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The University of Sri Jayewardenepura won the Silver and Bronze award for the Tertiary Student Projects (Technology) Category at the National Best Quality ICT (NBQSA) Awards held on 19th October 2018 at Hotel Galadari, Colombo. NBQSA, Provides recognition to outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations in Sri Lanka who have developed high-quality ICT products; Provides a window to gain International Recognition of Local ICT products; Improves the Quality of Local Products & Services to meet International Standards and Identifies young talent and provide them an opportunity to develop their skills in ICT. The British Computer Society Sri Lanka Section organizes the National Best Quality ICT Awards (NBQSA) since 1998 and nominates the national participants for the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) since 2003.
Mr. Dulan Dias won the Silver award for “Komposer – Automated Musical Note Generation based on Lyrics with Recurrent Neural Networks” while Mr. Priyankan Kirupaharan won the bronze award for ” Mobile Application to Identify Fish Species”. Both students are from the Department of Computer Science, and both projects were supervised by Dr. T.G.I. Fernando, Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science. Faculty of Applied Sciences.
Mr. Dulan Dias was able to bring glory to the Country and University by winning the Gold Medal of the Tertiary Category at the APICTA (Asia Pacific ICT Awards) 2018 event held in China. Dulan was one of the three nominees from Sri Lanka under the tertiary category but managed to win over the tough competition from the 17 member economies of APICTA which include China, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
This was only the third time that Sri Lanka had won Gold at this prestigious international competition. Prior to his travel to China to represent Sri Lanka, Dulan received financial assistance totaling LKR 150,000 for his travel sponsored by the Vice-Chancellor, Senior Prof. Sampath Amaratunge on the recommendation of the Invention, Innovation and Venture Creation Council of the University.
From Right: Dr. T. G. I. Fernando, Prof. Sampath Amaratunge, Mr. Dilan Dias and Mr. Kirupaharan Piriyankan (NBQSA – 2018- Tertiary Student Project (Technology)