is a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, where he runs the Robotics, Autonomous Intelligence and Learning (RAIL) Laboratory and is the Director of the National E-Science Postgraduate Teaching and Training Platform (NEPTTP). He is also a founder of Lelapa AI, building AI for Africans, by Africans.
He received his Ph.D. in Informatics in 2014, and previously obtained his M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence, both from the University of Edinburgh. He also has a B.Sc. (Hons) in Computer Science and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Applied Mathematics, both from the University of the Witwatersrand. His research interests focus primarily on reinforcement learning and decision making in autonomous systems.
He is a founder and organiser of the Deep Learning Indaba machine learning summer school, with a focus on strengthening African machine learning, which now has satellite events in over 35 African countries. He was made a 2022 CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, in Learning in Machines and Brains, and was a 2017 recipient of a Google Faculty Research Award in machine learning. In 2020, he was made a Senior Member of the IEEE.
is Professor of Digital Ethics and Defence Technologies at the University of Oxford, where she leads several projects on the ethics of digital technologies and artificial intelligence. Her work includes the ethical challenges of the use of AI for national defense, socially good uses of AI, and how AI can advance the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. She is an internationally renowned speaker, she has given talks on trust in digital technologies, AI ethics, the use of AI for national defence, the ethics of cybersecurity, and cyber deterrence.