The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) held a machine learning workshop for tertiary students to provide them with essential artificial intelligence skills at the GAEC Reactor Training Facility.
The programme was organized in partnership with the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ITCP) in line with Physics Without Frontiers Ghana and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. The workshop was designed to equip participants with the fundamental techniques and resources needed to analyse visual and statistical data, build models, and effectively communicate decisions based on data.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Director of the National Nuclear Research Institute (NNRI) of GAEC, Dr. Samuel Ganyaglo, stated that the workshop’s broad skill set was to address real-world challenges by strategically using algorithms to analyse vast amounts of data and make informed decisions.
According to the Director, the training is crucial in a world where everything is going digital.
“Anytime I get the opportunity to address a gathering like this, I always say that the world is evolving. Machine learning is at the forefront of technological advancements, and by providing this training, participants will acquire the skill set that will drive Ghana’s progress in science and technology,” he stated.
He further advised the participants to take the programme seriously since the knowledge they acquire can help bridge the gap between academic knowledge and practical skills.
“If you want to make a meaningful contribution to the global village, you need to be abreast with machine learning. And if you know it very well, it will provide you with the leverage you need to contribute effectively to the country’s economy” he added.
The project coordinator for the Physics Without Frontiers Ghana, who is also a Senior Research Scientist at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Dr. Irene Opoku Ntim, in an interview indicated that the program was not only targeted at students who offered science and IT but to all students who use data in their work.
“It is being run for all undergraduates and post graduate students who use data in their work and how they are going to process and interpret it. So, we want to equip our students, especially those who are in the second year doing their thesis to process any data that they come across”, she opined.
The five-day workshop which ended on November 17, 2024, brought together a diverse group of tertiary students from various institutions including the Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (SNAS), University of Ghana, Data Link Institute of Business and Technology, and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
By: CPRC/CCD, GAEC