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Robin Msiska

South Africa

AIMS South Africa 2016

Robin completed his undergraduate degree in Physics at the University of Zambia in 2014 and graduated from AIMS South Africa in 2016. He is currently an AI engineer in the research and development branch of AWL Inc., a company based in Tokyo, Japan focused on developing AI camera solutions for other major companies within Japan. He describes himself as a fast-learning science and art enthusiast with a passion for physics and computer technology. Working for this company has rapidly improved his understanding of the emerging field of artificial intelligence and computer vision. He has plans to pursue PhD studies. He heard of AIMS from a Zambian alumnus, and its promise to produce formidable African scientists to help tackle some of the most difficult problems facing Africa today was what attracted him to apply. He also believed that the wide range of courses would expose him to many mathematical and scientific disciplines. “The first thing that struck me about AIMS was how multicultural the place was. I was unsure of how I was going to relate to so many people from such diverse backgrounds with varying ideals. As time went by, I realised that we were not so different – we were all driven by a passion for mathematics and how it could be used to make Africa a better place. AIMS’ unique structure and approach to learning further fueled my passion to bring about change. During my stay I couldn’t help but feel a sense of community. This ‘AIMS spirit’ was also shared by the excellent guest lecturers that came to teach.” At AIMS he was exposed to many invaluable tools for mathematical and scientific research and the range of different fields of study helped him to make a more informed decision about his future. He plans to continue with condensed matter physics research. “I also met several world-class researchers at AIMS who inspired me to achieve more. Being a part of the AIMS family has really changed my life. I am undoubtedly a better scientist today because of AIMS. I am deeply indebted to AIMS for all it has done for me. AIMS has taught me that the only way I can ever hope to repay that debt is to go out and better Africa, touch as many lives as I can, and inspire the next generation of African scientists and mathematicians.”

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