6th International Conference
Research for Transport and Logistics Industry (R4TLI) – 2021
16th October 2021 (09:30 ~ 16:00)
Opening Session (Click Here to Enter Zoom -Room A)
09:00 – 09:05 Opening
09:05 – 09:15 Welcome Address: Prof. Pradeepa Jayaratne, Vice President, SLSTL and Conference Chair, R4TLI 2021
09:15 – 09:35 Keynote Address: Dr. K Ramamurthy, Ex-Chief Mechanical Engineer, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC)
09:35 – 09:45 Post Keynote Address Discussion with Discussant: Prof. Amal S. Kumarage, Senior Professor, Department of Transport and Logistics Management, University of Moratuwa
09:45 – 09:55 Sponsor Videos (SAGT, CINEC, egis, GISST, MHEC)
09:55 – 10:00 Introduction to Journal of South Asian Logistics and Transport (JSALT) Published by SLSTL: Prof. T. L. Gunaruwan, Vice President, SLSTL and Editor-in-chief, JSALT
10:00 – 10:05 Virtual Conference Guidelines
Technical Session 01 (Duration: 10:05 – 12:35)
Track No. A1 (Click Here to Enter Zoom-Room A) B1 (Click Here to Enter Zoom-Room B)
Session Name Transport Planning Maritime and Logistics
10:05 – 10:30
A1.1 Introduction of Two-way Center Turn Lane in Sri Lanka B1.1 Analysis of Identifying Geopolitical and Economic Threats to the Port of Colombo
  P.M. Dharmasena, W.M.V.S.K. Wickramasinghe,
N. Amarasingha
  J.R.N.T. Gunawardana, Lalith Edirisinghe
10:30 – 10:55
A1.2 Line Capacity Analysis for Adding New Connecting Trains for Increasing the Ridership Between Polgahawela and Kurunegala. B1.2 The Economic Impact of Port Operation at Port of Hambantota on Regional Development & Industries
  H.A.N. Shalanka, S.N. Bentotage   Duminda Sanjeewa Ranaweera, Indika Sigera
10:55 – 11:20
A1.3 A Study the Railway-Roadway Level Crossing Safety B1.3 Study the affecting factors for break bulk vessel turnaround time at port of colombo
  Kulasingham Ragulan, Niranga Amarasingha    
11:20 – 11:45
A1.4 A Comparative Study of Traffic Flow Models: A Case Study in Colombo, Sri Lanka B1.4 Reducing Container Inventory Management Cost: The Smart use of Internet of things (IoT)
  Amani Karunathilake, Praveen Perera, Oshadhi Herath,
T. Sivakumar, Amal S. Kumarage
  Hansa Edirisinghe, Dilhani De Silva
11:45 – 12:10
A1.5 Interpretation of Trip Generation Results for Transport Planning Activities B1.5 Maritime Logistics Research in South Asia: A Systematic Review
  Nipuni Wickramanayake, Hasini Jayasekara, Tharushi Gamage, Sabeen Sharic   Buddhi A. Weerasinghe, H. Niles Perera
12:10 – 12:35
A1.6 Empirical Study of the COVID-19 influence on Travel Behavior in Sri Lanka    
  Akalanka Jayasinghe, Anushka Gunawardana    
12:35 – 13:00 Lunch Break
  Sponsor Video (SAGT)
Technical Session 02 (Duration: 13:05 – 14:45)
Track No. A2 (Click Here to Enter Zoom-Room A) B2 (Click Here to Enter Zoom-Room B)
Session Name Urban Transport Supply Chain
13:05 – 13:30
A2.1 Navigation App and Future Spatial Thinking: Impacts of Mobile Navigation App on Traveler Route Choice B2.2 Process Improvement Initiatives in Supply Chains: A Structured Literature Review
  Vindaya Garusinghe, Amila Jayasinghe   Ashani Piyatilake, Imesha Denagama Vitharanage, Amila Thibbotuwawa
13:30 – 13:55
A2.2 Novel Deep Learning and GIS-based Approach for Road Inventory Survey B2.3 The Role of Supplier Switching Costs and Supply Chain Responsiveness
  Sahan Wanniarachchi, Hasintha Lindamullage,
Amila Jayasinghe, Sanjaya Bandara
  G.C. Isuru Gunarathne, Amila Thibbotuwawa, H. Niles Perera
13:55 – 14:20
A2.3 Road Map for Electrification of Last-mile Urban Freight Vehicles: Case Study of Three Indian Cities – Ahmedabad, Delhi and Surat B2.4 Factors Influencing the Implementation Green Supply Chain Management Practices in a Supermarket: A Sri Lankan Case
  H.M. Shivanand Swamy, Shalini Sinha, Khelan Modi, Dhvani Sanghvi, Nausheen Chippa, Yamini Khurana, Dennis Jose   P.T. Ranil S. Sugathadasa, Harsha Chamara Hewage, H. Niles Perera, Disnaka Dharmarathna
14:20 – 14:45
A2.4 Understanding the Users’ Perception on Value Added Services in Long Distance Super Luxury and Luxury Buses in Sri Lanka
  Thambipillai Saranyan, Uthpalee Hewage  
Closing Session and Awards Ceremony (Click Here to Enter Zoom-Room A)
14:45 – 14:55 Industry Showcase by Hayleys Advantis Limited
14:55 – 15:35 Chief Guest’s Address: “Towards a Net Zero Carbon Economy: Our Role” by Dr. Priyantha D. C. Wijayatunga, Chief of Energy Sector Group, Asian Development Bank
15:35 – 15:55 Announcement of Awards: Prof. T. L. Gunaruwan, Vice President, SLSTL and Editor-in-chief, R4TLI 2021
15:55 – 16:00 Vote of Thanks: Mr. Danushka Perera, Secretary, SLSTL
  Sponsor Video (SAGT)






The Sri Lanka Society of Transport and Logistics (SLSTL) is pleased to announce that, for the 6th consecutive year the society will be organizing the Research for Transport and Logistics Industry (R4TLI) – 2021. The conference will be held on the 16th of October 2021, virtually.

The conference will have an opening session with a keynote speech and a closing session with a panel discussion of industry professionals and an award ceremony. Around 30 research papers will be presented and an online presence of around 100 participants are expected.

We encourage all of you, academics and professional interested in research and development of the transport and logistics industry to join us.

Research for Transport and Logistics Industry (R4TLI)

Research for Transport and Logistics Industry (R4TLI) is an initiative that endeavors to promote research and development of the transport and logistics industry in Sri Lanka, and the region helping diagnose its current issues and identify potential improvements and sustainable solutions based on scientific evidence. The annual research conference intends to build a platform where the issues of the industry can be discussed and scientific processes developed for rectification of issues, showcased through research presentations. The inaugural R4TLI conference, in 2016 was attended by 200+ participants from several countries and showcased nearly 50 papers. SLSTL continues to organize the conference, and in the year 2019 the society jointly hosted the EASTS conference, together with the R4TLI – 2019 conference in September 2019 in Colombo which attracted more than 500 participants out of which 400 were international delegates.