Tezira Wanyana, a PhD candidate in the Adaptive and Cognitive Systems (ACS) Laboratory at the University of Cape Town was recently awarded the Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship. 36 eligible students from universities globally, who are pursuing research that is aligned with the Microsoft areas of focus were awarded this prestigious fellowship and Tezira is one of them.
Tezira’s interests lie in intelligent systems architectures. Her current research focuses on combining data driven and knowledge driven AI techniques in an architecture for designing intelligent agents for knowledge discovery and evolution (KDE) in different domains. The KDE architecture is applicable in dynamic physical sensor-based systems which acquire continuous observations that may contain new patterns which are worth following up. Machine learning is applied in perception and pattern detection while Bayesian networks and ontologies are used in theory construction to explain the situations detected in the patterns.
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