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Dr. Deogratias Mzurikwao

AI Sector Lead
  • Affiliation: Villgro Africa
  • Country: TANZANIA


Deogratias has received his Ph.D. from the University of Kent on the Applications of Artificial Intelligence in healthcare in 2020. He previously did his master's in AI at Tianjin University, in China. During his time in China, he also worked for GTA, a big data analytic company based in Shenzhen, China. The company recruited him while he was still doing his master’s degree. While in China, Deogratias and his friend, formed a team that became second runners in the international innovation competition for automation and UAV in 2014. In 2019, he was among the 15 AI researchers who received the IEEE Outstanding Young Investigator Research Visit award to Sapienza University, Italy. His research interests are in the application of deep learning, machine learning, data analysis, and including explainable AI systems, super resolution, virtual and augmented reality.

He has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals including Nature and IEEE. Some of his published work has featured in global media houses including Forbes and the BBC. Deogratias has conducted AI based consultation works for the UNDP, UNICEF and the Tanzania ministry of health. Deogratias has received grants from Google, the NIH, the Lacuna fund, COSTECH and the European Union to develop different AI based solutions. Dr Deogratias has co-founded two different AI start-ups, an AI sector lead at Villgro Africa, a reviewer at Lacuna funds and a lecturer at MUHAS.