In December 2018, I attended Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) conference, Women in Machine Learning (WiML) and Black in Artificial Intelligence (BAI) workshops in Montreal, Canada. The events brought together different experts from across the globe in the field of machine learning, computational neuroscience and artificial intelligence. The workshops featured different talks, demonstrations, symposia, oral and poster presentations where I had a chance to present my research and receive very useful feedbacks and comments from the audience.
In September, 2018 I was privileged to attend a Deep learning Indaba summer school which was held in Stellenbosch University, South Africa. The summer school aimed at strengthening African Machine Learning and topics covered includes introduction to machine learning, feed-forward networks, convolutional neural networks, recurrent neural networks and reinforcement learning. During this busy week, I had a chance to present my research progress and I was happy with the inputs and feedback. I enjoyed all the sessions in this summer school, particularly the evening session of Women in Machine Learning which was organised by Microsoft. The stories shared by successful women in the field of Machine Learning were very inspirational and encouraging. As part of knowledge dissemination, we are planning to organize the IndabaX_Tanzania, to create a room for knowledge sharing with other people who didn’t get a chance to attend the summer school. More details about this arrangement will be announced through Pythontz official page. I would like to thank Google for sponsoring my participation to this productive event.
My PhD journey has been great so far, apart from the sleepless nights (totally worth it though!). Last year I attended different events in USA, it was a great exposure, and I enjoyed both the scientific and the social programmes. I was looking forward to find new opportunities and travel elsewhere to learn new experience and extend my existing network. In June, 2018 I received an invitation to attend the CODATA-RDA Research Data Science Summer School which was held at the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy. The summer school was held from 6th to 17th August, 2018 with the aim on building competence in data analysis and security for participants from all disciplines and backgrounds from Sciences to Humanities. The level of engagement and interaction between participants and instructors in this summer school was outstanding, helpers were always there to provide technical assistance. I was exposed to useful Machine Learning techniques that I will apply in my ongoing study. The Executive Director of CODATA, Simon Hodson presented to us various opportunities such as CODATA journal and many others.
In June 2018, I attended a summer school and workshop which was organised by Data Science Africa with the aim of training participants in Machine Learning and Data Science methods and provide an avenue for researchers to present their work and demonstrate the application of these techniques to problems relevant to African context. The event was “Training of trainers” under the theme “end-to-end data science”, hosted at Didan Kimath University of Technology in Nyeri, Kenya. The speakers and instructors were from Africa and across the globe. The summer school was a great success, with informative and interesting programmes. I enjoyed both in class and field works activities. I also had a chance to present my research progress, I was very delighted with the feedbacks and comments given by the audience.
The next summer school will be held in Abuja, Nigeria in November, 2018. I encourage others to apply for this wonderful opportunity.