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Dr. Shyam Reyal

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Computing | Information Technology

Career Summary

  • Director
    • SLIIT-Innovate
  • Assistant Professor
    • Department of IT, Faculty of Computing
  • Lecturer in Charge
    • Human-Computer Interaction (IT3060)
    • Visual Analytics and User Experience Design (IT4031)
    • Software Engineering Concepts (COMP3003) - Curtin
    • Object Oritented Software Engineering (COMP2003) - Curtin
    • Software Engineering Practices (IT5030)
    • Rapid Application Development (SE5100)
  • Consulting Lecturer
    • Industrial Placement Module (IT3110)
  • Principal Investigator
    • Sinhala Mobile Text Entry Comparison (SMTEC)
  • Co-Investigator
    • Culturally Sensitive Autism Assessment Tool (CSAAT)
  • Project Supervisor
    • MPhil - 5 projects (2020-)
    • MSc - 3 projects (2021-22)
    • BSc 4th year - 6 projects (2021-22)
    • Curtin Capstone - 4 projects (2022-)
  • Staff Advisor
    • SLIIT CodeFest Algothon Workshop Series and Competition, 2020-2021
    • SLIIT Xtreme Competition, 2021
    • IEEE Xtreme Competition in SLIIT, 2021
  • Previous
    • Senior Lecturer (Higher Grade), Department of IT, Faculty of Computing (03/2020-02/2022)
    • Convener - Computing for Inclusive and Equitable Society (CIES) Research Group (06/2021-10/2021)
    • Group-Chair - SLIIT-HCI Research Group (04/2020 - 06/2021)
    • Member of Faculty Research Committee (10/2020-04/2021)



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


  • Supervised B.Sc. Y4 projects selected for
    • NBQSA 2021 - Merit Award
    • Imagine Cup 2022 - World Finals

Research Interests and Memberships

Research Interests

  • Human-Computer Interaction (primary)
  • E-Learning and Education
  • Software Engineering
  • Workplace Process Automation
  • Productivity Enhancement


  • General Secretary
    • ACM SIGCHI Colombo Chapter (2021)

Ongoing Research

  • Collaborative Projects
    • Culturally Sensitive Autism Assessment Tool (CSAAT)
    • Sinhalese Mobile Text Entry Comparison (SMTEC)
  • MPhil Supervision and Co-Supervisions
    • Reducing Technology Induced Errors in Health Information Systems 
    • Code-Smell Detection and Automatic Refactoring
    • Marking Automation of Programming Assignments
    • Music Playlist Generator Based on Narrated Human Feelings
  • MSc Supervision
    • Intelligent Digital Personal Assistant
    • Effect of Online Gaming and Social Media on Personal Wellbeing
  • BSc 4th year (CDAP) Supervision
    • Automatic Generator or Self-Paced Course Materials and Assessments
    • Voice-Coding for Differently-abled users
    • Mobile App for Virtual Cloth Fitton-Room Service
    • Personal Finance Management Mobile App
    • Adaptive Learning Styles based LMS 
    • Automated Feedback for Video Presentations
  • Curtin BSc 3rd year (CCP) Supervision
    • CDAP management system with automatic student-supervisor allocation, bidding, recommendation, and mark-entering system
    • MIS for SLIIT-Innovate with project-team recomender system
    • Alternative Communication for disabled Sinhalese-typists using Gaze-typing using eyetracking on webcam
    • Decision Support System for semi-automated instructor allocation for faculties 
  • Previous Supervision
    • Smart Library Management System
    • Tracking and Surveillance System for COVID-19
    • Automatic UI Generation ensuring SDLC Artefact Consistency and HCI Best Practices
    • Embedding AR in Realtime Media Production
    • Automated Programming Assignment Marking and Plagiarism Detection
    • Automatic UI Simplication in ERP Systems using UCID Design Process (MSc)
    • Framework for Selecting ERP Implementation Partner using DT Process (MSc)
    • Online Learning and Asessment for Primary School Students (BSc 4th year)
    • Self-help Mobile App for Mental Health Patients (BSc 4th year)
    • Intelligent Applicant Ranking System using NLP (BSc 4th year)
    • Intelligent Digital Personal Assistant Mobile App (BSc 4th year)

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,  
  • Thilmi Kuruppu, Janani Tharmaseelan, Chamari Silva, Udara Srimath S. Samaratunge Arachchillage, Kalpani Manathunga, Shyam Reyal, Nuwan Kodagoda and Thilini Jayalath   Source Code based Approaches to Automate Marking in Programming Assignments  in 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Education,  year 2020,      SCITEPRESS,      
  • Janani Tharmaseelan, Dr. Kalpani Manathunga, Dr. Shyam Reyal, Dr. Dharshana Kasthurirathna, Tharsika Thurairasa   Revisit of automated marking techniques for programming assignments  in IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference,  year 2021,  Vienna, Austria,    IEEE,      
  • Liyanage A.N;A.G.A. Madhushanka D;U.M. Uduwara L;W.M.S. D Jayarathne;Samanthi Siriwardana;Shyam Reyal;W.K. Mithsara M   ScheduleME - Smart Digital Personal Assistant for Automatic Priority Based Task Scheduling and Time Management  in 2nd Global Conference for Advancement in Technology (GCAT),  year 2021,  Bangalore, India,  pp.1-6,  IEEE,      14/11/2021

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