In December 2022, Citizen Science member Ibrahim Zakari was part of a group of authors, who published a paper entitled “Imbalanced multiclass traffic sign images classification based on minority oversampling and convolutional neural networks“
In September, group members Ibrahim Sidi Zakari and Robert Lepenies gave a presentation on the Sasha Kagansky Interdisciplinary Grant and the project “Citizen Science for Reducing Exposure to Urban Air Pollution” at the GYA online event “Young and Global – A perspective on today’s challenges in science” together. This event was part of the Science Summit of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77). In their presentation, they considered North-south, south-south scientific collaboration, and showcased their GYA project on “Citizen Science for Reducing Exposure to Urban Air Pollution”, which they run in Niger and Germany. Read more about the session and watch the full presentation here.
In August 2022, working group co-lead Ibrahim Ziri Zakarai (Abdou Moumouni University, Niger) participated in the HPDAKK Symposium on participatory herborization of medicinal plants. “HP” stands for “Herborisation Participative” and embodies a project focused on seeking and classifying medicinal plants through ethnobotanical identification, galenic ethnopharmacology, sociolinguistic approaches and the realization of herbarium samples. HPDAKK hopes to rescue traditional medicine knowledge for medical practicioners, researchers and PhD students. Endogenous medicinal knowledge, particularly in Western Africa, is mostly passed on by word of mouth and therefore is often lost when traditional medical practitioners die. The activity took place in three Togolese cities (Kpalimé, Atakpamé and Tabligbo). For more information, see the report (in French) here.
In April, the Network of African Science (NASAC) Academies published a regional report titled “Protecting human health against climate change in Africa” . Group members Armand and Ibrahim were nominated by the GYA to contribute to the report, they proposed Citizen Science aspects. Read the whole report here.
The group was working with a Research Assistant in 2021, who contributed to papers on emerging applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence to crowdsourced data from health and transport sectors. Some of these results were then presented during an IEEE Conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (February 2022), and a paper has been published in the conference proceedings (IEEE Access Journal).