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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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.
Van Reenen’s research interests are in indoor environment quality with a focus on acoustics, particularly in healthcare and education settings, the design and maintenance of healthcare facilities, and green building design application.
Buhle Mkhize’s interests include architecture and design and development of reliable solutions that employ software engineering principles in the delivery of services to customers. His current focus is on the use of IoT platforms as an enabler for delivering solutions in different domains, and the use of lightweight communications protocols and data compaction when integrating IoT platforms with resource-constrained devices and sensors over different types of networks.