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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Withey is a senior research and development engineer who specialises in mobile intelligent autonomous systems. His research interests include mobile robotics, computational intelligence, computer vision, and pattern recognition.
Naidoo’s research focuses on modifying the shape of a laser beam inside a laser cavity. Laser beam shaping makes it possible to improve the efficiency of laser-based applications in industry, medicine and communications.
Roberts’ interests are in geotechnical and rock engineering, particularly the application of non-linear numerical modelling to problems such as rockmass behaviour at ultra-depths and the rockmass response to novel mining methods.
Le Maitre investigates the impacts of ecosystem change on socioeconomic benefits, focusing especially on invasive alien plant species ecology and impacts, landscape hydrology and wildfire risks in the context of climate change.