Dr. Aisha Walcott-Bryant is a research scientist and manager at IBM Research Africa - Nairobi, Kenya. She leads a team of researchers and engineers that use AI, Blockchain, and other technologies to develop innovations in Water Access and Management, core AI, and Healthcare, particularly for emerging countries. She has a strong interest in global health and development. Her team's recent healthcare work on Enabling Care Continuity was awarded honorable mention in the International Conference on Health Informatics, ICHI2019.
When Aisha joined the IBM Research Africa lab, she led the research efforts in mobility and transportation for developing cities. The aim was to provide significant and impactful value-added services that ease the movement of people, goods, and services in Africa. She and her team developed innovative intelligent transportation systems data capture methods and analytical tools, to provide computational understanding about the local driving and infrastructure context.
Prior to her career at IBM Research, Aisha worked in Spain in the area of Smarter Cities at Barcelona Digital and Telefonica. She earned her PhD in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT in robotics, as a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligent lab (CSAIL).