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tinyML for Good

Technological advancements have changed how we live, work and connect with the world around us.

This tinyML for Good conference had speakers from the education, healthcare, environment and development sectors showcasing tiny ML & AI enabled on-device sensor data analytics at low power and cost.

Collins Emasi, a research assistant at DSAIL shared insights into how we can leveraged the power of tinyML to help differentiate bird sounds and non-bird sounds of the hundreds of hours of recording we have from the "DSAIL Acoustic sensor" developed by Gabriel Kiarie.

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November 17, 2021

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Ecosystems around the world are suffering from degradation due to human activity. To determine ecosystems at risk, it is important to monitor these ecosystems continuously.

This workshop was aimed to demonstrate two technologies, namely acoustic monitoring of bird species and anomaly detection in sensor data.

Jason and Gabriel leveraged data collected in ecosystems in Kenya and demonstrate how these systems are built using low-cost hardware.


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October 19-21, 2021

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Research Day.

A first event of its kind by DSAIL, the Research Day was organized by DSAIL members under the guidance of Dr. Ciira and leadership of Gabriel Kiarie.

The event was held at the Dedan Kimathi University of Technology(DeKUT) Conservancy on Saturday 19th June, 2021.

The aim of the event was to bring the team together through an assortment of activities including project presentations and team building exercises.

Each member was able to give a presentation of the projects that they are working on. The projects covered a diverse variety of topics ranging from ecosystem conservation to healthcare improvement.

External speakers were invited who also gave their ideas on what can be done to solve problems in society, which is one of DSAIL's goals. The guest speakers were Mr. Andrei Paleyes of University of Cambridge, Ms. Maria Nyamukuru and Mutwiri Michael

To get a glimpse of a recording of the event during which DSAIL members displayed the amazing array of research they have been carrying out, see below:

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June 19, 2021

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Three members of the Centre for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence presented their papers at the IST-Africa Conference 2021

The IST-Africa Advance programme incorporates sessions featuring 120 presenters from 24 countries. The Scientific programme is based on a double blind peer review of papers submitted to an open "Call for Papers."

We are pleased to announce that two DSAIL's research interns; Jason Kabi, Gabriel Kiarie and Jared Makario(Alumni) presented their research papers virtually during this year's conference. They also answered questions based on their presentations.

Their papers are based on the theme: Technology-enhanced Learning and eAgriculture and Environmetal Sustainability. You can also read their papers here Publications.

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May 10-14, 2021

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DSAIL research assistants spoke at the Global AI Student Conference.

The Global AI Student conference is an online event organized by the Global AI community and Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors.

The event is aimed at introducing the students to the world of Artificial Intelligence and relevant technologies through talks and project presentations in the line of AI.

Our research assistants Makena Sandra and Emasi Collins spoke at this year's conference held on 24th April.

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April 24, 2021

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DSAIL Members ranked as High Performers at the Umoja Hackathon(Zindi Africa)

Zindi is a data science competition platform in Africa. It hosts an ecosystem of governments, institutions, engineers, scientists and any organization focused on solving Africa's most pressing problems.

Through the guidance of our director, Dr. Ciira Maina, were able to form two teams that participated in various categories of the UmojaHack Africa 2021 event. The challenges we participated in were; Financial Resilience Challenge(Beginner level) and Sendy - Delivery Rider Response Challenge (Intermediate Level).

One team comprised of Gabriel Kiarie - Team Leader, Jason K. Njoroge, Yuri Njathi and Humphry Shikunzi. The second team comprised of Oyori Obegi, Michael Ngecha and Brian Rabary, all students of Dedan Kimathi University of Technology. Both teams registered an exemplary performance.

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March 27-28, 2021