School of Computing

ITM, Masters & Doctoral Supervision

The tables below contains all current research fields offered within the School of Computing (SoC) at Unisa, as well as supervision slots available per supervisor. Do note that the advertised slots may not be accurate at the time of this page being accessed. Slots available are only updated after confirmation of prior requests for supervision.

For general information on the MSc ITM degree, click here.

Internal SupervisorsEmail @unisa.ac.zaResearch areaMSc ITM supervision slots openMaster's supervision slots openPhD supervision slots open
Dr Mampilo Phahlane
None
phahlmmAdoption and use of information systems by organizations and individuals. 064
Prof Felix Bankole
Computer Science
bankofoExpert Systems, Telecommunication Systems, Database Systems, Decision Support Systems, Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis. ICT impact211
Prof Adele Da Veiga
Information Systems
dveiga* Information (cyber) security culture / privacy culture - developing frameworks, assessments, maturity models for various industries, countries, contexts, assessing influences of behaviour or theories, considering different organisational cultures, leadership, creativity or innovation influences. * POPIA - Defining implementation frameworks, assessing the impact of privacy in various contexts. * Women in Cybersecurity - challenges, improving diversity, creating a culture of inclusiveness, etc 000
Prof Elmarie Kritzinger
Information Systems
kritzeInformation / Cyber Safety Awareness & Education000
Prof Hugo Lotriet
Information Systems
lotrihhProf Lotriet is a researcher in Information Systems. His focus is on socio-technical aspects of the adoption and use of information systems in organizations and society. His main areas of focus are on the adoption and use of IS in organizations, society and developing countries. He is a qualitative researcher (i.e. the use of non-statistical research methods and approaches). He would be particularly interested in students who wish to study the design, adoption and use of information systems in relation to the UN priority areas such as: Sustainable development; Peacekeeping; Dealing with natural and other disasters; Migrants and migration; Making education accessible to all; e-Government resistance; Climate change. 000
Prof Peter Mkhize
Information Systems
mkhizplKnowledge management, Strategic Information Systems; Social media impact on Knowledge Management; Role of Knowledge Management in the 4th Industrial Revolution era; Tacit knowledge conversion; Knowledge transfer in Software development; and Changing nature of work. 022
Prof Ernest Mnkandla
Computer Science
mnkaneStudents may select an area from: AREA 1. Artificial Intelligence to tackle socio-economic challenges. AREA 2. Managing software quality using contemporary technologies/environments such as Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Agile Development, DevOps, IoT, Big Data, Cloud Computing, etc. AREA 3. Artificial intelligence ethics. AREA 4. Augmented intelligence. We have several project areas for CAIDS, some of which are: For MSc (areas 1-9) 1. Explainable AI for these areas (Data Scientists and AI Researchers, AI Developers and Engineers, Business Leaders and Decision-Makers, Regulatory and Compliance Professionals) 2. Machine Learning Frameworks for Cyber Threat Intelligence 3. Road Obstacle Detection using YOLO Algorithm. 4. Automatic Image Generation of Mixed Emotional Expressions using Facial Portraits. 5. Classification of Hematoxylin and Eosin-Stained Breast Cancer Histology Microscopy Images using Attention Network. 6. Lung Nodule Classification using Deep Learning. 7. Machine Learning Approaches for Age Estimation Using Facial Images. 8. Automatic License Plate Detection & Recognition using deep learning. 9. Characterization of Bone X-ray using Deep Learning. For PhD (areas 1-12) 1. Natural language processing (NLP): Sentiment analysis for under-resourced African languages. 2. Machine Learning applications in Software and Systems Engineering (including Software Testing) 3. Generative AI and data security risks 4. Cell Segmentation in Multi-modality High-Resolution Microscopy Images. 5. Breast Cancer Immunohistochemical Image Generation. 6. Deep Learning Framework for Diagnosing Prostate Cancer. 7. Automatic Segmentation of Isointense Infant Brain Images. 8. Retinal Image Analysis for Multi-Disease Detection. 9. Accurate Kidney Tumor Semantic Segmentation. 10. Multi-class Artefact Detection in Video Endoscopy. 11. Automatic Cancer Detection and Classification in Lung Histopathology. 12. Machine Learning for Speech Emotion Intensity Recognition. 01010
Prof Bester Chimbo
Information Systems
chimbbHCI (xR); Eye Tracking Technology; Child-Computer Interaction; Designing for children with children and other special user groups; Design of Technology for Education; HCI4D.000
Prof Grant Howard
Information Systems
howargrAutonomous or Self-driving Organisations || IT Innovation || Digital Transformation/IT-Organisational Change/Organisational Transformation and IS/IT || Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies and Organisations || Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies and Education || Artificial Intelligence in Education || Smart Sustainable Cities || Green Information Systems/Information Technology/Computing (Green IS/IT/ICT) || ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S) ||011
Prof Lucas Khoza
Information Systems
khozaltArea 1: Digital transformation in Agile projects. Area 2: Scaled Agile in software projects. Area 3: IT Project Management. Area 4: Agile Software Project Success. 264
Prof Mathias Mujinga
Information Systems
mujinmInformation Security, Usable Security, Cloud Computing Security, IS Service Quality000
Prof Keshnee Padayachee
Information Systems
padaykOption 1: Insider Threat Management encompasses the management of insider threats. An insider threat is an internal threat that uses the authority granted to them to attack an organisations IT infrastructure (e.g., unauthorised extraction, exfiltration of data, tampering with data, deletion of critical assets, etc.) Qualification Streams: PhD (Information Systems)/Masters (Computing)/ Masters (Information Technology Management) Option 2: Computing Education encompasses the teaching and learning of programming, and the development of new techniques for teaching and assessing it (integrating pedagogical and computational perspectives). Qualification Streams: PhD (Science, Engineering and Technology)/Masters (Computing Education) 000
Prof Shawren Singh
Information Systems
singhsDigital-government 011
Prof Bobby Tait
Computer Science
taitbl Biometrics, Blockchain011
Prof Sreedevi Vallabhapurapu
Computer Science
vallas1. Development of Environmental friendly and Energy efficient ReRAM type memories for "Green computing". 2. FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION(4IR)053
Prof Mc Donald Van der Merwe
Information Systems
vdmertmE-learning, m-learning, psycho-physiological aspects of Human-Computer Interaction (will require lab work in the Florida campus in Johannesburg), Open Source movement, Smart campuses. 000
Prof Etienne van der Poel
Computer Science
evdpoelComputational Creativity, Machine Learning. Artificial Intelligence021
Prof Corne Van Staden
Information Systems
Only available as co-supervisor
vstadcj1User experience, m-learning, e-learning and eModeration010
Dr Hanifa Abdullah
Information Systems
abdulhInformation privacy/data privacy protection, Information privacy protection awareness, Information privacy compliance, Information security Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC)000
Dr Danie Bisschoff
Computer Science
dbischofDesigning Banking Technology for the Aged and Disabled043
Ms Portia Buthelezi
Computer Science
Only available as co-supervisor
mathimpTechnology in business and society: Fin-Tech & Tech-Fin; information systems in raising awareness (awareness tech); information systems and indigenous knowledge management; mobile bullying; digitalisation, digitisation & artificial intelligence. 000
Dr Baldreck Chipangura
Information Systems
chipabSecuring land and other indigenous properties in developing countries. The objective of this research is to design systems/frameworks/architectures for securing the administration of land and other indigenous properties in developing countries. In most developing countries indigenous people occupy and use land for farming/grazing or mining. The land belongs to a community, but the native people do not have title deeds over the land. Hence, students with proper programming experience are required.022
Dr Cyrille Dongmo
Computer Science
dongmcCombining semi-formal and formal specification techniques - Requirements Engineering - Goal-Oriented Requirements Engineering (GORE) Methods - Formal Software Requirement Specification with Z/Object-Z - User Requirements Notation (URN). Specific topics: 1- Reverse engineering jUCMNav (URN process, formal method, tool development) 2- Virtual system for street work seekers: making street work permanent employees (Software Engineering, virtual company creation, smart cities)031
Dr Patricia Gouws
Information Systems
gouwspmRobotics, programming, social media020
Mr Ken Halland
Computer Science
Only available as co-supervisor
hallakjApplied Logic and Description Logics030
Dr Alfred Kgopa
Information Systems
kgopaat(1) Human computer interaction - which includes social informatics, information, and society/culture. (2) Mobile computing (which includes smart farming, smart cities, cloud computing, mLearning, and mHealth). (3) Adoption of AI and robotics000
Dr Petra le Roux
Computer Science
lrouxpODL e-Learning and e-Assessment; Computer Science Education : Programming; Sociological Aspects of Computing; User Experience 000
Dr Stevens Mamorobela
Information Systems
mamorspKnowledge management Systems, Expert Systems, Knowledge Management strategies for Small and Medium Enterprises, Information Security as it relates to knowledge sharing; Social media impact on Knowledge Management; Work Integrated Learning and the future of work in the 4th Industrial Revolution era. 011
Dr Themba Masombuka
Computer Science
masomktSoftware engineering, Agile software development, DevOps,031
Dr Samuel Mtsweni
Computer Science
mtsweesInformation Systems, Information Systems Development, Information System Development Projects, Software Development, Software Development Projects, IS Adoption and Usage, Agile Project Management ,Knowledge Management 000
Dr Vincent Mzazi
Information Systems
hornevzAreas: e-health. epidemiology research. primary health care. public health medicine. quality assurance and clinical practice guidelines. community outreach primary health care. m-health. ICT4Health. Preference: I would like to work with students that are interested in projects that have an indepth engagement with the health system, rather than a superficial one. 021
Mr Lindelani Nxumalo
Computer Science
Only available as co-supervisor
nxumalsKnowledge Management000
Mr Elisha Ochola
Computer Science
ocholeoRouting Protocols in Mobile Wireless Ad Hoc Networks, Ad Hoc Networks Security020
Mrs Dorothy Scholtz
Computer Science
Only available as co-supervisor
scholidCyber safety awareness, e-Learning, Project Management, Information Systems, ODL000
Dr Sam Ssemugabi
Information Systems
ssemusHuman-Computer Interaction (usability/User experience of 4IR technologies/applications); 4IR technology driven e-learning; digitalization/e-skiils; Application of 4IR technologies in developing countries/ resource-constrained communities000
Dr Anitta Thomas
Computer Science
thomaaDiagram specifications, automated processing of diagrams000
Dr Ronell van der Merwe
Computer Science
vdmerwerOpen and distance education Using Computer Supported Collaborative Learning in ODeL Big databases 000
Mrs Ruthea Vorster
Computer Science
Only available as co-supervisor
rvorsterGreen Computing, Sustainable IT, Green Information Systems Information Privacy Culture, Information Management000
Mr Siphe Mhlana
Computer Science
Only available as co-supervisor
mhlans2ICT and education, e-learning, Social media, m-learning, text-to-speech010
Ms Tebatso Moape
Computer Science
Only available as co-supervisor
moapetgI am looking for students to supervise in Computational Linguistics. Computational Linguistics is a combination of Linguistics, Machine Leaning and Artificial Intelligence. Research in this area includes the development of Machine Translation Systems, Part of Speech Taggers, Language Modelling, Morphological analyzers, e.t.c.050
Ms Promise Mvelase
Computer Science
Only available as co-supervisor
mvelapEmerging technologies, cyber-physical systems/IoT, Data Analytics (Big data/small data), Cyber-infrastructure (Software and advanced networks, computing systems, advanced instruments and data repositories, visualization environments)000
Mr Kokisa Phorah
Computer Science
Only available as co-supervisor
phorakeI am looking for Honours and Masters degrees students. I can organize co-supervision for PhD students with collaboration with researchers of high caliber from University of Pretoria, Rhodes University and AIMS (Cape Town)/ University Stellenbosch. 1. Application of ML/AI of different sectors 2. Developing predictive models using ML and AI 3. Data Sciences 4. Natural Language processing 5. Deep leaning 6. Image ausing ML and AI Others 1. ICT in education and eLearning 2. EA 3. E-health 050
Mr Elias Tabane
Information Systems
Only available as co-supervisor
tabaneInternet of things( IoT), Web of Things ( WoT), Digital skills Machine learning Ai Data Science 020
Dr Emil van der Poll
Information Systems
vdpolaeDr. Emil van der Poll, an Information Systems researcher, specializes in qualitative research centered on the sociotechnical and sociocultural aspects of information technology utilization and integration in both organizational and societal contexts. He is actively looking to mentor students passionate about investigating the design, development, adoption, and application of artificial intelligence concerning indigenous knowledge and underrepresented communities. Additionally, he welcomes postgraduate candidates eager to explore the use of game-based learning and augmented reality to improve teaching and learning in computing education.011

External SupervisorsResearch area MSc ITM supervision slots openMaster's supervision slots openPhD supervision slots open