MJ (Thinus) Booysen is an Associate Professor at the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Department at Stellenbosch University. He has been with Stellenbosch University from 2009 and his research is on the Internet of Things, with a focus on Smart Energy, Water and Vehicles (specifically its application Sub-Saharan Africa and in the informal public transport sector). He is also a founder of Bridgiot (Bridge-to-the-Internet-of-Things), and co-creator of Geasy and Count Dropula. He is the Director of the MTN Mobile Intelligence Lab and co-founder of the Stellenbosch Smart Mobility Lab. 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.

Pronunciation of my name (read in English): TEA-nis.

This page is a summary of experience and research output I have been fortunate enough to live and generate — affectionately known as My Polished Turd. What I have achieved is due to a combination of collaboration with gifted colleagues and students, generous contributions from industry and parastatal institutions, Grace, good fortune, support  and advice from seasoned academics and editors, and fear-driven hard work and sacrifice. I honestly cannot take credit for any good in this.

Saving water at schools

The radio interview that started it all: Link
Websites:

Youtube videos (Playlist of all):

  • The launch with Shoprite at Cape Talk: Video
  • How it works (Explainer video): Video
  • The intro video (At Hector Peterson Secondary): Video
  • The update (Yomelela Primary): Video

Research results:

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Peer-reviewed journal publications:

 

Publication

Published

(DOI)

Preprint

(Open)

 

Dataset

19. S. Gerber, A. Rix, M.J. Booysen, “Towards sustainable developing cities: A simplified forecasting model for sizing grid-tied PV using monthly electricity bills”, accepted for publication in Sustainable Cities and Society, 2020 TBD Link
18. M.J. Booysen, B. Wijesri, C. Ripunda, A. Goonetilleke  “Fees and governance: Towards sustainability in water resources management at schools in post-apartheid South Africa”, Sustainable Cities and Society, vol 51, Nov 2019 Link Link
17. T.G. Durand, L. Visagie, M.J. Booysen,  “Evaluation of next-generation low-power communication technology in IoT applications”, IET Communications, accepted for publication 2019 Link Link
16. M.J. Booysen, C. Ripunda, M. Visser  “Results from a water-saving maintenance campaign at Cape Town schools in the run-up to Day Zero”, Sustainable Cities and Society, vol 50, Oct 2019 Link Link
15. J.A. Samuels, M.J. Booysen,  “Chalk, talk, and energy efficiency: Saving electricity at South African schools through staff training and smart meter data visualisation”, Energy Research and Social Science,vol 56, 2019 Link Link Link
14. M.J. Booysen, J.A.A. Engelbrecht, M.J. Ritchie, M. Apperley, A.H. Cloete,  “How much energy can optimal control of domestic water heating save?”, Energy for Sustainable Development, vol 51 pp. 73-85 2019 Link Link Link
13. S. Gerber, A. Rix, M.J. Booysen, “Combining grid-tied PV and intelligent water heater control to reduce the energy costs at schools in South Africa”, Energy for Sustainable Development, vol 50  pp. 117-125, June 2019 Link Link Link
12. W. Stone, T.M. Louw, G. Gakingo, M.J. Nieuwoudt, M.J. Booysen, “A potential source of undiagnosed Legionellosis: Legionella growth in domestic water heating systems in South Africa”, Energy for Sustainable Development, Volume 48, pp. 130-138, Feb 2019 Link Link Link
11. M.J. Booysen, R. Burger, M. Visser, Temporal case study of household behavioural response to Cape Town’s “Day Zero” using smart meter data”, Water Research, Volume 149, pp. 414-420, Feb 2019 Link Link
10. N.O. Pirow, T.M. Louw, , M.J. Booysen, Non-Invasive Estimation of Domestic Hot Water Usage with Temperature and Vibration Sensors”, Flow Measurement and Instrumentation Volume 63, Pages 1-7, Oct 2018 Link Link Link
9.  M. Roux, M. Apperley, M.J. Booysen, Comfort, peak load and energy: Centralised control of water heaters for demand-driven prioritisation”, Energy for Sustainable Development vol 44, pp. 78–86, Jun 2018 Link Link Link
8.  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, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp. 48 – 56, Jan 2018 Link Link
7.  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, vol.58 n.4 p. 2-10, Dec 2016 Link Link Link
6.  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, Jun 2016. Link Link
5. 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 –, Volume 8, issue 2, pp 53 – 64,  Apr 2016. Link Link Link
4. 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 Link
3.  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 Link
2.  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 Link
1. 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

Publication Published Preprint Dataset
47. N.A. Ebot Eno Akpa, M.J. Booysen, M. Sinclair “Fuel savings as an incentive for speed compliance in the informal public transport industry in South Africa“,  Intelligent Transport Systems Conference (ITSC 2019), October2019, Auckland, New Zealand. Link
46. K.E. Wolff, M.J. Booysen, “The smart engineering curriculum“,  Research in Engineering Education Symposium (REEN 2019), July 2019, Cape Town, South Africa. Link Link
45. M.C. Rademeyer, M.J. Booysen, A. Barnard, “Factors that influence the geometric detection pattern of vehicle-based licence plate recognition systems“,  Southern African Transport Conference (SATC 2018), July 2018, Pretoria, South Africa. Link
44. C. Ripunda, M.J. Booysen, “Understanding and affecting school water behaviour using technological interventions“, Water Institute South Africa Conference (WISA 2018), 24 June 2018, Cape Town, South Africa. Link
43. J.E. Shuda, A.J. Rix, M.J. Booysen , “Module-level Monitoring of Solar PV Plants using LoRa Wireless Sensor Networks“, IEEE Power Africa 2018, July 2018, Cape Town, South Africa. Link Link
42. P.J.C. Nel , M.J. Booysen , B. van der Merwe, “Saving on household electric water heating: What works best and by how much?“, IEEE IGST 2017, Auckland, New Zealand. Link Link
41. L.L. Leeuwner, N.H. Naude, M. Roux, M.J. Booysen, “Evaluation of the Energy Model of a Horizontally-Mounted Electric Water Heater Through Internal Temperature Measurement“, IEEE IGST 2017, Auckland, New Zealand. Link Link
40. S. Coetzee, T. Mouton, and M. J. Booysen, “Home Energy Management Systems: A Qualitative Analysis and Overview“, Africon 2017, Cape Town, South Africa. Link
39. M. Roux, M.J. Booysen, “Use of smart grid technology to compare regions and days of the week in household water heating“, IEEE Domestic use of Energy (DUE 2017), 3 – 5 April 2017, Cape Town, South Africa Link Link Link
38. A.H. Cloete, R.C. Sandell, M.J. Booysen and A.B. van der Merwe, “Smart electric water heaters: A system architecture proposal for scalable IoT“, ICC 2017, Cambridge, UK. Link
37. 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. Link
36. 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 Link
35. 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. Link
34. 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. Link
33. 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 Link
32. 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
31. 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
30. 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 Link
29. 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 Link
28. 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. Link Link
27. 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
26. 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 Link
25. 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 Link
24. F.J. Bruwer, M.J. Booysen, “Vehicle acceleration estimation using smart-phone based sensors“, SATC, July 2015, Pretoria, South Africa. Link
23. A. De Bruin, M.J. Booysen, “Drone-based traffic flow estimation and tracking using computer vision“, SATC, July 2015, Pretoria, South Africa Link
22. 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
21. 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
20. 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
18. 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
17. I. Ndibatya, M.J. Booysen, J. Quinn, “An Adaptive Transportation Prediction Model for the Informal Public Transport Sector in Africa“, IEEE Intelligent Transport Systems Conference (ITSC), 2014, Qingdao, China. Link Link
16. A.S. Zeeman, M.J. Booysen, “Simple capacitive seat sensing for occupancy detection and counting in minibus taxis“, SATC 2014, July 2014, Pretoria. Link
15. A.S. Zeeman, M.J. Booysen, “Public transport sector driving behaviour: Measuring recklessness using speed and acceleration“, SATC 2014, July 2014, Pretoria. Best paper award. Link
14. M.J. Booysen, N.A. Ebot Eno Akpa, “Minibus Driving Behaviour on the Cape Town to Mthatha Route“, SATC, July 2014, Pretoria. Link
13. 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. Link
12. 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. Link
11. 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. Link
10. 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 Link
9. 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
8. 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 Link
7. 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
6. 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
5. 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
4. 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: WIVEC, 2-3 June 2013, Dresden, Germany. Link Link
3. 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. Link
2. 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”, IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology (ICIT), 2013, 25-28 Feb. 2013, Cape Town, South Africa. Link
1. A.S. Zeeman, M.J. Booysen, G. Ruggeri, and B. Laganá “Capacitive seat sensors for multiple occupancy detection using a low-cost setup”, IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology (ICIT),  25-28 Feb. 2013, Cape Town, South Africa. Link

Regional peer-reviewed conferences publications:

  1. J.E. Shuda, A.J. Rix, M.J. Booysen, “MODULE-LEVEL MONITORING OF SOLAR PV PLANTS USING WIRELESS SENSOR NETWORKS”, SAUPEC 2018, South Africa.
  2. M. Roux, N.H. Naude, M.J. Booysen, A. Barnard, “Electric water heaters in smartgrids Individual savings versus network peak load management”, SAUPEC 2017, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
2019 Analogue design E344 ± 130 third years

87.6%

2019 COMPX203 (Waikato University) ± 140 second years

N/A

2017 Computer programming 143 ± 250 first years

N/A

2016 Computer programming 143 ± 280 first years

87.9%

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

Post-graduate Supervision

Masters

Year Student: Topic
2019/20 M Ritchie: Optimal control of water heaters
2019/20 K Buresh: Renewable and bio-energy for rural schools
2018/19 J Ingles: Mobile phone-based water quality meter
2018/19 S Gerber: Smart water heater scheduling with TOU pricing at schools
2018/XX H de Lange: Blockchain for energy trade
2018/19 D Robinson: NBIoT and Dash7 evaluation for wearables
2017/18 C Ripunda: Behavioural change in water consumption at schools
2017/XX LL Leeuwner: Smart prepaid hot water solution
2017/18 TG Durand: Comparison of Low power wireless networks
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 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
2020 P. Mabina: Intelligent control of delay-tolerant loads with renewable sources.
2018 J. Samuels: Energy behaviour at schools.
2016 J.A. van Rensburg: Development and evaluation of a kilometre-based road user charge as a revenue mechanism for road use
2015 I. Ndibatya: Optimising travel for multimodal transport in Africa.

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.

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).
Intelligent-Geyser-System-Pamphlet_red

Saving water at schools: http://schoolswater.co.za, The Launch with Cape Talk and Shoprite CEO (video), and The Conversation article


Explainer video of what we do at schools..

Aggregated dashboard from our network.


A video of our Geyser app..

A video of our Wi-Fi Geyser..

 


Industry partners