Fogarty International Center Director Roger Glass is in Cape Town, South Africa. He’s only recently resumed traveling to meet people in person since the Covid-19 pandemic struck, and he’s enjoying it. He’s here for the second meeting of the Data Science for Health Discovery andInnovation in Africa (DS-I Africa), a US$75 million initiative to advance African data science, with a focus on health. The initiative’s first meeting, a year ago, was held virtually. DS-I Africa was conceived before the pandemic hit, but Covid-19 has clearly illustrated the importance of what the initiative aims to do, Glass told Research Professional News on the sidelines of the meeting.

The Coordinating Centre team including Francis Agamah, Tino Muzambi and Tanian Natus led by Michelle Skelton had the opportunity to attend the Data Science Africa Summer School and Workshop between 8-13 May 2023 at the University of Rwanda Gikondo Campus.

We are very pleased to have connected with the Data Science Africa Community that have now hosted eleven such events in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Ghana, Ethiopia, and Rwanda. The overall event was attended by about 300 delegates and about 20 facilitators and Speakers.DSA Summer School (8-10 May) highlightsThe summer school comprised of an Artificial Intelligence Track as well as a Data Science Track. Participants chose between the two and a variety of topics were covered including R Programming, Python Programming, Linear Algebra, Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, and Data Storytelling to name a few. These sessions took the format of a lecture followed by a hands-on lab which allowed participants to ensure they became familiar with the concepts. The summer school concluded on day three with plenary sessions which covered Machine Learning Operations, AI/Machine Learning Model deployment as well as Data-oriented Architecture and Real-World Machine Learning Systems.