Dr. Felicitas Atabong Mokom obtained a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Windsor in Canada and a master’s degree in Computer Science from Wayne State University in Detroit, USA. She completed her undergraduate studies in Computer Science at the University of Texas in Austin where she was formerly recognized by former U.S. President George Bush Sr. at the commencement ceremony as the youngest of 5000 graduates.
Felicitas worked professionally in the USA and Canada, for the health information technology provider Cerner Corporation and the information technology solutions provider Analysts International, as a Software Engineer and Project Director over several years. She joined the School of Information Technology at the Catholic University Institute of Buea as the Dean and a faculty member in 2015.She has served as the Vice President for Student/Alumni Career Services and Development, the Director of the Ubiquitous Campus and the Vice Provost. In September 2022, she was appointed as the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Research and Cooperation (the Chief Academic and Research Officer) of the university.
Felicitas’ research interests lie in the application of computational intelligence techniques towards optimization problems, complex systems and building artificial societies. Her research work, often of an interdisciplinary nature, has resulted in several peer-reviewed publications in top tier Artificial Intelligence conferences such as IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (IEEE CEC) and the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS). She has served as an external reviewer for a number of conferences and journal publications.
Felicitas’ passion for technology and development and the mentorship of young minds has led to her delivery of keynote addresses to emerging leaders and young entrepreneurs. She was sponsored by UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa as a contributor at the 2017 “Women on the Frontier of Science and Innovation in Africa” capacity building workshop in response to the 2063 African Agenda and the SDGs which took place in Namibia.