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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Green’s research interests lie in facility location planning, spatial planning, facility provision norms, land use and accessibility. Her major focus is on the accessibility of social facilities with respect to their target demand groups and their relationship with spatial planning and regional development, considering economic functions and growth, settlement patterns, density and the transport network in both urban and rural contexts.
Coetzer’s research interests lie in operational effectiveness on a national and organisational level through the operationalisation of cyber security centric solutions and capabilities, with a special focus on cybersecurity debt management modelling.
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.
Featherstone’s research interests lie in computational creativity and the application of artificial intelligence techniques to music and art. She also has an interest in quantum computing and quantum information systems, and is currently a PhD student at the Centre for Quantum Technology Research Group, hosted within the School of Chemistry and Physics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.