Vinasetan Ratheil HOUNDJI Vinasetan Ratheil HOUNDJI
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Vinasetan Ratheil HOUNDJI

Ing., MSc., PhD.

Research interests: Artificial Intelligence, Constraint Programming, Machine Learning, Combinatorial Optimization.

Applied Research: E-Agriculture, E-Health, E-Education, Natural Language Processing.

Short bio

I received a Ph.D. in Computer Science (from Université catholique de Louvain - UCL, Belgium & Université d'Abomey-Calavi - UAC, Benin) in 2017 after obtaining a Master of Science degree in Computer Science (from Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain, UCL, Belgium) in 2013 and an Engineer degree in Computer Science and Telecommunications (from Ecole Polytechnique d'Abomey-Calavi, UAC) in 2011. I co-founded the company Machine Intelligence For You (MIFY) in 2017 and spent one year as Chief Executive Officer of this company. African Scientific Institute (ASI) Fellow since February 2019, I am currently :
    • Lecturer-Researcher at UAC, mainly in Artificial Intelligence and Operations Research/Optimization;
    • Scientific Collaborator at ICTEAM (in Artificial Intelligence & Algorithms research group), UCLoucain, Belgium;
    • Chair of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Benin chapter.

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Some activities

    • Teaching Artificial Intelligence at UAC since 2014-2015.
    • Visiting Researcher at Artificial Intelligence & Algorithms research group, Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium. January - March 2020.
    • Invited by the Rwanda ICT Chamber to work with some Rwandan companies in the Data science and related projects. One month. August-September 2019.
    • Invited Speaker at (Nigerian) National Innovation Summit, University of Nigeria. Topic: Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Sorghum Yield Prediction using AI. June 2019.
    • Competition Chair of the international artificial intelligence competition MAIC (Mify Artificial Intelligence Contest). 51 teams (of 2 or 3 members) from 9 countries for MAIC 2019 .
    • General co-Chair of the BWAI (Benin Workshop on Artificial Intelligence)' 2018. 106 participants for BWAI2018.
    • Member of scientific committee at the conference "Journée Francophone de la Programmation par Contraintes" JFPC'2019 /
    • In charge of 3 Masters at IFRI, UAC : Software Engineering, Computer Security, and Information Sytem and Computer Networks.
    • Google Hash Code University of Abomey-Calavi Hub Organizer' 2019. 22 participants for UAC HashCode Hub 2019.
    • Moderator of LRSIA Seminars 2017-2019.
    • Moderator of a pannel at Semaine du Numérique (SeNum), November 2018. Topic: Smart cities, what models for Africa?
    • Member of a pannel at Africa Mobile App Day (Africa M.A.D.), October 2018. Topic: Why integrate Artificial Intelligence into our mobile applications?

Community Service

    • Chair of Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Benin chapter. Website:
    • Former Curator (Lead) of Global Shapers Community (GSC) Cotonou Hub, 2018-2019. See a summary of our activities during my curatorship here.
    • Former Director of Startup Grind University of Abomey-Calavi, 2019-2020. See a short descriptive video here.
    • Co-founder and first President of the Non Governmental Organization CAVTIC (Creuset d'Actions pour la Vulgarisation des TIC), 2010-2014.
    • Co-founder and first President of CERADEI-GIT/EPAC, 2009-2010.