Arinze Lawrence Folarin

Arinze Lawrence Folarin is my name. I was born in Nigeria. I studied Mathematics at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria for my undergraduate degree (First class honours). I went on to get my master’s degree in Mathematical Sciences (Distinction) from the University of Stellenbosch / African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in South Africa, where I learned about Reinforcement Learning. I concentrated on analyzing central reinforcement learning algorithms for malaria control during my master’s program, and I’m now more interested in using reinforcement learning in Robotics and Policy-making. For my research masters at University of Cape Town, I’m supervised by Dr. Jonathan Shock and Dr. Ndivhuwo Makondo (IBM AFRICA) on using deep learning algorithms to reduce the spread of diseases (Malaria and Covid-19) in a target population.

My ambition is to become a world-class professor in the field of Applied Mathematics where I can apply reinforcement learning algorithms in robotics and policy-making, and also have the opportunity to work with other researchers to solve problems that affect Africa and the rest of the world.