To meet its mandate of improving the quality of life of South Africans, the CSIR relies on its most important asset, its people. The CSIR’s multidisciplinary nature positions the organisation to help solve the increasingly complex problems of our time. This multidisciplinary science, engineering and technology base is made up of individuals who are highly specialised in their respective fields. They are geneticists, virologists, software developers, polymer chemists, applied mathematicians and industrial engineers, just to name a few.
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Rosman’s research interests focus on learning and decision-making in autonomous systems, in particular studying how learning can be accelerated through abstracting and generalising previously gained knowledge, and also on skill and behaviour learning for robots.
Backeberg works predominantly on numerical ocean modelling and data assimilation techniques, which are integral components in ocean climate research as well as ocean forecasting.
Newman’s research interests lie in the definition of baseline concentrations for metals in sediment in southern African coastal waters and assessing water and sediment quality in ports.