Workshop on Responsible AI for Sustainable Development in Africa


Since its inception, AFRICOMM conferences have attracted eminent academics, scientists, researchers, industrialists, technocrats, government officials and experts from all walks of life, to explore new horizons of innovations in order to identify opportunities and define the way forward for Africa’s development. This pathway aims to promote scientific progress to accelerate Africa’s economic growth and achieve the vision of sustainable inclusive development using IT.
Encouraged by the resounding success of previous editions of AFRICOMM, the Responsible AI Networks Africa (RAIN-Africa) co-organizes with Université Norbert ZONGO the Workshop on Responsible AI for Sustainable Development in Africa on the sidelines of the AFRICOMM 2023 conference to be held in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso.
During this workshop, the various stakeholders come together to discuss tomorrow’s solutions to today’s dilemmas. The latest developments in artificial intelligence will be discussed, as well as their possible consequences on society and the public sector. The questions attached to these implications will be approached from an ethical perspective, while understanding the African legal framework surrounding these developments.
The workshop will provide a platform for technical exchanges within the research community and will include a paper presentation session, a panel discussion and poster exhibitions. In addition, participants will be treated to a networking activity to establish new ties and foster lasting friendships between colleagues.


List of topics (but not limited to):

  • Deep Learning and Machine Learning
  • Computer Vision and Image Processing
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Evolutionary Computing
  • Biometrics and Cybersecurity in AI
  • Explainable AI
  • Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
  • Ontologies
  • Computational Logic
  • Multi-agent Systems
  • Agent-based Modelling


We invite workshop participation through contributions that respond to one or more of the mentioned research questions in Short (6-11 pages) or Full papers (12-15+ pages). Papers should be submitted through EAI ‘Confy+‘ system, and have to comply with the Springer format (see Author’s kit section).

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Accepted and presented technical papers will be submitted for publication by Springer and made available through SpringerLink Digital Library. Workshop Papers will be published as a part of the EAI AFRICOMM 2023 Conference Proceedings. Proceedings will be submitted for inclusion in leading indexing services, including Ei Compendex, ISI Web of Science, Scopus, CrossRef, Google Scholar, DBLP, as well as EAI’s own EU Digital Library (EUDL).

Important dates

Full Paper Submission deadline
20 August 2023
Notification deadline
20 September 2023
Camera-ready deadline
20 October 2023

Workshop Organisers

Sadouanouan MALO
Université Nazi BONI

Tounwendyam Frédéric OUEDRAOGO
Université Norbert Zongo 

TPC Members

Borlli Michel SOME
Université Nazi Boni

Université Gaston Berger

Abdoulaye SERE
Université Nazi BONI

Aminata zerbo SABANÉ
Université Joseph Ki-Zerbo

Université Joseph Ki-Zerbo

Rodrigue KAFANDO
Université Virtuelle-Burkina Faso

Pasteur PODA
Université Nazi Boni

Ferdinand GUINKO
Université Joseph Ki-Zerbo

Université Joseph Ki-Zerbo

Université Norbert Zongo

Université Joseph Ki-Zerbo

Ecole Polytechnique de Ouagadougou