African Conference on Research in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics - CARI

Colloque Africain sur la Recherche en Informatique et en Mathématiques Appliquées (CARI)


Ecole de Recherche CIMPA
Tunis – 24th September to 3rd October 2022

CARI Conferences
Yaounde & Dschang
Cameroon 04 – 07 October 2022

CARI'2022: Open Call January 2022

CARI’2020 will take place in both Tunisia for Mathematics (including the CIMPA School) and Cameroon for Computer Science (the event will be host in the University of Yaoundé I and University of Dschang). More details will be provided later.

CARI - Permanent partners

CARI, the African Conference on Research in Computer Science,  is the outcome of an international cooperation involving African universities, French research institutes, and international organizations. Occurring once every two years since its first edition held in 1992 (Yaounde, Cameroon), CARI is more than a scientific gathering, but a dynamic environment for cooperation that brings together African researchers, and decision-makers in the fields of computer science and applied mathematics. The scientific program, which reflects the wealth and diversity of the research carried out on the African continent, places special emphasis on work that can contribute to technological development, environmental awareness and natural resource management. The conference is organized by the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), the Centre de coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), the International Center for Pure and Applied Mathematics (CIMPA) and the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF).


 Le CARI, Colloque Africain sur la Recherche en Informatique est le fruit d’une coopération internationale rassemblant universités africaines, centres de recherche français et organismes internationaux. Il est  devenu un lieu privilégié de rencontre et d’échanges entre chercheurs et décideurs africains et internationaux de haut niveau dans les domaines de l’informatique et des mathématiques appliquées. Le programme scientifique, qui reflète la richesse et la diversité de la recherche menée sur le continent africain, met un accent particulier sur les travaux susceptibles de contribuer au développement technologique, à la connaissance de l’environnement et à la gestion des ressources naturelles. Le CARI est co-organisé par l’Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), l’Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), le Centre de coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), le Centre International des Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées (CIMPA), et l’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF).

Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique

L’Inria est un organisme public français de recherche, dédié aux sciences et technologies du numérique.  C’est un établissement public à caractère scientifique et technologique, placé sous la double tutelle des Ministres français chargés de la Recherche et de l’Industrie.

Institut de Recherche pour le Développement FRANCE

L’Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) est un organisme français de recherche, original et unique dans le paysage européen de la recherche .  Il mène des travaux en Afrique, dans l’Océan Indien, en Amérique latine et dans le Pacifique.


Le Cirad est un centre de recherche français qui répond, avec les pays du Sud, aux enjeux internationaux de l’agriculture et du développement. Ses activités recouvrent les domaines des sciences agronomiques, vétérinaires, forestières et agroalimentaires.


L’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) est un réseau mondial d’établissements d’enseignement supérieur et de recherche. L’AUF a recentré en 2000 ses priorités afin de favoriser les synergies au sein de ses programmes et de faciliter leur déploiement à travers des régions du monde ayant des besoins très divers et spécifiques

Centre International de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées (CIMPA)

CIMPA. Le Centre International de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées est une association loi 1901 créée en 1978, qui est centre de l’Unesco. Son objectif est de promouvoir la coopération internationale au profit des pays en développement

 CARI 1992 -2020 … 28 years of Scientific Partnership France – Africa, reminder 

CARI - 28 ANS de Partenariat Scientifique FRANCE-AFRIQUE - CARI - 25 years of FRANCE-AFRICA scientific Partnership

This map shows the geographical localisation of CARI events (1992-2020).

1992: Yaounde, Cameroon:
CARI emerges from an agreement between the University of Yaoundé 1, the United Nations University (UNU) and France’s National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique – INRIA). It receives support from the French Ministry for International Development and UNESCO.

1994: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: CARI’s backers define a charter. The French Scientific Research Institute for Cooperative Development (ORSTOM, renamed the Research Institute for Development – IRD in 1988) joins the project. Three research projects have received support (Parallel, SIAD, and VOAR); they will serve as a starting point for more ambitious projects.

1996: Libreville, Gabon: CARI collects three new partners: The French Ministry for Cooperation and Development;The International Centre for Pure and Applied Mathematics (ICPAM), an international organisation working for the growth of mathematics in developing countries and the CIRAD, a French research centre working with developing countries to tackle international agricultural and development issues.

1998: Dakar, Senegal: The French-speaking Universities Association (AUF, previously AUPELF-UREF) joins the partners. Maghreb countries are wholeheartedly involved in CARI. The European SIMES project (for a multimedia information system for the sub-Saharan environment) is launched. France Telecom provides financial support. UNESCO takes part in CARI.

2000: Antananarivo, Madagascar: France’s Minister for Foreign and European Affairs becomes a partner. Madagascar’s involvement becomes substantial. Camereau project set up (hydro-geology in Cameroon)

2002: Yaounde, Cameroon: Back to our roots in Yaoundé for CARI’s 10th anniversary. Publication of the first edition of the ARIMA journal (African journal of Research into Computer Science and Applied Mathematics).

2004: Tunis, Tunisia: Start-up of the SARIMA project, supporting research activities in computer science and mathematics in Africa, a large-scale project aimed at developing a network of centres of excellence, a balanced cooperation model between northern and southern  teams.

2006 Cotonou, Benin: Increased number of research topics, emphasis on scientific computation and emergence of modelling issues.They were 194 submissions, of which 41 have been accepted. Given the important number of approached topics during the conference it appears increasingly desirable to define topics associated with networks sets of themes.

2008 Rabat, Morocco: CARI’s scientific contributions are now split into seven research areas:  modelling of complex systems; signal, image and multimedia; scientific computation and parallel processing; artificial intelligence and machine learning; information systems;  distributed systems, embedded systems, networks and mobility;  formal methods for software engineering.

2010 Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire: The tenth time CARI has been held! First conference since the formation in late 2009 of the International Laboratory for Research in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics (LIRIMA) and the Unit for Mathematical and Computer Modelling of Complex Systems (UMMISCO).

2012 Algiers, Algeria: The eleventh edition held at CERIST in Algiers, Algeria 13-to-16th of October 2012. The program was very dense and held in three parallel sessions except for the invited keynotes lectures that were given in plenary sessions.

2014 Saint Louis, Senegal: They were 118 submissions, of which 37 have been accepted.Reviews has decided to include ARIMA Journal in MathSciNets. For the forthcomming editions of CARI the tutorials will be replaced by a Cimpa Research School.

2016 Tunis, Hammamet: This conference was associated with a CIMPA Research School on “Mathematics for Biology”. They were 130 submissions, of which 51 have been accepted.It was decided that to meet the corresponding deadlines the choice of location of a given CARI is taken prior to the preceding edition. The Permanent Committee solicits, selects and supports the teams candidate to the organization of a CARI.

2018 South Africa,  Stellenbosch: This fourteenth edition reflects the richness and the diversity of the research undertaken on the African continent with a special emphasis on works related to the development of new technologies, knowledge in environmental sciences and to the management of natural resources, consists of 28 scientific contributions, selected from 100 submissions. It was preceded by a research school on the formal aspects of computing.

2020 Thies, Senegal: This fifteenth edition was entrusted to Thies Polytechnic School. The health crisis linked to the Coronavirus epidemic forced us to move towards an online organization of the conference. The scientific program consists of 36 scientific  contributions, selected from 92 submissions, together with 5 invited talks delivered by acknowledgedspecialists. It was preceded by a research school on “Mathematics of Artificial Intelligence and Applicationto Robotics and Big Data”.

Access to reports and proceedings of the previous CARI 

CARI a closest collaboration between African and French researchers in computer science and applied mathematics