Tackling Infection to Benefit Africa Unit special seminar: David Sengeh (IBM Research Africa, Nairobi) - Artificial Intelligence solutions at the intersection of infectious and non-communicable disease in Africa

  • Title:  Design, development and deployment of state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence solutions at the intersection of infectious and non-communicable disease in Africa
  • When:  Thursday 18 January 2018
  • Time: 3 pm
  • Location:  Appleton Tower lecture theatre 3, George Square, University of Edinburgh
  • Speaker:  Dr David Moinina Sengeh, website
  • Tackling Infection to Benefit Africa:  TIBA Partnership website
  • Host:  Francsica Mutapi (f.mutapi@ed.ac.uk)

About the speaker

David Moinina Sengeh is a Research Scientist at IBM Research Africa, Nairobi. His research is at the intersection of applied analytics/machine learning and healthcare with a focus on Africa. He was born and raised in Sierra Leone, received his PhD at the MIT Media Lab, where his research in the Biomechatronics Group focused on the design of comfortable prosthetic sockets and wearable interfaces. This work was at the intersection of medical imaging, material science, human anatomy, computer-aided design and manufacturing.

David is on Forbes 30 Under 30 in Technology for 2013, a 2014 TED Fellow, on the Wired Smart List 2013, winner of the Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize, and won many other awards. He has been invited to give talks at institutions like the United Nations, corporate and academic organizations on topics related to education, youth innovation, prosthetics design and more.

He is the President and co-founder of the international NGO Global Minimum Inc. (GMin). Currently, GMin’s main project is Innovate Challenges; the first-ever competition created to foster a culture of innovation among high-school students in Sierra Leone, Kenya and South Africa. Innovate Challenges is a mentorship program and set of workshops where youth can get help in transforming their ideas into tangible solutions. GMin was one of three winners out of 1000 nominees for the Rockefeller Foundation Next Century Innovators Awards in 2013. Previously, GMin led the distribution of over 16,000 mosquito nets to cover over 28,000 people in Sahn Malen chiefdom in Sierra Leone.

David attended the Red Cross Nordic United World College in Norway before earning his Bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering at Harvard College. At Harvard, his undergraduate work focused on making a stable, aerosolized BCG vaccine against Tuberculosis for delivery to the lower lungs. There, he was a co-founder of one of Popular Mechanics’ Innovators of the Year 2009, Lebone Solutions Inc. – a company that won $200,000 from the World Bank to produce microbial fuel cells in Africa.

He is the owner and lead designer for the clothing design company Nyali Clothing, employing over 10 employees. David is a lyricist and rapper making music that draws youth towards creativity and away from drugs and gansterism. He has traveled and worked in over 15 countries globally on various projects related to education, health care delivery, and medical device design. He is interested in the idea of using technology and innovation to drive national development.

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