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Welcome to the website of the Workshop on Data Science in Africa, to be held at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Nyeri, Kenya.

Key dates:
Abstract submissions for proposed talks: 20th May, 2015
Workshop talks: 18th-19th June, 2015
Student programme (data science lectures): 15th-17th June, 2015

The last few years have witnessed an explosion in the quantity and variety of data available in Africa, produced either as a by-product of digital services, from sensors or measuring devices, satellites and from many other sources. A number of practical fields have been transformed by the ability to collect large volumes of data: for example, bioinformatics with the development of high throughput sequencing technology capable of measuring gene expression in cells, or agriculture with the widespread availability of high quality remote sensing data. For other data sources such as mobile phone usage records from telecoms operators, which can be used to measure population movement and economic activity we are just beginning to understand the practical possibilities.

Data science seeks to exploit advances in machine learning and statistics to make sense of the growing amounts of data available from various sources. In Africa, a number of problems in areas such as healthcare, agriculture, disaster response and wildlife conservation would benefit greatly if domain experts were exposed to data science techniques. These skills would allow practitioners to extract useful information from these abundant sources of raw data.

The workshop aims (1) to bring together leading researchers and practitioners working on data science methods or applications relevant to Africa, and (2) to provide training on state of the art data science methods to students and others interesting in developing practical skills.

Organisers

Registration

To participate in the workshop as a speaker please submit a short abstract to the organisers by email at ciira.maina@dkut.ac.ke or jquinn@cit.ac.ug by 20th May, 2015.

To participate in the data science lectures and practical sessions as a student, fill in this form by 20th May, 2015.

Registration is free for all participants.

Accommodation

There are a number of hotels in Nyeri Town available at reasonable rates. Public transport is available from Nyeri town to the workshop venue.
  • White Rhino Hotel
  • Green Hills Hotel
  • Outspan Hotel