Yobe varsity partners Google, trains 50 North-east students

The Yobe state University, in collaboration with Google research, Monday flagged-off five-day research workshop for 50 students across institutions in North-east states of Nigeria on Artificial Intelligent (AI) research.

The research training with the theme: “Breaking boundaries with AI, a cohesive report to foster machine learning research among students in North-east Nigeria drew 50 participants across north-east states and 60 students across Africa are to participate virtually.

A staff with Computer Science Department, Yobe state University and principal investigator, Bashir Sale Maina, said the workshop which was sponsored by Google research is to cover areas of  career/opportunity in computing, guides on scholarship/research grants application among others.

He noted that Yobe state University made a proposal to Google research and they sponsored the research by identifying the black Africans as one of the historically marginalised groups in computing research.

Bashir revealed that the students will be engaged on typing session with respect to AI research, specifically machines leaning among others.

“Best on our connections and engagement with other researchers in the world, we are able to bring facilitators across 11 countries, some of which are Europe, Asia and Africa.

“These experts are going to give us their own understanding and when we have a verse view to research, of course, we are going to have comprehensive problem solving.

“These problems we intend to made it as easy as possible for the participants as some of them have this phobia that they have a lot of fear when it comes to research, when it comes to AI, their thinking as if they cannot be innovators themselves.”

The principal investigator further said their hope as well as expectations from the participants as they are from diverse field of study is that they should bring a lot of innovations, proposals to these experts.