The University of Lomé hosted a seminar on Friday on the Information Practices of Artificial Intelligence actors. This scientific meeting was co-organized by the Unesco Chair in Emerging Practices in Technologies and Communication for Development at Bordeaux Montaigne University and the Center for Studies and Research on Organizations, Communication and Education (CEROCE). The session allowed participants to exchange views between researchers from different disciplines, but also between researchers and artificial intelligence professionals.
The work was opened by the 1st Vice-President of the University of Lomé, Prof Komlan Batawila. It was in the presence of Prof Germaine Kouméalo Anaté, Director of CEROCE and Professor Alain Kiyindou, President of the Unesco Emerging Practice Chair in Technologies and Communication for the Development of Bordeaux Montaigne University.
The seminar allowed participants, on the one hand, to explore the information practices of artificial intelligence actors in Africa and, on the other hand, to understand the strategies for monitoring information, but also for dissemination. place on the ground.
The inaugural conference which focused on “Importance of scientific and technical information” was given by Prof Noble Akam of the Unesco Chair in Emerging Practices in Technologies and Communication for Development, Bordeaux Montaigne University.
This scientific meeting was organized to conclude a project on “Informational Practices of Artificial Intelligence Actors” with which CEROCE was associated.
Artificial intelligence in Africa
According to the Director of CEROCE, in Africa and particularly in Togo, many players in artificial intelligence practice information monitoring. A monitoring process that provides access to information to make decisions accordingly.
“In the current world situation, marked by competitiveness, but also by the globalization and democratization of knowledge, access to information and more particularly to up-to-date, relevant and complete information has become an important issue for all actors,” said Prof Anaté.
Professor Alain Kiyindou explained that the seminar offered an opportunity to explore the information practices of artificial intelligence actors in Africa. It is also a question of understanding the strategies for monitoring information, but also for dissemination implemented in the field.
“Artificial Intelligence is shared by digital players in Africa. There are several useful inventions in the field of health, education, in particular. On the other hand, there remain the questions of the data which are very little exploited. Stakeholders face difficulties in accessing quality data… Having quality data requires a reliable data collection system, an efficient digitization system able to enable Africa to process this data, to verify it. The various African states must move in this direction before thinking about equipping themselves with data centers and supercomputers,” said Prof Kiyindou.
Several other actors from the scientific world intervened within the framework of the seminar. These include Dr. Abdoulaye Salifou from the UNESCO Liaison Office to the African Union and ECA; Marc Mainguené of the Anthony Mainguené Foundation; Jean François Malick Diouf from EBAD Senegal; Hamdi Kessentini, from the University of Sfax (Tunisia).
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