The new collaborative research laboratory QBITS was declared open at the Faculty of Science on 8th of June 2018 by Prof. Upul B.Dissanayake,Vice Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya along with Dr. Harsha Subashinghe, the CEO of CodeGen Lanka Ltd. , Prof. S.R. Kodituwakku, Dean, Faculty of Science, and Prof. Y.P.R.D. Yapa the Director of the Science Industry Interaction Cell. The event was attended by many distinguished guests, Deans of Faculties, Heads of Departments, Directors of Units and Centers, Staff members of CodeGen, academic/non-academic members and students of the University.
This new laboratory is setup as a public-private partnership between the University and CodeGen Lanka Ltd and is expected to undertake research and development projects in novel technologies including nanotechnology, Artificial Intelligence, power storage etc. The main focus of this laboratory is to develop solutions that address real world problems, by harnessing cutting edge technologies of the future. Projects will be selected based on relevance to the industry, its lifecycle and the industry needs and they are jointly supervised by the University Professors and CodeGen’s core team headed by Dr. Subasinghe, All the projects are fully funded by CodeGen.
After the opening ceremony, progress of the ongoing research projects carried out in collaboration with CodeGen, were presented by Prof. H.M.N. Bandara, Dr. Sanjeewa Maithreepala and Dr. Ruwan Nawarathna.
“What we innovate today at QBITS labs, will significantly transform and facilitate many spheres of the consumer life. It’s not about how much of profit you make, but the value of your innovation or the company that matters, and this is why we should continuously design solutions and products where the IPR is of very high commercial value. How we harness these technologies, and the day we decide to take risks as a nation, will be our strength in an era where the technological landscape can shift overnight in real-time,” stated Dr. Harsha Subasinghe.
The Vice Chancellor Professor Upul B. Dissanayake in his speech noted: “Venturing out into Public-Private Partnership with industry experts, is the only way to ensure that the higher education sector in Sri Lanka contributes to the National Development in a substantial way. QBITS Innovation Lab at the University of Peradeniya, launched in collaboration with CodeGen, will revitalize Sri Lanka’s higher education system, at a juncture where industry expertise is required to test practicality as well as marketability of the innovation. In the long run, this too will assist Universities to enhance its accreditation globally”.
All the researches of the University are invited to collaborate with this facility to scale up their innovations to industrial and product development level. This is a pioneering effort to promote involvement of private sector to collaborate with the University to strengthen the Sri Lankan economy through state of the art industrial innovations and product development.
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