Read in 2 minutes ● Indaba Organisers
Across the African continent, our communities gather to create spaces where we share our experiences, seek advice, and discuss the pressing issues of the day. In Zulu, this type of gathering is called an Indaba. This September, the first Deep Learning Indaba will take place: a shared space to learn, to share, and to debate the state-of-the-art in machine learning and artificial intelligence, and our African contributions to this scientific endeavour.
African machine learning is strong and varied. To support the food security of our nations, computer vision is used to detect cassava root disease in images captured using low-cost mobile phones . Where health services and advice is limited, especially for HIV and AIDS, machine learning is used to shorten response times in mobile question-answering services, allowing these services to reach more people . And the African contribution to Big Science, in particular in radio astronomy through the square kilometre array telescope, will advance the state of machine learning to provide new insights into the workings of the universe .