Course Modules

Semester III

  • TT 2304 Principles of Work-study and Clothing Production
  • TT 2307 Project I

Semester IV

  • TT2401 Clothing Equipment Technology
  • TT 2402 Clothing Production
  • TT 2408 Project II

Visiting Lectures

  • Human Machine Interactions module, Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya.

Feilds of Spcializations

  • Research on enhancing employment opportunities of people with physical disabilities
  • Work study/ Industrial Engineering/
  • Ergonomics/ Human Factors Engineering
  • Garment Production Systems
  • Productivity/performance improvement in apparel industry
  • Lean Management

Research Publications

  • K.M.W Abeykoon, L.D.J.F. Nanayakkara and Chamli Pushpakumara. 2005. Competitiveness Analysis Model for the Sri Lankan Apparel Industry using Analytic Hierarchy Process, Conference on Sri Lanka: Challenges of a Society in Transition, University of Colombo, 16 – 18 December.
  • Abeykoon, K.M.W., Nanayakkara, L.D.J.F., Pushpakumara, C. 2007. “A Framework for Business Process Improvement in the Sri Lankan Apparel Industry by Transforming Customer Expectations to Operational Strategies”, 12th International Asia- Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies (APROS) Conference on “Challenges in organising and managing in rapidly emerging economies: Learning to organise in the global world”, MDI, Gurgaon, India, 9 -12 December 2007.
  • K.M.W. Abeykoon, Dr. H.K.G. Punchihewa, Dr. L.D.J.F.  Nanayakkara. 2013. Career Prospects for People with Disabilities. Annual Research symposium, Institute of Technology University of Moratuwa (ITUM), Sri Lanka - 2013.
  • Abeykoon, K.M.W., Nanayakkara, L.D.J.F. and Punchihewa, H.K.G. 2013. Mechanisms Currently in Place to Increase the Ability of Physically Disabled Population to Work in Industry. International Journal of Engineering, Business and Enterprise Applications (IJEBEA) 4(1), March-May, pp. 26-30.
  • Abeykoon, K.M.W., Nanayakkara, L.D.J.F., Punchihewa, H.K.G. and Munidasa J.D. 2016. Categorisation of People with Physical Disabilities to Help Work in Industry. Proceedings of the 1st World Disability and Rehabilitation Conference. Vol1 2016. pp- 9-13. ISSN 2513- 2687 Online. DOI: 10.17501/wdrc2016- 1102.
  • K.M.W. Abeykoon, H.K.G. Punchihewa, L.D.J.F.  Nanayakkara. 2015. Physical Capability Study for Physically Differently-Abled Persons. ITUM Symposium 2015. 2015 07 17
  • K.M.W. Abeykoon, L.D.J.F. Nanayakkara, H.K.G. Punchihewa and J. D. Munidasa. 2015. Categorisation of physical disabilities to identify capabilities and limitations of people with physical disabilities, 8th International Research Conference at General Sir John Kothalawala Defence University (KDU) - 27th and 28th August 2015 - Presented and abstract published.
  • Kokila Abeykoon, Julian Nanayakkara and Himan Punchihewa. 2018. “Usability Study for Validating WARM Mapping Framework”. ITUM 6th Annual Symposium 2018. Institute of Technology University of Moratuwa (ITUM), Sri Lanka - held on 31 08 2018
  • Kokila Abeykoon, Julian Nanayakkara and Himan Punchihewa. 2019. Work-Activities and Compatible Ranges of Movement to Assess the Capability of People with Physical Disabilities to Enhance Employability, 978-7281-3632-5/19©2019 IEEE pp 441 – 446.
  • Kokila Abeykoon, Julian Nanayakkara and Himan Punchihewa. 2019. Functionality study of the WARM mapping tool to enhance employability of people with physical disabilities. ITUM seventh Annual Symposium 2019. 09 08 2019
  • Physical Capability Needs in Apparel Sewing Room: WARM Mapping Framework for People with Physical Disabilities. 2021. Abeykoon KMW, Punchihewa HKG and Nanayakkara LDJF. 6th World Disability and Rehabilitation Conference (WDRC) held on 11 11 2021. ISBN:978-624-5746-08-8 pp 23.
  • KMW Abeykoon, HKG Punchihewa and LDJF Nanayakkara. 2022. Prevalence of Repetitive Strain Injury (Upper Extremity). 9th Annual research Sessions. IRCITUM 28th October, 2022.
  • KMW Abeykoon, HKG Punchihewa and LDJF Nanayakkara. 2022. A Framework to Increase the Opportunities of People with Physical Disabilities to Work in Industry. International workshop on “Leveraging Innovations for Infrastructure Development and Sustainable Industrialisation” organized by NAM Science & Technology New Delhi in partnership with the Government of Zimbabwe through the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development (MHTEISTD) and the National University of Science and Technology of Zimbabwe during 17th to 18th Nov 2022.
  • KMW Abeykoon, HKG Punchihewa and LDJF Nanayakkara. 2023 “Work-Activity (WA) Study to Perform Manual Work by People with Physical Disabilities”. 14th Applied Science, Business & Industrial Research Symposium - 2022 (ASBIRES – 2022), Faculty of Applied Sciences Wayamba University of Sri Lanka on 4th April, 2023.

Thesis submitted

  1. Abeykoon K.M.W. (2020). A framework developed using ergonomic principles and modified Pre-determined Motion Time Systems (PMTS) to increase the opportunities for physically disabled population to work in industry. PhD Thesis. Department of Mechanical Engineering. Faculty of Engineering. University of Moratuwa.
  2. “Framework for reaching World Class Manufacturing performance in the Sri Lankan Apparel Industry, M. phil. thesis (2006), at Department of Industrial Management, Faculty of Science, University of Kelaniya. Sri Lanka
  3. Application of Total Quality Management: B.Sc. degree in Textile and Apparel Engineering, final year project report (1995), University of Moratuwa.

Guest lectures

  1. “Principles of Industrial Engineering aspects for Facilities Management” on 12 08 2022 for final year students of Bachelor of Science Honours in Facilities Management, Department of Building Economics, Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
  2. “Occupational Ergonomics for Health and Safety” for Ranaviru Apparels, Sri Lanka Army, Yakkala - 2023.

Projects supervision 2022 continuing

  • Design a pant for a toddler with lower extremity deformity/disability.
  • Increase efficiency of new style change-over time in the apparel industry.
  • Categorisation of occupational health hazards.

Projects supervision 2021

  • Design a natural dyed top for a woman with shoulder / upper arm disabilities
  • Develop an ergonomically designed anti-bacterial diaper.
  • Design a comfortable and hygienic facemask.
  • Design comfortable, low-cost vehicle interior fabric.
  • A low-cost ergonomically designed nursing dress for lactating mothers.

Project supervision- 2020

  • Design specifications for comfortable protective clothing for health personnel
  • A study on traditional cloth designing areas and increasing manufacturing efficiency
  • Design a health and safety protective wear/equipment framework for laboratories at ITUM
  • Fabric strength analysis for identified end uses
  • Preparation of fabric specifications for task-oriented clothing

Project supervision- 2019

  • Adaptive clothing for wheelchair users
  • Investigation of Ergonomics in garment factories (production floor)
  • Investigation of Ergonomics in garment factories (Cutting department)
  • Design an Indoor cloth-drier
  • Productivity improvement in Garment Production Teams


BSc. (Engineering) Hons – Textile and Apparel Engineering, University of Moratuwa

MPhil – Industrial Management, University of Kelaniya

PhD – Mechanical Engineering, University of Moratuwa





  • A member of National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka.
  • An Associate member of Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka.
  • A member of Sri Lanka Association for Improving Higher Education Effectiveness (SLAHEE)
  • A member of the Senior Scientists Forum (SSF) of National Science and Technology Commission
  • A member of Moratuwa University Textile Association