AI in Ethiopia

1st annual conference of AI in Ethiopia, aimed at organizing Ethiopian researchers and advancing the field of Artificial Intelligence for developing countries and beyond. 

Oct 28th - 30th, 2019

Organized by AAU in cooperation with AAAI & Wolaita Sodo University

Key Agendas

Assessment Report

Detailed assessment report about the research level, collaboration effort and infrastructure landscape around the AI community in Ethiopia.

Awareness Creation

Awareness creation on what are artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science and thier merits.

Experience Sharing

Experience sharing from researchers in other developing countries on how to solve challenging problem using AI and Machine Learning.

Data Collection, Processing & Publishing

Presentation on proper ways of data collection and processing while avoiding bias and unintended actions.

Promote AI algorithms for limited resources

Techniques and theories regarding machine learning systems in the case of limited data & low computation power.

Promote Local Researchers

Dedicated sessions for local presenters to present their works.

The theories and practices of deep learning, and its limitations

Detailed lectures on limitation of Deep Learning in under-resourced environment and ways to design better algorithms.

Networking Sessions

Promoting collaboration through networking sessions.

AI in Ethiopia

AI in Ethiopia is 3 day conference that focuses on exploring scientific advancements in the AI, ML and DS areas. It aspires to be an annual gathering event for scientists, researchers, students and other stakeholders of the areas where they present their research findings, create collaborations and showcase research solutions in the context of Ethiopia and beyond. 

Ethiopians in AI

Collaboration is a key element in the development of AI. Join the Ethiopians in AI forum to meet all Ethiopian researchers and AI/ML Practitioners.

Organized by AAU

University Industry Linkage and Technology Transfer


Center of Information Technology and Scientific Computing


Dr. Timni Gebru

Google AI, Co-founder of Black in AI, Computer Vision & Fairness in AI

Rediet Abebe

PhD Candidate at Cornell University, Mechanism Design for Social Good (MD4SG) 

Prof. Yolanda Gil

University of Southern California, President of AAAI

Dr. Wondwossen Mulugeta

Addis Ababa University, Natural Language Technologies, Machine Learning

Basiliyos Tilahun

PhD Candidate, Polytechnic de Yaoundé, Deep Learning in context aware systems

Dr. Ojo John Adedapo

Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Signal Processing and Machine Learning

Dr Dereje Teferi

Addis Ababa University, Machine Learning, Image Processing

Feven Teferi

Wolaita Sodo University, Artificial Intelligence Natural Language Processing

Dr. Anh Nguyen

Imperial College London, AI for Healthcare and Robotics

Dr. Dereje Yohannes

Addis Ababa Science and Technology University, Director for the AI and Robotics center of Excellence

Dr. Amadou Diabagte

University Félix Houphouet Boigny

Ashenafi Kebede

Dean of School of Informatics, Wolaita Sodo University

Fisseha Gidey

University de Yaoundé, Algorithms for Big Data Visualization

Dr. Selam Waktola

Lodz University of Technology, Computer Vision and Machine Learning

Dr. Aurelle Tchagna

University of Dschang, Cameroon, Big Data and Data Science

Betsegaw Lemma

Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, Cloud Infrastructure and Services, Deep Learning

Natnael Argaw

Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, Computer Vision & Robotics

Tewodros Abebe

Wolaita Sodod University, Natural Language Processing

Tariku Adane

Ethiopian Biotechnology Institute, Machine Learning

Dr. Mesfin Abebe

Adama Science and Technology University, Smart Software and Systems

Dr. Michael Melese

Addis Ababa University, Speech & Natural Language Processing


Wolayita Sodo University

Ministry of Science and Higher Education

Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

Qene Games

Ethiopian Biotechnology Institute


Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Platinum Sponsor

Ministry of Science and Higher Education

Wolayita Sodo University

Platinum Sponsor


Addis Ababa institute of Technology



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