The AIMS Rwanda research centre is well-positioned to lead Africa into the 4th industrial revolution. The centre shares facilities with Quantum Leap Africa (QLA) which seeks to prepare Africa for the quantum revolution. QLA attracts students and researchers in the quantum science domain from all over the world and has recruited a Research Chair in Data Science and its applications.
Research at AIMS Rwanda focuses on fields like climate modelling, plant-interactions, human disease modelling, computational immunology, quantum physics/science, applied mathematics, and Bayesian methodology. Research team members comprise of postdoctoral fellows, visiting researchers, MSc, PhD students and interns.
The centre is ideally positioned to respond to current and emerging trends/challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and food security. Recently, a COVID-19 pool testing method was developed and has been successfully used by Rwanda and beyond, to track people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, as well as to identify possible asymptomatic people within communities. This algorithm was developed by the AIMS Research team, under the leadership of Prof Wilfred Ndifon, the AIMS Chief Scientific Officer, in partnership with the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC).