Welcome to my personal website. I am a professor at Carnegie Mellon University Africa in Rwanda where I teach cognitive robotics, artificial cognitive systems, applied computer vision, and data structures and algorithms for engineers. Prior to this I worked at the University of Skövde, Sweden. Over the past 40 years I have held positions in several information technology sectors: as a software engineer in industry, as a university professor (in Ireland, UAE, and Sweden), as a consultant, and as a project officer in the European Commission and Science Foundation Ireland.

My main research focus is on cognitive robotics and I have the privilege of serving as one of the co-chairs of the new IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Technical Committee on Cognitive Robotics. I am proud to say that the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society has selected us as the recipient of the 2017 RAS Most Active Technical Committee Award.

As part of SPARC - The Partnership for Robotics in Europe - and euRobotics aisbl, I also contribute to the European Union ROCKeu2 coordination and support action to promote the deployment of cognitive systems in industry.

My most recent book, Artificial Cognitive Systems - A Primer, was published by MIT Press in 2014. A Chinese edition will be published in 2020.  


"This volume fills a serious void in the literature on artificial cognition, spanning a wide range of past work and helping the reader assess the rich array of approaches that have been taken to constructing cognitive systems. It will be an essential text for anyone who seeks to advance work in this field."

ACM Computing Reviews
Review #: CR143563 (1509-0767)


Email: davidvernon.eu.


The Wonder of Rwanda

I live and work in Rwanda, a small country with big ambitions to become a leading knowledge economy in Africa. Here is a great video - The Wonder of Rwanda - by Made for minds, a German news and current affairs website, about how Rwanda is realizing these ambitions.


African GLO Tour 2018
Fundraising cycling challenge

Last year I took part in a seven-day 780 km cycle around Rwanda in aid of Burundi, one of the poorest countries in the world, struggling to recover from civil war and genocide. You can read all about it on my blog.

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