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Dr. Shyam Reyal

Senior Lecturer (Higher Grade)

Faculty of Computing | Information Technology

Career Summary

  • Senior Lecturer (Higher Grade) at the Department of Information Technology, Faculty of Computing, SLIIT
  • Group Chair - SLIIT-HCI Research Group
  • Lecturer in Charge - Human-Computer Interaction (IT3060), Software Engineering Concepts (CMP3003)
  • Research Project Supervisor - PhD, MPhil, MSc, Undergraduate Final Year Projects
  • Co-Investigator(CI) - Culturally Sensitive Autism Assessment Tool (CSAAT) - on World Bank AHEAD Funding
  • Member of Research Steering Committee of Faculty of Computing
  • Workshop Leader and Competition Leader - Algothon Contest for SLIIT CodeFest 2020


  • PhD in Computer Science - specialising in Human-Computer Interaction, University of St Andrews, UK
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Eng - specialising in Computer Science & Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka


Research Interests and Memberships

Research Interests

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • E-Learning and Education
  • Software Engineering
  • Process Automation


  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Special Interest Group for Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI), Colombo Chapter

Ongoing Research

  • Sinhalese Mobile Text Entry Comparison (SMTEC)
  • Marking Automation of Programming Assignments in Educational Institutions
  • Culturally Sensitive Autism Assessment Tool (CSAAT)
  • (MPhil) Health Information Systems enhanced by HCI Design Principles
  • (MPhil) Code Refactoring Based on Machine Learning
  • (MPhil) Speech-based end-to-end conversation management - speech recognition, dialogue management, and speech synthesis - for interaction between young children and robots
  • (MPhil) Automatic playlist generation based on narrated human feelings
  • (MPhil) Data-Driven marking automation using GCN Networks

My Publications

Conference Proceedings

  • Shyam Reyal, Vijani Piyawardana, Dilani Kaveendri   A Story of Two Surveys: For the Advancement of Sinhalese Mobile Text Entry Research  in International Conference in Advancements in Computing,  year 2020,  Malabe, Sri Lanka,    IEEE Sri Lanka,    10-11 December 2020,  

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