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University of Cape Town

There are currently eleven postgraduates from different African countries working at UCT. The so-called HPI-CS4A Center (Computer Science for Africa) aims to become a leading centre of excellence in designing computational solutions (both algorithmic and user centric) for the developing world’s context.

The HPI Research School @ UCT incorporates researchers from a variety of backgrounds such as anthropology, media studies, information systems and computer science. Together they work with local and internationally-based technology companies to address problems in the areas of TeleHealth, M-Education, Mobile Internet, and Mobile Tele-Commuting.

Members

Zola Mahlaza

  • Member since: 2018
  • Supervisor: Maria Keet

Joseph Philipo Telemala

  • Member since: 2018
  • Supervisor: Hussein Suleman

Jecton Tocho Anyango

  • Member since: 2018
  • Supervisor: Hussein Suleman

Selvas Mwanza

  • Member since: 2017
  • Supervisor: Hussein Suleman

Augustine Takyi

  • Member since: 2017
  • Supervisor: Melissa Densmore, David Johnson

Christine Wanjiru Mburu

  • Member since: 2017
  • Supervisor: Melissa Densmore

Maletsabisa Molapo

  • Member since: 2016
  • Supervisor: Melissa Densmore

Amreesh Phokeer

  • Member since: 2016
  • Supervisor: David Johnson

Joan Byamugisha

  • Member since: 2015
  • Supervisors: Maria Keet, Brian de Renzi

Richard Maliwatu

  • Member since: 2015
  • Supervisors: David Johnson, Melissa Densmore

Anesu Marufu

  • Member since: 2015
  • Supervisor: Prof. Tommie Meyer

Supervisors

Hussein Suleman

Hussein Suleman is Head of Department and Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Cape Town. His research is situated within the Centre for ICT for Development (ICT4D) and the Digital Libraries Laboratory. Hussein's main research interests are in digital libraries, ICT4D, African language information retrieval, cultural heritage preservation, Internet technology and educational technology. He has in the past worked extensively on architecture and interoperability issues related to digital library systems, with a growing emphasis on the relationship between low resource conditions and such architectures. This has evolved into a focus on ICT for development (ICT4D); this is a new research area in computer science that looks into the application of ICT to solve key developmental problems, as defined locally or by multinational agencies like the United Nations.

Prof. Tommie Meyer

 

Dr. David Johnson

Dr David L Johnson is the director of Ammbr Research Labs South Africa and an adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Computer Science Department of the University of Cape Town. He received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from University of Cape Town in 1995, a Masters in Computer Engineering from University of Pretoria in 2008, a Masters in Computer Science from University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2012  and a PhD in Computer Science at UCSB in 2013.

He has 18 years experience in software and telecommunications engineering research and development including software design, RF engineering, radio planning, operating systems, embedded programming, networking in rural areas, network traffic analysis, mesh networking, Bluetooth, WiFi, community-based GSM and TV White space networks. Between 2004 and 2007, he was a key initiator and leader of Wireless Africa – a wireless mesh networking research and development programme at Meraka, CSIR with strong collaboration with SA Universities.

He is currently the director of Ammbr Research Labs South Africa - a multi-national organization that builds decentralized wireless systems based on blockchain and leads the Net4D research group at UCT. The group consists of 4 PhD students, a masters student and a Post-Doc focussing on TV White Spaces, Cognitive Radios, Mesh Networks and Network measurements and localization using cloudlets.

Dr. Brian DeRenzi

 

Maria Keet

C. Maria Keet is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town. She focuses on logic-based knowledge representation, ontology and Ontology, and conceptual data modelling, which has resulted in over 90 peer-reviewed publications, most of them as main author. She is PI on a NRF-funded (CPRR-grant) project on a grammar engine for Nguni languages, and was PI on an DST/MINCyT-funded bi-lateral project with Argentina on ontology-driven conceptual modelling and on a UKZN-funded project on crowdsourcing an isiZulu terminology. She was involved in several EU projects, coordinated the development of the WONDER system for intelligent access to biological data, and has served in over 25 Program Committees of international workshops and conferences and reviewed for 14 journals. She is a NRF-rated researcher (Y1).

Before her employment at UCT, Maria was Senior lecturer at the School of Computer Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and before that, a non-tenured Assistant Professor (ricercatore a tempo determinato) at the KRDB Research Centre, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. She obtained a PhD in Computer Science at the KRDB Research Centre in 2008, following a BSc(honours) 1st class in IT & Computing from the Open University UK in 2004, and 3.5 years work experience as systems engineer in the IT industry with its vocational training (MSCE, ASE, ITIL). In addition to computer science, she obtained an MSc in Food Science (Microbiology) from Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands, in 1998, and an MA 1st class in Peace & Development Studies from the University of Limerick, Ireland, in 2003.

Melissa Densmore

Melissa Densmore is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at University of Cape Town and Acting Director of the UCT Centre in Information & Communications Technology for Development. Densmore’s research explores design with mothers and community-based digital content creation and collaboration in the context of community wireless networks (cloudlets). Prior work includes an ethnography of technology adoption in an NGO program in Uganda, a delay-tolerant tele-consultation system for doctors in Ghana and contributions to infrastructure enabling village health centers to consult with doctors at the Aravind Eye Hospitals. Recipient of the 2008 Yamashita Foundations for Change Prize, she has been doing ethnographic fieldwork, systems design, and deployments in Ghana, India, Mexico, Rwanda, and Uganda since 2004. Melissa completed her PhD at University of California, Berkeley in Information Management and Systems, has an MSc in Data Communications, Networks and Distributed Systems from University College London, and holds a BA in Computer Science from Cornell University.

Alumni

Mafkereseb Bekele

  • Member from: 2016 - 2018
  • Supervisor: James Gain

Yamiko Joseph Msosa

  • Member from: 2014 - 2017
  • Superviors: Audrey Mbogho, Maria Keet

Landry Pacome Ambassa

  • Member from: 2014 - 2017
  • Supervisors: Anne Kayem, Prof. Christoph Meinel

Lighton Phiri

  • Member from: 2014 - 2017
  • Supervisors: Hussein Suleman, Prof. Christoph Meinel

Josiah Chavula

  • Member from: 2014 - 2017
  • Supervisors: A. Bagula, Hussein Suleman

Fiona Ssozi

  • Member from: 2014 - 2017
  • Supervisors: Edwin Blake, Prof. Ulrike Rivett

Sakpere Aderonke

  • Member from: 2013 - 2016
  • Supervisor: Anne Kayem

Haji Ali Haji

  • Member from: 2013 - 2016
  • Supervisors: Hussein Suleman, Ulrike Rivett, (Gary Marsden)

Sinini Ncube

  • Member from: 2013 - 2016
  • Supervisor: Gary Marsden

Mvurya Mgala

  • Member from: 2013 - 2015
  • Supervisors: Audrey Mbogho, Prof. Elijah I. Omwenga (School of Computing and Informatics, University of Nairobi)

Richie Ssembatya

  • Member from: 2011 - 2014
  • Supervisors: Dr. Anne Kayem, Gary Marsden

Grace Ssekakubo

  • Member from: 2011 - 2014
  • Supervisors: Gary Marsden, Hussein Suleman

Ntwa Katule

  • Member from: 2011 - 2014
  • Supervisor: Gary Marsden

Chao Mbogho

  • Member from: 2012 - 2014
  • Supervisors: Hussein Suleman, Edwin Blake

Christoph Chepken

  • Member from: 2010 - 2012

Muthoni Masinde

  • Member from: 2010 - 2012

Raymond Mugwanya

  • Member from: 2009 - 2012

Silvian Gitau

  • Member from: 2009 - 2011