On Tuesday, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) announced the launch of a one-year intensive African Master’s in Machine Intelligence (AMMI) in partnership with Facebook and Google. The masters will begin this September at the AIMS-Rwanda campus in Kigali.
“Machine Intelligence (MI) is revolutionising critical aspects of our lives. It enhances medical diagnosis, improves industrial processes and enables scientific discoveries. Over the past decade, thanks to large public and private investments, MI has progressed rapidly in both basic research and the development of a vast array of applications. However, the talent pool currently advancing MI is modest and unrepresentative of the diversity of our world, leaving us less capable of facing global challenges. The challenges we choose to work on are strongly influenced by our backgrounds and our environment. Our goal with AMMI is to train a generation of young scientists who will bring a fresh perspective to machine intelligence research and contribute to advancing its development across Africa, for the benefit of its society,” said Dr. Mouhamadou Moustapha Cissé, Founder and Director of the AMMI program and Professor of Machine Learning at AIMS.
AIMS, together with its partners, believes creating an effective, globally connected community of Machine Intelligence practitioners in Africa will reduce the technology gap, strengthen Africa’s economies and enable better governance.
Commenting on the partnership, Jerome Pesenti, VP of Artificial Intelligence said, “We’re proud to be partnering with AIMS and Google to launch the African Master’s in Machine Intelligence programme. At Facebook, our goal is to drive positive social and economic impact across Africa, and this partnership is another step in driving innovation by supporting the continent’s already exciting tech ecosystem and talent pool. We’re excited to see how students will utilise advanced technologies to solve problems and build solutions for the future of Africa and the rest of the world. We look forward to seeing them contribute to the growing ecosystem of African machine intelligence scientists and bring a fresh perspective on the challenges tackled by the scientific community.”
Jeff Dean, Lead of AI at Google said, “The field of machine intelligence is advancing rapidly, and it’s imperative that industry leaders including Google and Facebook, continue to partner with academic institutions like AIMS to develop the next generation of students who will build MI that benefits everyone. We look forward to working with AIMS to drive this effort through the AMMI program. Along with our recent announcement of a Google AI centre, scheduled to open later this year in Ghana, this partnership with AIMS is another example of our long-term investment and commitment to Africa.”
The AMMI program will provide brilliant young Africans with state-of-the-art training in machine learning and its applications. Every course on AMMI will be lectured by leading experts from prestigious African and international institutions, providing the AMMI students the best possible foundation.
“AIMS is thrilled to be launching AMMI in order to fast-track the entry of young African scientists into this very exciting and relevant discipline. We hope to replicate AMMI in other African countries, creating a pan-African network of centres for training and research of the highest international quality. AMMI will open the doors to Africa’s most talented youth, enabling them to contribute to the industry, government and science on the continent. They will be the pioneers of a growing ecosystem of African machine intelligence specialists bringing leading-edge skills to Africa’s economy, governance and society at large. AMMI is the first step towards AIMS’ long-term goal of preparing Africa for the coming quantum revolution in information science and technology,” said Professor Neil Turok, Founder and Chair of the AIMS.