Benjamin Akera is a Software Engineer at Sunbird. He focuses on machine learning and applying methods from research into production in order to build scalable adaptable solutions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from Makerere University and is currently pursuing a masters in Computer Science at McGill University under the supervision of Prof. David Rolnick.
Before that, he worked in the intersection of AI for climate change mitigation and Humanitarian applications of machine learning at Mila – Quebec AI Institute advised by Prof. Yoshua Bengio. He also worked as a machine learning research intern with the R&D team at Sama in Montreal where he worked on computer vision methods for automated data annotation for ambitious AI applications. Before this, he was part of the Makerere University AI lab working on machine learning solutions in agriculture and malaria diagnosis in Uganda.