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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Featherstone’s research interests lie in computational creativity and the application of artificial intelligence techniques to music and art. She also has an active interest in quantum computing and quantum information systems.
Van Reenen’s research interests focus on acoustics, particularly in healthcare and education settings, the design and maintenance of healthcare facilities, and green building design application.