Hi, I’m Mbithe. I recently graduated with Distinction from The University of Manchester, where I studied for a master’s degree in Advanced Computer Science with a specialization in AI. I have a keen interest in how data, machine learning, and technology in general can be used for development and social good in sub-Saharan Africa.
My master’s project used deep learning to help social robots learn how to interact with humans safely, autonomously, and in a way that is socially appropriate. I focused on how robots can start and end interactions with humans. What facial and body language cues do people use to signal interest and disinterest? How can a robot learn to read these cues, and decide the appropriate actions to take? I worked with SoftBank Robotics’ Pepper robot and PyTorch as the deep learning framework. My project was supervised by Prof. Angelo Cangelosi.
Here are some of the things I’ve been up to: