Dr MJ (Thinus) Booysen is an Associate Professor at the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department at Stellenbosch University. He is a Member of the Institution of Engineering Technology (MIET), a Chartered Engineer (CEng) at the Engineering Council (UK), and a Professional Engineer (PrEng) with the Engineering Council (SA). He has over ten years’ international industry experience in the aerospace and automotive industries with companies that include SunSpace, Rolls-Royce, Boeing, BMW, and Jaguar Land Rover. He has been with Stellenbosch University from 2009 and his research is on the Internet of Things, with a focus on Smart Water and Electricity metering and Intelligent Transport Systems (specifically its application in the informal public transport industry in Sub-Saharan Africa). He is also a managing director of Bridgiot, and co-creator of Geasy (www.geasy.co.za)

Email: mjbooysen ~ AT ~ sun.ac.za
My ResearchGate profile: goo.gl/EM25h0
My LinkedIn profile: goo.gl/13yLy
My Google Scholar profile: http://goo.gl/q9w251
Pronunciation of my name (read in English): TEA-nis

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Research

International peer-reviewed journal publications:

  1. P.J.C. Nel, M.J. Booysen, A.B. van der Merwe, “A computationally inexpensive energy model for horizontal electrical water heaters with scheduling”, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid – accepted for publication in 2016. Link.
  2. N.A. Ebot Eno Akpa, M.J. Booysen, M. Sinclair, “A multimodal evaluation of the impact of Average Speed Enforcement (ASE) on road safety on the R61 in South Africa”, SAICE Journal – accepted for publication in 2016. Annotated taxi dataset.
  3. P.J.C. Nel, M.J. Booysen, A.B. van der Merwe, “Energy perceptions in South Africa: An analysis of behaviour and understanding of electric water heaters”, Energy for sustainable development , Volume 32, pp 62-70 June 2016. Link.
  4. N.A. Ebot Eno Akpa, M.J. Booysen, M. Sinclair, “Auditory Intelligent Speed Adaptation for long-distance informal public transport in South Africa”, IEEE Intelligent Transport Systems Magazine – accepted for publication in May 2016. Link.
  5. J. Engelbrecht, M.J. Booysen, G.-J. van Rooyen, F.J. Bruwer, “A Survey of Smartphone-based Sensing in Vehicles for ITS Applications,” IET Intelligent Transport Systems, vol 9, issue 10, pp. 924-935, Dec 2015. Link
  6. M.J. Booysen, S Zeadally, and G.-J. van Rooyen, “A Performance Comparison of Media Access Control Protocols for Vehicular Ad-hoc Networks (VANETs),” IET Networks, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 10–19, March 2012. Link.
  7. M.J. Booysen, J.S. Gilmore, S. Zeadally, and G.-J. van Rooyen, “Machine-to-machine (M2M) Communications in Vehicular Networks,” KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 529–546, Feb 2012. Link
  8. M.J. Booysen, S Zeadally, and G.-J. van Rooyen, “Survey of media access control protocols for vehicular ad hoc networks,” IET Communications, vol. 5, no. 11, pp. 1619–1631, July 2011. Link.

International peer-reviewed conferences publications:

  1. J.J. Erwee, M.J. Booysen, A. Barnard, “Leakage characterisation platform for water distribution systems”, Computer Control for Water Industry Conferenc (CCWI), 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  2. M.J. Booysen, A.H. Cloete, “Sustainability through intelligent scheduling of electric water heaters in a smart grid”, IEEE International Conference on Big Data Intelligence and Computing (Datacom) Auckland, New Zealand, 2016
  3. I. Ndibatya, J Coetzee, M.J. Booysen, “Mapping the informal public transport network in Kampala with smartphones: Making sense of an organically evolved chaotic system in an emerging city in sub-Saharan Africa” , SATC 2016, Pretoria, South Africa.
  4. H. van der Merwe, M.J. Booysen, S.J. Andersen, “Optimal use of existing freeway management surveillance infrastructure on pedestrian bridges with computer vision techniques”, SATC 2016, Pretoria, South Africa.
  5. D.R. Fourie, M.J. Booysen , “Real Time Identification of Heart Sounds Using Selectional Regional Correlation of the Time Frequency Domain”, IEEE CICARE, December 2015, Cape Town, South Africa. Link
  6. S. Nienaber, R.S. Kroon, M.J. Booysen , “A Comparison of Low-Cost Monocular Vision Techniques for Pothole Distance Estimation”, IEEE CIVTS, December 2015, Cape Town, South Africa. Link.Annotated pothole dataset.
  7. J. Engelbrecht, M.J. Booysen, G.-J. van Rooyen, F.J. Bruwer , “Performance Comparison of Dynamic Time Warping (DTW) and a Maximum Likelihood (ML) Classifier in Measuring Driver Behavior with Smartphones”, IEEE CIVTS, December 2015, Cape Town, South Africa. Link. Annotated dataset.
  8. P.J.C. Nel, M.J. Booysen, A.B. van der Merwe, “Electric Water Heater Energy Consumption Determination Using Outlet Temperature and Volumetric Estimation”, IEEE CIASG, December 2015, Cape Town, South Africa. Link.
  9. F.J. Bruwer, M.J. Booysen, “Comparison of GPS and MEMS Support for Smartphone-Based Driver Behavior Monitoring”, IEEE CIVTS, December 2015, Cape Town, South Africa. Link
  10. N.A. Ebot Eno Akpa, M.J. Booysen, M. Sinclair, “Efficacy of Interventions and Incentives to Achieve Speed Compliance in the Informal Public Transport Sector”, IEEE CIVTS, December 2015, Cape Town, South Africa. Annotated taxi dataset.
  11. H.E. Jacobs, Y. Skibbe, M.J. Booysen, C. Makwiza, “Correlating sound and flow rate at a tap”, Computer Control for Water Industry Conferenc (CCWI), September 2015, Leicester, UK. Link
  12. P.J.C. Nel, M.J. Booysen, A.B. van der Merwe, “‘Using thermal transients at the outlet of electrical water heaters to recognise consumption patterns for heating schedule optimisation”, IEEE NTMS , July 2015, Paris, France. Link
  13. S. Nienaber, M.J. Booysen, R.S. Kroon, “Detecting potholes using simple image processing techniques and real-world footage”, SATC, July 2015, Pretoria, South Africa. Link Annotated pothole dataset.
  14. F.J. Bruwer, M.J. Booysen, “Vehicle acceleration estimation using smart-phone based sensors”, SATC, July 2015, Pretoria, South Africa. Link
  15. A. De Bruin, M.J. Booysen, “Drone-based traffic flow estimation and tracking using computer vision”, SATC, July 2015, Pretoria, South Africa.Link
  16. J. Engelbrecht, M.J. Booysen, G.-J. van Rooyen, “Recognition of driving manoeuvres using smartphone-based inertial and GPS measurement”, UMICTA, December 2014, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Link Annotated dataset.
  17. G.R. Sawyer, M.J. Booysen, “Presentation of a Home Automation Solution with Potential for Seamless Integration and Vast Expansion”, UMICTA, December 2014, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Link
  18. P.J.C. Nel, M.J. Booysen, B. van der Merwe, “ICT-enabled solutions for smart management of water supply in Africa”, UMICTA, December 2014, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Link
  19. N.A. Ebot Eno Akpa, M.J. Booysen, M. Sinclair, “The impact of average speed over distance (ASOD) systems on speeding patterns along the R61”, UMICTA, December 2014, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Link. Annotated taxi dataset.
  20. I. Ndibatya, M.J. Booysen, “Modelling of inter-stop minibus taxi movements: Using machine learning and network theory”, UMICTA, December 2014, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Link. Annotated taxi dataset.
  21. I. Ndibatya, M.J. Booysen, J. Quinn, “An Adaptive Transportation Prediction Model for the Informal Public Transport Sector in Africa”, IEEE ITSC, 2014, Qingdao, China. Link
  22. A.S. Zeeman, M.J. Booysen, “Simple capacitive seat sensing for occupancy detection and counting in minibus taxis”, SATC 2014, July 2014, Pretoria.
  23. A.S. Zeeman, M.J. Booysen, “Public transport sector driving behaviour: Measuring recklessness using speed and acceleration”, SATC 2014, July 2014, Pretoria. Best paper reward.
  24. M.J. Booysen, N.A. Ebot Eno Akpa, “Minibus Driving Behaviour on the Cape Town to Mthatha Route”, SATC, 2014, July 2014, Pretoria. Link
  25. M.J. Booysen and G.-J. van Rooyen , “The Impact of TDMA Frame Size on Latency in a Neighbor-Aware VANET MAC”, IEEE International Workshop on Advanced Communication Technologies and their Applications to Intelligent transportation systems, Cognitive radios and Sensor networks, 2-4 July 2014, Birmingham, UK.
  26. M.J. Booysen and G.-J. van Rooyen , “The Effect of Frame Size and the Hidden Node Problem on a Neighbor-Aware VANET MAC”, IEEE International Workshop on Advanced Communication Technologies and their Applications to Intelligent transportation systems, Cognitive radios and Sensor networks, 2-4 July 2014, Birmingham, UK.
  27. J.P. Meijers, Marica Amadeo, Claudia Campolo, Antonella Molinaro, Stefano Yuri Paratore, Giuseppe Ruggeri, and M.J. Booysen, “A Two-Tier Content-Centric Architecture for Wireless Sensor Networks”, IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols, 7-11 Oct 2013, Göttingen, Germany.
  28. A.S. Zeeman, M.J. Booysen, Combining speed and acceleration to detect reckless driving in the informal public transport industry”, IEEE Intelligent Transport Systems, 6-9 Oct 2013, Den Haag, Netherlands. Link
  29. J.-H. Le Roux, A. Barnard, M.J. Booysen, “Remotely Controllable Wireless Road Stud Network”, IEEE Intelligent Transport Systems, 6-9 Oct 2013, Den Haag, Netherlands. Link
  30. M.J. Booysen, S.J. Andersen, A.S. Zeeman, “Informal public transport in Sub-Saharan Africa as a vessel for Novel Intelligent Transport Systems”, IEEE Intelligent Transport Systems, 6-9 Oct 2013, Den Haag, Netherlands. Link
  31. M.J. Booysen, J.A.A. Engelbrecht, A. Molinaro, “Proof of concept: Large-scale monitor and control of household water heating in near real-time”, International Conference of Applied Energy: (ICAE 2013), 1-4 July 2013, Pretoria, South Africa. link
  32. J. M. Schietekat and M.J. Booysen, “Detection of reckless driving in the Sub-Saharan informal public transportation system using acceleration-sensing telematics”, Eurocon 2013, July 2013, Zagreb, Croatia. Link
  33. M.J. Booysen and G.-J. van Rooyen, “Performance Evaluation of Neighbor-Awareness at the Media Access Control (MAC) Layer for Vehicular Ad-Hoc Networks (VANETs)”, IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV 2013), June 23-26, 2013, in Gold Coast, Australia. Link
  34. M.J. Booysen, S Zeadally, and G.-J. van Rooyen, “Impact of Neighbor Awareness at the MAC Layer in a Vehicular Ad-hoc NETwork (VANET)”, IEEE International Symposium on Wireless Vehicular Communications: WIVEC2013, 2-3 June 2013, Dresden, Germany. Link
  35. O. Briante, C. Campolo, A. Iera, A. Molinaro, S.Y. Paratore, G. Ruggeri, M.J. Booysen, “ItsPhone: an Integrated Platform for Participatory ITS Data Collection and Opportunistic Transfer”, 32nd IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications: InfoCOM2013, April 14-19, 2013 – Turin, Italy.
  36. L.S. Mojela, M.J. Booysen, “On the use of WiMAX and Wi-Fi in a VANET to provide in-vehicle connectivity and media distribution”, Industrial Technology (ICIT), 2013 IEEE International Conference on, pp. 1353 – 1358, 25-28 Feb. 2013, Cape Town, South Africa. Link
  37. A.S. Zeeman, M.J. Booysen, G. Ruggeri, and B. Laganá “Capacitive seat sensors for multiple occupancy detection using a low-cost setup”, Industrial Technology (ICIT), 2013 IEEE International Conference on, pp.1228-1233, 25-28 Feb. 2013, Cape Town, South Africa. Link.

National peer-reviewed conferences publications:

  1. M.C. Swanepoel, M.J. Booysen, W Smit, “A Structural-Locking Bicycle Docking Mechanism to Enable Safe and Convenient Bicycle Usage in Urban Environments”, South African Conference on Computational and Applied Mechanics (SACAM 2016), Potchefstroom, South Africa, 2016
  2. A.H. Cloete, J.W.K. Brown, M.J. Booysen, R. Steinke, T. Magedanz, “Smart Grid Application using ETSI M2M: Domestic Electric Water Heaters”, SAIEE SAUPEC, January 2016, Verreeninging, South Africa. Link
  3. J.W.K. Brown, “An Intelligent Geyser with Wi-Fi Access to Support Demand-Side Managemetn”, South African Universities Power Engineering Conference (SAUPEC), 28-30 January 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa. Link
  4. R.I. Muller, M.J. Booysen, “Household electricity and water monitor and control with cellular communications and web interface”, South African Universities Power Engineering Conference (SAUPEC), 30-31 January 2014, Durban, South Africa. Link
  5. R.I. Muller, M.J. Booysen, “Smart Household Water Flow Meter”, South African Conference on Computational and Applied Mechanics (SACAM 2014), 14-16 January 2014, Somerset West, South Africa. Link

Other publications

  • N.A. Ebot Eno Akpa, M.J. Booysen, M. Sinclair, “Efficacy of novel interventions on speed compliance in the minibus taxi industry”, SAICE Magazine, September 2015.
  • F.J. Bruwer, M.J. Booysen, “Vehicle acceleration estimation using smartphone-based sensors”, SAICE Magazine, September 2015.
  • A. de Bruin, M.J. Booysen, “Drone-based traffic flow estimation and tracking using computer vision”, SAICE Magazine, September 2015.
  • N.A. Ebot Eno Akpa, M.J. Booysen, M. Sinclair, “Efficacy of novel interventions on speed compliance in the minibus taxi industry”, SAICE Magazine, September 2015.
  • M.J. Booysen, “ITS in Sub-Saharisch Afrika”, nm Magazine, 2014 volume 1 (Dutch transport magazine). Link
  • M.J Booysen, “Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in Sub-Saharan Africa”, Journal article for DBSA’s e-digest, June 2012. Link
  • M.J. Booysen, “Relevance of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in Sub-Saharan Africa”, Fully Networked Car conference at the Geneva International Motor show, March 2012. Hosted by the ISO, IEC and ITU. Link
  • M.J Booysen, “Research on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and vehicular networking”, ITS-SA members meeting, Feb 2012.

 

Teaching and supervision

Below is a table summarising the anonymous student feedback received for the modules taught.

Year Module Students Student feedback
2015 Computer programming 143 ± 250 first years

90.2%

2014 Computer systems 214 ± 190 second and third years

93.3%

2013 Computer programming 143 ± 210 first years

91.2%

2013 Computer systems 214 ± 190 second and third years

94.8%

2012 Computer programming 143 ± 215 first years

88.4%

2012 Computer systems 214 ± 180 second and third years

94.1%

2011 Computer systems 214 (Eng) ± 70 second and third years

93.4%

2011 Computer systems 214 (Afr) ± 100 second and third years

92.8%

2010 Computer programming 143 ± 150 first years

88.6%

2010 Computer systems 214 (Afr) ± 100 second and third years

89.1%

2010 Computer systems 214 (Eng) ± 50 second and third years

87.7%

2009 Computer programming 143 ± 150 first years

84.0%

Final-year Project Supervision

In their final year of study, the students have to complete a final year project, which involves 170 contact hours (in 5 months) with the supervisor.

Feedback forms from students who completed their final year projects under my supervision can be found here. (4 MB PDF file)

Post-graduate Supervision

Masters (MSc/MEng)

Year Student: Topic
2016/17 M Roux: Big data analysis and pattern extraction for water and electricity consumption.
2016/17 NO Pirow: Non-invasive water meter solution
2016/17 NH Naude: Hardware and solftware solution for smart geyser solution
2016/17 MC Swanepoel: Bicycle sharing system for developing countries
2015/16 D Zinner: Water and electriciy smart metering solution
2015/16 JJ Erwee: Water leakage detection for municipal pipes
2015/16 RI Muller: Green buildings – water and energy metering for new buildings
2015/16 HF van der Merwe: Pedestrian detection for SANRAL
2015/16 AH Cloete: M2M Communications for the intelligent geyser with control optimsation
2015/16 FJ Bruwer: Driver behaviour with mobile phone-based sensing
2015 JWK Brown: Hardware for the intelligent geyser with impact assessment
2014/15 S Nienaber: Detection and reporting of potholes in real-time
2014/15 PJC Nel: A mobile phone and cloud-based approach to utility metering (cum laude)
2014/15 DR Fourie: Heart condition monitor with real-time analysis
2014/15 NA ebot eno Akpa: Driving behaviour in the minibus taxi industry (cum laude)
2013/14 JC Engelbrecht: Detection of driving style using mobile phone sensing
2013/14 GR Sawyer: Home automation through M2M communications
2012/13 AS Zeeman: Real-time monitoring of Taxi driver behaviour and passenger occupancy.
2010/11 LS Mojela: Use of WiMAX and Wi-Fi in a VANET to provide in-vehicle connectivity and media distribution

Doctoral (PhD)

Year Student: Topic
2016
2015 I Ndibatya: Optimising travel for multimodal transport in Africa.

Innovation

Document Camera

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I have developed the hardware and software to realise a mobile document camera that provides real-time camera feeds for use in lectures, or for recording podcasts offline. I have used the camera as a black-board replacement during lectures in lecture halls that do not have simultaneous support for both black boards and data projectors. I have also used it to record podcasts(videos) of selected topics that students tend to struggle with. The camera is mobile, collapsible, and the stand is flexible. The camera plugs into the USB port of any laptop/PC. The software projects the captured video feed into a window on the PC, which allows the lecturer to flick between the video feed, slides, source code, or any material on the Laptop with the click of a button. All the podcasts that form part of this application were recorded with this setup. The student feedback (2013) explicitly mentions the positive impact use of the camera has had on their learning experience.

The faculty of engineering has commissioned production of more of these units, which are now used by my colleages in Engineering, Science, and SciMathUS (bridging programme for disadvantaged students).
More information on and pictures of the setup, which I named Modern Talking and Flexneckam, can be found here.

An email from the head of ICT at the Centre for Learning and Teaching on the camera can be found here. An excerpt: “I have played around with an example of his system and it is very creative and user friendly.”.
An email from the head of SciMathus (here) states: “Die studente het hul eie probleme bespreek en ons het heerlike gewerk met die dokument kamera. Dankie!”, with the following photos:

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Podcasts

I have used my document camera to make numerous videos to help students with understanding the mroe difficult work. The videos tend to be arounn 10 minutes each, to try to keep to the crux of the descriptions, rather than to repeat the whole lecture. I have posted the videos online on a University server ( here (Podcasts for RS214) ), but also online on Youtube here (Youtube for RP143 and RS214)).
The student feedback explicitly mentions the positive impact use of the podcasts has had on their learning experience. It gives the students a chance to re-view and review the work at their own pace and time.

Podcast of some of my lectures are shown above. These are on Finite State Machines using hardware, and Shannon’s expansion theorem.


One unintended consequence has been the global reach of the podcasts – the FSM video shown here has had more than 3000 views on YouTube alone, of which only 238 are from South Africa. Another video, on recursion in C (here) has had 30 views from India (vs. 270 from South Africa). Another video, on Shannon’s expansion theorem (here), has generated many “thank yous” from international viewers, 1334 total views, of which 810 are from the USA.

Social Media (Facebook)

Since 2010, I have yearly set up a Facebook group for the modules I taught. The purpose of the group was to allow students to help one-another. At the beginning of the semester student interaction is tentative, but as soon as the work difficulty increases interaction and peer-support starts to flourish. Students start to ask questions on the tutorials and practicals, typically in the middle of the night, and the sharper students help out within minutes.
An example of one of these groups, for 2011’s Computer Systems, can be found here.
Subsequent to the success of the first group, the students have started their own Facebook groups to provide peer-support for other modules too.
Link to a recent Facebook page..

Industry experience

Senior Systems Engineer at Pi Shurlok, Automotive

Cambridge (UK), August 2008 – May 2009

Audio platform and infotainment system for the BMW K26MUE

  • System requirements definition
  • System test plan definition
  • Customers (BMW and Alpine) technical liaison and relationship management, site visits.
  • Hardware and software teams liaison
  • System integration and related problem solving

Neural network terrain recognition system for Land Rover

  • Customer presentation
  • Integration and debugging on target platform
  • Image processing
  • Neural network training

Body control integration and optimisation for Jaguar and Land Rover

  • Project definition
  • Information gather and processing
  • System evaluation
  • Customer (JLR) relationship management, site visits.

Lead Electrical Engineer at Rolls-Royce plc, Civil Aerospace

Derby (UK), 2006 – August 2008

Engine Electronic Controller for the Trent 1000, Boeing 787 Dreamliner

  • Managing a team of eight Engineers
  • Successful and on time engine certification for flight
  • Supplier (Goodrich) technical liaison and relationship management
  • Customer (Boeing) liaison and relationship management
  • Definition of unit requirements
  • Gated design reviews  (PDR/CDR)
  • Declaration of design and performance (DDP) acceptance
  • Electrical design review and evaluation
  • Qualification testing (DO-160)
  • Evaluation and agreement of various test plans (DAT, PAT, EMC)
  • Configuration management (PCB/ERB change control process)
  • Resource and activity planning and allocation
  • Macros for process automation
  • Fault insertion testing in a closed loop system

Electronic engineer at SunSpace, Micro-satellite Aerospace

Stellenbosch (South Africa), 2001 – 2005

  • Integration of multi-spectral and hyper-spectral imaging satellite
  • Ground station set-up, testing and commissioning in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Training and information transfer concerning flight software
  • Development, qualification and delivery of
    • graphical user interface for PC to electronic component communication
    • attitude determination sensors for use in satellite attitude control
    • propulsion control system for use in satellite attitude control
    • electronic interface system to a hyper-spectral camera
    • satellite flight software for on board computer
    • satellite functional test system
    • inter-component interface support
    • boot loader
    • Environmental testing (temperature, vacuum and vibration) of integrated satellite and individual components
    • Represent company at research conferences and trade shows
      • AfricaGIS, Geo-information working for Africa, 31 October 2005 – 2November 2005, CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa
      • Africa Aerospace & Defence Trade Show, 18 – 22 September 2002, Waterkloof, Pretoria, South Africa.

Engineer-in-training at South African electricity supplier, Eskom

Johannesburg, December 2000 – August 2001

Fibre optic links, power line carriers and radio frequency communications.

Holiday work at Deltaplan Consulting Engineers

Klerksdorp, 1997 – 2000

Worked on solar powered systems for rural electrification and strategies to supply electrical networks to previously disadvantaged local communities.

Referees

  • Professors Thomas Jones and Herman Steyn, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Dr Mike Seed, Integrated Team Lead for FADEC, Rolls-Royce, UK
  • Paul Feetenby, Systems Engineering, Pi SHURLOK, UK
  • Thomas Inglin, Propulsion Electronics , Boeing, USA
  • Nick Heinrich, Motorrad Electronics, BMW, Germany
  • Silvia Gebhard, Electronics, Alpine, Germany
  • Jan-Albert Koekemoer, Chief Systems Engineer, SunSpace, RSA

Internet of Things

Most of my machine-to-machine communucation work is done in collaboration with the MTN lab .
The work focuses on water heating and the Internet of Things. We have developed an intelligent geyser system (including hardware, firmware, communications, could server, database, smartphone application, and web app) that does event (e.g. bath, shower) detection and scheduled control. Have a look at Geasy (www.geasy.co.za).
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Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) adds intelligence to traditional transport systems to make transport safer, more efficient, and greener. My ITS research relates mostly to the informal public transport, in Sub-Saharan Africa in general, and South Africa in particular. Some of the work includes:

  • Passenger occupancy detection in minibus taxis
  • Driver behaviour detection [with a focus on, but not limited to minibus taxis]
  • Monitoring of minibus taxis on long-distance routes

Some of the work on these topics, can be found here:
Paper on basic reckless driving: link
Paper on basic reckless driving detection: link
Paper on occupancy detection in minibus taxis: link
Paper on ITS as vessel for novel ITS: link
Paper on ITS in Sub-Saharan Africa: link
Presentation at the Geneva motor show, fully networked car conference, on the relevance of ITS in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Africa: link
Press release of the first phase of the long-distance tracking project: Media release – Taxi-drivers do speed along long distance routes research project

Press release of the second phase of the long-distance tracking project: Media release – Media release – Taxi drivers worst offenders
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Interview with Kieno Kammies on Cape Talk 567AM: https://soundcloud.com/primediabroadcasting/safe-driving-behaviour

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This photo shows 10 long-distance taxis on a Friday night. I am tracking them using trackers, kindly provided and installed by Mix Telematics.

 


Some videos of the projects we have worked on can be seen here:

Videos of some of ITS computer vision-related final year projects my students did can be found below:



Automatic vehicle-based image capturing system (Wi-fi, cellular): video: goo.gl/MNZH2
In-vehicle infotainment system on touch sensitive Windows platform: video: goo.gl/d8SSF
Wi-fi V2V and WiMAX V2I  media delivery into vehicles: video: goo.gl/PyZdS,  document: goo.gl/uikmB
We are also working on minibus taxi tracking and using taxis as media platforms. To see what a taxi looks like from the inside, look at this video: goo.gl/q9883.
A video of our mobile phone based (Android) minibus taxi tracker application can be seen at  goo.gl/JROQ6


Industry partners