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General News of Friday, 23 August 2019


Ghanaian MIT Scientist contributes to advancing the state of Optical System

Dr. Azunre in MIT Lab with Invented Solar Coating Dr. Azunre in MIT Lab with Invented Solar Coating

MIT Startup Algorine, founded by Ghanaian Dr. Paul Azunre, has contributed to advancing the state of Optical System design optimization algorithms by developing an algorithm that can guarantee finding the “best possible design” to an optical design problem. The end result of this is making optical system design “less of an art and more of a science”.

This work was outlined in a sequence of peer-reviewed articles recently published in such scientific journals as the “New Journal of Physics” and “Optimal Control Applications and Methods”.

The company, Algorine, was founded by Dr. Paul Azunre – former winner of the 2002 National Science and Maths Quiz with Opoku Ware School in Kumasi – and grew out of his PhD dissertation work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

In a recent interview with MIT, Dr. Azunre discusses the details of this breakthrough work, as well as the Ghanaian arm of the business – Algorine Ghana Ltd. – which leverages AI to help local businesses with their data analysis and other analytics needs. You can read the interview here –

Algorine has participated in advanced projects on cutting-edge AI technologies funded by a US government research agency, DARPA. Projects include Natural Language Processing (NLP) for social media and anomaly-detection for cyber-security applications, which place Algorine strategically at the forefront of innovation in these fields.