To meet its mandate of improving the quality of life of South Africans, the CSIR relies on its most important asset, its people. The CSIR’s multidisciplinary nature positions the organisation to help solve the increasingly complex problems of our time. This multidisciplinary science, engineering and technology base is made up of individuals who are highly specialised in their respective fields. They are geneticists, virologists, software developers, polymer chemists, applied mathematicians and industrial engineers, just to name a few.
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Sharma specialises in the design and system integration of electronics for laser power supplies, as well as pulse diagnostics, temperature, flow, motion control, opto-mechanics, spectroscopy and optical sensors. Other competences include light detection and ranging, and optical coherence tomography.
Jacobs’ research focuses on developing novel solid-state laser prototypes for military and industrial applications. He is the laser source development platform champion and project leader for laser defence applications. He has a keen interest in new laser architectures, laser control and electronics and scientific software development.
Withey is a senior research and development engineer who specialises in mobile intelligent autonomous systems. His research interests include mobile robotics, computational intelligence, computer vision, and pattern recognition.