Computers and Control

The Computer and Control Systems division conducts its research activities primarily within the Electronic Systems Laboratory (ESL). The ESL is the birthplace of SUNSAT, South Africa’s first satellite.It has been home to the research and development activities of various NRF Innovation Fund and dti THRIP projects. Research in this division focuses mainly on the dynamics and control of autonomous platforms e.g. low earth orbiting satellites, manned and unmanned fixed and rotary wing aircraft, underwater vehicles, etc.

Aeronautical Systems

Autonomous Navigation

Computer Systems

General Control Systems

Satellite Systems


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The Electronic Systems Laboratory (ESL) is a Computer and Control Systems division laboratory in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch. It provides opportunities to graduate students and industries to become involved in joint developments of significant size. We aim to maintain skills in computers, data communications, imaging and system simulation through prototype developments.

Dr A (Arno) BARNARD

Dr A (Arno) BARNARD

COMPUTER SYSTEMS

Specific Research: Space vehicle electronics; FPGA and DSP design; Microcontrollers; Radiation influence and mitigation techniques.
Email: abarnard@sun.ac.za
Website: http://staff.ee.sun.ac.za/abarnard/

Prof MJ (Thinus) BOOYSEN

Prof MJ (Thinus) BOOYSEN

SMART ENERGY, SMART WATER AND INFORMAL TRANSPORT.

Specific Research: The internet of things, applied to transport, energy and water.
Email: mjbooysen@sun.ac.za
Website: /staff/mjbooysen/

Dr JAA (Japie) ENGELBRECHT

Dr JAA (Japie) ENGELBRECHT

AEROSPACE CONTROL SYSTEMS

Specific Research: Manned/unmanned aircraft flight control and navigation; Airbus collaboration contact point
Email: jengelbr@sun.ac.za

Mr C (Callen) FISHER

Mr C (Callen) FISHER

ROBOTICS

Specific Research: Bio-inspired, high speed transient motion; Legged Robots; Optimal control
Email: cfisher@sun.ac.za
Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/callen-fisher-63ba1695/

Dr HW (Willem) JORDAAN

Dr HW (Willem) JORDAAN

AEROSPACE CONTROL SYSTEMS

Specific Research: Satellite systems; Satellite orbit and attitude control; Adaptive control; Embedded systems
Email: wjordaan@sun.ac.za
Website: http://www.esl.sun.ac.za/willem-jordaan/

Mr JC SCHOEMAN

Mr JC SCHOEMAN

AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS

Specific Research: Autonomous navigation, planning, reinforcement learning
Email: jcschoeman@sun.ac.za

Mr W (Willem) SMIT

Mr W (Willem) SMIT

DIGITAL HARDWARE

Specific Research: FPGA and DSP design; Camera systems and security applications
Email: wsmit@sun.ac.za

Prof WH (Herman) STEYN

Prof WH (Herman) STEYN

AEROSPACE & INDUSTRIAL CONTROL SYSTEMS

Specific Research: Satellite systems; Satellite orbit and attitude control; Process control; Adaptive control.
Email: whsteyn@sun.ac.za
Website: http://staff.ee.sun.ac.za/whsteyn/

Dr CE (Corné) van DAALEN

Dr CE (Corné) van DAALEN

AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS

Specific Research: Autonomous navigation, planning, conflict detection and resolution
Email: cvdaalen@sun.ac.za
Website: http://staff.ee.sun.ac.za/cvdaalen/

Dr L VISAGIE

Dr L VISAGIE

COMPUTER SYSTEMS

Specific Research: Embedded programming; Satellite control systems
Email: lvisagie@sun.ac.za

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