African Masters in Machine Intelligence Kicks off in Rwanda.

Yesterday, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) officially started the one-year intensive African Master’s in Machine Intelligence (AMMI) in partnership with Facebook and Google. The masters program started at the AIMS-Rwanda campus in Kigali.

AIMS is a network of centers of excellence spanning the African continent. AIMS has been recruiting and training Africa’s top graduates in maths, science and engineering for the past 15 years. According to the details on its website, the vision of AIMS for the programme is to “create an effective, globally connected community of Machine Intelligence practitioners”.

“Machine Intelligence (MI) is revolutionizing critical aspects of our lives. It enhances medical diagnosis, improves industrial processes and enables scientific discoveries. Over the past decade, thanks to large public and private investments, MI has progressed rapidly in both basic research and the development of a vast array of applications. However, the talent pool currently advancing MI is modest and unrepresentative of the diversity of our world, leaving us less capable of facing global challenges. The challenges we choose to work on are strongly influenced by our backgrounds and our environment. Our goal with AMMI is to train a generation of young scientists who will bring a fresh perspective to machine intelligence research and contribute to advancing its development across Africa, for the benefit of its society” said Dr. Mouhamadou Moustapha Cissé, Founder and Director of the AMMI program and Professor of Machine Learning at AIMS.

The AMMI program will provide brilliant young Africans with state-of-the-art training in machine learning and its applications. Every course on AMMI will be lectured by leading experts from prestigious African and international institutions, providing the AMMI students the best possible foundation. Some of the notable lecturers are Yann LeCun – who invented the Convolutional Neural Network, Hugo Larochelle from Google AI, Anima Anandkumar the Director of Research at NVIDIA, Timnit Gebru who founded Black in AI and also worked with Microsoft Research, and my more big names in the industry.

We believe this program will light numerous candles that will burn in the heart of the youths by using their skills to solve various problems across Africa.

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