R4TLI 2016

Our Objective

R4TLI is an initiative that endeavors to promote research and development in the transport & logistics sector in Sri Lanka that would help diagnose its current issues and identify potential improvements based on scientific evidence. This annual research conference intends to build a platform where the needs of the industry can be discussed and scientific processes developed for rectification of issues can be showcases through research presentations.

Our Organisation

In this respect the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport Sri Lanka (CILT SL) partners the newly formed Society of Transport & Logistics Sri Lanka- a member of the Eastern Asia Society for Transport Studies (EASTS). It will also seek support from the Eastern Asia Society for Transport Studies (EASTS), along with government and private sector agencies in Sri Lanka.

Research Topics

  • Airline Operations
  • Airport Planning and Operations
  • Consumer and Demand Studies for Mobility
  • ERP Solutions for Transport & Logistics
  • Economic Appraisal of Transport & Logistics Projects
  • Freight Transport
  • ICT Solutions for Transport & Logistics
  • Intermodal Transport
  • Operations Management

  • Port Planning and Operations
  • Public Transport
  • Safety in Mobility
  • Shipping Operations
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Transport Planning
  • Transport Policy and Regulation
  • Urban Transport Planning
  • Warehousing and Inventory Management

Important Dates

February 01, 2016

Call for Abstracts

March 15, 2016

Abstract Submission

April 15, 2016

Acceptance Notification

May 15, 2016

Camera Ready Abstract/Paper

May 31, 2016

Submission of Slides for Presentation

June 3 – 4, 2017



  • Best Student Research

    Application of Applying Agent Based Modelling to Explore the Complexity of Public Recreational places: Case study: Weras Ganga Public Park, Sri Lanka

    Sonali Herath, Chathura De Silva

  • Best Research

    An assessment of mobile network big data based insights for transport planning in Sri Lanka

    M K D T Maldeniya, Sriganesh Loganathan, Amal S Kumarage

  • Best Research in Ports & Shipping

    Evaluation of Container Exchange between Carriers: A case study 

    Lalith Edirisinghe, Jin Zhihong

  • Best Research in Transport Planning & Policy

    Developing a Fare Index for Para Transit (The Case of Urban Three Wheeler Taxi service in Sri Lanka) 

    K A P M Kevitiyagala, Y M M S Bandara

  • Best Research in Supply Chain Management

    Assessing the Impact of Outsourcing and Internationalization over the Upstream Supply Chains of Apparel Industry

    Inshi Perera, Pradeepa Jayaratne

  • Best Research in Freight Forwarding & Logistics

    Application of GPS Vehicle Tracking Technology in Supply Chains of Sri Lanka 

    Rusirini Fernando, Nishal A Samarasekera

  • Best Research in Urban Transport & Road Safety

    Strategic interventions for improving transportation in Kandy City

    Janaka Weerawardena, Amal S Kumarage, I M S Sathyaprasad


Joint Organising Committee

Amal S. Kumarage
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

TL Gunaruwan
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Tissa Liyanage
Master Hellie’s Engineering Consultants, Sri Lanka

Pradeepa Jayaratne
University of Moratuwa

Terrance Mohanaraj
University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

Thivya Amalan
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Lasitha Kumaratunge
Hayley’s Advantis, Sri Lanka

Namalie Siyambalapitiya
Road Development Authority, Sri Lanka

Gayani de Alwis
Supply Chain Management Consultant, Sri Lanka

Ravi Edirisinghe
Freight Links, Sri Lanka

Lalith Edirisinghe
CINEC Campus, Sri Lanka

Ganga Samarasekera
SLIIT, Sri Lanka

Lionel Aluvihare (convenor)
CILT Secretariat, Sri Lanka

Maryse de Costa
CILT Secretariat, Sri Lanka

Scientific Committee

S C Wirasinghe (Co-chair)
University of Calgary

Amal S. Kumarage (Co-chair)
University of Moratuwa

University of Jaffna

Mahinda Bandara
University of Moratuwa

Steven Chien
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Lalith Edirisinghe
CINEC Campus

TL Gunaruwan
University of Colombo

Pradeepa Jayaratne
University of Moratuwa

Ganga Samarasekera

Review Panel

T Sivakumar
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Varuna Adikariwattage
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Upali Vandebona
University of New South Wales, Australia

Jagath Munasinghe
University of Moratuwa

Lina Kattan
University of Calgary, Canada

Babak Mehran
University of Regina, Canada

Qiang Meng
National University of Singapore, Singapore

Kuancheng Huang
National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Kazuhiko Ishiguro
Kobe University, Japan

Ryuichi Shibasaki
National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management, Japan

Daisuke Watanabe
Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan

Shinya Hanaoka
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Becky PY Loo
University of Hong Kong

Rohan Wickramasuriya
University of Wollongong, Australia

Industry Contributions

Industry leaders are requested to view this conference as a potential platform for collaboration with academia for developing new business areas and improving current performances. Industry leader will be requested to actively participate in the conference proceedings.

Call for Papers

Abstracts are called from researchers as per attached format. The following guidelines are provided for acceptance of papers for presentation and publication.

  • All papers should be based on industry relevance and fall within one or more of the identified conference topics given above.
  • A title and author names/affiliations page should be submitted by 28th Feb 2017.
  • An Extended Abstract of not more than 1000 words should be submitted on or before 15th April 2017.
  • Authors will be notified no later than 30th April 2017 on the acceptance of their Extended Abstracts.
  • Authors can submit Full Papers for review and publication to be submitted on or before 31st May 2017.
  • Authors could also submit a one page digital poster for display during the conference and separate publication especially for industry participants on or before 31st May.
  • The formats for above submissions are available at xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.


All papers submitted will be fully peer reviewed and accepted papers published as Proceedings of the conference in the new R4TLI journal to be launched in August 2017 either as a Special Issue of Conference Proceedings or in a regular issue.


  • There will be 15 minutes for each presentation and 10 minutes for questions.
  • It is recommended for presentations to be limited to 20 slides and to use font size of at least 20.

Digital Poster

All presenters are encouraged to submit a digital poster which will be printed and displayed at the conference. Since the conference is aimed at industry implementation of research, presenters are advised to use the digital poster to communicate the outputs and outcomes of their research as relevant to industry. These digital posters will also be published as proceedings along with the Extended Abstracts as a separate volume.


Several awards representing the best papers in each category and awards for students are being planned including the R4TLI Best Researcher and R4TLI Young Researcher Award. Awards will be made only for presentation for which full papers have been submitted by the due date. The quality of the extended paper, the presentation, the full paper as well as the digital poster, research process, scientific value, and industry relevance will be considered in the selection.