Dr Olusola Ayoola, PhD, MIET is the founder of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Nigeria (RAIN), a world class training, research and product development facility he established in Ibadan. He also lectures at the prestigious University of Ibadan, Nigeria where he specialises in robotics and advanced control.

Olu has been a recipient of local and international scholarship awards. He holds a first-class bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Ibadan. He also holds with distinction a masters’ degree in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering as well as a doctorate degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester, UK.

Olu served as a member of the robotics research group at the University of Manchester, UK between 2014 and 2019. During this period, and in partnership with Forth Engineering, UK, Olu focused on developing ground and underwater robots to support the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning programme. He also developed acoustics systems for underwater robot positioning and non-tethered communication.

Olu is a member of the prestigious Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He has a proven passion for knowledge transfer and an extensive record of delivering robotics and STEM outreach programmes in the UK.

In exercising his passion for knowledge transfer, in 2019, Olu voluntarily chose to resign from his robotics engineering job in UK for a mission more dear to his heart. This was to establish, deliberately without government funding, a world class facility focused on up-skilling Nigerian youths on high-end technological skills ranging from coding, internet of things, embedded systems, drone technology to machine learning, deep learning and robotics.

This adventure, known as RAIN, kicked off early 2020 and has quickly grown to be very successful in just about one year of establishment. Today, RAIN has impacted in the lives of over 200 trainees across age groups. RAIN is also supporting private companies with their Research and Development towards breaking technical barriers and creating new frontiers for high-end products.