Hi. I'm Abdigani Diriye and I’m a Research Scientist and Manager at IBM Research Africa. I currently manage the Inclusive Financial Services Group, and I work with some talented people there to help address Africa’s grand challenges.
I work in the space of HCI, data-mining and FinTech to design, develop and deploy novel solutions that combine human- and machine-generated data to support people in making sense of information and accessing services more easily, effectively and efficiently. I have explored these topics while working in academia, corporates and start-ups.
Previously, I was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where I worked with Dr. Niki Kittur on ways we can leverage human- and machine-generated data to support people when sensemaking on the Web.
Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon University, I spent two enjoyable stints working at Microsoft Research (June '10, Oct '11), and one at FX Palo Alto Labs (June '11).
I obtained my PhD in computer science from University College London where I was advised by Prof. Ann Blandford and Dr. Anastasios Tombros. My research focused on understanding the role search interfaces play during information-seeking, and how we can use this to inform design. I have published over 35 patents and papers.
I've also started a couple of start-ups and not-for-profit organizations in the past.
I have been selected as a TED Fellow and Next Einstein Forum Fellow. I have also been named one of the World’s Top Young Innovators under 35 and received the TR35 awarded by MIT’s Technology Review. My work has been featured in Forbes, Wired, Technology Review, Quartz, BBC Radio, CNN and Fast Company among others.
You can find more information on my personal website.