The opening of QBITS, Sri Lanka’s first Artificial Intelligence (AI) Innovation Lab was held on the 23rd of November 2017 at the University of Moratuwa. The QBITS AI Lab was declared open by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. A. K. W. Jayawardane of the University of Moratuwa and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Harsha Subasinghe of CodeGen, in the presence of the Deans of Faculties and relevant Heads of Departments of the University, along with President Legal and Operations, Kusal Subasinghe and the Management of CodeGen.
The expected outcome of this initiative is to produce algorithms that are both a unique solution and also of high commercial value. The QBITS Lab would play host to the first ever fully funded PhD program in Sri Lanka, focusing on intensive research projects. These projects would be used to design unique algorithms based on mathematical modelling with cross disciplinary amalgamations using mechanical, electronics and robotics applications.
The research initiatives from college to admin fees, and student remuneration throughout the PhD, would be fully funded by CodeGen. This is to enable a sense of confidence in students of a secure future, that is viable and successful, right here is Sri Lanka.
Prof. A. K. W. Jayawardane, Vice Chancellor at the University of Moratuwa stated that “QBITS will enable the University of Moratuwa to attract the best of the best, producing world class research that can put us on the world map. This AI Innovation Lab, is now a benchmark for research based post graduate education; a knowledge enterprise, which will strengthen and build, national innovation strategies through inter and multi-disciplinary alliances. Through research, innovation and entrepreneurship, we can move Sri Lanka towards a techno-based economy – an ideology Dr. Subasinghe and I share”.
Adding to that, Dr. Harsha Subasinghe, CEO of CodeGen International explained that “Google is worth US$ 507 Billion, due to its cutting-edge innovations and advanced research based product innovations, while TESLA’s recent news on the new Roadster reaching 0-100 km/h in 1.9 seconds, require complex problem solving through advanced mathematical modelling. If we are to reclaim our nation for the national debt we are in, what we need is a one of a kind revolution, designed and engineered here in Sri Lanka, that can address a real-world problem, in real-time; innovation worth a billion dollars.”