Ciira wa Maina

Building Environmental Conservation Technology in Kenya

Ecosystems around the world face a number of threats as a result of unsustainable exploitation of natural resources. In this talk I will describe efforts to develop systems capable of monitoring vulnerable ecosystems by leveraging machine learning and the internet of things. Our efforts have involved deployments in ecosystems in Kenya which is blessed with rich biodiversity which we would like to help preserve for future generations.

  1. Conservation of natural resources is a key challenge of our time
  2. We can leverage machine learning in environmental conservation
  3. Technology is not a silver bullet - sustainable consumption needs to be emphasised.

I am a lecturer at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Nyeri, Kenya where I also conduct research in a number of areas including bioacoustics, IoT, machine learning and data science.

Prior to joining DeKUT in 2013, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield between 2011 and 2013, a PhD student at Drexel University in Philadelphia, USA between 2007 and 2011 and a BSc Student at the University of Nairobi between 2002 and 2007.

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