Shanaka Ransiri

Shanaka graduated from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Moratuwa. His research interests are in the field of Computer Vision, Robotics and Machine Learning. During the final year of his first-degree, him with another three colleagues researched and developed an automated vehicle undercarriage inspection system. In his M.Sc research, he researched and analysed the benefits and pitfalls of different biometric technologies and proposed a multi-biometric system using face and ear. Along with that, he was researching to design a prototype system to validate the compliantness of facial observation to ICAO standard before the image is captured.

Previously, he has worked as a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Moratuwa. He likes to involve in projects which has a straight significance for the society and a tangible product. Shanaka’s objective is to make his competencies useful for the society by contributing to SUTD while widening his knowledge and research interests unboundedly.

Meanwhile, Shanaka likes to spend his free time with the family, watch movies, listen to music, play rugby, travel to new places and share thoughts with others.


  • Anusha W., Tharindu K., Chanaka S., Shanaka R., Yilei S., Suranga N., 2020, March. waveSense: Low PowerVoxel-tracking Technique for Resource Limited Devices. In Proceedings of the 11th Augmented Humans International Conference (AHs ’20), March 16–17, 2020, Kaiserslautern, Germany. ACM. [DOI], [PDF]
  • Boldu, R., Dancu, A., Matthies, D.J.C., Cascon, P.G., Ransir, S., and Nanayakkara, S. (2018). Thumb-In-Motion: Evaluating Thumb-to-Ring Microgestures for Athletic Activity. In Symposium on Spatial User Interaction (SUI ’18), Berlin, Germany. ACM. [DOI]
  • Anusha Withana, Shanaka Ransiri, Tharindu Kaluarachchi, Chanaka Singhabahu, Yilei Shi, Samitha Elvitigala, Suranga Nanayakkara, waveSense: Ultra Low Power Gesture Sensing Based on Selective Volumetric Illumination, In proceedings of the 29th Annual Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST '16) [PDF] [URL]
  • Shanaka Ransiri, Roshan Lalintha Peiris, Kian Peen Yeo and Suranga Nanayakkara. 2013. SmartFinger: Connecting Devices, Objects and People seamlessly. In Proceedings of the 24th conference of the computer-human interaction special interest group of Australia on Computer-human interaction(OZCHI ’13). ACM, New York, NY, USA. [PDF]
  • Kian Peen Yeo, Suranga Nanayakkara, and Shanaka Ransiri. 2013. StickEar: making everyday objects respond to sound. In Proceedings of the 26th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology (UIST ’13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 221-226. [PDF]
  • Ransiri S. and Nanayakkara S.C. “SmartFinger: An Augmented Finger as a Seamless ‘Channel’ between Digital and Physical Objects”, ACM SIGCHI Augmented Human, March, 2013. [PDF]
  • Ransiri S. and Nanayakkara S. C. “WatchMe: Wrist-worn interface that makes remote monitoring seamless”, ASSETS, 2012. [PDF]