focus areas each of will focus on a specific set of topics. The details of the focus areas are given below.
The topics of interest include, but not limited to the following:
Nuclear Science, Technology and Applications
Since the adoption of nuclear technologies for the generation of energy and the preceding era of nuclear arms race the field has been a critical aspect in the history and the future of the world and still imparts an enormous impact. This focus area attempts to bring the basic and applied realms of nuclear sciences into one stage and to disseminate the novel technologies and safety discussions in the field.
Astronomy and Space Sciences
Instrumentation and Automation
Constructing and modifying instruments for scientific investigations and applications has been a fundamental driving force of many challenging science experiments. Also, automation solves many real world problems and allows solving a multiplicity of scientific problems. In this track, we intend to highlight these two absolutely critical aspects of scientific discovery.
Sensing, Spectroscopy and Electrochemistry
The ability to sense an external stimulus has been a very critical aspect in human civilization. Using optics (photons) or electrons to do materials characterization and sensing has developed dramatically over the past century and has an enormous potential in futuristic technologies. This focus area invites papers from the investigations in the fields of Spectroscopy, Electrochemistry and Sensing where basic sciences and applied sciences enjoy equal prominence and impact.
Materials science and technology
Advancements in materials science have been the preamble for many technological developments that we see today. With a predicted market size of USD 125 billion at a CAGR growth rate of over 9 % from 2019-2026 for advanced materials itself is a testimony to its superiority in driving the next generation of technologies. The field encompasses developments in all disciplines of sciences through a network of scientists working collaboratively towards the next big innovation. The recent developments in the field spans over materials modeling, design, synthesis, characterization and applications. The track invites abstracts and full papers of original research that cover a broad spectrum of materials science and technology. Topics include composites, polymers, metals and semiconductors, minerals, biomaterials, ceramics, nanomaterials, functional materials, etc. Theoretical and novel characterization techniques contributing towards the development in the field of materials science and technology are also welcome.
To ensure food security of an exponentially increasing world population, UN FAO predicted the need to double the global food production by 2050, compared the same in 2009. Achieving this increase in food production is extremely challenging and in the prevailing conditions, usage of inputs such as inorganic fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides etc. has become inevitable. However, use of these inorganic inputs lead to major negative implications in economies of countries, environment and the health of people and animals. Hence, ensuring food security and sustainable agricultural systems that minimize harmful effects and health hazards is extremely important. Emerging new technologies in IT will enable new applications to make farming more efficient and attractive. Precision agriculture will manage farms using smart IT to ensure crops and soil achieve optimum health and productivity. Smart IT solutions using the technologies such as artificial Intelligence, IoTs, sensors, and drones can be used in data analytics to automate irrigation and fertilizer schedules and enhance the efficiency of food growing practices. In return, this will ensure food security and people and animals' wellbeing with reduced environmental impact.
Quantum computers have provided promising solutions to several hard mathematical problems, which are intractable on even the most powerful classical computers. Being a highly cross-disciplinary field, quantum computing has drawn the attention of mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists and engineers. Here we organize the special session on Quantum computing to provide a platform for quantum computing researchers to share their recent results. Meanwhile, it is aimed at educating and facilitating the enthusiasts with the fundamentals and primary experience on using quantum computing platforms.