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Current projects initiated by ICTAS include:

Real-time location system:

Based on the latest technology, we are developing a generic cost effective architectural model to locate low power nodes in a dynamic environment amidst constraints such as energy consumption, form factor, et al

Energy optimisation:

In conjunction with Korea’s Chung-Ang university, we are engaged in a NRF funded project to investigate energy optimisation at the production side, utilising hybrid renewable resource systems and at the consumption side, using load clustering with agent scheduling and negotiation

Bio-inspired algorithmic development for big data:

Various algorithms and models, based on the optimised behaviour of different animals, are being developed, for near-discrete and data streaming environments, for the domains of optimisation, geo-spatial location, forecasting, recommender systems, et al

Feasible m-health interventions:

Based on feasible m-health technology, we are determining the effectiveness of m-health information diffusion strategies to mitigate some of Africa’s most prominent health problems: malaria, diarrhoea, maternal mortality

LUBAN Workshop:

DUT is the only organisation in South Africa to host the prestigious Luban Workshop. Named after the father of Chinese Architecture from the 4th century BC, Lu Ban, the workshops were created by the Tianjin government as announced by Chinese President, Xi Jinping at the 2018 Beijing FOCA Summit by setting up  workshops in Africa to facilitate vocational training to young Africans. As part of the agreement 2 new labs for 3D printing and IoT were set-up at DUT, with all equipment shipped from China by TVI.

Due to the availability of these 3D printing laboratory, situated on Ritson Campus, DUT is able to respond to a national call to support initiatives during the Covid-19 crisis.

DUT has a high specification, which has 12 high quality 3D printers that could be commissioned to print essential supplies like face masks, oxygen connectors, oxygen splitters and other parts that may be needed to safeguard human life. In addition to the 12 3D printers, the university has two industrial Resin printers that could be used to print moulds to support large scale manufacturing processes.