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===General Articles on AI in Africa===
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===AI in Africa===
[[File:new.jpg]] [http://vernon.eu/publications/2021_Alupo_et_al.pdf Realizing the Potential of AI in Africa: It All Turns on Trust] C. Delmus Alupo, D. Omeiza, and D. Vernon, in Towards Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence Systems, M. I. Aldinhas Ferreira (Ed.), Springer (in press)<BR>
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[http://www.vernon.eu/downloads/Africa_Embraces_AI.pdf Africa Embraces AI, Robotics, and Machine Learning], Invited talk at the Int. Conference on Robot Ethics and Standards ([https://clawar.org/conference-proceedings/icres-conference/icres-2020-proceedings/ ICRES 2020]) NB: 300 MB <BR>
[https://ssir.org/articles/entry/the_ai_invasion_is_coming_to_africa_and_its_a_good_thing# The AI Invasion is Coming to Africa (and It’s a Good Thing)]<BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]] [https://journals.openedition.org/ctd/4775?lang=en AI in Africa : Framing AI through an African Lens] <BR>
[https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07104-7 Look to Africa to advance artificial intelligence] Nature 562, 461 (2018) <BR>
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[https://www.theafricareport.com/833/artificial-intelligence-hits-african-companies/ Artificial Intelligence Hits African Companies]<BR>
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[https://cpr.unu.edu/ai-in-africa-is-a-double-edged-sword.html AI & Global Governance: AI in Africa is a Double-Edged Sword]<BR>
 
[https://cpr.unu.edu/ai-in-africa-is-a-double-edged-sword.html AI & Global Governance: AI in Africa is a Double-Edged Sword]<BR>
[https://www.siliconrepublic.com/machines/africa-ai-google The future of AI: Why Google is betting big on Africa] <BR>
 
 
[https://www.bbrief.co.za/2017/05/11/artificial-intelligence-how-can-it-benefit-africa/ Artificial Intelligence – how can it benefit Africa?]<BR>
 
[https://www.bbrief.co.za/2017/05/11/artificial-intelligence-how-can-it-benefit-africa/ Artificial Intelligence – how can it benefit Africa?]<BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]] [https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fdgth.2020.00006/full Artificial Intelligence for Healthcare in Africa] <BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]] [http://www.scielo.org.za/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S2077-72132020000200002 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Deployments in Africa: Benefits, Challenges and Policy Dimensions] <BR>
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[https://www.theafricareport.com/833/artificial-intelligence-hits-african-companies/ Artificial Intelligence Hits African Companies]<BR>
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[[file:new.jpg]] [https://www.giz.de/expertise/html/61982.html FAIR Forward - Artificial Intelligence for All] <BR>
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[https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07104-7 Look to Africa to advance artificial intelligence] Nature 562, 461 (2018) <BR>
 
[https://www.blog.google/around-the-globe/google-africa/google-ai-ghana/ Google AI in Ghana] <BR>
 
[https://www.blog.google/around-the-globe/google-africa/google-ai-ghana/ Google AI in Ghana] <BR>
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[http://vernon.eu/publications/2021_Alupo_et_al.pdf  Realizing the Potential of AI in Africa] C. Delmus Alupo, D. Omeiza, and D. Vernon, in Towards Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence Systems, M. I. Aldinhas Ferreira (Ed.), Springer (in press)<BR>
 
[http://www.vernon.eu/publications/19_Vernon_RAM.pdf Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Africa], also at [https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8931075 IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 131-135, December 2019]<BR>
 
[http://www.vernon.eu/publications/19_Vernon_RAM.pdf Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Africa], also at [https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8931075 IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 131-135, December 2019]<BR>
[http://www.vernon.eu/downloads/Africa_Embraces_AI.pdf Africa Embraces AI, Robotics, and Machine Learning], Invited talk at the Int. Conference on Robot Ethics and Standards ([https://clawar.org/conference-proceedings/icres-conference/icres-2020-proceedings/ ICRES 2020]) NB: 300 MB <BR>
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[https://ssir.org/articles/entry/the_ai_invasion_is_coming_to_africa_and_its_a_good_thing# The AI Invasion is Coming to Africa (and It’s a Good Thing)]<BR>
[http://brel54.blogspot.com/ Michel Bezy's Blog on ICT in Africa]<BR>
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[https://www.siliconrepublic.com/machines/africa-ai-google The future of AI: Why Google is betting big on Africa] <BR>
 
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[[file:new.jpg]] [https://www.brookings.edu/blog/africa-in-focus/2020/01/13/the-future-is-intelligent-harnessing-the-potential-of-artificial-intelligence-in-africa/ The future is intelligent: Harnessing the potential of artificial intelligence in Africa]<BR>
===Research Funding Opportunities===
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[[File:new.jpg]]  [https://africa.ai4d.ai/about-ai4d/ The Artificial Intelligence for Development in Africa (AI4D Africa) program] <BR>
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[https://www.epfl.ch/research/domains/exaf/ The Excellence in Africa Initiative] <BR>
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[https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_2324 European Union and African Union join forces to empower a new generation of African research talents] <BR>
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[https://www.k4all.org/ Knowledge for All] Global South Artificial Intelligence Directory <BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]] [https://www.k4all.org/project/language-dataset-fellowship/ Cracking the Language Barrier for a Multilingual Africa] <BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]]  [https://www.k4all.org/project/masakhane-mt-decolonizing-scientific-writing-for-africa/ Masakhane MT: Decolonizing Scientific Writing for Africa] <BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]]  [https://www.k4all.org/project/named-entity-recognition-and-parts-of-speech-datasets-for-african-languages/ Named Entity Recognition and parts of Speech Datasets for African Languages]
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===Robotics in Africa===
 
===Robotics in Africa===
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[http://robotics-africa.org/ African Robotics Network (AFRON)] <BR>
 
[[File:new.jpg]] [https://www.awarri.com/ Awarri] "Our mission is to enable the development and adoption of advanced AI & Robotics technology on the African continent" <BR>
 
[[File:new.jpg]] [https://www.awarri.com/ Awarri] "Our mission is to enable the development and adoption of advanced AI & Robotics technology on the African continent" <BR>
 
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85svuiUOtvY Robotics in Education in Africa] Ayorkor Korsah, Ashesi University, Ghana, Plenary speaker at the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation <BR>  
 
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85svuiUOtvY Robotics in Education in Africa] Ayorkor Korsah, Ashesi University, Ghana, Plenary speaker at the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation <BR>  
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[https://face2faceafrica.com/article/all-girls-robotics-team-from-ghana-wins-world-robofest-championship-in-the-u-s?fbclid=IwAR1OvJIvUIRLGdI3X375nbnX1OAUnSQ2g9S9MA5_A92VhTgfq8LO6zkI3V4 All-girls robotics team from Ghana wins World Robofest Championship in the U.S.]<BR>
 
[https://face2faceafrica.com/article/all-girls-robotics-team-from-ghana-wins-world-robofest-championship-in-the-u-s?fbclid=IwAR1OvJIvUIRLGdI3X375nbnX1OAUnSQ2g9S9MA5_A92VhTgfq8LO6zkI3V4 All-girls robotics team from Ghana wins World Robofest Championship in the U.S.]<BR>
 
[http://vernon.eu/publications/19_Vernon_RAM.pdf Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Africa], IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 131-135, December 2019.<BR>
 
[http://vernon.eu/publications/19_Vernon_RAM.pdf Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Africa], IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 131-135, December 2019.<BR>
[http://robotics-africa.org/ African Robotics Network (AFRON)] <BR>
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[https://reflectrobotics.com/index.html Reflect Robotics] <BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]] [https://www.reuters.com/news/picture/robots-at-reception-south-african-hotel-idUSKBN2AF0QX Robots at reception: South African hotel turns to machines to beat pandemic]. <BR>
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[https://www.ryonic.io/ Ryonic Robotics]<BR>
 
[[File:new.jpg]] [https://www.ubtrobot.com/products/cruzr?ls=en Ubtech CRUZR service robot] deployed by [https://www.zorabotsafrica.com/home ZoraBots Africa Ltd.] to check the temperature of travellers arriving at [https://www.afro.who.int/news/robots-use-rwanda-fight-against-covid-19 Kigali International Airport, Rwanda.] <BR>
 
[[File:new.jpg]] [https://www.ubtrobot.com/products/cruzr?ls=en Ubtech CRUZR service robot] deployed by [https://www.zorabotsafrica.com/home ZoraBots Africa Ltd.] to check the temperature of travellers arriving at [https://www.afro.who.int/news/robots-use-rwanda-fight-against-covid-19 Kigali International Airport, Rwanda.] <BR>
[[File:new.jpg]] [https://www.zorabotsafrica.com/home ZoraBots Africa Ltd.]
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[[File:new.jpg]] [https://www.zorabotsafrica.com/home ZoraBots Africa Ltd.] <BR>
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=== AI Education in Africa===
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[https://ai6abuja.github.io/ AI Saturdays Abuja] <BR>
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[https://aisaturdayslagos.github.io/ AI Saturdays Lagos] <BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]] [https://online.atingi.org/enrol/index.php?id=1384 Atingi course - How to Get Involved in Artificial Intelligence]<BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]] [https://online.atingi.org/course/view.php?id=468 Atingi course - Launchpad to Fundamental Questions of Artificial Intelligence - Part 1: What is AI?]<BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]] [https://online.atingi.org/course/view.php?id=472 Atingi course - Launchpad to Fundamental Questions of Artificial Intelligence - Part 2: Application of artificial intelligence in daily life]<BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]] [https://online.atingi.org/course/view.php?id=473 Atingi course - Launchpad to Fundamental Questions of Artificial Intelligence - Part 3: Risks]<BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]] [https://online.atingi.org/course/view.php?id=478 Atingi course - Launchpad to Fundamental Questions of Artificial Intelligence - Part 4: Opportunities and Outlook]<BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]] [https://online.atingi.org/mod/page/view.php?id=650 Atingi course - Artificial Intelligence for Development]<BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]] [https://online.atingi.org/enrol/index.php?id=465 Atingi course - Artificial Intelligence for All: Open AI Training Data for African Languages]<BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]] [https://online.atingi.org/course/view.php?id=653 Atingi course - Artificial Intelligence for All: How to prepare open training data and share it for re-use by others following international standards]<BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]] [https://online.atingi.org/course/view.php?id=689 Atingi course - Artificial Intelligence for All: How to eliminate or mitigate biases in Artificial Intelligence training data]<BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]] [https://online.atingi.org/course/view.php?id=690 Atingi course - Artificial Intelligence for All: How to Create and Sustain Open AI Image Training Data]<BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]] [https://online.atingi.org/course/view.php?id=467 Atingi course - Artificial Intelligence for All: Open AI Training Data for Earth Observation]<BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]] [https://online.atingi.org/course/view.php?id=1107 Atingi course - Machine Learning on Earth Observation: ML4EO Bootcamp] based on Radiant Earth's online course below <BR>
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[https://aimsammi.org/ African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Master’s in Machine Intelligence (AIMMI)] <BR>
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Carnegie Mellon University Africa [https://www.africa.engineering.cmu.edu/ website] and [https://vimeo.com/413919491 video] <BR>
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[https://deeplearningindaba.com/2020/ Deep Learning Indaba] <BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]] [https://medium.com/radiant-earth-insights/announcing-radiant-earths-online-course-on-machine-learning-for-earth-observation-6628515ae64e Radiant Earth's online course on machine learning for earth observation] [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgDPoS3i8Tc&list=PL3QzFgBMGnbRREwZWFPpaFN1WLXKUW6a7 14 videos on YouTube] and
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[https://github.com/RadiantMLHub/ml4eo-bootcamp-2021 materials on GitHub]<BR>
  
===Telemedicine===
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=== Robotics Education in Africa===
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Carnegie Mellon University Africa [https://www.africa.engineering.cmu.edu/ website] and [https://vimeo.com/413919491 video] <BR>
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[https://resourcecenter.ieee-ras.org/conferences-videos/icra-videos/824490.html ICRA 2015 - Robotics in Education in Africa]<BR>
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[https://leaprlabs.rw/ Leapr Labs] <BR>
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[https://leaprlabs.rw/mtoto/ Mtoto Robotics] (part for Leapr Labs) <BR>
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[http://creativity.rw/ Creativity Lab] STEM education using robots <BR>
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[https://www.mineduc.gov.rw/news-detail/the-ministry-of-education-to-enter-into-partnership-with-zorabots-africa-to-promote-stem-in-rwandan-schools The government of Rwanda enters into a partnership] with [https://www.zorabotsafrica.com/home ZoraBots Africa] to promote STEM in Rwandan schools<BR>
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===Research Funding Opportunities===
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[[File:new.jpg]]  [https://africa.ai4d.ai/about-ai4d/ The Artificial Intelligence for Development in Africa (AI4D Africa) program] <BR>
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[https://www.epfl.ch/research/domains/exaf/ The Excellence in Africa Initiative] <BR>
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[https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_2324 European Union and African Union join forces to empower a new generation of African research talents] <BR>
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[https://www.k4all.org/ Knowledge for All] Global South Artificial Intelligence Directory <BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]]  [https://www.k4all.org/project/language-dataset-fellowship/ Cracking the Language Barrier for a Multilingual Africa] <BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]]  [https://www.k4all.org/project/masakhane-mt-decolonizing-scientific-writing-for-africa/ Masakhane MT: Decolonizing Scientific Writing for Africa] <BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]]  [https://www.k4all.org/project/named-entity-recognition-and-parts-of-speech-datasets-for-african-languages/ Named Entity Recognition and parts of Speech Datasets for African Languages]
  
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===Telemedicine===
 
[[File:new.jpg]] [https://babyl.rw/ Babyl] digital health service provider in Rwanda.
 
[[File:new.jpg]] [https://babyl.rw/ Babyl] digital health service provider in Rwanda.
  
 
===Economic Policy and Impact===
 
===Economic Policy and Impact===
 
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[https://www.howwemadeitinafrica.com/additive-manufacturing-implications-african-economies/60103/ Additive manufacturing: Implications for African economies]<BR>
[[file:new.jpg]] [https://www.howwemadeitinafrica.com/additive-manufacturing-implications-african-economies/60103/ Additive manufacturing: Implications for African economies]<BR>
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[https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/01/the-fourth-industrial-revolution-what-it-means-and-how-to-respond/ The Fourth Industrial Revolution - what it means and how to respond]<BR>
 
[https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/01/the-fourth-industrial-revolution-what-it-means-and-how-to-respond/ The Fourth Industrial Revolution - what it means and how to respond]<BR>
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[[file:new.jpg]] [https://www.brookings.edu/research/the-fourth-industrial-revolution-and-digitization-will-transform-africa-into-a-global-powerhouse/ The Fourth Industrial Revolution and digitization will transform Africa into a global powerhouse]<BR>
 
[https://oecd.ai/dashboards National AI policies and strategies] <BR>
 
[https://oecd.ai/dashboards National AI policies and strategies] <BR>
 
[[file:new.jpg]] [https://unctad.org/system/files/official-document/tir2020_en.pdf United Nations Conference on Trade and Development - Technology and Innovation Report 2021]<BR>
 
[[file:new.jpg]] [https://unctad.org/system/files/official-document/tir2020_en.pdf United Nations Conference on Trade and Development - Technology and Innovation Report 2021]<BR>
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[https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/publications/technology-at-work-v2-0-the-future-is-not-what-it-used-to-be/ Technology at Work v2.0 The Future Is Not What It Used to Be] <BR>
 
[https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/publications/technology-at-work-v2-0-the-future-is-not-what-it-used-to-be/ Technology at Work v2.0 The Future Is Not What It Used to Be] <BR>
 
[http://drodrik.scholar.harvard.edu/files/dani-rodrik/files/premature_deindustrialization.pdf Premature Deindustrialization]<BR>
 
[http://drodrik.scholar.harvard.edu/files/dani-rodrik/files/premature_deindustrialization.pdf Premature Deindustrialization]<BR>
[[file:new.jpg]] [https://infomineo.com/additive-manufacturing-africa-middle-east/ Could 3D printing revolutionize manufacturing in Africa and the Middle East?] <BR>
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[https://infomineo.com/additive-manufacturing-africa-middle-east/ Could 3D printing revolutionize manufacturing in Africa and the Middle East?] <BR>
 
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===Robotics and AI Education in Africa===
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[https://resourcecenter.ieee-ras.org/conferences-videos/icra-videos/824490.html ICRA 2015 - Robotics in Education in Africa]<BR>
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[https://aimsammi.org/ African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Master’s in Machine Intelligence (AIMMI)] <BR>
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[https://ai6abuja.github.io/ AI Saturdays Abuja] <BR>
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[https://aisaturdayslagos.github.io/ AI Saturdays Lagos] <BR>
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[https://deeplearningindaba.com/2020/ Deep Learning Indaba] <BR>
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Carnegie Mellon University Africa [https://www.africa.engineering.cmu.edu/ website] and [https://vimeo.com/413919491 video] <BR>
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[http://creativity.rw/ Creativity Lab] STEM education using robots <BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]] [https://leaprlabs.rw/ Leapr Labs] <BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]] [https://leaprlabs.rw/mtoto/ Mtoto Robotics] (part for Leapr Labs) <BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]] [https://www.mineduc.gov.rw/news-detail/the-ministry-of-education-to-enter-into-partnership-with-zorabots-africa-to-promote-stem-in-rwandan-schools ] The government of Rwanda enters into a partnership with [https://www.zorabotsafrica.com/home ZoraBots Africa] to promote STEM in Rwandan schools]<BR>
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===Drones in Africa===
 
===Drones in Africa===
 
 
[https://www.tralac.org/documents/news/1978-drones-on-the-horizon-transforming-africa-s-agriculture-nepad-2018.html Drones on the Horizon: Transforming Africa’s Agriculture]<BR>
 
[https://www.tralac.org/documents/news/1978-drones-on-the-horizon-transforming-africa-s-agriculture-nepad-2018.html Drones on the Horizon: Transforming Africa’s Agriculture]<BR>
 
[https://www.rti.org/impact/using-satellite-images-and-artificial-intelligence-improve-agricultural-resilience AI and remote sensing in agriculture] <BR>
 
[https://www.rti.org/impact/using-satellite-images-and-artificial-intelligence-improve-agricultural-resilience AI and remote sensing in agriculture] <BR>
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===AI-related Companies and Applications===
 
===AI-related Companies and Applications===
 
[https://www.aerobotics.com/?identifier=default-sign-up-button Aerobotics]<BR>
 
[https://www.aerobotics.com/?identifier=default-sign-up-button Aerobotics]<BR>
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[[File:new.jpg]] [https://digitalumuganda.com/ Digital Umuganda] <BR>
 
[https://eguide.io/ Electricity Growth and Use in Developing Economies (e-GUIDE) Initiative] uses deep learning, data analytics, and satellite imagery to predict energy demand and consumption. <BR>
 
[https://eguide.io/ Electricity Growth and Use in Developing Economies (e-GUIDE) Initiative] uses deep learning, data analytics, and satellite imagery to predict energy demand and consumption. <BR>
 
[https://www.fenixintl.com/ Fenix International] uses predictive analytics to lend money to those who previously lacked financial services.<BR>
 
[https://www.fenixintl.com/ Fenix International] uses predictive analytics to lend money to those who previously lacked financial services.<BR>
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[https://www.icow.co.ke/ iCow] expert information on good farming practices accessed through SMS alerts <BR>
 
[https://www.icow.co.ke/ iCow] expert information on good farming practices accessed through SMS alerts <BR>
 
[https://www.mfarm.co.ke/ M-Farm] connects farmers with local buyers and provides a real-time virtual marketplace<BR>
 
[https://www.mfarm.co.ke/ M-Farm] connects farmers with local buyers and provides a real-time virtual marketplace<BR>
[[File:new.jpg]] [https://nottoafrica.com/ Notto] a mobile app that acquires images of rent receipts and automatically constructs a credit-worthiness profile of clients which they can use in support of loan and mortgage applications. <BR>
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[https://nottoafrica.com/ Notto] a mobile app that acquires images of rent receipts and automatically constructs a credit-worthiness profile of clients which they can use in support of loan and mortgage applications. <BR>
 
[https://iasystems.co.za/ Professional Drone Services and Analytics]<BR>
 
[https://iasystems.co.za/ Professional Drone Services and Analytics]<BR>
[https://www.ryonic.io/ Ryonic Robotics]<BR>
 
 
[https://ventureburn.com/2017/04/five-artificial-intelligence-startups-africa-look-2017/ Six artificial intelligence startups in Africa to look out for]<BR>
 
[https://ventureburn.com/2017/04/five-artificial-intelligence-startups-africa-look-2017/ Six artificial intelligence startups in Africa to look out for]<BR>
 
[https://smileidentity.com/ Smile Identity] Real-time digital Know Your Customer (KYC) identity verification, user onboarding, and user authentication across Africa. <BR>
 
[https://smileidentity.com/ Smile Identity] Real-time digital Know Your Customer (KYC) identity verification, user onboarding, and user authentication across Africa. <BR>
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===AI Research Organizations===
 
===AI Research Organizations===
 
 
[https://www.research.ibm.com/labs/africa/ IBM Research], Nairobi, Kenya, and Johannesburg, South Africa <BR>
 
[https://www.research.ibm.com/labs/africa/ IBM Research], Nairobi, Kenya, and Johannesburg, South Africa <BR>
 
[https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/group/microsoft-africa-research-institute-mari/ Microsoft Africa Research Institute (MARI)], Nairobi, Kenya.
 
[https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/group/microsoft-africa-research-institute-mari/ Microsoft Africa Research Institute (MARI)], Nairobi, Kenya.
  
 
===Highlights===
 
===Highlights===
 
 
Some of these issues are discussed in [http://www.vernon.eu/publications/19_Vernon_RAM.pdf Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Africa], [https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8931075 IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 131-135, December 2019].
 
Some of these issues are discussed in [http://www.vernon.eu/publications/19_Vernon_RAM.pdf Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Africa], [https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8931075 IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 131-135, December 2019].
  

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AI in Africa

Africa Embraces AI, Robotics, and Machine Learning, Invited talk at the Int. Conference on Robot Ethics and Standards (ICRES 2020) NB: 300 MB
New.jpg AI in Africa : Framing AI through an African Lens
AI & Global Governance: AI in Africa is a Double-Edged Sword
Artificial Intelligence – how can it benefit Africa?
New.jpg Artificial Intelligence for Healthcare in Africa
New.jpg Artificial Intelligence (AI) Deployments in Africa: Benefits, Challenges and Policy Dimensions
Artificial Intelligence Hits African Companies
New.jpg FAIR Forward - Artificial Intelligence for All
Look to Africa to advance artificial intelligence Nature 562, 461 (2018)
Google AI in Ghana
Realizing the Potential of AI in Africa C. Delmus Alupo, D. Omeiza, and D. Vernon, in Towards Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence Systems, M. I. Aldinhas Ferreira (Ed.), Springer (in press)
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Africa, also at IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 131-135, December 2019
The AI Invasion is Coming to Africa (and It’s a Good Thing)
The future of AI: Why Google is betting big on Africa
New.jpg The future is intelligent: Harnessing the potential of artificial intelligence in Africa

Robotics in Africa

African Robotics Network (AFRON)
New.jpg Awarri "Our mission is to enable the development and adoption of advanced AI & Robotics technology on the African continent"
Robotics in Education in Africa Ayorkor Korsah, Ashesi University, Ghana, Plenary speaker at the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Robots in Africa. What does this mean for the continent ?
African countries are importing robots and young people's jobs are at risk
Research Institute against Digestive Cancer (IRCAD)
IRCAD in the press
Pan-African Robotics Competition
Robotics for Kids
Fundi Bots robotics for kids classes, motivating STEM education generally
MIT-Africa Robotics Boot Camp
Humanoid robot Sophia addresses Africa technology summit in Rwanda
Robofest 2019
All-girls robotics team from Ghana wins World Robofest Championship in the U.S.
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Africa, IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 131-135, December 2019.
Reflect Robotics
New.jpg Robots at reception: South African hotel turns to machines to beat pandemic.
Ryonic Robotics
New.jpg Ubtech CRUZR service robot deployed by ZoraBots Africa Ltd. to check the temperature of travellers arriving at Kigali International Airport, Rwanda.
New.jpg ZoraBots Africa Ltd.

AI Education in Africa

AI Saturdays Abuja
AI Saturdays Lagos
New.jpg Atingi course - How to Get Involved in Artificial Intelligence
New.jpg Atingi course - Launchpad to Fundamental Questions of Artificial Intelligence - Part 1: What is AI?
New.jpg Atingi course - Launchpad to Fundamental Questions of Artificial Intelligence - Part 2: Application of artificial intelligence in daily life
New.jpg Atingi course - Launchpad to Fundamental Questions of Artificial Intelligence - Part 3: Risks
New.jpg Atingi course - Launchpad to Fundamental Questions of Artificial Intelligence - Part 4: Opportunities and Outlook
New.jpg Atingi course - Artificial Intelligence for Development
New.jpg Atingi course - Artificial Intelligence for All: Open AI Training Data for African Languages
New.jpg Atingi course - Artificial Intelligence for All: How to prepare open training data and share it for re-use by others following international standards
New.jpg Atingi course - Artificial Intelligence for All: How to eliminate or mitigate biases in Artificial Intelligence training data
New.jpg Atingi course - Artificial Intelligence for All: How to Create and Sustain Open AI Image Training Data
New.jpg Atingi course - Artificial Intelligence for All: Open AI Training Data for Earth Observation
New.jpg Atingi course - Machine Learning on Earth Observation: ML4EO Bootcamp based on Radiant Earth's online course below
African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Master’s in Machine Intelligence (AIMMI)
Carnegie Mellon University Africa website and video
Deep Learning Indaba
New.jpg Radiant Earth's online course on machine learning for earth observation 14 videos on YouTube and materials on GitHub

Robotics Education in Africa

Carnegie Mellon University Africa website and video
ICRA 2015 - Robotics in Education in Africa
Leapr Labs
Mtoto Robotics (part for Leapr Labs)
Creativity Lab STEM education using robots
The government of Rwanda enters into a partnership with ZoraBots Africa to promote STEM in Rwandan schools

Research Funding Opportunities

New.jpg The Artificial Intelligence for Development in Africa (AI4D Africa) program
The Excellence in Africa Initiative
European Union and African Union join forces to empower a new generation of African research talents
Knowledge for All Global South Artificial Intelligence Directory
New.jpg Cracking the Language Barrier for a Multilingual Africa
New.jpg Masakhane MT: Decolonizing Scientific Writing for Africa
New.jpg Named Entity Recognition and parts of Speech Datasets for African Languages

Telemedicine

New.jpg Babyl digital health service provider in Rwanda.

Economic Policy and Impact

Additive manufacturing: Implications for African economies
The Fourth Industrial Revolution - what it means and how to respond
New.jpg The Fourth Industrial Revolution and digitization will transform Africa into a global powerhouse
National AI policies and strategies
New.jpg United Nations Conference on Trade and Development - Technology and Innovation Report 2021
Robots and Industrialization in Developing Countries
The Rise of the Robot Reserve Army: Automation and the Future of Economic Development, Work, and Wages in Developing Countries
New.jpg Industry 4.0 - Is Africa ready for the march of the robots?
Artificial intelligence for Africa: an opportunity for growth, development, and democratization
Policy innovation for transforming Africa’s food system with digital technologies
Digitalisation and the future of African manufacturing: Briefing paper
Digitalisation and the future of African manufacturing.
Technology at Work v2.0 The Future Is Not What It Used to Be
Premature Deindustrialization
Could 3D printing revolutionize manufacturing in Africa and the Middle East?

Drones in Africa

Drones on the Horizon: Transforming Africa’s Agriculture
AI and remote sensing in agriculture
Impact of drones in Rwanda
In the Air With Zipline’s Medical Delivery Drones
 - IEEE Spectrum, April 2019
New.jpg How Rwanda Built A Drone Delivery Service: video highlighting the engineering accomplishments of the delivery service

AI-related Companies and Applications

Aerobotics
New.jpg Digital Umuganda
Electricity Growth and Use in Developing Economies (e-GUIDE) Initiative uses deep learning, data analytics, and satellite imagery to predict energy demand and consumption.
Fenix International uses predictive analytics to lend money to those who previously lacked financial services.
Hepta Analytics
iCow expert information on good farming practices accessed through SMS alerts
M-Farm connects farmers with local buyers and provides a real-time virtual marketplace
Notto a mobile app that acquires images of rent receipts and automatically constructs a credit-worthiness profile of clients which they can use in support of loan and mortgage applications.
Professional Drone Services and Analytics
Six artificial intelligence startups in Africa to look out for
Smile Identity Real-time digital Know Your Customer (KYC) identity verification, user onboarding, and user authentication across Africa.
Third Eye Water
Charis UAS Unmanned Aerial Solutions
Ubenwa a mobile app that analyses the cry sounds of a newborn to detect early signs of perinatal asphyxia - a leading cause of neonatal disability and death
Ulima all-in-one app for pre- to post-harvest farming, providing tailored and step-by-step assistance to farmers

AI Research Organizations

IBM Research, Nairobi, Kenya, and Johannesburg, South Africa
Microsoft Africa Research Institute (MARI), Nairobi, Kenya.

Highlights

Some of these issues are discussed in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Africa, IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 131-135, December 2019.

Others are highlighted in an invited talk "Africa Embraces AI, Robotics, and Machine Learning" (300 MB) given at ICRES 2020, the International Conference on Robot Ethics and Standards, Taipei, September 2020.

Realizing the Potential of AI in Africa, co-authored by Charity Delmus Alupo and Daniel Omeiza, in Towards Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence Systems, M. I. Aldinhas Ferreira, O. Tokhi eds. Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering. Springer (forthcoming).