SLASSCOM hosts AI Asia Summit 2018 | Sunday Observer

SLASSCOM hosts AI Asia Summit 2018

Dr. Yasantha Rajakarunanayake, Dr. James Shanahan and Dr. Chrisantha Fernando moderated by Virtusa Executive Vice President, CIO and General Manager Madu Ratnayake at a panel discussion
Dr. Yasantha Rajakarunanayake, Dr. James Shanahan and Dr. Chrisantha Fernando moderated by Virtusa Executive Vice President, CIO and General Manager Madu Ratnayake at a panel discussion

The Sri Lanka Association for Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) conducted the first SLASSCOM AI Asia Summit at The Kingsbury recently.

Over 300 people were present at the conference which addressed topics relating to AI Applications, Data Science, Analytics and Machine Learning.

SLASSCOM Chairman Jeevan Gnanam welcomed the attendees and shared his vision for an AI Nation where Data Science and AI become Sri Lanka’s third pillar of IT exports.

This was followed by a keynote speech by Timothy Kooi, Head of Data Analytics at DHL Asia Pacific.

Technical sessions were conducted by Dr. Yasantha Rajakarunanayake, Senior Director Technology at MediaTek, Dr. Adam Easton, Chief Executive Officer at SimCentric Technologies, Dr. James Shanahan, Founder and Principal of Boutique Data Consultancy, Dr. Rukshan Batuwita, Data Scientist at Google, Dr. Chrisantha Fernando, Senior Research Scientist at Google DeepMind, and Dr. Sadeep Jayasumana, Research Scientist at Five AI, Cambridge.

Senior Solution Architect, Data and AI, Microsoft, Christopher Gunawan outlined the role of AI empowering business transformation.

Two research case studies were presented by Prof. Asoka Karunananda and Dr. Subha Fernando of the University of Moratuwa, representing the Sri Lanka Association for Artificial Intelligence (SLAAI).Co-founder, Anzyz Technologies, Svein Olaf Olsen shared his experience on building a next-generation, self-learning tool to handle Big Data using AI. The event also hosted two panel discussions focusing on ‘AI: Where next?’ and ‘Opportunities for AI Startups’. 

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