USAID Announces Intelligent Forecasting Grant Winner

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USAID is pleased to announce Macro-Eyes as the winner of the Intelligent Forecasting Field Implementation Grant. The Macro-Eyes team will test their machine learning-based model to predict contraceptive use in Côte d’Ivoire.

About Team Macro-Eyes

In July 2021, team Macro-Eyes was awarded the Intelligent Forecasting Field Implementation Grant to customize, pilot, and iteratively improve their model, which will be implemented at health service delivery sites in Côte d’Ivoire. Congratulations!

Macro-Eyes will partner with Michael Konan and the University of Novi Sad/Faculty of Technical Sciences Hybrid Forecasting Approach (HFA) group, led by Dr. Dejan Mircetic, to maximize the success of their forecasting model and ensure it is locally-informed and incorporates diverse perspectives. Macro-Eyes, Michael Konan, and the HFA group separately competed for the Intelligent Forecasting Prize and learned about each other through the co-creation event hosted by USAID. These organizations decided to join forces to survey Côte d’Ivoire’s health systems landscape and create an accurate and appropriate modeling solution for integration into the local pharmaceutical logistics system.

Learn more about the members of this team below, and learn more about the Intelligent Forecasting Competition here.

Macro-Eyes is an artificial intelligence (AI) company that makes crucial infrastructure predictive, saving lives and extending the impact of scarce resources. Macro-Eyes products perform in environments with little conventional data, amid high demand and supply uncertainty, and serve some of the most sophisticated organizations in the world. The Macro-Eyes machine learning team, led by MIT Professor Suvrit Sra, has a rigorous commitment to science and is distributed across North America, Africa, and Europe.

“Put simply: we are deeply honored. We fiercely believe that the most advanced technology in the world must turn towards solving fundamental human problems. We are grateful for this opportunity to work with the government of Côte d’Ivoire to make health systems more responsive to the people they serve. The world is dynamic, conditions on the ground change, and the systems that determine where and when health goods are available must learn to keep ahead of that change.” - Benjamin Fels, Macro-Eyes

Michael Konan is a Senior Big Data Analyst certified by the Data Science Council of America (DASCA). He has been working in data analytics for six years and has two years of experience in data science and machine learning. Michael’s expertise is in advanced analytics and machine learning. As a native of Côte D’Ivoire, Michael contributes a deep understanding of the local context, as well as local resource development and talent networks.

The HFA group hails from the University of Novi Sad/Faculty of Technical Sciences and is led by Dr. Dejan Mircetic in Serbia and Kedge Business School in France. The team consists of Dr. Dejan Mircetic, Dr. Mohamed Zied Babai, Dr. Marinko Maslaric, and Dr. Svetlana Nikolicic. Together, they bring expertise in supply chain forecasting and inventory, supply chain risk management, and warehouse and inventory processes.

Last updated: July 22, 2021

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