I have been working on my SOP for the past few days and I was wondering if the experts out here could review it and offer suggestions to improve it.Prompt: Please give a short statement that describes your academic interests, purpose, objectives and motivation in undertaking this postgraduate study. (max 3500 chars - approx. 500 words)
Artificial Intelligence study
I will always remember the first day I saw a personal computer at the school library. I was very fascinated by the things I could do with it. I spent a lot of time learning on the internet how computers work and also how computer technology has managed to improve human life. I developed a great interest on computer science such that by the time I was in Form 3 at Ilboru Secondary School I already knew that I wanted to become a computer scientist.
I have now practiced software engineering for more than six years. I currently work for Niafikra LTD which is a Tanzanian software engineering startup I co-founded with my colleague in 2012. Our primary focus is to provide software solutions for developing countries in Africa. One of our main product, inaya Health, aims at improving healthcare services by facilitating practitioner's activities and ensure that they work efficiently. Inaya Health is currently operating in various private and public hospitals in Tanzania including ORCI which is the National Cancer Institute.
My career objective is to become a competent professional with significant contribution in solving challenges and problems we face in the third world countries using technology. I want to study Artificial Intelligence because it presents a more advanced approach in solving challenges facing developing countries in various sectors including healthcare, governance, agriculture, education and many more. By using Artificial intelligence methods combined with my past experience in software development I will be having the right tools at my disposal for reaching my career objective.
I specifically want to become a machine learning focused software engineer who researches and apply machine learning methods into the software I develop for solving these challenges. Since I have already been involved in developing systems for healthcare sector, I plan to begin using the knowledge I will acquired to develop machine learning solutions for the similar sector using the company I cofounded and also integrated them into our product inaya Health whenever feasible. I also plan to continue with PhD studies in the field of Artificial Intelligence.
The renowned international track record in addressing real world problems that is being expressed by the Center of intelligence at Edinburgh University aligns very well with my career objective. I believe that by being trained by an institution with strong research background in major Artificial intelligence fields gives me a better chance of becoming a competent professional that I wish to be. These exceptional qualities and the program structure makes me crave for studying MSc Artificial Intelligence at Edinburgh University.