Francisca Oladipo is a Professor of Computing and Director – Research, Innovations and International Relations at Kampala International University, Uganda and Lecturer at the Islamic University in Uganda. She is also Associate Professor and Head of Department of Computer Science at Federal University Lokoja, Nigeria and a member of the University’s Governing Council - the first female to hold that position.
As part of the COVID-19 response efforts of the worldwide Data Science researchers, she was appointed the Executive Coordinator of the Virus Outbreak Data Africa Network (VODAN Africa) in March 2020. She currently leads the team building Fair Data Points on the COVID-19 pandemic for Africa and covering Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, and Tunisia. Francisca obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2010 and was a 2014 Spring Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Electronics and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA under the TOTAL- -MIT Empowering the Teachers Initiative.
She is a Grace Hopper Faculty Scholar and a fellowship alumna of several International Programmes Programmes including the Heidelberg Laureate Foundation Germany, United States Department of State Exchange Program (TechWomen), Internet Engineering Task Force, the Women of Color in Computing, Widening Natural Language Processing, Women in Machine Learning, Learning, Black in Artificial Intelligence, German Scholars Organization, etc. She is a two two-time time recipient of the PyCon USA Grant, a recipient of the ACM FAT 2019 Fellowship and the 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship of the ICML.
In addition, she is a Fellow of the Africa Scientific Institute and member of several local and international professional and scientific associations including the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, European Alliance for Innovation, British Computer Society, Nigerian Computer Society, Computer Professionals (Registration Council) of Nigeria, the Global Internet Governance Academic Network, International Association Of Computer Science and Information Technology, the Internet Internet Society, Diplo Internet Governance Community, The Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering. She is an alumna of the prestigious Machine Learning Summer School and has been trained in Machine Learning, Big in Data Analytics and Data Science at the Institute of Analytics and Data Science, University of Essex, UK, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain and the University of Oxford.
In addition to developing innovative curriculum for multidisciplinary research, Francisca is bridging the gaps between research and practice in the areas of Theoretical Computer Science and she has published numerous papers detailing her research experiences in both local and international journals and presented research papers in several international conferences. She is also a reviewer and editorial board member of many international scientific publications. Outside of daily work, she designs programs to increase the participation of females in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).