James Ekow Abaka Ainooson

I am a 3rd year PhD student at the Vanderbilt University, working with Dr. Maithilee Kunda of the Airtificial Intelligence and Visual Analogical Systems Laboratory. Before joining Vanderbilt, I worked for as a software engineer with the National Trust Holding Company and Hubtel. My first degree was a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from The University of Ghana.


52 Cameras 52 Weeks

On this little blog, I document my attempt to shoot a different camera a week for 52 weeks. I review each camera and show some of the pictures taken over the week.

Ntetnan PHP Tools

An attempt to bring some sanity to my collection of PHP tools. Maybe someone would find it useful someday.



Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee
August, 2016 - Present
PhD. Computer Engineering
University of Ghana
Legon, Ghana
August, 2004 - June, 2008
BSc. Computer Engineering
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario
January, 2008 - April, 2008
Exchange Student
Accra Academy
Kaneshie, Accra, Ghana
January, 2001 - May, 2003
Senior Secondary School Certificate


Ghana Stock Exchange
Accra, Ghana
August, 2011
Securities Course Participant

Modules: Introduction to Investments, Financial Markets, Corporate Finance, Investment Analysis, Portfolio Management, Securities Trading, Legal and Regulatory Frameworks for Financial Markets.


Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee
August, 2016 - Present
Graduate Teaching Assistant

Assisted in the tutoring of: Intermediate Software Design, Projects in Artificial Intelligence and Introduction to Machine Learning.

SMSGh Solutions Limited
Kokomlemle, Ghana
February, 2016 - June, 2016
Software Engineer

Worked on software for automating the scheduling of SMS notifications.

National Trust Holding Company
Accra, Ghana
July, 2009 - January, 2016
Software Engineer

Worked with a team of corporate finance experts and information technology professionals to find ways of improving the delivery of the company's products through the innovative use of information technology. Much of the work of the team is geared towards branch-less banking solutions.

University of Ghana
Legon, Ghana
June, 2008 - June, 2009
Teaching Assistant

Assisted lecturers in preparation, administering and grading of student lab exercises.


Wang, Xiaohan, Tengyu Ma, James Ainooson, Seunghwan Cha, Xiaotian Wang, Azhar Molla, and Maithilee Kunda. "Seeing Neural Networks Through a Box of Toys: The Toybox Dataset of Visual Object Transformations." arXiv preprint arXiv:1806.06034 (2018).


Wang, Xiaohan, Fernanda Monteiro Eliott, James Ainooson, Joshua H. Palmer, and Maithilee Kunda. "An Object is Worth Six Thousand Pictures: The Egocentric, Manual, Multi-image (EMMI) Dataset." In ICCV Workshops, pp. 2364-2372. (2017).


Ainooson James, and Maithilee Kunda. "A Computational Model for Reasoning About the Paper Folding Task Using Visual Mental Images." In Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, London, UK. (2017)

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