IBM Research-Africa

Articles related to people and projects from IBM Research-Africa.

IBM and Twiga Foods Introduce Blockchain-Based MicroFinancing for Food Kiosk Owners in Kenya

Late last year Nairobi-based Twiga Foods, a business-to-business logistics platform for kiosks and food stalls in Africa, was looking to expand its logistic services into a total market ecosystem by adding financial services for its clients. Grant Brooke, co-founder of the $13 million start-up explains, “Previously, we were focused on helping farmers distribute bananas, tomatoes, onions […]

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Interactive supervision with TensorBoard

Rather than spending a month figuring out an unsupervised machine learning problem, just label some data for a week and train a classifier — Richard Socher (Chief Data Scientist, Salesforce) in 2017. The TensorBoard projector features t-distributed Stochastic Neighborhood Embedding (t-SNE) for visualizing high-dimensional datasets, since it is a well-balanced dimensionality reduction algorithm that requires no labels […]

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IBM’s African Scientists Look to Tackle the Continent’s Pressing Healthcare Challenges with AI

A majority of African countries still have fewer than one doctor for every one thousand people, and with the African population expected reach 1.6 billion by 2030, up from 1 billion in 2010, this is not just problematic, but catastrophic. Just as alarming is that the World Health Organization projects that by 2020 the burden […]

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Two IBM Researchers to Speak at TEDGlobal 2017 in Africa

This week in Arusha, Tanzania, hundreds will gather for one of the most highly anticipated events of the year: TEDGlobal. The sold out event brings together entrepreneurs, business leaders,  technologists, dreamers and doers to talk about the challenges and opportunities on the African continent. Representing IBM’s Africa Labs scientists Drs. Abdigani Diriye and David Moinina […]

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IBM Scientists and Designers Mentor Start-Ups on Mandela Day in Jo’burg

Since 2009, on 18 July the world recognizes Mandela Day, to honor Nelson Mandela on his birthday. Part of Mandela’s huge legacy includes community service and volunteerism and IBM’s newest research lab in Johannesburg did its part to contribute with local start-ups. A few weeks ago IBM scientists and local design consultants spent the day […]

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IBMer supports Africa’s future innovators and entrepreneurs

A few weeks ago Lola Aleru, who is based at IBM’s Africa research lab in Nairobi, Kenya, was presented with an incredible opportunity by her colleague and IBM scientist David Moinina Sengeh. She explains, “David is on the board of directors of the Global Minimum Inc (GMin), a non-profit that encourages young innovators and leaders in […]

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Q&A with the Great Nephew of Alan Turing

Carrying on the legacy of a famous relative is a no easy task, particularly for someone as renown as Alan Turing, who is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. But this hasn’t stopped his great nephew James Turing and his parents from giving it a go. Several years ago […]

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Quantum Algorithm Classifies 9,500 Handwritten Numbers

While still in their infancy, as quantum computers edge closer to surpassing classical computers, a new discipline is emerging called quantum machine learning. Its goal is to apply quantum information processing to pattern recognition tasks such as classification, regression and clustering. By using quantum bits (qubits) instead of normal binary bits scientists expect to achieve results on highly complex […]

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IBM Scientist Brings Opportunity and Innovation to Somalia

When Somalia is often mentioned in the news it’s often followed by “explosion,” “drought” and “corruption,” but this hasn’t discouraged IBM computer scientist and Somali Abdigani Diriye from attempting to turn around the country’s fortunes. Diriye left Somalia in 1989 for England, where he attended school, eventually achieving a PhD in computer science from University College […]

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Machine Learning on the Cloud and the Search for E.T.

Maybe E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial would have made it home faster if cloud computing was readily available in 1982. For those of you too young to know, E.T., the loveable alien in the blockbuster movie of the same name, was stranded on Earth after being abandoned its interstellar botanist colleagues. Eventually, E.T. is found in a […]

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60 of Kenya’s Top Talent Students Visit IBM’s Africa Lab

60 students visited IBM Research as part of Kenya’s Presidential Digital Talent Program. When the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Kenya’s Information Communications & Technology (ICTA) contacted IBM’s Kenyan research lab three weeks ago IBM scientist Daby Sow was both excited and nervous. “The Minister wants to increase IBM’s presence in the community of Nairobi, particularly […]

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Forecasting the Future: Air Quality in South Africa with the IoT

Nearly a year ago IBM Research announced that it will expand its Green Horizons initiative globally to enable city governments, utility companies and factories to better understand and improve their relationships with the environment, and to help tackle pressing issues related to air pollution and climate change. Green Horizons applies IBM’s advanced machine learning and Internet […]

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