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Ernest Mwebaze Makerere University, Uganda emwebaze@cit.ac.ug

Ernest Mwebaze is a Lecturer of Computer Science at the School of Computing and Informatics Technology, Makerere University in Uganda. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. At present, his research falls under the Artificial Intelligence in Developing Countries (AIDEV) research group, which is actively researching mobile-device-based survey methodology for crop diseases, among other topics.He is the Project Investigator for this project.

John Quinn Makerere University, Uganda jquinn@cit.ac.ug

My research interests are in machine learning, computer vision and data science, and particularly in the use of these in developing countries to address problems in health, agriculture, resource allocation and sustainability. For more information see the site of the Artificial Intelligence in the Developing World (AI-DEV) group, which I coordinate. As of December 2013, my main appointment is as a Data Scientist at the new United Nations Global Pulse lab in Kampala; I also have academic positions as a Senior Lecturer at the College of Computing and Information Sciences, Makerere University, and as a Visiting Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Sheffield.

Flavia Ninsiima, AI Research, Uganda delmira91@gmail.com

Flavia is a research scholar at the ai lab group based in makerere university, kampala uganda. Her research is centered on developing and assessing algorithms and techniques to combat the whitefly count and root tuber necrosis problems in cassava crops for sustainable agricultural livelihoods of smallholder farmers in east africa.

Solomon Nsumba, AI Research, Uganda snsumba@gmail.com

Nsumba is a research assistant software engineer at the ai lab group based in makerere university, kampala uganda. Responsible for translating prototype applications to professional applications on mobile platforms most importantly the Android platform and maintaining the servers that the project uses for running its applications as well as installing and maintaining the applications on these servers.

Mutembesa Daniel, AI Research, Uganda daniel@gmail.com

Mutembesa is a Project Head & Lead Researcher for an Adhoc Surveillance Project focusing on the smart-phone application tool kits that has been developed by the mcrops team to facilitate and provide automated diagnosis and improved vector & symptom measurement for Cassava viral diesease and pests it also looks at crowdsourced Crop health data through an Ad-hoc Surveillance system. Daniel is also an Instructor of Oracle & Database Systems Eng. at the Department for Professional Skills Development, Makerere University and an Assistant Tutor of Dr. Ernest Mwebaze at the Department of Computer Science College of Computing & information systems at the same University.

Godliver Owomugisha, AI Research, Uganda ogodliver@gmail.com

Godliver Owomugisha is a lecturer at Busitema University, one of the public universities in Uganda. Godliver is a graduate of Makerere University, where she received a master and a bachelor of science in Computer Science. Currently, she is a PhD student at Groningen University, Netherlands in collaboration with Makerere University, Uganda. Specifically, her research focuses on 3 areas. i. Auto diagnosis of viral cassava diseases in Uganda by extending existing algorithms (LVQ and standard classifiers). ii. Investigating the diagnosis of diseases in crops by using a 3-D smart phone add-on spectrometer. iii. Spatio-temporal modeling of surveillance data. Her research interests are in machine learning, computer vision and artificial intelligence and application of these techniques to solve real world problems.

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