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University of Cape Town

There are currently nine 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

Zola Mahlaza

Member since 2018
Supervisor:
Maria Keet
Joseph Philipo Telemala

Joseph Philipo Telemala

Member since 2018
Supervisor:
Hussein Suleman
Jecton Tocho Anyango

Jecton Tocho Anyango

Member since 2018
Supervisor:
Hussein Suleman
Selvas Mwanza

Selvas Mwanza

Member since 2017
Supervisor:
Hussein Suleman
Augustine Takyi

Augustine Takyi

Member since 2017
Supervisor:
Melissa Densmore, David Johnson
Christine Wanjiru Mburu

Christine Wanjiru Mburu

Member since 2017
Supervisor:
Melissa Densmore
Amreesh Phokeer

Amreesh Phokeer

Member since 2016
Supervisor:
David Johnson
Joan Byamugisha

Joan Byamugisha

Member since 2015
Supervisor:
Maria Keet, Brian de Renzi
Richard Maliwatu

Richard Maliwatu

Member since 2015
Supervisor:
David Johnson, Melissa Densmore

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


Anesu Marufu

Anesu Marufu

Member until 2018
Supervisor:
Prof. Tommie Meyer
Maletsabisa Molapo

Maletsabisa Molapo

Member until 2018
Supervisor:
Melissa Densmore
Mafkereseb Bekele

Mafkereseb Bekele

Member until 2018
Supervisor:
James Gain
Yamiko Joseph Msosa

Yamiko Joseph Msosa

Member until 2017
Supervisor:
Audrey Mbogho, Maria Keet
Landry Pacome Ambassa

Landry Pacome Ambassa

Member until 2017
Supervisor:
Anne Kayem, Prof. Christoph Meinel
Lighton Phiri

Lighton Phiri

Member until 2017
Supervisor:
Hussein Suleman, Prof. Christoph Meinel
Josiah Chavula

Josiah Chavula

Member until 2017
Supervisor:
A. Bagula, Hussein Suleman
Fiona Ssozi

Fiona Ssozi

Member until 2017
Supervisor:
Edwin Blake, Prof. Ulrike Rivett
Sakpere Aderonke

Sakpere Aderonke

Member until 2016
Supervisor:
Anne Kayem
Haji Ali Haji

Haji Ali Haji

Member until 2016
Supervisor:
Hussein Suleman, Ulrike Rivett
Sinini Ncube

Sinini Ncube

Member until 2016
Supervisor:
Gary Marsden
Mvurya Mgala

Mvurya Mgala

Member until 2015
Supervisor:
Audrey Mbogho, Prof. Elijah I. Omwenga
Richie Ssembatya

Richie Ssembatya

Member until 2014
Supervisor:
Dr. Anne Kayem, Gary Marsden
Grace Ssekakubo

Grace Ssekakubo

Member until 2014
Supervisor:
Gary Marsden, Hussein Suleman
Ntwa Katule

Ntwa Katule

Member until 2014
Supervisor:
Gary Marsden
Chao Mbogho

Chao Mbogho

Member until 2014
Supervisor:
Hussein Suleman, Edwin Blake
Christoph Chepken

Christoph Chepken

Member until 2012
Muthoni Masinde

Muthoni Masinde

Member until 2012
Raymond Mugwanya

Raymond Mugwanya

Member until 2012
Silvian Gitau

Silvian Gitau

Member until 2011