Kevin Leyton Brown

Affecting Social Impact with AI

UBC Professor in Computer Science Kevin Leyton-Brown, and Canada CIFAR AI Chair, has made a significant difference in the advancement of social issues in Uganda utilizing AI. 

In an article published recently by CIFAR, "Leyton-Brown lived in Uganda for a part of a 2010 sabbatical.  During this time he was particularly moved by a situation that could be improved with AI. He noticed that vendors who lived in the city were able to charge competitive prices for their produce, and often sold out before the end of the day. Meanwhile, their suppliers in more remote areas struggled to find a market for their produce even at low prices. Given that most Ugandans have cell phones, he developed and co-founded Kudu, a mobile app that enables farmers to locate and trade with vendors for competitive prices."

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