Profile of Ir Prof. Amithirigala Widhanelage JAYAWARDENA

Ir Prof. Amithirigala Widhanelage JAYAWARDENA

Visiting Professor, Department of Civil Engineering

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Academic qualifications

  • Ph.D., University of London, 1976
  • M.S, University of California at Berkeley, 1971
  • M. Eng, University of Tokyo, 1969
  • B.Sc (Eng) Hons, University of Ceylon, 1963


Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow, HKIE
  • Chartered Engineer, Council of Engineering Institutions, UK (C. Eng)
  • Fellow of the UK Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE)
  • Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Lead Reviewer, Professional Member review, The Institution of Civil Engineers, UK
  • Assessor for the Professional Interview, HKIE
  • Executive Committee Member, Environmental Division, HKIE
  • Founding Member, Hong Kong Institution of Science
  • Member, Advisory Board of Asia Pacific Association of Hydrology and Water Resources


Professional/Scholarly Activity

  • Visiting International Fellow – Environmental and Water Resources Institute _EWRI), American Society of Civil Engineers (2002)
  • International Award, Japan Society of Hydrology and Water Resources (2013)
  • Invitational Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, JSPS (2018)



  • Over 200 publications including a recently published book, 3 book chapters, several edited books, keynote and invited papers, journal papers, conference papers, seminar/workshop presentations with 1974 SCI citations and 8204 reads as of January 3, 2019 >>list of publications<<


Industrial and related experience

  • PhD external examiner
    • Division of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, The University of Adelaide, Australia (August 1997);
    • Department of Civil Engineering, The National University of Singapore, Singapore (July 1998);
    • Department of Geophysics, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India (April 2005);
    • Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (2011).
  • Guest Professor, Beijing Normal University (2013-2018)
  • Visiting Professor, Hohai University, Nanjing, China (2013-2015)
  • University Associate, Curtin University, Australia (2011-2015)
  • External Reviewer for the degree programme of B.Sc. in Marine and Freshwater Sciences, Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science and Technology, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka
  • Honorary Professor, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (2008-2011)
  • Visiting Professor, College of Water Sciences, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China (November 5-17, 2006)
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Hydraulic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (December 3-10, 2005; September 2013; June 2014; October 2014: September 2015)
  • Invited Research Fellow, United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan (August 3-30, 2003)
  • External Ph.D. Supervisor, College of Water Resources and Environment, Hohai University, China (2001-2003)
  • Invited Research Fellow, Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, Japan (1989/90)
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (1980)
  • Visiting Lecturer and Examiner for the M.Sc course in Water Resources Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka (1980)
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Civil Engineering, King’s College, University of London (1983)
  • Fellow attached to the Division of Water Resources Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand (1978)
  • Reviewer of Hong Kong Research Grant Council research grant applications
  • Member, Engineering Panel, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, University Grants Committee, Hong Kong SAR, China (September 2004- June 2006)


Research Interest

The broad area of research interest is Hydrology and Water Resources. Specific research topics (past and present) include the following.

  • Distributed catchment modelling using finite elements
  • Dispersion in open channel flows
  • Moisture transport through partially saturated porous media
  • Secondary flows in curved channels
  • Stochastic analysis of rainfall data
  • Chaotic dynamics of hydrometeorological time series
  • Moving finite elements for convective dominant transport problems
  • Artificial neural networks and Genetic algorithms in Hydrology
  • Interill sediment delivery and rainfall kinetic energy
  • Xinanjiang model, its modifications, and GIS
  • Basin scale hydrology coupled with atmospheric processes
  • Red tide prediction
  • Fuzzy logic systems
  • Support vector machines
  • Climate change