CMU-Africa Day

April 12, 2023

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

Simmons Auditorium, Tepper Quad


Join faculty, staff, and students from Carnegie Mellon University Africa to explore collaborative research from CyLab and CyLab-Africa and learn about life at the Kigali, Rwanda CMU location. The day will be divided into two parts:

10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Research talks and poster session open to the CyLab and College of Engineering community

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Cultural event open to the entire CMU community

Snacks will be served at both the poster session and cultural event.

Full agenda

Time Speaker Title
10:00 - 10:10 Hanan Hibshi, CMU Hands-on cybersecurity learning: how we can use platforms like picoCTF to sharpen our cybersecurity skills
10:10 - 10:20 Akshitha Sriraman, CMU Enabling Equitable Web Systems
10:20 - 10:30 Pulkit Grover, CMU Discovering and removing racial biases in widely-used healthcare devices: EEG and pulse oximetry
10:30 - 10:40 Sossena Wood, CMU Characterizing the Need for Inclusive Neurotechnology for Different Hair and Skin Types
10:40 - 10:50 Theophilus Benson, CMU Democratizing Mobile Web Performance for the Global South
10:50 - 11:00 Wallace Chigona, University of Cape Town The Cybersecurity framework for rural and disadvantaged areas in South Africa
11:00 - 11:10 Break
11:10 - 11:20 Yorie Nakahira, CMU Microfinance from a Learning and Control Perspective
11:20 - 11:30 Karen Sowon, CMU Mobile Money Banking in Practice - A user-centric analysis of financial technology use
11:30 - 11:40 Christine Niyizamwiyitira, CMU Educational Technology and applied learning sciences for African Edutech Hubs by CMU-Africa
11:40 -11:50 Harry Hawkins, CMU Mapping Inequity in Pittsburgh
11:50 - 12:00 Conrad Tucker, CMU Using AI to Advance Mobile Digital Health in Resource-Constrained Environments
12:00 - 12:10 Tim Brown, CMU Research at CMU-Africa and Afretec Network
1:30 - 3:30 Poster session CMU-Africa and CMU-Pittsburgh students present their CyLab research
3:30 - 5:00 Cultural event

Learn about life at the Kigali, Rwanda CMU location. Event to include: 

  • Video about CMU-Africa
  • Spoken word performance
  • Video about the history of Rwanda and the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda
  • An interactive game about African culture
  • Benin cultural presentation
  • Rwandan cultural dance