Past-Events Integrating AI Ethics into Higher Education Curricula in Africa

Integrating AI Ethics into Higher Education Curricula in Africa

State of Play, Experiences and Lessons Learned

Date: 30 September 2020

Time: 13:00-14:30 (CEST)

How is AI Ethics and Responsible AI currently being taught in Computer Science and Engineering Curriculums across Africa? What issues related to this topic are relevant to students and faculty? And what roadblocks or challenges are instructors facing to bring more discussion of AI ethics to classrooms?

The goal of this workshop is to foster a discussion on how to effectively integrate AI Ethics into Computer Science/Engineering programs at African Universities. This is an initial step to gather perspectives on the current situation at representative universities in different countries in Africa, and to initiate a discussion on how we can better support each other with lessons learned and share materials/curriculums to further develop AI ethics programs in higher education. After identifying the current state, the interests of students and faculty and the needs of departments in this workshop session, the goal is to continue the series with more in-depth workshops on specific topics. We encourage all interested stakeholders (students, faculty, high education adminstration, or civil society members) to join in on the presentations and discussion. We will be hearing specifically from:

Dr. Laeticia N. Onyejegbu, Department  of Computer Science – University of Port Harcourt (Nigeria)

Onyejegbu, Laeticia Nneka is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

Onyejegbu Laeticia, earned her PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.  During her tenure as the Head of Department of Computer Science of the University of Port-Harcourt, she organized workshops for both staff and students. She created one-on-one mentoring that witnessed improved performance of students in her department. She is a member of faculty of science scientific research committee, and has served in various committees both at the Departmental, Faculty and Senate levels in her institution. She has peer-reviewed numerous papers in journals and international conference proceedings. She has also published books, and book chapters. She has supervised many graduate (PGD, Masters and PhD) and undergraduate students. She is currently working on enhancing Query Processing for Data Exploration using Deep Generative Models. She is a member of IEEE, NCS, CPN, OWSD, NIWIIT and  eLearning Africa. Her area of research interest includes; Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Analysis, e-learning, Web application development and networking.

Prof. Patrick Kanyi Wamuyu, School of Science and Technology – United States International University (Kenya)

Patrick Kanyi Wamuyu is the coordinator of the SIMElab Africa (Social Media Lab Africa), and an Associate Professor of Information Technology at United States International University-Africa, Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Wamuyu earned his Ph.D. degree in Information Systems and Technology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. He completed his postdoc research at the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, India, and the Freie Universit√§t, Berlin, Germany. His research focuses on a broad range of topics related to Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D), Social Media Use and Consumption, E-business Infrastructures, ICT Innovations and Entrepreneurship, Wireless Sensor Networks and Databases. His academic publications include books, book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles, and conference proceedings. He has over twenty years of experience in the computing and information technology industry that have taken him from software development, running his own Information Technology Enterprise to the academic world.  He has advised many graduate (Masters and Ph.D.) and undergraduate students. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling.

Prof. Patrick McSharry, Carnegie Mellon University Africa (Rwanda)

Patrick McSharry is a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Research Fellow at the Kigali Collaborative Research Centre (KCRC) and Strategic Advisor to the World Bank funded African Centre of Excellence in Data Science (ACE-DS). Having served 22 years at Oxford University, he remains affiliated with the Oxford Man Institute of Quantitative Finance and the Oxford Internet Institute. He is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, Senior Member of the IEEE and Senior Academic Member of the Willis Research Network and advises on working groups for insurance, open data and big data. Patrick was a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow and held two Marie Curie Fellowships (UK and Spain). He advises national and international government agencies, foundations, NGOs and private sector firms on developing strategies for data analytics within the finance, insurance, agriculture, energy, telecoms, environment, education and healthcare sectors. He takes a multidisciplinary approach to developing quantitative techniques for automating decision-making and improving risk management. His research focuses on artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, big data, forecasting, predictive analytics and the analysis of human behaviour. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and three books including the “Big Data Revolution”. Patrick received a first class honours BA in Theoretical Physics and an MSc in Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and a DPhil in Mathematics from Oxford University. Website:

Prof. Jerry Kponyo, Head of Quality Assurance and Planning Unit, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana).

Ing. Dr. Jerry John Kponyo

Ing. Prof. Jerry John Kponyo an Associate Professor of Telecommunication Engineering in the Department of Telecommunication Engineering KNUST. Before becoming the Head of Quality Assurance and Planning Unit, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is the team leader of the College Innovation Center and previously served as the Head of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department of the College of Engineering. His research focuses on applying intelligent systems and computer models in the area of wireless communication to solve real-life problems. Furthermore, his current work includes precision agriculture using IoT (Internet of Things) and Light Fidelity (LiFi) to Vehicular Networks as well as IoT security. Dr. Kponyo has been a Visiting Lecturer on the MIS postgraduate programme in ESIGELEC France for the past three years. He is a member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Ghana Institution of Engineers. He is also the co-founder of the RAIN-Africa.

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