How coronavirus dashed Ethiopia’s dream of hosting Africa’s first major AI conference - News Summed Up

How coronavirus dashed Ethiopia’s dream of hosting Africa’s first major AI conference


Organizers had had high hopes for this year’s International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), an annual event focusing on the AI technique of deep learning. “Africans and the institutions in Africa missed a chance to make connections and secure important collaborations,” says computer scientist Meareg Hailemariam at Addis Ababa University. But in recent years, visa issues have blocked many participants, often from developing countries, from attending AI meetings. The Canadian government was criticized in 2018 for turning down visa applications for NeurIPS, another major AI meeting, which was held in Toronto. The dream of hosting an ICLR meeting in Addis Ababa lives on.


Source: Ethiopian News May 21, 2020 16:30 UTC



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