Dilman Dila is a Ugandan filmmaker, writer and digital artist. He has published a collection of his short stories like A Killing in the Sun in 2014 and novellas, such as The Flying Man of Stone in 2016. His short stories have also appeared in several magazines and anthologies, including AfroSF v2 and Myriad Lands. His films have won awards at film festivals, including the Ugandan Film Festival (2014) and the Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival (2012).
Dila’s research for Digital Earth's 2018 - 2019 fellowship is build upon the writing of mathematician Ron Eglash, who suggests that digital technology has its roots in a divination system that is common all over Africa. He is conducting extensive research into the fractals of the Karamojong people in North Eastern Uganda, who, for the most part, have maintained their traditional architectures and other cultural aesthetics. By focusing on indigenous knowledge systems and mathematics, he is examining the use of African fractal mathematics in anti-malaria gene drive algorithms.