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-Learning, 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 Assistant Professor at UAC mainly in Artificial Intelligence and Operations Research/Optimization, and Chair of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Benin chapter.
I am :
    • the Competition Chair of the international artificial intelligence competition MAIC (Mify Artificial Intelligence Contest). 54 teams (and 140 participants) from 6 countries for MAIC 2018.
    • the General co-Chair of the BWAI (Benin Workshop on Artificial Intelligence). 106 participants for BWAI2018.
    • the Google Hash Code University of Abomey-Calavi Hub Organizer. 22 participants for UAC HashCode Hub 2019.
    • the Director of Startup Grind University of Abomey-Calavi. See a short video here.
    • the moderator of LRSIA Seminars.
    • in charge of 3 Masters at IFRI, UAC : Software Engineering, Computer Security, and Information Sytem and Computer Networks.


    • African Scientific Institute (ASI) Fellow since February 2019.
    • Invited by the Rwanda ICT Chamber to work with some Rwandan companies in the Data science and related projects. August-September 2019.
    • Invited Speaker at (Nigerian) National Innovation Summit, University of Nigeria, June 2019. Topic: Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Sorghum Yield Prediction using AI.
    • Member of scientific committee at the conference Journée Francophone de la Programmation par Contraintes - JFPC'2019, June 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?
    • Former Curator (Lead) of Global Shapers Community (GSC) Cotonou Hub, 2018-2019.
    • Member of Association for Constraint Programming (ACP), since 2014.
    • 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.