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Prof Fulufhelo Nelwamondo

Fulufhelo Nelwamondo is an electrical engineer by training, and holds a Bachelor of Science and a PhD in Electrical Engineering, in the area of Computational Intelligence, both from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a registered Professional Engineer and he is the Executive Director for the CSIR Modelling and Digital Science Unit. He is a member of the SAIEE, a senior member of the IEEE, and a visiting professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Johannesburg. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, of Harvard University. He is the youngest South African ever to receive the Harvard-South Africa fellowship and has been awarded many national and international research accolades, from organizations such as the IEEE, South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, National Science and Technology Forum, amongst others. In 2017, Prof Nelwamondo was awarded the Order of Mapungubwe in Silver, highest civilian honour bestowed by the President of the Republic of South Africa.

Fulufhelo has research and practical experience in software engineering, computational intelligence and optimisation in various applications. He has interests in exciting and emerging areas of software and technology applications including biometrics based system, data mining, modelling of complex systems, machine learning, optimisation and mechanism design. He has presented his work in various countries across the world, and has published over 100 peer reviewed papers in Journals, Book Chapters and conference proceedings. Nelwamondo has successfully supervised over 20 Masters and Doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering, and in Computer engineering. He currently is a Council Member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, and serves on the Department of Home Affairs Ministerial Advisory committee on Modernisation.