R4TLI 2018


Guest  Speaker

Prof. Rohan Samarajiva,

Chair of the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka/founding of LIRNEasia

Key Note Speaker

Prof. Naohiko HIBINO

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan

Key Note Speaker

Prof. Amal S Kumarage

Senior Professor/President of SLSTL

Industrial Showcase

Mr. Zulfer Jiffry

Founder / CEO – Pick Me


You may download the latest version of Conference Program here.

2018.07.06 _Conference Program - R4TLI 2018 Final


For contribution please visit page on sponsorship detail



Society of Transport & Logistics Sri Lanka (SLSTL), the domestic partner of the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies (EASTS), is organizing its 3rd nternational conference on Research for Transport and Logistics Industry (R4TLI) on 7th July 2018. Capture4TLI2018 is a photography exhibition, for the 2nd consecutive year, which captures issues and innovations in the Transport & Logistics sector in Sri Lanka.


A contestant is allowed to submit a maximum of 3 entries of his/her own illustrating either a critical aspect of issues faced by people in meeting their mobility needs or innovative transport/logistics solution/s to meet such issues. Email the entries to naleendealwis90@gmail.com with “Capture4TLI 2018” in the subject on or before (EXTENDED) 6th of July 2018 not later than 10AM indicating the following in the body;

  1. Full Name
  2. Contact Number
  3. Residential address
  4. Affiliation (if any)
  5. Short write-up describing the story of your capture (not more than 40 words)

Specification for Photograph:

  • Digital Image with file name and format as “Name_Initials_PhotoNumber.jpg”
  • Minimum Resolution 4R (1200 * 1800) <Reduced from 8R>
  • Color or Monochrome
  • Best five (5) captures will be invited to present at the R4TLI conference and the winner will be awarded a cash prize of Rs. 15,000/=


The digital capture/s must be emailed on or before 6st of July 2018 10AM

2018.07.04 Capture4TLI 2018


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.

Instructions for Authors

  • Slide Template is attached here. Kindly use same to prepare your presentation slides. Please save your presentation in lower version (i.e. 2003 version or below).
  • The presentation would be for 15 minutesand presenters are requested to time their presentations.
  • The number of slides should not exceed 20. Less than 15 is preferred.
  • There will be 10 minutesfor question and answers.
  • The minimum font size to be used in the slides is size 14 (in tables). Main texts should not be smaller than size 18.
  • You should submit both “ppt” and “pdf” files of your presentation on or before 29th June, 2018 to editor-r4tli@slstl.lk
  • Please find your session number from the updated conference program (i.e. A1.1)
  • Save your file according to your session number (i.e R4TLI-A1.1)
  • If any further clarification needed contact Ms Thivya (+94775212590) or Ms Uthpalee (+94702228071)
  • A number of Awards will be awarded during the last session (closing ceremony) for the Best Research under several categories based on submitted paper and conference presentation adjudged by a panel judges during presentation.
  • Presenter is requested to submit a Biographical Summary (form can be found here) along with presentation on or before 29th June, 2018 to editor-r4tli@slstl.lk

Good luck to be the winner of a Best Research

Poster Presentation

Instructions for Poster Presentation (Download here)

  • Poster presenters should prepare their presentation to an A0 paper (W: 841mm x H: 1189mm) size – portrait orientation in advance and bring them to the conference.
  • On-site printing service is NOT available.
  • Posters could be mounted (Stapled: organizers will facilitate mounting) to the wooden frame of about W: 900mm x H: 1200mm provided at the conference hall
  • Poster presenters are required to present their poster during both poster sessions [Morning (10:30-11:00) & Evening (15:45-16:15) tea breaks).
  • Top most area must contain; (a) Title, (b) Authors Name/s, Affiliation/s.

General Guidelines

  • Important information should be readable from about 10 feet away
  • Keep content SIMPLE (E.g.; Problem Statement or Project Purpose, Methodology or Approach, Conclusions, Recommendations)
  • Word count of about 300 to 800words
  • Effective use of graphics, color and fonts is encouraged
  • Preferable Font Sizes –
    • Title: 60 pts
    • Body and headings: 30 pts
    • Text: no smaller than 18 pts
  • Use of bullets, numbering, and headlines ensuring that it is easy to read
  • Consistent and clean layout
  • Includes acknowledgments, your name and institutional affiliation
  • Authors are expected toprepare a brief (up to 5 minute) oral presentation for delivering to small audiences gathered around the poster


The following awards are being planned. Each session will adjudged by panel of judges. Research 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 and the full paper, research process, scientific value, and industry relevance will be considered in the selection. In addition, the best Photographic Exhibit out of the five photography showcases related to Transport & Logistics.

    • Overall Best Research in Transport & Logistics 75,000/=
    • Best Undergraduate Research in Transport & Logistics 50,000/=
    • Best Research in Supply chain and Warehouse Management 50,000/=
    • Best Research in Logistics and Freight Operations 50,000/=
    • Best Research in Public Transport 50,000/=
    • Best Research in Highways and Safety 50,000/=
    • Best Research in Urban Transport and Planning 50,000/=
    • Best Photographic Exhibit in Transport & Logistics 15,000/=

Organising Committee (OC)

Dr T Sivakumar (Conference Chair )
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Prof Amal Kumarage (President – SLSTL)
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Dr Pradeepa Jayaratne (Secretary – SLSTL)
Freelance Consultant

Eng. Nishal Samarasekera (Treasurer – SLSTL)
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Dr T L Gunaruwan (Editor)
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Dr Jayalath Edirisinghe (Chair – Photography Exhibition) 
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Dr.Lalith Edirisinghe
CINEC Maritime Campus

Eng (Mrs) . Namalie Siyambalapitiya
Road Development Authority, Sri Lanka

Dr Tissa U Liyanage
Master Hellie’s Engineering Consultants (Pvt.) Ltd, Sri Lanka

Ms Thivya P Amalan
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Dr Ganga Samarasekera
University of Sri Jayawardhanapura, Sri Lanka

Ms Kaushalya Herath
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Ms Uthpalee Hewage
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Mr Naleen De Alwis
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Ms. Shashini Ranabahu 
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Mr Naleen De Alwis 
Ocean University, Sri Lanka

Mr. Biman Hettiarachchi 
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Editorial Committee  (EC)

Dr. T Lalithasiri Gunaruwan [Chairperson]
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Dr. Lalith Edirisinghe
CINEC Maritime Campus, Sri Lanka

Ms. Thivya P Amalan
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Ms. Chathuni Uduwela
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Ms. Uthpalee Hewage
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Mr. Asith Hettiarachchi
Staffordshire University, United Kingdom

Review Panel (RP)

Prof Chan Wirasinghe (Co-Chair)

University of Calgary, Canada

Prof Amal S Kumarage

University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Prof. Jin Zhihong

Dalian Maritime University, China

Prof. Jing LU

Dalian Maritime University, China

Prof. Kuancheng Huang

National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Prof Nelson Perera

University of Wollongong, Australia

Prof. Qingcheng Zeng

Dalian Maritime University, China

Prof R.A Attalage

University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Prof Shivananda Swamy

CEPT University, India

Prof. Steven Chien

New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey

Prof Tomoya Kawasaki

Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Prof. Xinlian XIE

Dalian Maritime University, China

Dr A.G.T. Sugathapala

University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Dr Admiral Jayanath Colombage

Center for Indo-Lanka relations of the Pathfinder foundation, Sri Lanka

Dr Asif Faiz

International Transport Consultant, USA

Dr Darshi Piyathilake

Cranfield University, United Kingdom

Dr. Ganga Samarasekera

University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka

Dr Indika Sigera

University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Dr Lalith Edirisinghe

CINEC Campus, Sri Lanka

Dr Lee Styger

University of Wollongong, Australia

Dr. Mahinda Bandara

University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Dr P M Dunusinghe

University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Dr Pradeepa Jayaratne

Sri Lanka

Dr Prem Samaranayake

University of Western Sydney, Australia

Dr Ravin Thilakaratne

University of Calgary, Canada

Dr Senevi Kiridena

University of Wollongong, Australia

Dr T. Sivakumar

University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Dr Tilak Siyambalapitiya

Resource Management Associates (Pvt) Limited, Sri Lanka

Dr Tilmann Böhme

University of Wollongong, Australia

Dr Tissa U Liyanage

Master Hellie’s Engineering Consultants (Pvt.) Ltd, Sri Lanka

Dr Upali Vandebona

University of New South Wales, Australia

Eng Nishal Samarasekera

University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Ms Deepthi Wicramasinghe

Queensland Unversity, Australia

Ms Harishani Liyanage

University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Ms Shireka Layangani

University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Our Objective

R4TLI is an initiative that endeavors to promote research and development in the transport & logistics sector in Sri Lanka and the region 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.

Date & Venue


7th July 2018


Water’s Edge

Research Topics

The 1 day conference will include peer reviewed presentations of research work from international and local researchers as well as research students on topics of direct local relevance under the following areas:

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

  • ICT Solutions for Transport & Logistics
  • Inter-modal Transport
  • Public Transport
  • Rural Transport
  • Safety in Mobility
  • Shipping Operations
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Transport Planning
  • Transport Economics, Policy and Regulation
  • Urban Transport
  • Warehousing and Inventory Management

Important Dates

February 15, 2018

Close of Titles and Author Names

March 30, 2018

Deadline for Submission of Extended Abstracts

May 1, 2018

Acceptance Notification of Extended Abstract and Invitation to Submit Full Paper

May 31, 2018

Deadline for submission of revised extended abstracts

June 15, 2018

Deadline for registration.

Authors/Presenters please note the above registration deadline to conform your participation

July 7, 2018

The 3 rd  International Conference on Research for Transport and

Logistics Industry (R4TLI 2018)

July 31, 2018

Deadline for submission of full papers.

August 31, 2018

Deadline for submission of final papers

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 15th Feb 2018.
  • An Extended Abstract of not more than 1000 words should be submitted on or before 30th March 2018.
  • Authors will be notified no later than 1st May 2018 on the acceptance of their Extended Abstracts.
  • Authors can submit Full Papers for review and publication to be submitted on or before 31st July 2018.
  • Based on recommendations of independent Reviewers and of the panel of judges at the Conference, the authors of selected Extended Abstracts of acceptable quality will be invited to submit Full Papers, in view of publishing those either in the SLSTL’s double-blind peer-reviewed
  • Authors are invited to submit the title and authors name on or before February 15, 2018 to editor-r4tli@slstl.lk. Extended abstracts of 1000 words should be submitted to the editor-r4tli@slstl.lk by the deadline of March 30, 2018. Abstract submission instructions are attached below. Authors will be notified of the decision pertaining to acceptance of extended abstracts by May 1st, 2018.
  • The formats for above submissions are available below: