Muhamed Tuo believes AI integration will transform African agriculture and healthcare

Muhamed Tuo is a data scientist from Cote d’Ivoire, who moved to France as an ambitious young man. He has a Bachelor in Mathematics and Computer Science, from the Université Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC). Upon completing his first degree, he decided to chase his new-found interest and completed a Master’s in Artificial Intelligence and Big Data from ESGI, Paris. Currently, he works as a data scientist for business travel management solution Ayruu.

Journey into data science

Muhamed’s journey into data science is perhaps a typical story — he unintentionally stumbled into his career path and grew to excellence. As a freshman in school, his sole dream was to study and become a software engineer until his ever-curious friend discovered AI and data science and introduced him to the field — the same friend who also introduced him to Zindi.

Taking on competitions as they come

Muhamed has consistently participated — and continues to participate — in many competitions since joining the platform, and has ranked second or third in competitions many times. “It’s still one of my goals to rank #1, someday,” he shares enthusiastically. For Muhamed, being passionate about data science stems from the deep satisfaction he gets from being able to create an intelligent machine from just data.

Two of the sectors he particularly enjoys working on are healthcare and agriculture; this is because of the poor healthcare systems in many African countries, especially Cote d’Ivoire. Muhamed believes artificial intelligence could be democratised to transform the healthcare sector, and ultimately save many lives in African villages and cities.

In the future, he’s looking to work on more projects focused on the healthcare and agriculture sectors in Africa.

Learning and building the community

At the moment, Muhamed is working on an unconventional machine-learning project about drones, as he likes to build things from the ground up. As a hobby, he enjoys working with electronics and is currently building an autonomous drone that can go from point A to point B using sensors and machine learning model algorithms.

While sharing his learning journey, he also encourages other Zindians and aspiring data scientists to always stick to learning by joining competitions. And as part of his goals to give back to society, Muhamed, with a group of others, has been making efforts to revive the data science community in his home county, Cote d’Ivoire, and inspire people to make it stronger and more resourceful.



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