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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Debba’s research interests focus on statistical and remote sensing applications. He is also managing a group of researchers whose primary focus is spatial planning and the development of advanced systems.
Professor Sisa Lesley Pityana has been with the CSIR for 22 years. He has been instrumental in developing research programs and facilities at the CSIR National Laser Centre.
Van Heerden’s research interests include modelling and simulation of city growth, streamlining the accompanying geospatial data preparation processes through automation and pipelines, optimising processes and models through the application of metaheuristics and using simulation-optimisation as a tool to determine how to achieve objectives.
Reddy leads the digital electronic warfare group. He is responsible for product, engineering and strategy of advanced electronic warfare systems.