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About Us

The RAIL Lab was founded in March 2014. It is based in Gauteng, South Africa, and is situated between the School of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and the Mobile Intelligent Autonomous Systems (MIAS) group at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria.

Work in our lab focuses primarily on learning in autonomous systems. In particular, we are interested in the acquisition of behaviours, as well as knowledge about the environment around a learning system. Our work draws on tools from multiple fields including decision theory, machine learning, and computer vision, using techniques including reinforcement learning, Bayesian models, deep neural networks, and Monte Carlo tree search. Our work is generously aided by collaboration and partnership with a number of international research groups and institutions.

The aims of the lab are three-fold:

  1. To further the state-of-the-art in research into artificially intelligent systems,
  2. To act as a centre of excellence and nexus of activities around AI in Africa,
  3. To benefit society through the application of our work.

We meet at weekly open meetings at the University of the Witwatersrand. If you are interested in any of our activities, please contact us.