The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa. It undertakes directed research and development for socio-economic growth.
Manipulating fluids on a micro level The CSIR is developing a new technology, broadly referred to as microfluidics, which deals with the behavior, precise control and manipulation of fluids – with applications in areas such as micro fuel cells, disease detection, chemical and pharmaceutical production.
A mathematical model of a robot platform The CSIR has developed a mathematical model for the control of a mobile robot platform that uses wheels that allow movement in any direction in order to help it achieve optimum manoeuverability. These omni-directional mobile platforms have applications in congested environments such as narrow isles, offices and factory workshops. Current work at the CSIR uses such a platform in the construction of a mobile office service robot.