Tapiwa Chiwewe: You don't have to be an expert to solve big problems
Tapiwa Chiwewe, PhD, manages the advanced and applied artificial intelligence group at IBM Research – Africa, which uses artificial intelligence to develop solutions for some of Africa's grand challenges whilst making scientific advances. Full bio
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in Johannesburg, South Africa,
that I hadn't noticed this before.
for its distinctive skyline,
that I was looking at an enormous cloud
the scenic environment I knew
of this city of bright and vivid sunsets
to do something about it,
I couldn't just stand idly by.
about environmental science
my way out of this air pollution problem.
I learned a very important lesson,
if we are to work towards a better future.
in a particular domain,
within that domain.
that can move the needle,
to try to make a difference,
about air pollution first,
environmental health risk.
of all deaths worldwide in 2012
and ambient air pollution,
in low- and middle-income countries.
causes more deaths each year
from unsafe sanitation
to deaths due to air pollution,
for Economic Cooperation and Development.
for artificial intelligence,
between man and machine
and help us to make better decisions.
the air pollution problem,
to find a way to make better decisions
in a collaborative way.
some people working within the field.
from the City of Johannesburg
a deeper understanding of the problem.
fall into when trying to innovate,
the problem at hand.
to improve the situation.
in some meaningful way
and artificial intelligence
I'd reached out to.
air-quality management platform
can be expected.
translate into a practical solution,
of engineering skills,
been working on the air pollution problem
sometimes just one fresh perspective,
for something remarkable to happen.
are a guiding light,
and navigate through obstacles.
of the air pollution problem,
over a decade's worth of data
for in and around Johannesburg,
and China and myself
decision support system
analyzes historical and real-time data
trends in pollution.
machine learning technology
days in advance.
can make better decisions
pollution events ahead of time,
by the relevant authorities
or industrial zones.
on the ground.
resolution and accuracy,
one winter morning not very long ago,
I wonder what can be done?"
the problem of air pollution further?
for the state of the environment
somewhere, was taking care of the matter?
that we firmly believe in,
on the possibility of success
of not acting.
by resistance and opposition,
natural curiosity you have
the realm of your expertise,
and tackle the problem
ABOUT THE SPEAKERTapiwa Chiwewe - AI researcher
Tapiwa Chiwewe, PhD, manages the advanced and applied artificial intelligence group at IBM Research – Africa, which uses artificial intelligence to develop solutions for some of Africa's grand challenges whilst making scientific advances.
Why you should listen
An engineer and researcher of many interests, Tapiwa Chiwewe has worked in academia and industry, developing commercial products and conducting scientific research in many areas that include mining, healthcare, defense, astronomy and the environment.
Chiwewe studied at the University of Pretoria in South Africa where he earned a PhD in Computer Engineering. His roles have ranged from junior lecturer and researcher, software engineer, followed by an extended stint with South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.
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