The technological revolution is proceeding fast; every day, we see new interesting applications. The communication between humans, machines, and their constant communication through the Internet is becoming increasingly interconnected. Two significant tendencies that are changing the world around us are the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). While IoT produces sensor data, AI will help interpret this data comprehensibly and make semi-automated decisions for controlling certain physical processes.

If we take a look at the world’s investment and strategic plans for AI, governments are putting a lot of effort in the development of AI systems, to find relevant applications and to get their knowledge up to an excellent level, as not to be left behind. The increased competitiveness of countries worldwide is becoming apparent for those who do invest in creating linkages between government, business, and academia in this field.

This is equally important for Africa. There are several initiatives in African countries, but the real challenge is to get the biggest African companies to adopt AI for their business processes. This calls for developing an AI ecosystem that will lower their development costs, help create AI applications tailored to local needs, and reduce their dependence on foreign companies. In addition, the African AI ecosystem could position itself as an attractive partner for global digital giants keen to enter the African market.

The ΑHUMAIN project aims to connect diverse specializations in one consistent curriculum, tailored to the East-African situation and societal problems, to come to a hybrid engineer who has in-depth knowledge in all different aspects and can connect these parts together to a useful and commercially viable system. At the same time, we focus on real-life applications of AI, operational deployment and business cases to break away from the theory and give way to practical applications.

The project is funded under the ERASMUS-EDU-2022-CBHE