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Department of Computer Science and Technology


Artificial intelligence research has become deep but narrow. What would AI look like if it was invented in Africa?

Our goal is to explore that question by working with computer scientists and educators in Ethiopia, Namibia, Uganda and elsewhere. This blog will be our project diary over the coming year:

  • October to December 2019, based in Bahir Dar Ethiopia 
  • January to February 2020, based in Wellington New Zealand 
  • March to May 2020, based in Windhoek Namibia 
  • June 2020, based in Kampala Uganda

The project team includes Alan Blackwell, Helen Arnold, Nic Bidwell, Tesfa Tegegne and Ros Parkes-Ratanshi, working with Sharath Srinivasan, Luke Church, Frank Kavishe, Daniel Mutembesa and many others.

Many organisations have helped to set this project up, including Cambridge Global Challenges, the Centre for Global Equality, Africa’s Voices Foundation, the Leverhulme Centre for Future of Intelligence, and Cambridge Mathematics. Thinking and preparation has benefited from a fantastic team of advisers, including Neil Lawrence, David Spiegelhalter, Lara Allen, Rachel Adams, Keith Breckenridge, James Allingham, Ulrich Paquet, MJ Gifford, Lynn McClure, Marc Deisenroth, Tom Wilkinson

This project is supported by grants from the Alborada Foundation, the UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund and the University of Cambridge, in association with Bahir Dar Institute of Technology, International University of Management Namibia and Makerere University.