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PickMe’s Vindula Jayawardene wins scholarship to MIT

Vindula Jayawardena & Jiffry Zulfer
Vindula Jayawardena & Jiffry Zulfer

Vindula Jayawardena, a member of the research unit at PickMe, who graduated from the University of Moratuwa recently received a scholarship offer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) USA, to pursue his PhD.

Vindula is involved in research on issues surrounding the mobility sphere. He works on developing new algorithms to optimize mobility on demand. Some of Vindula’s work powers certain aspects on the PickMe platform.

Prior to being selected for the MIT scholarship programme, Vidulawas involved in an internship programme at the University of Cornell working on a research project on mobility optimization which was spearheaded and fully financially backed by PickMe.

“What really helped me get into MIT was the research project that I conducted at Cornell on behalf of PickMe. I am sincerely grateful to PickMe for helping me pursue my dream and the guidance I received from the University of Moratuwa,” commented Vindula Jayawardena.

“The type of research I do is on how to optimize Mobility-on-demand. Research is one thing but we need to test its practical application in the real world. PickMe offered me that opportunity. Working with the PickMe engineering team, I was able to test my findings on their platform. I was able to achieve all this because PickMe was on board.”

“Transport mobility is so much more than hailing a taxi and PickMe has realized this. This is going to be an integral part of the fourth technological revolution. Their research on finding virtual solutions to practical problems in mobility is already paying off,” revealed Vindula.

“It was such a great honour to empower a young, talented researcher and tech enthusiast from our motherland. Our work on transport mobility has so much scope for more individuals like him,” commented CEO PickMe Jiffry Zulfer .

Prestigious academic institutes such as MIT offer scholarships to students based on their previous academic results and research. The type of research that individuals conduct as well as their published work plays a key role in earning them merit. In Vindula’s case research papers he published during his undergraduate years as well as the research programme he was involved in with Prof. Samitha Samaranayake, spearheaded by PickMe is what helped him obtain a place at MIT.

As a technology startup that started small and built an impactful business, PickMe remains one of the most innovative companies in Sri Lanka.

PickMe is a tech-based company that has brought ride hailing to your fingertips via an app that enables instant ride hailing.

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