Erik Bongcam Rudloff, SLU, on African bioinformatics and AI

May 23, 2019
Erik Bongcam Rudloff at the workshop “Toward a Network of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence for Development (AI4D) in sub-Saharan Africa”, Nairobi, Kenya, April 2019

What are you working on at the moment?

My name is Erik Bongcam Rudloff, I am a professor of bioinformatics at the Swedish University of agricultural sciences in Uppsala Sweden. I work with different projects that are related to making analysis of the nucleotides, that means the genomes of living organisms and that is from viruses, bacteria, plant, animals and humans.

How do you perceive development and Artificial Intelligence?

The systems that we work with today which encompass from cellular level, to organ and to individuals, means that the complexity of all those data sets that we created are so enormous that the only way for people to get use of it, is using Artificial Intelligence systems.

What is your blue sky project in Africa?

I would like to try to work with a portable system which consists of a powerful computer connected to a powerful, portable, sequencing machine that you can use in the field. This will contain all the datasets and all the databases to which people can compare, so any time that is an outbreak of an unknown disease, you can immediately identify these pathogens being new, old or mutated on the spot. This means that to be able to send them to the field, we need intelligent systems in-build, so they can help in the decision making for people that do not have many years of training.