Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Machine Learning in Africa

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General Articles on AI in Africa

New.jpg 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)
The AI Invasion is Coming to Africa (and It’s a Good Thing)
Look to Africa to advance artificial intelligence Nature 562, 461 (2018)
Artificial Intelligence Hits African Companies
AI & Global Governance: AI in Africa is a Double-Edged Sword
The future of AI: Why Google is betting big on Africa
Artificial Intelligence – how can it benefit Africa?
Google AI in Ghana
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Africa, also at IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 131-135, December 2019
Africa Embraces AI, Robotics, and Machine Learning, Invited talk at the Int. Conference on Robot Ethics and Standards (ICRES 2020) NB: 300 MB
Michel Bezy's Blog on ICT in Africa

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

Robotics in Africa

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.
African Robotics Network (AFRON)
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.


New.jpg Babyl digital health service provider in Rwanda.

Economic Policy and Impact

New.jpg Additive manufacturing: Implications for African economies
The Fourth Industrial Revolution - what it means and how to respond
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
New.jpg Could 3D printing revolutionize manufacturing in Africa and the Middle East?

Robotics and AI Education in Africa

ICRA 2015 - Robotics in Education in Africa
African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Master’s in Machine Intelligence (AIMMI)
AI Saturdays Abuja
AI Saturdays Lagos
Deep Learning Indaba
Carnegie Mellon University Africa website and video
Creativity Lab STEM education using robots
New.jpg Leapr Labs
New.jpg Mtoto Robotics (part for Leapr Labs)
New.jpg The government of Rwanda enters into a partnership with ZoraBots Africa to promote STEM in Rwandan schools

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

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
New.jpg 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
Ryonic Robotics
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.


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).