Jeffery Ansah: 26-year-old Ghanaian graduates with PhD from top Australian university

Jeffery Ansah: 26-year-old Ghanaian graduates with PhD from top Australian university

- Dr Jeffery Antwi Ansah is a 26-year-old Ghanaian with a PhD in Computer and Information Science

- The tech genius graduated from the University of South Australia (UniSA)

- Ansah currently works as a PhD Machine Learning (ML) Researcher and Data Science Specialist

- His humble start in life, journey and rise to his top position has been captured by YEN.com.gh

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At only 26, Jeffery Antwi Ansah, has already bagged a PhD in Computer and Information Science from the University of South Australia (UniSA).

Prior to completing his course, Ansah’s dissertation research focused on developing artificial intelligence and Machine Learning methods for predicting social disruptive events such as riots, protests, civil unrest among others, using social media data.

He had to train machines (computers) to understand the world and make decisions by studying patterns and trends of previous events.

Via his research and with the collaborative effort of colleague researchers, they developed a machine learning framework and tools that are being used to keep Australia safe and warn the public of future potential protests.

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YEN.com.gh features Jeffery Antwi Ansah’s humble beginning in life to becoming a prominent PhD Machine Learning (ML) Researcher and Data Science Specialist.

Jeffery Ansah: Meet the 26-year-old Ghanaian who graduated with PhD from a top university

Jeffery Antwi Ansah. Photo credit: Oteng Amponsah Enock
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While a toddler, he attended a public school, similar to today's double-track system, then referred to as ‘syto'.

Ansah got admission to Mpraeso Senior High School in the Eastern region, to study General Science after completing junior high school.

At Mpraeso SHS, he chalked admirable academic laurels which earned him several awards including Best student in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and ICT.

The brilliant young teenager was accepted after he applied to pursue his tertiary education at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa, where he completed his first degree in Computer Science and Engineering with first-class honours in 2015.

He also emerged as president of a number of student associations whilst on campus and ultimately became secretary for the Students’ Representative Council of UMaT during the 2014/2015 academic year.

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In 2016, Ansah received full tuition and stipend scholarship to study at the University of South Australia.

"I thrive on complexity and I find it daunting but a rewarding experience to explain convulated and complex problems by simplifying it to the understanding of the common man,'' Dr Ansah told YEN.com.gh

With a vast interest in machine learning and artificial intelligence research, he has given talks and presentations at prestigious conferences dominated by the likes of IBM, Google, Facebook Microsoft and other prominent tech companies.

The Ghanaian native works with the national security and other government agencies in Australia to keep the country safe.

Currently, Jeffery Antwi Ansah is a PhD Machine Learning (ML) Researcher and Data Science Specialist at the world-leading Mining and Minerals Giant; BHP.

In a related story, of a story about Olivia Agbenyeke, a young resilient high school graduate, who just six years ago, was stuck in one of Ghana’s worst slums, Agbogbloshie, serving as a bartender in her father's drinking joint despite attaining remarkable scores in science.

Olivia Agbenyeke obtained 7As and one B2 after completing Keta Senior High Technical School as a Science student but had been faced with financial hurdles.

The young graduate’s parents and family simply did not have the means to help their bright daughter to move progress the education ladder.

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