Africa Center of Excellence ACE2


Center Title and Acronym: African Center of Excellence in Internet of Things (ACEIoT)
Host University and Country: University of Rwanda
Center Website
Center Director and email address: Prof.Santhi Kumaran,
Primary Thematic Discipline of Center: Internet of Things, Embedded Computing Systems, Wireless Intelligent Sensor Networking

Brief Description of Center
African Center of Excellence in Internet of Things (ACEIoT) aims to educate and train African researchers in the field of IoT who will develop and deploy innovative IoT-enabled services to address development challenges across all ESA high-priority domains. For example, (i) remote monitoring and diagnosis technology to provide rural populations with access to quality healthcare; (ii) wide-area networked sensors could be used for precision agriculture to improve yield; (iii) smart metering in African households could regulate the power usage and increase energy efficiency.

Key Objectives and Expected Outcomes:

Main Objectives of ACEIoT are to,

  • Build a critical mass of African Scientists and Engineers in IoT through Higher Education and Research;
  • Set up an IoT living lab in Rwanda for open innovation and co-creation of IoT4D.

More specifically, ACEIoT’s aims to:

  • Develop curricula and the infrastructure to promote cutting-edge research in the field of IoT;
  • Train high-level professionals and academics in the field of IoT through Master’s and PhD programmes in Wireless Intelligent Sensor Networks and Embedded Computing Systems;
  • Increase IoT applied research output with relevance to ESA priority domains through a focus on low-cost, innovative, open and sustainable solutions, and
  • Excel as a focal point for enhancing regional and international research collaboration by providing a forum for researchers to share ideas and results on IoT applications.

Major Accomplishments to Date:
1. PhD programmes= 2
2. Masters Programmes =2
Masters of Science in  Internet of Things- Embedded Computing Systems (ECS)
Masters of Science in  Internet of Things- Wireless Intelligent Sensor Networks (WISeNet)
3. 18 PhD Students enrolled
4. MoU’s and Partnership Agreements
Academia Key Partners
UR- SUZA MoU and Partnership Agreement with ACEIoT approved
UR- UNIMA MoU and Partnership Agreement with ACEIoT approved
UR-EAIFR MoU for affiliation signed, but Partnership Agreement is in process
UR- ICTP, Italy MoU approved
UR- IIT, Kharagpur, India MoU approved
Industry Partner
MoU signed between Inmarsat and the Ministry of Youth and ICT (MyICT) of Rwanda, but Collaboration Agreement between Inmarsat and ACEIoT approved to be signed.

5. Publications
From center staff =5
From Partners =5
6. Technical workshops organized

  • Co-organized with University of Kibungo (UNIK a two day ce Workshop  (10th-11th July) at the College of Science and Technology main campus in Nyarugenge, Kigali on “Data Matters: Introduction to Data Science and R Programming for Data Analytics” – 40 participants
  • Organized the “Cisco IoT Workshop”  on Tuesday 18th July 2017 – 40 participants

7. Staff development training

  • Two center staff trained on PhD supervision
  • One staff attended one week workshop on Research grant Management organized by SARIMA, South Africa

Senior Faculty

Research Area

Prof. Santhi Kumaran


Dr. Gaurav Bajpai

Software for Embedded Systems

Dr. Richard Musabe

Systems and Security

Dr. Philbert Nsengiyumwa

Embedded Systems

Dr. Rutabayiro Ngoga Said

Cognitive Radio Technologies

Dr. Luc Einstein Ngend

System level Programming

Dr. Celestine Twizere

Telecommunication systems

Dr. Damien

Software Engineering

Dr. Donart Ngarambe

Distributed Computing Systems

Dr. Kabiri Charles

Cognitive Radio Communications

Dr. Sibamona Louis

Cognitive Radio Communications

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