Africa in AI: opening panel discussion

This panel will be discussing Africa’s impact on all things artificial intelligence. While many like panels tend to go with “AI in Africa” or “How can we grow machine learning in Africa”, we thought we would make Africa the defining term, to indicate that Africa has the control over AI. This also serves our narrative for the panel: focusing on AI and its complexities from our African perspectives rather than Africa from an AI perspective.

We welcome a diverse and experienced group of people to introduce what AI means to them and how it is influencing our world.

  • Prof. Francesco Petrucione - Pro Vice-Chancellor fo Big Data and Informatics at University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Prof. Tshilidzi Marwala - Vice-Chancellor of University of Johannesburg
  • Prof. Benjamin Rosman - Head of the Rail Lab at University of the Witwatersrand
  • Dr. Justine Nasejje - Lecturer at University of the Witwatersrand
  • Pelonomi Moiloa - Data Scientist at Nedbank
  • Jade Abbott - Software Engineer at Retro Rabbit
  • Sicelukwanda Zwane - MSc Robotics student in the Rail Lab

Christopher Currin (PhD Neuroscience at UCT, committee member of IBRO-Simons Computational Neuroscience Imbizo, and some other things that aren’t as awesome as your credentials) will be moderating the panel to guide the conversation from introduction to impact.