International African Conference on Machine Learning optimization and Applications


Machine learning and optimization methods have become the driving forces behind technological advances, enabling innovations and breakthroughs in various scientific research areas and applications. This conference aims to bring together renowned and young scientists, academics and practitioners and provide a platform to exchange expertise on current trends, future prospects and advanced applications of machine learning and mathematical optimization methods. In addition to the exchange of research expertise and results, it is also intended to promote knowledge transfer and local and international research and development cooperation. This is also an opportunity for African researchers, academics, PhD students as well as practitioners to gain access to an international platform to present their scientific innovations and exchange research experiences.

The conference comes on a special occasion as the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) celebrates its 20th anniversary of its founding, beginning with AIMS South Africa in 2003.

  • The conference will take place in three streams: machine learning and applications; optimization: advances, methods and applications; Applied sciences – engineering, sustainability systems, communication, science, etc.
  • The three-day conference is scheduled for academic interaction on July 24-25, 2023 and social events on July 26, 2023 
  • Interested conference participants are asked to submit an abstract as well as a full paper for consideration of the conference presentation. Selected manuscripts will be considered for publication in the conference proceedings.
  • Presentations are conducted in person.

Call for Papers

The conference will take place in three streams:

  • Stream 1:  Machine Learning: Novel Contributions and Applications
  • Stream 2:  Optimization: Theory, Methods and Applications
  • Stream 3:  Applications: Industrial Applications and Sustainability.

The conference programme will include posters, paper presentations and scientific, along with
prominent keynote speakers and industrial workshops. All submitted papers will be reviewed by
experts in the field based on the criteria of originality, significance, quality and clarity.
Authors are kindly invited to submit their papers/ posters/ demo proposals as per the call for
papers scheduled below.

Important Dates 

  • Deadline for Registrations: 30th June 2023
  • Deadline for Presentation Slides Submission: 15th July 2023
  • Extended Deadline for Manuscript Submission: 7th May 2023
  • Acceptance Notification: 31st May 2023
  • Deadline for Submission of Revised Manuscript:  Deadline 15th of June

Submission Process
Authors are kindly invited to submit their formatted full papers or posters including results,
tables, figures and references. Note that all paper submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed
and evaluated based on originality, research content, correctness, relevance to the conference and
readability. Please read the complete call for papers guidelines before submitting your paper.

Online Submission: Paper submission can be completed online at

Email Submission: Submissions via email will not be accepted.

Manuscript Submission Format: Latex and Word templates source files according to directions given by springer verlag publisher.

Guidelines for Manuscript Preparation

  • Please read and implement the instructions for proceedings here.
  • Papers can only be submitted in Latex format using the Springer Verlag Latex template provided here or on overleaf.

Post Conference Publication

The International African Conference on Machine Learning, Optimization, and Applications proceedings will be published in Springer and submitted for consideration to different publishers such as SCOPUS, Web of Science etc.


Online Submission Application

Submission by E-Mail: Note that we do not accept papers through Email
Submission of Manuscripts is accepted only through the conference management system here.

Please note the following when submitting:

  • The subject line should be: IAC 2023 Paper Submission: “Paper Title”
  • The cover letter should be included along with the submission, which should include the domain of
    research to fasten the review process of the manuscript.
  • Manuscripts should be sent in Latex and Word templates according to directions given by
    springer verlag publisher.

Invited distinguished speakers

Prof. Boris MordukhovichWayne State University, USAAdvances in OptimizationVariational Analysis and Numerical Optimization with Applications to Machine Learning
Prof. Lorenz T. (Larry) BieglerCarnegie Mellon, USAOptimization and Engineering ApplicationsNonlinear Optimization with Surrogate, Data-driven Models
Prof. Avi OstfeldTechnion Haifa, IsraelOptimization Methods in Water Distribution Network SystemsMachine Learning Optimization and Application in Water Resources Systems Analysis
Prof Patrick MäderTU Ilmenau, GermanyMachine Learning and ApplicationsApplications of AI and Machine Learning in Biodiversity Science

Conference Committee

  1. Conference Chairman:  Dr. rer. nat. habil. Abebe Geletu W. Selassie, AIMS Rwanda
  2. Conference co-chairman: Prof. Pu Li, TU Ilmenau, Germany

International Scientific Committee

  • Prof. Lorenz T. (Larry) Biegler, Carnegie Melon, USA
  • Prof. Armin Hoffmann, TU Ilmenau, Germany
  • Prof. Avi Ostfeld, Technion Haifa, Israel
  • Prof. Thomas Rauschenbach, Fraunhofer IOSB, Germany
  • Prof. Blaise Chimpanda, AIMS Rwanda
  • Dr. Jan Hazla, AIMS Rwanda
  • Dr. Issa Karambal, AIMS Rwanda
  • Dr. Semu Mitiku, BISTU, Botswana
  • Dr. Addisalem Abatneh, Addis Abeba University, Ethiopia
  • Dr. Edo Abraham, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Dr Delphine Abijuru, REG Rwanda
  • Dr Chantal Cyulinyana, NCST Rwanda

Local Organizational Committee

  • Prof. Sam Yala, AIMS Rwanda, Kigali
  • Dr. Isambi Mbalawata, AIMS Rwanda, Kigali
  • Prof. Denis Ndaguza, UR-CST, Rwanda Kigali
  • Mrs. Carine Umulisa, AIMS Rwanda, Kigali


Conference Venue is to be announced very soon

The Conference is non-residential and delegates are requested to make their own accommodation


Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in for International African Conference on Machine Learning, Optimization, and Applications.

Please email your queries to

We’ll route your request to the most appropriate person. You should receive a response within 48 hours.