The Institute was established in 1984 under the name Arthur C Clarke Center for Modern Technologies (ACCMT) by an Act of Parliament to accelerate the process of introduction and development of modern technologies in the fields of Communications, Computers, Energy, Space Technologies and Robotics, through the provision of training and research facilities. Basic infrastructure was established in 1986 and the technical activities commenced in early 1987. With the introduction of the new Science and Technology Act in 1998 the Centre was re-named as the Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies (ACCIMT).
As of today the Institute is actively involved in the areas of Communications, Electronics, Microelectronics, Space Applications and Information Technology where a team of engineers, scientists and other related professionals are working towards self-reliance in the areas related to modern technologies.
Besides extensive R&D activities, Institute is heavily involved in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities and youth training programmes, in addition to its consultancy services for the industry. Institute has the infrastructure and human resources for development of products, systems and techniques for industrial applications in electronics, communications, space technologies and IT sectors.
- Research and Development
- Test, Measurement and Calibration Services
- Continuing Professional Development Programmes
- Consultancy Services / Industrial Assistance
- Library / Information Services
Research and Development
The research and development laboratories of the institute are well equipped with modern instrumentation and computer systems, which support applied research and product development related to electronics, telecommunications and microprocessor based hardware. Currently the institute has undertaken various demand driven research and development projects from both government and the private sector with a view to promote local manufacture of high-tech products. The research and development team of the Institute is quite dedicated towards internationally competitive design and development activities.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programmes
From time to time the institute announces high-tech training programmes for professionals and senior managers who are serving the local industrial sector. These short-term training programmes are geared to provide the most up-to-date information in the subject areas related to microelectronic applications, communications, remote sensing & GIS and computer systems. These short term courses have a fair component of hands-on sessions.
Industrial Assistance / Consultancy Services
The institute’s professional staff who are well experienced and highly skilled in managing and servicing high-tech industrial systems, offer their expertise and the laboratory facilities to the local industry with a view to assist managing modern industrial systems such as microprocessor based machinery, telecom systems, information systems and computer networks etc. Further, the institute offers diagnostic, test, measurement and calibration services for sophisticated instruments and systems.
ACCIMT Library / Information Services
The Library Institutional Membership has been introduced by the Institute to meet the current demand from the technical, non technical professionals and from the decision makers of the private and public sector institutions to access latest, scientific and technical information.
National and International Links
The ACCIMT is closely associated with the local universities and other industrial institutions. It has close links with foreign Universities, Research and Development institutes as well as UN agencies, where several collaborative programmes are currently in progress.
To be a leading innovation centre for Modern Technologies in the region
To develop, foster and facilitate the domestic base of modern technological capabilities through innovation, R & D, training, industrial services and international collaboration”
The functions of the Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies as specified in the Act are as follows:
- to accelerate the introduction of modern technologies to Sri Lanka by
- initiating, promoting and conducting research and development in the application of modern technologies
- providing research and development support to the Government and private sector undertakings in the application of modern technologies and
- training of personnel in modern technologies to meet the needs of the Government and private sector undertakings and
- to promote future studies
The areas of modern technologies include Communication and related Sciences, Information Technology, Electronics, Micro-electronics, Space Technologies, Robotics, Photonics and new materials.
- Prof. Dhammika A. Tantrigoda – Chairman, Board of Governors
- Eng. Sanath Panawennage – Director General/ACCIMT, Member- Board of Governors
- Prof. (Mrs). Dileeka Dias – Member- Board of Governors
- Prof. Chandana Jayaratne – Member – Board of Governors
- Mr. Ashley De Vos – Member – Board of Governors
- Mr. K.M.C.Fernando – Member – Board of Governors
- Prof. P S M Gunarathna – Member – Board of Governors
- Prof. Gamini Senanayake – Member – Board of Governors
- Mrs. Wasantha Perera – Member – Board of Governors
- Mr. M.A.S.Weerasinghe – Member – Board of Governors
|1||Prof. Dhammika A. Tantrigoda||Chairman|
|2||Eng. Sanath Panawennage||Director General/CEO|
|3||Mrs K Ediriweera||Deputy Director General (Technical Operations)|
|4||Mrs J P D S Athuraliya||Director (Electronics Engineering)|
|5||Mr J K Jayawardene||Director (Communication Engineering)|
|6||Mr R P Dasanayaka||Acting Director (Information Technology)|
|7||Mrs P D C Janashanthi||Acting Director (Instrumentation)|
|8||Mr R A S S Gunasekera||Acting Director (Space Technology Application)|
|9||Mr S A Welikala||Senior Deputy Director (Technology Transfer)|
|10||Mr Ashoka S Weerapperuma||Senior Deputy Director (Finance)|
Srilankabhimanya Sir Arthur C. Clarke, was the first to introduce the concept of extra-terrestrial communication through geo-stationary satellites as far back as 1945. Besides this, there are several other similar visionary and futuristic ideas as well as his works as a prolific author of science fiction has immensely contributed to his global fame.
Sir Arthur was born in the 1917 at Meinhead in the UK. He chose to live In Sri Lanka from 1956. He contributed to Sri Lankan society with his vision, writings and predictions and brought fame to the Island for a period of over half a century until his demise on March 19, 2008.
Sir Arthur was known to many as a superb science fiction writer. His fictions have specialty, mainly because they were based on some fundamental scientific elements. Therefore many of the creations were not impossible and could actually be materialized some day – in a few years or few centuries. His curiosity of science, experience at the Royal Air Force, UK during the Second World War as a RADAR technician and studies leading to a Bachelors’ degree from Kings College, London in mathematics and physics would have influenced him to author realistic science fictions. He had also written a number of popular nonfiction books and over 500 science/ technical articles.
The most acknowledged of the technical articles written by Sir Arthur was “Extra-terrestrial Relays: Can Rocket Stations Give Worldwide Radio Coverage?” published in the Journal “Wireless World” UK in October 1945. That article demonstrated the concept of geo – stationary satellites, and with three such satellites properly placed in orbit, global communication coverage could be achieved. This was published long before man-made satellites were launched.
Sir Arthur C. Clarke loved and cared the nature. He first settled down at Unawatuna on the south coast of Sri Lanka and later came to Colombo. He enjoyed scuba diving and was very interested in under – water exploration.
In the early part of nineteen eighties, the government of Sri Lanka decided to setup a centre for Modern Technologies. The scientists and administrators contributed to this task, associated with Sir Arthur C. Clarke from the vey beginning and he even donated the prize money he received from the prestigious Marconi Award to be used in setting up the center for modern technologies. Sir Arthur C Clarke had been the Patron of this institute until his demise in March 2008.
Sir Arthur C.Clarke also functioned as the Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa, over two decades from 1979 to 2002. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Moratuwa in recognition of his achievements and services.
Sri Arthur C Clarke’s demise is a great loss to Sri Lanka and to the world. His service to the nation will however remain forever etched in our annals.