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Centre for Instrument Development (aka CID) is a multidisciplinary research group / centre set up under the Department of Physics, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka to cater for the need of variety of instruments in universities, research laboratories, local industry and educational institutes including schools. Moreover, the centre offers technical courses in certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.



CID is founded by Professor T R Ariyaratne in 2000, with the financial support from the International Science Programs, Uppsala University, Sweden, and Prof. D U J Sonnadara, Dr. M K Jayananda, Dr. R Lelwala were the first members of the CID while Prof. T R Ariyaratne becomes the first and current director of the CID. The first major activity of the CID, "Microcontroller Training Course [MTC]" was initiated by Dr. R Lelwala [coordinater], Mr. Prasn Hettiarachchi and Mr. Navinda Kottage in 2004. Later course is renamed as "Training Course in Microcontroller Programming and its applications", and still uses the code name MTC followed by the year. The first research activity of the CID was started by Prof. Sonnadara and Dr. M K Jayananda with Mr. Wasantha [the first M.Phil. degree holder from the CID], on reconfigurable computing. In 2004, Mr. D I Amarasinghe [the second M.Phil. degree holder] started research work on Computational Physics with Prof. D U J Sonnadara, while Mr. Prasan Hettiarachchi and Mr. Nishshanka Jayawantha started research project on grain drying under low humid environment. In 2005, CID is moved to the second floor of the Physics Department Building [the current location]. Mr. Asanga Indunil, Mr. Nishantha Randunu and Mr. Hiran H E Jayaweera are holding the honor of being the first Research Assistants appointed under the CID in 2005 and they organized a national workshop called "Workshop on Emerging Technologies and Sri Lankan Perspectives" in 2005. It was extreamly successful workshop and many scientist and researchers were contributed in the workshop. The guest invitees of the workshop were Professor Sune Svanberg and Professor Katerina Svanberg from the Lund University, Sweden.


  • Development of instruments for specific needs in research and educational institutes, and in local industry
  • Application of modern technological know-how to develop instruments locally
  • Transfer of scientific research output to technology
  • Undertaking of consultancy for development of instruments
  • Providing Support to modernize indigenous technology
  • Helping innovative personnel in their inventions
  • Conducting a wide range of training courses, seminars and workshops related to modern technology
  • Initiating new research programs leading to M. Phil and Ph. D. In instrumentation in collaboration with local and foreign counterparts
  • Providing consultancy services in research and industrial applications related to instrumentation


Major Research Areas
Postharvest technology
Electronic Instrumentation
Optical spectroscopy
Computational physics
Reconfigurable computing

Courses offered by the CID

M.Sc. in Applied Electronics
Embedded System Laboratory
Microcontrollers and Embedded Sytems
Certificate Course on Applied Electronics and Automation Technology
Training Course on Microcontroller Programming and its applications
Workshop on Computer aided PCB designing
Workshop on Electronic Design Automation
Workshop on Scientific Writing Desciplens
Workshop on using LMS


Person Responsibility Year(s) of contribution
Prof. T R Ariyaratne Founder, the first and the current director 2000 to the date
Prof. D U J Sonnadara Senior Member, Coordinator - MSc in Applied Electronics-Batch 2,4 2000 to the date
Dr. M K Jayananda Senior Member,Coordinator - MSc in Applied Electronics- batch 1 2000 to the date
Dr. R Lelwala Senior Member, Coordinator - Training course on microcontroller programming and its applications 2000 to the date
Mr. Prasan Hettiarachchi Research Associate 2004 to the date
Mr. Nishshanka Jayawantha Research Associate 2004 to 2005
Mr. D I Amarasinghe Research Associate 2004 to 2005
Mr. Asanga Indunil Research Assistant 2005 to 2007
Mr. Nishantha Randunu Research Assistant 2005 to 2007
Mr. Hiran H E Jayaweera Research Assistant, coordinator - certificate course in applied electronics and automation, coordinator - workshop on computer aided PCB designing, coordinator- workshop on electronic design automation, coordinator-embedded system laboratory 2005 to the date
Mr. C L Ranatunga Research Associate 2005 to the date
Mr. Udara Abeysekara Research Assistant 2007 to 2008
Ms. W M S E Fernando Research Assistant 2007 to 2008
Ms. A K Shyamali Research Assistant 2007 to the date
Mr. Kuravi Hewawasam Research Assistant 2007 to 2009
Mr. Kusal Suraweera Research Assistant 2008 to the date
Mr. O K Ranasinghe Research Assistant 2008 to 2009
Ms. T Wannige Research Assistant 2008 to the date

Contact details

Centre for Instrument Development, Department of Physics, University of Colombo, Colombo 03, SRI LANKA.
Telephone :+94 11 215 8366
Fax: +94 11 2584 777



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