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

Detection and classification of opened and closed flowers in grape inflorescences using Mask R-CNN

Pahalawatta, K; Fourie, J; Carey, P; Werner, A; Parker, A (Lincoln Uni) Nov, 2020

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