Sri Lanka’s IT industry takes aim at artificial intelligence

AI FORUM: Chrisantha Fernando- Senior Research Scientist at Google DeepMind

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s information technology industry is aiming to expand deeper into artificial intelligence and use its strengths to support a goal of becoming a knowledge hub.

“It is important for us to expand the knowledge of AI and related technologies throughout the population of Sri Lanka, as the country is progressing rapidly, and it is a crucial contribution to Sri Lanka’s ambitious target of becoming a hub for knowledge and innovation,” Sri Lanka Association for Software and Services Companies, Chairman, Ranil Rajapakse said.

‘..[I]f we are to further its development, we are also required to concentrate on moving up the value chain to add high value and bring in more revenue to the industry.”

He was speaking at AI Asia Summit, a industry forum, held in Colombo. The conference had drawn over 350 delegates, organizers said.

This year’s summit expressively provided a forum for the most recent advances in Artificial Intelligence, predominantly in emerging AI application and research whilst event featured

Local and international speakers shared their experience on AI and emerging trends.

Among speakers were Chrisantha Fernando – Senior Research Scientist at Google DeepMind Romesh Ranawana – CTO at TENGRI UAV Ltd, Samith Gunasekara – Head of AI and Machine Learning at Boeing Analytx and Tone Therese Paulsen – Product Lead, (Nordics and Europe) at Boost.ai.

Speaking at the event, the Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Trine JøranliEskedal stated that the

Norwegian Embassy in Sr Lanka had signed a two year agreement with SLASSCOM to foester collaboration with the ICT industry.

“It is important for us to expand the knowledge of AI and related technologies throughout the population of Sri Lanka, as the country is progressing rapidly and it is a crucial contribution to Sri Lanka’s ambitious target of becoming a hub for knowledge and innovation,” Norwegian Ambassador Trine JøranliEskedal has said.