TechInAfrica – The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in partnership with Facebook and Google has launched African Masters in Machine Intelligence (AMMI) at its campus in Rwanda.
For your information, AMMI is the new of one-year intensive foundational masters that aims to facilitate talented scientists and innovators with world-class training in machine intelligence in order to prepare them for finding new solutions to resolve both local and global challenges.
The President and CEO of AIMS Thierry Zomahoun 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 to advance knowledge and solve the continent’s challenges.”
The first supporters of AMMI consist of 31 students from 11 countries where 40% of it is females. Through the current of AIMS learning method, worldwide lecturers will teach within two up to six-week blocks.
Regarding the AMMI learning method, the Founder and Director of the AMMI program Prof. Moustapha Cissé commented: “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.”
Additionally, Facebook’s VP of Artificial Intelligence Dr. Jerome Pesenti also 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 the whole AI community.”