Team

Ameerah Allie

MSc Student, University of Cape Town

Supervisor: Tommie Meyer
Co-Supervisor: Jesse Heyninck
Topic:
Research Interests:

Pacome Ambassa

PhD Student, University of Cape Town

Supervisor: Tommie Meyer
Topic: Robust and Secure Distributed Algorithms for Energy Management in Resource Constrained Smart Micro-grids
Research Interests: cyber-physical system, security and privacy

Aidan Bailey

MSc Student, University of Cape Town

Main Supervisor: Tommie Meyer
Co-Supervisor: Jesse Heyninck
Topic: Towards Automated Circuit Board Configuration: An ASP-Based Approach
Research Interests: knowledge representation and reasoning, answer set programming, software design, functional programming, practical applications and implementations of formal logics

Clayton Baker

Clayton Baker

PhD Student, University of Cape Town

Main Supervisor: Tommie Meyer
Co-Supervisor: Marco Ragni
Topic: Predictive Modelling of Individual Human Reasoning Using AGM Belief Revision
Research Interests: artificial intelligence, knowledge representation and reasoning, cognitive science, human behaviour, data science

Lucas Carr

MSc Student, University of Cape Town

Main Supervisor: Tommie Meyer
Co-Supervisor: Jesse Heyninck
Topic: Comparison between entailment in Stable Model Semantics and System Z
Research Interests: Artificial Intelligence, Defeasible Reasoning, Answer Set Programming

Giovanni Casini

Dr Giovanni Casini

Research Associate

Giovani Cassini is a researcher at the Institute of Information Science and Technology – National Research Council of Italy (ISTI-CNR) and an adjunct lecturer at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town. His area of specialisation is in Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, including Non-monotonic Reasoning, Belief Revision, Description Logics, Normative Reasoning, Semantic Web Technologies and Languages, Fuzzy Logics and Probabilistic Logics.

Rachel Catzel

Rachel Catzel

MSc Student, University of Cape Town

Main Supervisor: Jonathan Shock
Co-Supervisor: Deshen Moodley
Topic: Investigating Brain Ageing in HIV-Positive Individuals Using a Neural Network
Research Interests: medical/biological machine learning

Nash Chakanyuka

Nash Chakanyuka

MSc Student, University of Cape Town

Supervisor: Deshen Moodley
Topic: Exploring Attention Mechanisms in Spatial-Temporal Graph Neural Networks
Research Interests: spatial-temporal neural networks, social networks, traffic, natural language processing

Victoria Chama

Victoria Chama

PhD Student, University of Cape Town

Supervisor: Tommie Meyer
Co-Supervisor: Deshen Moodley
Topic: Logic for Explainable AI
Research Interests: knowledge representation and reasoning, explainable AI

Leonard Chuang

Leonard Chuang

MSc Student, University of Cape Town

Supervisor: Deshen Moodley
Topic: Evaluation of Deep Clustering Frameworks for Load Profile Analysis
Research Interests: machine learning, deep learning

Morné Du Plessis

Morné Du Plessis

PhD Student, University of Cape Town

Supervisor: Deshen Moodley
Topic: An AI-driven 3D digital twin for monitoring and decision support for minerals processing
Research Interests: machine learning, digital twins, AI-driven decision making, anomaly detection

Frances Gillis-Webber

Frances Gillis-Webber

PhD Student, University of Cape Town

Supervisor: Tommie Meyer
Topic: Modelling Localised Representations of an OWL Ontology
Research Interests: multilingual ontologies, ontology localisation, ontology alignment

Chipo Hamayobe

MSc Student, University of Cape Town

Supervisor: Tommie Meyer
Co-Supervisor: Jonas Haldimann
Topic: KLM-Style Defeasible Reasoning Explanations
Research Interests: Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Non-Monotonic Reasoning, Defeasible Reasoning, Software Engineering

Michael Harrison

MSc Student, University of Cape Town

Supervisor: Tommie Meyer
Topic: An algorithmic approach to rational preferential reasoning for datalog
Research Interests: non-monotonic reasoning

Dr Jesse Heyninck

Research Associate

Jesse Heyninck completed his PhD in Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy and Educational Sciences at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany. He is currently an assistant professor in computer science at the Open Universiteit Heerlen, the Netherlands and an honorary research associate at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town.

Juan-Paul Hynek

PhD Student, University of Cape Town

Supervisor: Deshen Moodley
Topic: Artificial Intelligent Techniques in Disease Inference and Prediction: A Case of Diabetes Mellitus and Tuberculosis
Research Interests: AI-driven disease inference and prediction, Healthcare decision support systems, Language modelling, AI-based control systems, Robotics

Jane Imrie

MSc Student, University of Cape Town

Supervisor: Tommie Meyer
Topic: Generalised weak justifications for rational defeasible entailment and the connection to strong explanations
Research Interests: Explainable AI, AI Governance, Defeasible Reasoning Pedagogy

Yahlieel Jafta

MSc Student, University of Cape Town

Main Supervisor: Louise Leenen
Co-Supervisor: Tommie Meyer
Topic: Ontology-based Data Access
Research Interests: Artificial Intelligence, Explainable AI, Deep Learning, Knowledge representation and reasoning

Eleanor Kedem

Eleanor Kedem

MSc Student, University of Cape Town

Main Supervisor: Tommie Meyer
Co-Supervisors: Francesco Petruccione and Ilya Sinayskiy
Topic: Simulated Annealing Using Quantum Inspired Algorithms
Research Interests: simulated annealing, quantum computing

Nicholas Leisegang

PhD Student, University of Cape Town

Supervisor: Tommie Meyer
Topic:
Research Interests: Defeasible Reasoning, Description Logics, Standpoint Logics, Algebraic Logic and Explainable AI

Tommie Meyer

Prof Tommie Meyer

Co-Director

Tommie Meyer is co-Director of AIRU, an NRF A-rated scientist, and co-Director of CAIR. He is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town. Tommie’s primary research interests and expertise are in the area of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, a sub-area of Artificial Intelligence focusing on Belief Revision and Non-Monotonic Reasoning, as well as their application to Description Logics.

Prof Deshen Moodley

Co-Director

Deshen Moodley is co-Director of AIRU, and a co-Director of CAIR. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town. Deshen’s broad research area can be categorised as designing components and architectures for adaptive and cognitive systems using AI techniques, such as machine learning, agent-based systems, Bayesian networks and more broadly probabilistic graphical models, and ontologies.

Dr Irene Nandutu

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cape Town

Supervisors: Deshen Moodley and Kirsty Donald
Topic: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence to generate Insights into Neuroscience by uncovering the complex processes underlying early Childhood Brain Development
Research Interests: Deep learning, Human-Centric AI, Ontologies, Machine learning, Bayesian networks

Lekuba Ntoane

Lekuba Ntoane

MSc Student, University of Cape Town

Supervisor: Deshen Moodley
Topic: Spatial-Temporal Graph Neural Networks for Weather Prediction
Research Interests: human-centered AI, machine learning, spatial-temporal modeling

Mbithe Nzomo

Mbithe Nzomo

PhD Student, University of Cape Town

Supervisor: Deshen Moodley
Topic: A Hybrid AI Framework for Data Fusion, Situation Analysis, and Decision Support Towards Precision Health
Research Interests: health monitoring, sensor data, agent architectures, ontologies, machine learning, Bayesian networks

Tharien Potgieter

Tharien Potgieter

Administrative Officer

Tharien is the Administrative Officer for AIRU, and coordinates operations for the CAIR network.

C. Sue Price

C. Sue Price

PhD Student, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Main Supervisor: Deshen Moodley
Co-Supervisors: Anban Pillay and Gavin Rens
Topic: An Agent-based Model for Growers’ Pre-harvest Burning Decisions in a KwaZulu-Natal Sugarcane Supply Chain
Research Interests: agent-based modelling, Bayesian networks, dynamic decision networks, decision making under uncertainty

Alex Priscu

Alex Priscu

MSc Student, University of Cape Town

Supervisor: Deshen Moodley
Topic: Automated Machine Learning for Solving the Combined Algorithm Selection and Hyperparameter Optimisation Problem in Trend Prediction
Research Interests: artificial intelligence, embedded systems

Suvana Rohanlal

Suvana Rohanlal

MSc Student, University of Cape Town

Supervisor: Deshen Moodley
Topic: 3D digital twin of a smart home environment for Human Activity Recognition
Research Interests: Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Digital Twins, Anomaly detection.

Chris Seebregts

Dr Chris Seebregts

Research Associate

Chris Seebregts is the founder and CEO of Jembi Health Systems. He is a digital health professional with a background in biomedical research, computer science and information systems. He completed a PhD in Medical Biochemistry at the University of Cape Town.

Luke Slater

MSc Student, University of Cape Town

Supervisor: Tommie Meyer
Co-Supervisor: Jesse Heyninck
Topic: Knowledge Compilation for Ranked Models
Research Interests: Artificial Intelligence, Non-Monotonic Reasoning, Knowledge Compilation

Julius Stopforth

Julius Stopforth

MSc Student, University of Cape Town

Supervisor: Deshen Moodley
Topic: Towards a Robust Evaluation Method for Deep Reinforcement Learning on Continous Control Problems
Research Interests: explainable artificial intelligence, Bayesian networks, machine learning, science communication

Alberto Tagliaro

MIT Student, University of Cape Town

Supervisor: Tommie Meyer
Topic: Ontology Mediated Water Resource Management Research Interests: ontology engineering

Ameel Valjee

MSc Student, University of Cape Town

Supervisor: Tommie Meyer
Co-Supervisor: Ilya Sinayskiy
Topic: Quantum machine learning for intrusion detection
Research Interests: Quantum Computing, Machine Learning, Intelligent Systems, Swarm Robotics, Cybersecurity, Game Development and Evolutionary Algorithms

Prof Ivan Varzinczak

Research Associate

Ivan Varzinczak is a Professor of Computer Science at Université Paris 8, France and a honorary professor at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town. He focuses on logic-based specification languages, the formalisation of different types of human reasoning and the design of algorithms for their implementation and verification.

Steve Wang

PhD Student, University of Cape Town

Supervisor: Tommie Meyer
Topic: Logics for explainable AI and defeasible reasoning
Research Interests: Knowledge representation and reasoning, defeasible reasoning, explainable AI

Tezira Wanyana

PhD Student, University of Cape Town

Supervisor: Deshen Moodley
Topic: A Cognitive Agent Architecture for Knowledge Discovery and Evolution in Sensor-based Systems
Research Interests: intelligent systems, hybrid intelligence, agent architectures