The AMMI program provides young Africans an incredible opportunity to use AI and machine learning (ML) to advance knowledge
African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) has entered into partnership with Google and Facebook to launch a program – African Masters in Machine Intelligence (AMMI) at its Rwanda Campus. AMMI is new one-year intensive foundational program that will provide talented scientists and innovators of the region world class training in machine intelligence and prepared them to think about innovative ways for solving local as well as global challenges.
Incredible opportunity for students
Commenting on the development, Thierry Zomahoun, President and CEO, AIMS, said, “When Neil Turok created the AIMS in 2003, he was motivated by the notion that curiosity and intellectual ability was not limited by geographical location or race. He believed Africans could and should be doing cutting edge research in Africa. He was also motivated by the desire to see young Africans using advanced research in all fields to solve the challenges the continent faces. Fifteen years later and over 1800 graduates later, we still hold firm to those three principles and the AMMI program provides young Africans an incredible opportunity to use AI and machine learning (ML) to advance knowledge and solve the continent’s challenges.”
Prof. Moustapha Cissé, Founder and Director AMMI program at AIMS and Head of the Google AI Center in Ghana, said, “Every course at AMMI will be lectured by leading experts from prestigious international institutions and we plan to expand the program to other African countries starting next year. My secret dream is that in five years every course will still be taught by the best scientists in the field, the only difference will be that those scientists will be AMMI alumni.”
To nurture AI talent
Speaking about the Facebook’s support for the program, Dr Jerome Pesenti, VP – AI, Facebook, said, “I really enjoyed meeting the first cohort of the AMMI. What an amazingly diverse, eager and bright set of students! Facebook is really thrilled to support the AMMI and help nurture AI talent in Africa as it will be immensely valuable to whole AI community.”
The first batch of AMMI program includes 31 students, including 40% women, from around 11 countries. Using the present model of learning at AIMS, lecturers from across the world will teach for the program in two to six-week blocks.