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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Abu-Mahfouz’s research interests lie in wireless sensor and actuator networks, low-power wide-area networks, software-defined wireless sensor networks, cognitive radio, network security, network management and sensor/actuator node development. His current focus is on smart water management systems.
Sithole’s research interests lie in pulp and paper making technologies, integrated forest products and biorefinery. His work focuses on the revitalisation and resilience of the pulp and paper industry by diversifying into biorefinery activities as well as applications of analytical pyrolysis.
Kebede’s current research interests lie in examining and improving the electrochemical performance of nanostructured electrode materials for energy storage systems such as lithium-ion battery, sodium-ion battery and supercapacitors.
Cho’s research interests involve data analytics of earth observation or remote sensing data and development of applications and products that support planning and decision-making for Precision agriculture, and biodiversity conservation in rural and protected landscapes.