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Department of Computer Science and Technology

Black Lives Matter in AI

7 June 2020

How do the Black Lives Matter protests relate to the AI in Africa project, and the work of Cambridge Global Challenges?

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COVID-19 - project suspension

7 April 2020

As with so many enterprises around the world, the AI in Africa project has been suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Indigenous AI in the Pacific

2 March 2020

Before starting the next leg of my fieldwork in Namibia, I made a side-trip to my home country of Aotearoa New Zealand, where Billie Lythberg, Rachel Wolfgramm and their colleagues have helped me to explore interpretations of AI in Maori and Pasifika cultures.

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Addressing Temporal Memory Safety

26 February 2020

Our upcoming Oakland paper was released onto the internet recently, despite the publication date actually being in May when the conference is held (the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy , to give its official name). So now seemed like a good time to talk about some of the security work we've been doing, in particular our research into schemes for temporal memory safety.

When we talk about memory safety, issues fall into two categories. The first, and most well-known, even if not by name, is spatial safety. This includes buffer-overflow vulnerabilities, such as the one that caused the infamous heartbleed bug . Here, during a TLS session, a missing check on the amount of data requested by...

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AI for Maternal Health in Ethiopia

2 December 2019

Mahlet Woreta is an Ethiopian researcher has been building natural language processing systems to improve maternal health and safety in childbirth.

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BBC Digital Planet Coverage

30 November 2019

The AI in Africa project has been covered in an interview on the BBC World Service programme Digital Planet.

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AI and Health Records

18 November 2019

What opportunities are there for AI methods to contribute to healthcare in Ethiopia?

I've been learning about the IT systems deployed in the Bahir Dar health centre and main hospital. There are some serious systems challenges - with some relationship to my previous work in electronic health records, but no apparent 'quick wins' for AI research.

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Programming Neural Nets in Amharic

7 November 2019

Is it possible to teach and practice programming wholly in a national language, rather than the mix of English keywords and local content that is so typical of digital working?

Addisu Damena at the Bahir Dar Institute of Technology has created a system that does exactly this - not only for practical tasks like interactive websites, but even for experimenting with AI using neural networks.

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An Amharic Arduino? Culture in hardware

1 November 2019

We have been reminded how deep the cultural assumptions of open source and community computing can go.

Eden Melaku, a fifth-year undergraduate in software engineering at Bahir Dar University, discovered during a hackathon-style workshop that the open source Arduino platform is not open enough to support the Amharic language.

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Exploring AI opportunities in Ethiopia

29 October 2019

It's time to define some research priorities for our collaboration with Ethiopian colleagues.

Helen and I met with Tesfa Tegegne in Addis Ababa, to discuss issues relating to development of Amharic language resources in AI for Development, and potential for tools that might "leapfrog" data science methods and school curriculum for an AI generation.

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