The group consist of people with backgrounds in the quantitative sciences (mathematical statistics and applied mathematics) who apply the structured approaches underlying these sciences in a multi-disciplinary environment. The group focuses on a systems approach, enabling them to deal with complex systems and 'systems of systems'. The socio-technical systems focus refers to the ability to model technical and social aspects as well as the interactions between them in a systems model. The methods applied by the group enable integration of sub-systems and different mental models.
National poverty alleviation system
A multi-disciplinary group from across the CSIR is applying systems engineering as well as other systems thinking concepts to describe and analyse the country's poverty alleviation system. The team aims to improve understanding of how the system works, what effect current policies and activities have on the various parts of the system, and subsequently suggest appropriate systems-based performance indicators. This would enable stakeholders and decision-makers to engage towards more effective delivery mechanisms.
Theme extraction in a cyber forensics environment
The major focus of the research is to develop methods, techniques and tools to be able to extract crime themes from cyber forensic data for an investigator. These themes can be developed into storylines that can then be analysed further to determine the evidentiary value of the data.
- Morphological analysis applications
- Integrated systems understanding using Bayesian networks: Measuring the effectiveness of a weapon system.