2022

October


Students participate in 2022 Deep Learning Indaba
Deep Learning Indaba

Three CMU-Africa students participated in the 2022 Deep Learning Indaba.

  • Moayad Elamin, MSEAI
  • Ofentse Phuti Rice, MSIT
  • Mastel-Pierrette Mahoro, MSIT

The Deep Learning Indaba is the annual meeting of the African machine learning community with the mission to strengthen African machine learning. The event was held August 21-26 in Tunis, Tunisia.


Sanders and CMU-Africa students quoted on Mastercard partnership
Tribune-Review

Dean Bill Sanders and CMU-Africa students Junias Bonou and Opelo Tshekiso were quoted in the Tribune-Review about the impact of CMU-Africa and the recently-announced partnership with the Mastercard Foundation.


July


MSIT student and her startup recognized

CMU-Africa student Gladys Inabeza's (MSIT '23) startup Casual Payroll was selected as one of the top four startups in StArfrica Exchange Week in Germany. Casual Payroll is a tech solution that manages workforces with stress-free salary disbursement.


Jaramillo publishes research on future of hydropower in Africa
Nature Climate Change

EPP’s Paulina Jaramillo has co-authored a study that examines the role of hydropower as an energy source in Africa in the near and distant future. “Our work contributes to a better understanding of the climate-induced impacts on hydropower resources in Africa and potential risk mitigation opportunities,” reads the study, which was published in Nature Climate Change.


Jaramillo quoted on sustainable flying solutions
Popular Science

EPP’s Paulina Jaramillo spoke to Popular Science about the limitations of making flying more environmentally friendly. One obstacle, she said, is that solutions like sustainable fuels and improved engines are not widely available because they are still being developed. “There’s very little they can do immediately,” Jaramillo says.


June


Edith Luhanga receives Women in STEM Award
2022 Africa Science Week

CMU-Africa's Edith Luhanga, postdoctoral researcher, received the Women in STEM Award during the 2022 Africa Science Week.


CMU-Africa student awardees congratulated by the president of Nigeria
Daily Post Nigeria

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari recently met with Nigerians residing in Kigali, Rwanda, and congratulated CMU-Africa's Ayobami Esther Olanrewaju and Favour Aderinto on being awarded the Lakshmi Subramanian CMU-Africa Student Excellence Award. "I am proud of you all, and I remain ever proud of our Nigerian youths excelling, at home and abroad," he said.


Rawn receives Scott Institute for Energy Innovation’s Seed Grant
Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

CMU-Africa's Barry Rawn received a seed grant in the tenth annual round of Scott Institute Seed Grants. He will use funds to repair and update an instrument called the Portable Phasor Measurement Unit. This equipment will be used in a project called, “Data-Driven Model Creation for Rwandan Grid Stability – Equipment Repair.” It is slated next for use in Rwanda, where it will be installed in a substation with the co-operation of Rwanda Energy Group (REG).


Spring/Summer 2022 Engineering Magazine published
Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering

The College of Engineering published its Spring/Summer 2022 magazine issue. The issue features CMU-Africa's Allen Robinson, Gbemi Disu, Sandra Malaika, and alumna Ayobami Esther Olanrewaju.


Three Mastercard Scholars honored at graduation

Three CMU-Africa Mastercard Scholars were given special honors at graduation. Faith Bagire (MS ECE) was recognized with the Jeremiah N. Mpagazehe Rising Researcher Award. Ayobami Esther Olanrewaju (MSIT) and Favour Aderinto (MS ECE) earned the Lakshmi Subramanian Student Excellence Award.


May


Luhanga research team mentioned in article on SIM cards
Biometric Update

CMU Africa’s Edith Luhanga and her research team were mentioned in a Biometric Update article for their research into the impact of linking identities to SIM cards. There is a proposal by South Africa’s telecoms regulator to link individuals’ biometric data to SIM cards in an attempt to stop fraud. Luhanga’s research will study how citizens adapt to the requirement and how the market for SIM card fraud reacts to the change.


April


Gueye quoted on cybersecurity in Africa
Business Day

CMU-Africa’s Assane Gueye was quoted in Business Day about the importance of developing cybersecurity technologies to drive financial inclusion in Africa. The discussion was part of a virtual financial inclusion media roundtable hosted by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Financial Services for the Poor program. “As we are moving to include more people into the financial inclusion net, we should be mindful of the things that can hinder the successes of it such as cyber security attacks,” said Gueye.


CMU-Africa holds donor appreciation event

CMU-Africa held an event on March 22 to thank faculty and staff donors to CMU-Africa. View photos from the event


CMU-Africa hosts delegation of the African Development Bank

CMU-Africa hosted a delegation of 13 Senior Advisors and Advisors (SAAs) to the Board of Executive Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB). The SAAs were on a week-long mission to Rwanda where they visited different projects funded by the AfDB. The AfDB provided funding to the Government of Rwanda for the construction of a campus for the Regional ICT Centre of Excellence (RICT CoE) also known as CMU-Africa.


CMU-Africa hosts delegation of Belgium Trade Mission

CMU-Africa hosted a delegation of 17 members of a multisectoral trade and investment mission to Rwanda where various areas of collaboration including internships, practicums, and recruiting talent from CMU-Africa students and alumni were discussed.


Jaramillo on transportation, IPCC report for policymakers
College of Engineering

EPP and CMU-Africa's Paulina Jaramillo served as coordinating lead author of the transportation section of the newly released IPCC report for climate policymakers.

In the US, the transportation sector represents the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.  There are many different segments in our modern transportation systems, and they face different challenges in mitigating GHG emissions. Assessment reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) gather scientists from across the globe to assess available information about climate change based on published research. Jaramillo served as a coordinating lead author for the transportation chapter of the newly released report from Working Group III, part of the sixth climate assessment report.


March


CMU-Africa and KCRC test and deploy TEOM instruments
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

CMU-Africa and the Kigali Collaborative Research Centre (KCRC) are testing and deploying tapered element oscillating microbalance (TEOM) instruments to partners in Rwanda and throughout East Africa through AfriqAir to monitor air quality.

February


Vernon invited to be a member of the IEEE robotics and automation committee
IEEE

CMU-Africa’s David Vernon was invited to be a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation (RAS) Committee for Women in Engineering. The committee is chaired by Karinne Ramirez-Amaro, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden and there are 20 members from across the world. However, Vernon is the only one from Africa, something they hope to change in the coming years. The committee’s mission is to encourage young women into the engineering profession, and technology generally, and promote the profile of those who are already women engineers as role models.


Gift to advance electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University alumnus Giorgio Coraluppi has made a commitment that will endow the headship for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. This transformative endowment to support the department head will be an essential cornerstone to the growth of department initiatives.


Paper on Parkinson’s accepted to Machine Learning for Health Symposium
The Machine Learning for Health symposium

A paper written by CMU-Africa master's student Adedolapo Aishat Toye and Associate Teaching Professor Suryaprakash Kompalli, has been accepted to the Machine Learning for Health (ML4H) symposium. The paper analyzes speech features and machine learning approaches to predict Parkinson's disease. Using acoustic shimmer and jitter variants and Mel Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCC) features, together with Support Vector Machines (SVM), they produced an accuracy of 98% and F1-Score of 99% for predicting the brain disorder.


CMU-Africa partners with TechnoServe and Datakind
TechnoServe

TechnoServe partnered with an intern from CMU-Africa and a volunteer team at Datakind to create an app that will help coffee farmers assess the quality of their coffee cherries. Using machine learning, the app assesses the ripeness of the cherries (which are fruits harvested directly from the coffee tree) to have their seeds extracted and are directly tied to coffee quality and price. How does it work? Farmers can take a photo of the top of a full sack of harvested coffee cherries, and the app will tell them how many of the cherries are ripe, underripe, or overripe based on the color, without having to examine every fruit individually. Afterward, a ripeness score will help farmers make better decisions about when to pick their coffee in order to get the best price.


January


Alumnus awarded IPCC scholarship
University of Massachusetts Amherst

CMU-Africa alumnus Aggrey Muhebwa (MS ECE '18) was awarded a prestigious international scholarship from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Qualified applicants must be Ph.D. students who are citizens of developing countries and whose research is related to climate change topics such as biodiversity, water management, terrestrial carbon cycle and agroforestry.


2021


December


CMU-Africa startup admitted to Google for startups
The New Times

This year Google admitted its first Rwandan-based company, Tabiri Analytics, a cyber-security startup founded by Carnegie Mellon University Africa students, into its competitive pan-African accelerator program, commonly known as Google for Startups.


Disu quoted on diversity
NAFSA

In a featured article on NAFSA, CMU-Africa’s Gbemi Disu was asked about breaking down cultural and ethnic barriers in education. “There are different kinds of diversity, and it’s very different from the United States,” she says. “When you come with that lens, it doesn’t quite work as copy and paste.” She also says that CMU-Africa is searching for ways to both connect their students with each other, along with searching for other students in Francophone nations.


Alumnus interviewed on research and postgraduate life
Oxford University's BIPOC STEM Network

CMU-Africa alumnus Daniel Omieza (MSIT ’19) was interviewed by the University of Oxford>’s BIPOC STEM Network on his research and postgraduate life in general to highlight the brilliant works and achievements of Black postgraduates in Oxford’s STEM departments.


Alumna chosen for Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship
African Leadership Institute

CMU-Africa alumna Sylvia Makario (MSIT ’18) was selected for the 2020 Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. The selected candidates demonstrate the incredible wealth and breadth of leadership talent that exists in Africa’s young people, which bodes well for Africa’s future. Makario is a geospatial engineer and space technologist.


November


Paper accepted to NeurIPS 2021
Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems

CMU-Africa MS IT student Wanjiru Catherine had a paper accepted to the 2021 Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems. The paper, "Automated Supervised Feature Selection for Differentiated Patterns of Care" was done in partnership with the IBM Research Kenya Lab and explores how to more efficiently run MDSS pipelines.


Gueye mentioned on cybersecurity
The New Times

CMU-Africa’s Assane Gueye was mentioned in The New Times on cybersecurity threats in Rwanda. Tech and cyber security experts say that the most prevalent cybercrimes in the country involve online scams ranging from phishing, vishing and smishing. Speaking at a recent cyber security meetup of tech enthusiasts, Gueye said that other vulnerabilities result from compromised networks, lack of adequate information as well as installation of pirated software.