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Mahlangu’s interest is in chemistry, specifically as it relates to mining occupational health contaminants. He is also interested in the full characterisation of sampling analysis and monitoring models used in the mining industry.
Skosana’s research interests lie in image acquisition, processing and understanding. This covers topics from optics and mechatronics to machine learning and deep learning.
Nel is the technology and innovation manager for the CSIR’s radar research area, and has over 20 years of experience in radar system design and radar signal processing with a focus on target recognition, imaging, space-borne synthetic aperture radar and digital beamforming.