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Welcome to the Simulation Study Interest Group

By Samadhi Thara

19th June 2023
Unreal Engine and Unity Engine are the most popular and powerful game development engines created by Epic Games and Unity Technologies respectively. They provide developers with a comprehensive suite of tools for designing and building high-quality interactive experiences across various platforms, including video games, architectural visualization, film and animation, virtual reality (VR) applications, augmented reality (AR) projects, and simulations. In the pool of game development engines, Unreal Engine and Unity Engine have emerged as industry leaders, each with unique features and capabilities. Join us as we explore the strengths, features, and considerations that make them the giants in the game development arena.

Visual Consistency and Realism
The Unreal engine is renowned for creating visually stunning games with realistic environments with its powerful rendering capabilities, photorealistic graphics, dynamic lighting, lifelike simulations and high-quality asset library. On the other hand, Unity Engine offers a versatile range of visual styles, from charming 2D aesthetics to visually appealing 3D worlds. However, it may require more effort and expertise to achieve the same level of visual quality as Unreal Engine.

Development Workflow and Usability
Unreal Engine's blueprint visual scripting system steals the spotlight, allowing designers and artists to bring their ideas to life without extensive coding knowledge. Unreal Engine also provides full support for C++, which offers powerful control and performance but can be more complex for beginners. Unity Engine uses C#, a programming language with a strong ecosystem and extensive documentation as its primary scripting language. Meanwhile, Unity's drag-and-drop functionality, asset integration, and code flexibility offer a balance between performance and ease of use, making it well-suited for game development.


Platform Compatibility and Deployment
Both engines deploy cross-platform support which enables the creation of games and applications for a wide range of platforms, including PC, Mac, consoles (such as PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch), mobile devices (iOS and Android), web browsers, and even emerging technologies like AR and VR. Target platforms, specific project requirements, and the development team's familiarity with the engine are the main factors that should be considered when choosing between Unity and Unreal Engine for cross-platform development.


Community and Support
A thriving community and a rich ecosystem are invaluable resources for developers. Both Unreal Engine and Unity have large and active communities of developers, artists, and enthusiasts who share knowledge, tutorials, resources, documentation, and numerous forums. The Unity community is known for its large size and accessibility, while Unreal Engine's community is recognized for its dedication and collaboration.


Licensing and Cost Considerations
Unity offers a range of licensing options, including a free version called Unity Personal, and subscription versions called Unity Plus and Unity Pro. It also offers enterprise licensing for large-scale projects and organizations with specific requirements. Unreal Engine is free to use and there is no upfront cost or subscription fee to access the engine's features. It uses a royalty-based model. Epic Games, the company behind Unreal Engine, also offers custom licensing options for larger-scale projects or organizations.

When Choosing between Unreal Engine and Unity Engine, it is important to evaluate the above points based on your specific project requirements, team expertise, and long-term goals. Ultimately, the choice between Unity and Unreal Engine will depend on how well each engine aligns with your project's needs and your team's capabilities.

By Hashan Ruchira

13th June 2023
Manga, with its captivating storytelling and vibrant visuals, has the power to engage and inspire readers of all ages. Imagine harnessing the unique art form of manga to teach subjects that are often considered intimidating, such as statistics. This would involve transforming abstract concepts into dynamic narratives. In this blog post, we explore the innovative fusion of manga art and statistics education, uncovering its potential to captivate students and make statistics more accessible and enjoyable with book call "The Manga Guide to Statistics" and get a glimpse of how the material is taught using interesting, real-world examples that make the ideas memorable.
Let's face it, statistics can be daunting with its abstract concepts and data-driven nature. However, by presenting these complex ideas in a visually appealing and narrative-driven format, manga has the power to revolutionize the learning experience. By blending storytelling and art, manga breathes life into statistics lessons, transforming them into dynamic narratives that students can immerse themselves in.
One of the greatest advantages of incorporating manga into statistics education lies in its visual appeal. Manga artists and educators can craft characters, scenarios, and plotlines that not only entertain but also elucidate statistical concepts. Visual representations of data, charts, and graphs can be seamlessly integrated into the artwork, helping students visualize and grasp statistical relationships effortlessly.
Through the artful blend of manga storytelling and statistics education, students are invited on an exciting journey where they become active participants in the learning process. As they follow characters through thrilling adventures and challenges, they encounter statistical concepts organically. This narrative-driven approach not only enhances comprehension but also fosters a sense of engagement and curiosity, making statistics more relatable and memorable.
By harnessing the power of manga, statistics education becomes more accessible to a wide range of learners. Visual learners can benefit from the vibrant illustrations and diagrams, while those who thrive on narratives can engage with the storylines to deepen their understanding. The interactive nature of manga captivates students, making statistics enjoyable and less daunting, ultimately paving the way to a more statistically literate society.
Manga's unique ability to combine captivating storytelling and vibrant visuals holds immense potential for transforming statistics education. By presenting complex concepts in a visually appealing and narrative-driven format, manga engages students on a deeper level, making statistics accessible and enjoyable. As we continue to explore innovative approaches to education, let us embrace the power of manga to inspire a new generation of statistically literate individuals.


By P. P. G Dinesh Asanka
12th June 2023

Simulation refers to the process of creating a model or representation of a real-world system or phenomenon. It involves imitating or replicating the behavior, characteristics, and interactions of the system within a controlled environment. 
Simulations are used in many fields, such as science, engineering, economics, and social sciences. Simulation allows researchers, engineers, and decision-makers to understand, analyze, and predict the behavior of complex systems or processes without directly interacting with the real system. By simulating different scenarios and manipulating variables, one can observe how the system responds and gain insights into its functioning.
Apart from easy understanding, there are many benefits of simulation.
We at the Department of Industrial Management initiated a study interest group to focus on building a simulation platform targeting ICT education. Right now, we do not have specific objectives, but the main goal is to develop a simulation platform/tool. At the moment, we are exploring the options and we are meeting every Monday afternoon. 
Stay tune, for more updates about our meetings, our discussions, findings and many more.

Last Update on 31-03-2022

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