After Paris, Tokyo, Beijing or New York, Google is launching a new artificial intelligence (AI) research center in Accra, the capital of Ghana. The Mountain View group chose this small English-speaking country in West Africa to launch specific research in the field of AI.
« We are obviously influenced by our environment, and we will focus on certain issues of the continent, such as health or agriculture, » said Moustapha Cisse, director of the center, interviewed by Les Echos.
Originally from Senegal, the young computer science graduate from the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris will head a group of ten or so researchers from Israel, the United States or even Canada. « We are also training many people in Ghana who will join us, » he continues.
Before joining Google, the young researcher was a scientist at Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR). Its mission was to participate in the construction of an artificial axiological intelligence. Born in Senegal, Moustapha Cissé studied mathematics and physics at Gaston Berger University in Saint-Louis. Studies completed by a doctorate in machine learning at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris (France).