Lin­ear Squared draw­ing best minds in Ma­chine Learn­ing and Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

Pi­o­neers in AI-driven busi­ness so­lu­tions in Sri Lanka, Lin­ear Squared re­cently brought on board Pra­bath Gu­nawar­dane, an ex-Google En­gi­neer and a Ph.D. in Com­puter Science as CTO and Devini Se­naratna, M.S. (Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity) as Chief Data Sci­en­tist of the com­pany.

Co­in­ci­den­tally both Mr. Gu­nawar­dane and Mr. Se­naratna are alumni of the Uni­ver­sity of Colombo, who have topped their re­spec­tive batches dur­ing their un­der­grad­u­ate years, a me­dia re­lease by the com­pany said.

Speak­ing on his mo­ti­va­tion to join Lin­ear Squared, Mr. Gu­nawar­dane was quoted as say­ing, “I have known Sankha ( Sankha Muthu Porutho­tage Ph.D - CEO) for 18 years. Af­ter he founded Lin­ear Squared, we ob­vi­ously kept each other closely up­dated about our start-up jour­neys. He ap­proached me about com­ing on-board af­ter Lin­ear Squared started their prod­uct shift last year. I found the premise of 'big-data to proac­tive ac­tions' very in­ter­est­ing. I had a chat with the team, looked at the prod­ucts in depth, and col­lab­o­rated on some of the tech­ni­cal prob­lems. I found the al­go­rith­mic chal­lenges to be ex­tremely in­ter­est­ing and the peo­ple to be smart and en­gag­ing. I was also ex­cited to build game chang­ing prod­ucts from scratch. All this made the de­ci­sion rather sim­ple at the end of the day.”

Af­ter a short stint as an As­sis­tant Lec­turer, Mr. Gu­nawar­dane went on to com­plete his Ph.D. at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Santa Cruz in 2011 and spe­cial­izes in Com­puter Graph­ics, Vi­sion, and Ma­chine Learn­ing. Since then he served as a Soft­ware En­gi­neer at Google Maps till co-found­ing his own start-up, Sleep­S­cale in 2016.

Ms. Se­naratne ob­tained her BSc from the Uni­ver­sity of Colombo and spent the next two years work­ing for the Uni­ver­sity of Colombo, both as an As­sis­tant Lec­turer and Pri­mary Statis­ti­cian on mul­ti­ple So­cial Pol­icy Re­search projects with or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the World Bank. She went on to com­plete her M. S. at Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, US. Prior to Lin­ear Squared, she had a long and suc­cess­ful stint as a se­nior Ma­chine Learn­ing En­gi­neer for Roam An­a­lyt­ics in the US, a lead­ing AI and ML prod­uct com­pany for the health sec­tor, ac­cord­ing to the me­dia re­lease.

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