Dept of Electronic and Telecommunication in collaboration with Future Drones (pvt) Ltd. successfully held the first ever Drone Symposium in Sri Lanka on 28th September 2017 at SLIDA main auditorium. Hon. Champika Ranawaka, Miniser of Megapolis and Western Development graced the symposium as the Chief Guest while Prof. Ananda Jayawardana, vice chancellor of the University was the guest of honour. Vidya Jyothi Prof (Emeritus) K K Y W Perera, Deans of the Faculties, Representatives from many institutions including NSF, Survey Dept, Civil Aviation Authority, NRC, ACCMT, MoST, COSTi, UNDP, and Land use policy planning department, and representatives from Police Department, STF, Army, Navy and Air Force, representatives from the industries such as Dialog Axiata, Mobitel, IWMI also took part.
The objectives of the Symposium were to improve awareness among the government and private organizations and the military and low enforcement institutions about the potential use of drone technology, and to unveil the locally developed drones at the University of Moratuwa by the Dept of Electronic and Telecommunication engineering and its start-up company future Drones (pvt) ltd.
Four locally developed ready-to-deploy drones named (1) CeyBee, (2) CeyTwin, (3) CeyHawk, (4) CeyHex and three experimental drones named (1) CeyHornet, and (2) CeyBeeetle were presented at the Symposium. These drones are intended for aerial surveillance, aerial surveying, precision agriculture, package delivery, disaster management, and industrial inspection.
Prof. Rohan Munasinghe presented the development history of local drones starting as a final year project in 2007. Mr. Nilesh Sooriarachchi and Mr. Sominda Gamage presented the local drones and the present projects. Hon Minister appreciated the local drone development and Prof. Ananda Jayawardana described the product development and commercialization process, which made the drone deployment possible at the University of Moratuwa Participants were encouraged to make use of the local drones instead of importing them from abroad at huge costs with limited service afterwards.