On the 2nd of May 2018, a talk organized by the Center for Biomedical Innovation (CEBI) on biomedical engineering opportunities was held at the Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering (ENTC) department with delegates from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. The delegation consisted of Professor Prasad Yarlagadda, Professor John Bell, and Dr. Kateryna Bazaka who were visiting the University of Moratuwa in a bid to strengthen ties between the two institutions. Prof. John Bell and Dr. Kateryna Bazaka spoke broadly about research at QUT and Prof. Prasad Yarlagadda gave a talk on the “study of natural bactericidal surface production on titanium implants for orthopedic applications” which is one of his research focuses. Furthermore, as QUT has a strong robotics group, the delegation also spent some time with Prof. Rohan Munasinghe at the UAV lab located in the ENTC department as well as with Prof. Ruwan Gopura at the Bionics lab located in the Mechanical Department.
CEBI, a multidisciplinary research center established by the University of Moratuwa is an initiative towards collaborative commercializable research in the area of biomedical device development. Dr. Pujitha Silva as the center director, Dr. Nuwan Dayananda, and Professor Ruwan Gopura as the HoD’s of ENTC and Mechanical respectively along with other senior biomedical lecturing staff members from ENTC, mechanical and other relevant departments play a pivotal role in the progress of this center. This visit has allowed for mutual insight to be obtained on the current research trends occurring both at QUT and at UoM and has created a path for future collaborative activities.