Last week, Data Science Nigeria, a frontline Artificial Intelligence (AI) capacity building non-profit committed to driving solution-oriented application of Artificial Intelligence in Nigeria launched the first edition of Data Science AI professional meetup which featured Dr. Stephen Odaibo, the founder, CEO, and Chief Software Architect of RETINA-AI, USA.
He is a Medical Doctor, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Mathematician, Computer Scientist and currently the only Ophthalmologist in the world with advanced degrees in both Mathematics (MSc) and Computer Science (MSc).
His company, Retina AI is using artificial intelligence to improve healthcare.
At the meetup, Dr. Stephen revealed how his company developed and released the first Artificial Intelligence mobile app for eye-care providers.
This app —Fluid Intelligence by RETINA-AI — detects indicators of eye disease, like macula edema and sub-retinal fluid, with greater than ninety percent accuracy.
Moving forward, Data Science Nigeria intends to focus 2019’s activities on the newly unveiled AI+ philosophy, which is aimed at driving inclusiveness, fairness and accountable learning that catalyzes community spirit, ethical values, quality, and excellence. DSN seeks to position Nigeria as one of the top 10 AI talent/knowledge destinations worldwide in the next ten years with a significant positive impact on Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Full details of the 2019 programme is here https://www.datasciencenigeria.org/2019plans/
The 2019 AI+ programme is also focused on membership-based capacity building, particularly in the secondary schools, higher institutions, research institutes, and business level users, with segmented programmes targeted at students in secondary schools, higher institutions, core Ph.D./postdoc AI researchers, AI professionals in industries, Business executives and enthusiasts.
Data Science Nigeria is the vision of Bayo Adekanmbi, Chief Transformation Officer, MTN, a hands-on data scientist and a doctoral researcher who uses data science algorithms to understand low-income customers. DSN has organized free boot camps, industry summits, online free courses and provides internship/direct job placements for the Nigerian data science community. It has also built a worldwide network of data science mentors through its #MentorAfricanDataScientists programme, allowing Nigerian students to be mentored by international data scientists. In its two years of operation, DNS has incubated four data science concepts, which are being tested for real-world applications.
Membership to the Data Science Nigeria AI+ Community is opened and accessible via https://goo.gl/nJcRch