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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Peta de Jager is a registered professional architect and functional building infrastructure impact area manager in the Smart Places Cluster at the CSIR. Peta holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master’s degree in Applied Ethics for Professionals from the University of Witwatersrand. Her research interests include health and the built environment, engineering and design approaches to infection transmission and mitigation, climate responsive design, implementation support to government and capacity development.
Bosscha leads the industrial robotics research group, where the focus is on product development and conducting research in the fields of industrial robotics and industrial automation, developing new algorithms for robot control, perception, application of machine learning techniques, as well as planning and developing robotic systems for industrial purposes.
Botha’s research interests include the goal-orientated use of mobile cellular technology in a techno-social context. More specifically, her work examines the application and use of mobile technologies for health, education, innovation and other goal-orientated interactions.