Artificial Intelligence or AI is the next thing in computing. From meetups, to workshops to everything in between, the 4th or 5th Industrial revolution is fast outpacing fiction and headed towards fact. With that regard, CodeGen International in partnership with the University of Moratuwa launched QBITS. QBITS would be Sri Lanka’s first AI Innovation Lab. The launch of the QBITS Innovation Lab took place on the 23rd of November 2017 at the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
The QBITS AI Lab was declared open by Prof. A. K. W Jayawardane, Vice Chancellor, University of Moratuwa along with Dr. Harsha Subasinghe, CEO of CodGen International (Pvt) Ltd and Kusal Subasinghe, President – Legal and Operations at CodGen International (Pvt) Ltd.
What are QBITS?
In case you were wondering, the name of the Innovation laboratory is derived from the term qubit. In quantum computing, a qubit, also referred to as a quantum bit or qbit is a unit of quantum information.
What is the goal of QBITS?
With the setting up of this lab, the University hopes to excel in the areas of quantum computing and artificial intelligence. Aimed at those looking to complete their PhDs, the QBITS lab is an Industry-academia collaboration. The end goal for both the University and CodeGen would be to setup a knowledge base within the University itself that offers modern technology on par with the industry evolution.
In his speech, Dr. Harsha explained that students choose to complete their studies abroad and seek employment abroad as well, leading to a brain drain in Sri Lanka. He emphasized that if Sri Lanka’s infrastructure could be developed to cater to these students needs and requirements, then they would not need to leave the country for higher studies or employment. The programme focuses on solving real life problems while also looking at commercially viable options and new fields of technology related to travel, automation, robotics etc.
What does the QBITS Lab offer?
The laboratory would offer state of the art facilities and also expose students to jobs that are globally in demand. Students or individuals who enroll in this PhD programme can complete their doctorate within a period of 3 years and produce both a commercially viable product along with an academic qualification as well.
The research areas will be identified by CodeGen together with the lecturers from the University. These areas would be relevant to the needs of the industry, focusing on the application of AI, robotics and quantum computing. Identified and accepted projects would be fully funded by CodeGen. This includes College and Admin Fees, to remuneration of the student etc. There would be little to no cost to the Government or the University.
Prof. A. K. W Jayawardane, in his speech explained that they have already identified two individuals for the PhD programme and are looking forward to enrolling them.