Aisha Walcott-Bryant

Research Manager
IBM Research Africa

Nairobi, Kenya

Aisha Walcott-Bryant is a research scientist and manager of the AI Science and Engineering team at IBM Research, Africa. She is passionate about healthcare, interactive systems, and addressing Africa’s diverse challenges. In addition, Walcott-Bryant leads a team of researchers and engineers who are working on transformational innovations in global health and development while advancing the state of the art in AI, Blockchain, and other technologies. She and her team are engaged in projects in Maternal Newborn Child Health (MNCH), Family Planning (FP), disease intervention planning, and water access and management. Her team’s recent healthcare work on “Enabling Care Continuity Using a Digital Health Wallet ” was awarded Honorable Mention at the International Conference on Health Informatics, ICHI2019. 

Prior to her career at IBM Research Africa, Walcott-Bryant worked in Spain. There, she took on projects in the area of Smarter Cities at Barcelona Digital and Telefonica with a focus on physical systems for social media engagement, and multi-modal trip planning and recommending. Walcott-Bryant earned her PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, where she conducted research on mobile robot navigation in dynamic environments at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL).