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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Pretorius undertakes research in embedded security, specialising in secure software design and development for information systems and distributed ledger technologies, such as blockchains.
Mutemwa’s research interests lie in cybersecurity threat, risk and governance of information technologies in order to allow business to continue to do business even when a cybersecurity breach has occurred.
Khutlang’s research interests are biological image analysis, exemplar and latent fingerprint acquisition and 3D image analysis using optical coherence tomography. His focus is backed by a sound knowledge base in image processing and machine learning
Lefophane’s research interest and expertise are in identity authentication, with a special focus on automatic identification and data capture technologies, embedded systems, Internet of Things and sensor node development.