CMU-Africa faculty, students, and alumni are actively engaged in relevant research projects that respond to the challenges and opportunities in Africa. These have resulted in published journal and conference papers, raising the profile of Rwanda as a country where academic research is being pursued.

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Research Highlights

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CMU-Africa alumna and Ph.D. student at Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, Lynn Kirabo, published her paper You are asking me to pay for my legs": Exploring the Experiences, Perceptions, and Aspirations of Informal Public Transportation Users in Kampala and Kigali” in COMPASS ’20: Proceedings of the 3rd ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies. In September, Lynn also delivered a talk about her paper to an all-alumni virtual gathering at CMU-Africa.

Learn more about some of the recent research our faculty, students, and alumni have published and presented:


The CyLab-Africa initiative, a collaboration between CMU’s CyLab and CMU-Africa, aims to improve the cybersecurity of financial systems in Africa and other emerging economies.

Learn more about CyLab-Africa.

Become a research affiliate at Kigali Collaborative Research Center (KCRC)

KCRC is an enabling environment for collabrative research and innovations in Africa. For more information, contact the Director of KCRC, Prof. Timothy X Brown.