SA’s Transport System studied by Visiting Professor
Professor Kai Nagel is a visiting professor from Berlin, who is currently with the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Centre for Transport Development. He is a full professor in Transport Systems Planning and Transport Telematics at the Berlin Institute of Technology.
The recent announcement that the University of Pretoria (UP) and the University of the Western Cape together with their consortia partners, will co-host the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Food Security, will address some of the dire challenges of food security. The CoE provides an exciting opportunity to expand the work of the Institute for Food Nutrition and Well-being (IFNuW). The Institutional Research Theme it hosts was initiated with UPs strategic funding in 2011.
In response to the much publicised problem of rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park, a team of students from the University of Pretoria and three partner universities are designing and building an unmanned fixed-wing aircraft equipped with intelligence gathering sensors, such as cameras with night vision, which will enable park rangers to pro-actively fight poaching.
The University’s Centre for Microbial Ecology and Genomics (CMEG), led by Professor Don Cowan, has played host to one of the world’s most renowned researchers in the field of microbial plant polysaccharide degradation and bioconversion of plant biomass.