The reason for choosing Japan to conduct research
Japan is one of the leading countries in new technology invention. It has very powerful research directions and ambitions. My research field is KANSEI Engineering. KANSEI engineering is a new branch of information processing technology born in Japan. As this concept is still new in other countries, Japan is the best place for me to purse my research.
Being one of very few foreign researchers doing work in kansei engineering in Japan, I am privileged to learn from and share ideas with pioneers of this field.
I have presented my work in several international conferences. Two journal papers were under review. Established the research network with University of Aizu Japan, Muroran Institute of Technology (SVBL) Japan and Faculty of IT University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka. Wanting to promote this research in my home country, I am currently working on a proposal to establish a kansei engineering society in Sri Lanka starting from 2006.
Advice to new fellows
Becoming a JSPS fellow has lifetime rewards. I have three pieces of advice. Most important is to maintain a close relationship with your host researcher. Next, try to communicate with your colleagues at the host institution so as to build strong networks with Japanese experts in your field. Then, make contact with the local community through volunteer activities. Of course, you must give priority to your research; however, using your spare time to participate in such activities will help you learn the customs and improve your language skills. Always keep your promises, and you will build strong relationships with the Japanese people.