Domain experts

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ISAK THERON

PhD

Electromagnetics

Isak joined EMSS to work on the kernel and user interface of FEKO — comprehensive electromagnetics software used in the telecommunications, automobile, space and defense industries. This resulted in more than 10 peer-reviewed papers. He led the development of the feed systems and optics for the MeerKAT and the SKA radio telescopes. His work on the MeerKAT is what made it the world’s most sensitive L- and UHF-band radio telescope.

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ETIENNE BARNARD

PhD

Machine Learning and AI

Etienne performed some of the earliest work on optimisation for training neural networks and was scientific lead for the group that developed the first widely-used speech technology systems for the languages and dialects of Southern Africa. He holds several patents related to speech processing, has published around 300 refereed publications, and has received a number of academic awards including four Google Research Awards and the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research.

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JOHANN DE SWARDT

PhD

Microwave Electronics

Johann received his PhD in 1992 and started at Etse Electronics in 1997. His main field of interest is microwave systems and components. He led the development of a wide range of electronic products in the military, space, commercial and agriculture fields. This includes radar, satellite transceivers, modems and GSM applications. He has published 11 journal and 39 conference papers.

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RICHARD BARRY

M. Sc. Eng.

Software Development & IoT

Richard has a computer science and electronic engineering background with 20 years of experience in software engineering. He’s worked on software for satellites, radars and network routers. Early in his career, he was part of the team that built a satellite from concept to launch in 1 year — a South African first. He is a specialist in IoT trends and advancements as well as an experienced entrepreneur who has grown Polymorph to where it is today.

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GERRIT KRUGER

M. Sc. Eng.

Virtual & Augmented Reality

Gerrit has a passion for cutting edge technology and creative solutions. He co-founded Sozo Labs in 2015 to focus on the development of Virtual and Augmented Reality (Extended Reality) applications that merge the physical and virtual worlds, from haptic feedback gloves to omnidirectional treadmills. As this new field in human computer interaction evolves, Gerrit and his team are establishing themselves not only as strategic thinkers, but as leaders in the space.

 
 

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