My interest lies in understanding how to mitigate contextual biases that impact technological advancement in the developing world. Through my work on Tiramisu,a location aware research testbed, I am exploring concepts on location-aware social networks and crowd-sourced intelligence.
I am advised by Aaron Steinfeld, Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon Univeristy.
I am also actively involved in encouraging and empowering young girls and women to harness the power of technology. Outside of the digital world, I have a very passionate & involved relationship with words (a.k.a I am a writer, my first published children's short stories are part of the Angaza project). I can also be found 'crocheting' berets, baby booties & circle scarfs.
10 years of experience working in different fields, but mostly in the technology sector
A timeline of some of the positions that I have held, academic research as well as education. A full description of each of the work positions as well as other positions can be found in my resume.
Aug 2017 - to date
PhD in Human Computer Interaction
July 2013 - May 2015
Master of Science in Information Technology
Aug 2005 - May 2008
Bachelor of Information Technology
(1st Class Honors Degree)
Inferring origin, destination and determining user behavior using a location aware research testbed that logs user interaction to capture searched and favorited bus stops and routes
EarBit is a wearable system that detects eating moments such as chewing, gulping, as well as other subtle behavior walking and talking
Aug 2017 - to date
Collaborate on and initiate research projects: currently working on exploring public transit in developing countries and data logs from a transit app deployed in the United States (Tiramisu)
July 2015 - July 2017
Stack used: Python/Django.
Fenix is a venture-funded next-generation energy company that empowers her customers with life-changing energy technology and inclusive financial services.
Jan 2015 - May 2015
Course: Java For Smartphone Development
Stack used: Java/Apache/Android.
This course provides an intensive exploration of object-oriented programming using Java as well as Smartphone development on the Android platform.
Aug 2014 - Dec 2014
Course: Strategic Use of Digital Information
Course discipline: Business
This course equips students with knowlegde of a new generation of technologies, that will inturn shape the next generation of businesses
May 2014 - Aug 2014
IBM Research Africa is driving innovation by developing commercially-viable solutions to transform lives and spark new business opportunities in key areas such as water, agriculture, transportation, healthcare, financial inclusion, education, energy, security and e-government
A brief collection of some of my past academic work
Gender prediction can be tricky even though clear distinct patterns of speech are used by either gender. Some outlier cases exist that tend to throw off the accuracy of a prediction model.
The goal of this project was to come up with an efficient way to create a model that will accurately distinguish between cases that have similar patterns.
In developing nations, medical institutions are often understaffed and personnel have to make split second decisions. This has been seen as a contributing factor to Iatrogenic deaths. This document proposes the use of mobile phones to reduce the occurrence of these deaths.
FitMate takes the hassle out of finding a running partner by connecting local runners with opportunities to meet, train, or race. With the mobile app, all users must do is input preferences such as age, availability, and skill level. FitMate does the rest - identifying potential matches so that finding a workout companion is quick and convenient.
Ideally Bitcoin should not be popular; a system that does not require trust should ideally be looked at with suspicion. Instead, this digital currency has not only gained popularity, it has also gained in value.
We discovered whether Bitcoin’s security has had a hand in its continued success. We also looked at whether the security issues related to Bitcoin are inherent to Bitcoin’s core system or its users’ system.
NituShoma is an e-Reader that will curate and promote local African content. Local African content refers to literary works that are written by African authors. On NituShoma, African authors will not have to compete with popular authors like Stephanie Meyer but will provide healthy competition for each other.
wander collects your photos, tweets, and posts from a chosen timeline. It then outputs two versions of your journey, either plotted on a timeline or on a map. The application has a clean simple minimalist look that we feel will enhance the our user’s experience without causing distraction.
An application that provides parents with premature babies a tool that they can use to monitor their baby’s growth
There were three major challenges that were sought to be addressed: Ease the data collection work for the health workers, correct the misdiagnosis that would occur as a result of errors in calculations and facilitate the east of report creation. The solution to the challenges mentioned above is an android tablet application that allowed the nurses to enter data into the system as well as automatically calculate the zscore and make the nutrition categorization.
These are fun little projects that I find relaxing. From Riptide Berets to Baby Booties to Circle Scarfs. The yarn/thread is bought locally and the end product warm, fun & funky.
I'd love to hear from you; eMail or Hot Chocolate or Skype or Mint Tea. Let's share ideas and collaborate.
Carnegie Mellon University