Chika Yinka-Banjo

Chika Yinka-Banjo from Nigeria, was an AIMS graduate in 2010. She holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Sciences from the University of Port Harcourt and Federal University of Technology Owerri. She is passionate about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics. She won the prestigious L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa Fellowship Award to the value of €15 000.Chika is pursuing her doctorate from the Intelligent Systems & Advanced Telecommunications (ISAT) Laboratory of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She is aiming to develop a behavioural model to guide multi-robots in the pre-safety inspections of underground mines to prevent mine disasters and minimize accidents. "We built the model by implementing two artificial intelligent algorithms and ultimately hybridised the two algorithms. The aim is to save the lives of miners from mining disasters by doing a pre-entry safety inspection of the mine environment.” Her interest was piqued while studying at the African Institute for Mathematical Science, in Muizenberg. Yinka-Banjo’s thesis was on how to detect and avoid obstacles using autonomous robots. When Chika isn’t studying, she tutors new students in computer skills at UCT. She also lecturers at the University of Lagos. She has built her academic career on inspiring the younger generation through teaching computer science most recently at Federal University of Technology, Owerri and University of Port Harcourt. Chika’s aim is to become an academic role model for young African girls in science.