Dr. Aisha Walcott-Bryant is a research scientist and manager at IBM Research Africa - Nairobi, Kenya. She is leading efforts in Mobility and Healthcare for Africa. Her Mobility work focuses on traffic and transportation for developing cities. She and her colleagues have developed innovative data capture methods and analysis tools, to provide computational understanding about the local driving and infrastructure context. The goal of this work is to develop alternative and frugal data sources for intelligent transportation systems that incorporate contextual factors impacting mobility in developing cities. Also, to provide significant and impactful value-added services that ease the movement of people, goods, and services in Africa. Her most recent work leverages AI to build cognitive systems that address the increasing incidence of chronic illnesses, like hypertension, in Africa. See her IBM-TED video here.
Prior to her work at IBM Research, Dr. Walcott-Bryant worked in Spain in the area of Smarter Cities. She earned her PhD in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT. Her research focused on developing probabilistic algorithms for long-term, mobile robot operation in dynamic environments.