About Me

Basking in the light at Kichijoji Station, Tokyo. July, 2019
Basking in the light at Kichijoji Station, Tokyo. July, 2019

My name is Harriet Ocharo. I am currently working as a research scientist (Applied AI, Cloud & IoT) at Hitachi Central Research Laboratory in Tokyo. I joined Hitachi’s Digital Technology Lab in April, 2019.

In September 2019, I was named one of Kenya’s top 40 Under 40 by the Business Daily.

My interests lie in Applied AI Research: the deployment of machine learning algorithms to real-world systems, noting that the constraints in the experimental setup are different from those in the real world. I research on the best practices for the entire Machine Learning Life Cycle, from the identification of a business goal all the way to solution deployment and continuous monitoring & improvement.

I obtained my PhD in Information Science in September, 2018, from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. I was in the educational technology lab under Dr. Shinobu Hasegawa. My PhD research area was in the application of AI in education, particularly text-based mining methods to improve the revision skill of graduate students. In my post doctorate research (Sep 2018 – Mar 2019), I applied Deep Learning Methods (LSTM) to estimate learner engagement by analyzing video data.

Before leaving for Japan to do my PhD, I worked for about two years as a Business Analyst at Ernst & Young, Nairobi, Kenya.

I obtained my MSc. in Mobile Telecommunication and Innovation from Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya, in 2014. I got first class honours, in my Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), in 2011.

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This website will be more focused on my professional work: research interests, publications, projects, and blog posts relating to Applied AI/Cloud Computing/IoT.

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