Solomon Atnafu Besufekad

Full Name Solomon Atnafu Besufekad
Education Attended
  1. 1.      PhD. in Computer Science, Sept. 1999 – July 2003; University of Lyon, FRANCE
  2. 2.      Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (DEA) – Ecole Doctoral d’Informatique et System d’Information pour la Society ; INSA de Lyon, France; (October 1998 – July 1999)
  3. 3.      M.Sc. in Computer Science, Faculty of Informatics, Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany (Feb. 1987 – August 1989)
  4. 4.      B.Sc. in Mathematics, Mathematics Department, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,  (Sept. 1979-July 1983)
Academic Rank Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, Addis Ababa University
Working for AAU Since September 1995
Administrative positions held
  1. Associate Director, Center for IT Research and Innovation (CITRI), IT Doctoral Program, (July 11, 2011 – Present)
  2. Coordinator of the Information Retrieval and Language Technology Research Tracks of the Doctoral Program in Information Technology, Addis Ababa University (May 1, 2009 – Present).
  3. Head, Department of Computer Science, Addis Ababa University (Feb. 2007 – Sept. 10, 2009).


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Editorial roles/initiatives, etc

Some of the Projects Awarded and Managed:

  1. Project Manager, RapidSMS based Mobile Data Collection and Reporting System for RUTF and OTP Data, A project sponsored by UNICEF Ethiopia (May 2010 – November 2010),
  2. Project Manager, Health and Demographic-Data Reporting and Communication System: a Mobile e-Health system for the Case of the Butajira Rural Health Program; A project supported by UNECA. (September 2009 – February 2010)
  3. Project Leader, Deployment of the Kebele Life-Event Service System (KLESS), A system deployment Project for the transformation of citizen-oriented services of Kebeles to e-Local Governance Platform (September 2009 – February 2010).
  4. Project Leader, LOG-IN Africa: a research project on e-Local Governance. A project initiated by nine African Research Institutions for research on e-local governance in 2005. Project is sponsored by IDRC-Canada (International Development and Research Center)

Professional Memberships:

  1. ACM –Association for Computing Machinery (the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society) –
  2. AIS – Association for Information Systems (an International Professional Society in Information Systems) –
  3. EITPA – Ethiopian Information Technology Professionals Association –
Address Campus: College of Natural Sciences, Department of Computer Science

Building name: Computer Science Building,

Floor number: 1st Floor

Office Room No.: 228

Office Tel.: (+251) 11 122 29 22

Mobile: (+251) 911 40 69 46

University email ID:

Alternative email ID:


Research interest
  • Multimedia Data Management
  • Information Retrieval
  • Localization
  • e-Governance
  • Mobile Information Systems (mHealth, M4D, etc.).
Publications in reputable journals On Reputable Journals:

  1. Demisse, G., Hill, S., Tadesse, T., Atnafu, S. Drought Prediction System for Improved Climate Change Mitigation, IEEE Transaction on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Volume:PP ,  Issue: 99, pp 1 -6. ISSN: 0196-2892, 01 October 2013
  2. Demisse, G., Tadesse, T., Atnafu, S., Hill, S., Tesfatsion, Y. (2012). Normalized Difference Vegetation Index and Standard Precipitation Index Parameters to Monitor Drought at National Scale: The Case of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Journal of Development Research, Vol. 34, No. 1, April 2012, pp. 67 – 94
  3.  Tessema Mindaye, Hassen Redwan, Solomon Atnafu; Searching the Web for Amharic Content; On the International Journal of Multimedia Processing and Technologies (JMPT), 2010. ISSN Print ISSN: 0976-4127, Online ISSN: 0976-4135.
  4. Getachew Berhan, Tsegaye Tadesse, Solomon Atnafu, Shawndra Hill (2011), Using Satellite Images or Drought Monitoring: A Knowledge Discovery Approach, Journal of Strategic Innovation and Sustainability, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp135 – 153, Spring 2011, ISSN: 0378-0813.
  5. Dawit Bulcha, Solomon Atnafu, D Coquil, L. Brunie, R. Chbeir ; Salient-Object-Based Image Query by Visual Content;  Journal des Sciences pour l’Ingénieur (7):79-86, ISSN 0851-4453.   2006.