National ICT Research Capacity and Priorities for Cooperation - Republic of Senegal

Senegal is currently developing a Science, Technology and Innovation Plan with the assistance of UNESCO. At present there are no formal national ICT research priorities defined. However, there are initiatives initiated by researchers. Among them, include the National Symposium on Research in Computer Science and its Applications (NCRI). NCRI is a framework for meetings between scientists and researchers from around the world.

The primary objective of the NCRI is to provide opportunity to the IT community (researchers, teachers and industry) with an interest in the areas of networking and computer services, applications and distributed systems, telecommunication networks, Semantic Web, to meet annually to exchange and publish the latest results of their work. NCRI 2012 is seeking papers that deal with all matters relating to development of communication protocols, networks and services:

- Networks and Distributed Systems

- Multi-agent systems and complex systems

- Management of large-scale data

- Knowledge extraction, data mining, Web mining

- Semantic Web, Web data, Web 2.0, Web 3.0

- Image Processing

National Research Capacity

Senegal has seven public institutions of higher education:

- Université Cheikh Anta de Dakar

- Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis

- Université de Thiès

- Université Alioune DIOP de Bambey

- Université Assane Seck de Ziguinchor

- Université Virtuelle du Sénégal

- Ecole Polytechnique de Thiès

and the main research laboratories in Senegal are located in two universities:

Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar

- Laboratoire d'Imagerie Médicale et de Bio-informatique

- Laboratoire d'Informatique, Réseaux et Télécommunications (LIRT)

- Laboratoire de Traitement de l'Information (LTI)

- Mathématiques de la Décision et d'Analyse numérique

- Equipe de Cryptologie

- Equipe de Codage

- Equipe Réseaux, Services et Télécommunications

Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis

- Laboratoire d'Analyse Numérique et d'Informatique (LANI)

- Laboratoire d'Électronique, Informatique, Télécommunications et Énergies Renouvelables (LEITER)

ICT-39 Priority Themes

Based on consultation with stakeholders the following thematic areas are considered to be important in the context of the ICT-39 Call:

Thematic Areas Partners include
eHealth Université Gaston Berger; Université Cheikh Anta Diop
Environment Université Cheikh Anta Diop; Ecole Polytechnique de Thiès

Mapping to H2020 Themes

The initial mapping to Horizon 2020 Research areas is summarised below

Horizon 2020 Industrial Leadership Institution, Relevant Dept and Research area
Advanced Computing Université Cheikh Anta Diop: Sensors
Future Internet Université Gaston Berger: Networking
Content Technologies & Information Management Université Gaston Berger: Language Technologies, Semantic Web, Intelligent Technology; Université de Bambey: Information Management; Universite de Ziguinchor: Information Management; Université Cheikh Anta Diop: Technology-enhanced Learning & Digitisation; Université Gaston Berger: Digital processing & Digitisation; Ecole Superieure Polytechnique de Dakar-UCAD: Technology-Enhanced Learning
Robotics Université Cheikh Anta Diop: Robotics

Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges Institution, Relevant Dept and Research area
Health Université Gaston Berger: Mathematical models for eHealth; Université Cheikh Anta Diop: Image processing - eHealth
Climate Action, Environment, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials Université Cheikh Anta Diop: Water Management and Sensors; Ecole Polytechnique de Thiès: Water Management; Ecole Superieure Polytechnique de Dakar-UCAD - Energy efficient design & solar energy
Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies Ecole Polytechnique de Thiès: Cultural resources
Secure Societies Ecole Polytechnique de Thiès: Trustworthy ICT

Level of Research Maturity

Senegal has a good research base and track record in collaborative research through participation in more than 41 projects securing over €5.3 million in research funding under FP7. There is an increasing emphasis on further strengthening the research capacity within the country, and facilitating the continued development of post-graduate programmes and involvement in cross-border research.