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Who am I?

I hold a PhD in Computer Science (Rutgers University) and MSc; BSc in Electrical Engineering (Wits University). I am currently based at the University of Pretoria as the ABSA Chair of Data Science. I work on developing Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence methods to extract insights from data. A large part of my work over the last few years has been in the intersection of Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing (due to the abundance of text data and need to extract insights). As part of my vision for the ABSA Data Science chair, I am interested in Data Science for Social Impact, using local challenges as a springboard for research. In this area, I have worked on projects in science, energy, public safety and utilities. I am the co-founder of the Deep Learning Indaba, the largest Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence workshop on the African continent, aiming to strengthen African Machine Learning. I am the co-founder of Masakhane NLP, aiming to strengthen African NLP. I am passionate about developing young talent, supervising MSc and PhD students and mentoring budding Data Scientists.

Other Interests

I am interested in technology and how it impacts our day to day lives. I am an Android, if that means anything to you, but use Mac OS enthusiastically. I am very comfortable around *nix systems. Having started my experimentation back in the day with SuSe linux, now I prefer stock Ubuntu.

Vukosi Marivate
"It's much better to live in the future than in the past"

Chair of Data Science, Assoc. Prof of Computer Science (University of Pretoria), PI Data Science for Social Impact Research Group (https://dsfsi.github.io/)
Co-Founder and CTO (Lelapa AI)
PhD Computer Science (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
Rutgers Pre-Doctoral Leadership Development Institute Fellow
MSc Electrical Engineering (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)
BSc Electrical Engineering (Information Option)

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