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Cognitive Robotics

Cognitive Robotics Resources
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Technical Committee for Cognitive Robotics Website

AI in Africa

There is increasing awareness of the positive impact that AI, robotics, and machine learning will have on developing countries. The fields provide opportunities for social and economic empowerment but they also pose some significant challenges. Three questions arise: What role will AI, robotics, and machine learning play, how can Africa best exploit the opportunities that intelligent automation and cognitive robotics have to offer, and how can Africa offset the threats posed by global factors?

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 and in a chapter Realizing the Potential of AI in Africa: It All Turns on Trust, in a forthcoming book, Towards Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence Systems, M. I. Aldinhas Ferreira (Ed.), Springer.

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

Background material is provided on this page.


Additional material to support some of the courses on my main website.


Here are some random items of interest.