Kapila Kithsiri Pahalawatta

Kapila Kithsiri Pahalawatta

Research Scientist

BSc, PhD

Office +64 3 325 3700

Direct +64 3 325 3700

Email kapila@lincolnagritech.co.nz


Kapila Kithsiri Pahalawatta recently joined Lincoln Agritech as a Research and Development Engineer. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Colombo, Masters in Forestry Science and a PhD in computer science from the University of Canterbury.

He specialises in:

  • Deep learning
  • Data science
  • Algorithm engineering
  • Machine vision

At Lincoln Agritech, Kapila is primarily focussed on the Grape Yield Analyser research programme and is involved in designing a new tool for the New Zealand winegrowing industry.


Academic and Professional history

2019 - Research and Development Engineer, Lincoln Agritech

2015 -2018 Image Processing Data Scientist, Croplogic Ltd

2015 - PhD in Computer Science, University of Canterbury

2008 - MSc in Computer Science with Distinction, University of Canterbury

2002 - 2012 Lecturer in Information Technology and Decision Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

1998 - MSc in Forestry Science with Distinction, University of Canterbury

1993 - 1994 Research Assistant - International Union for the Conservation of Nature and UK Overseas Development Administration

1990 - 1992 Tutor in Mathematics, University of Colombo

1990 - BSc in Physical Science, University of Colombo

Latest Publications View All

Fusion of thermal and visible colour images for robust detection of people in forests

Fourie, J., Pahalawatta, K., Hsiao J., Bateman, C., Carey, C. Dec, 2019