University of Cape Town

June 18, 2018 - June 29, 2018 | University of Cape Town



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Vissého Adjiwanou
Vissého Adjiwanou is a Senior Lecturer in Demography and Quantitative Methods at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), and adjunct professor at the Department of Demography at the Université de Montréal (Canada). His research interests include maternal and reproductive health, family dynamics, and female employment in sub-Saharan Africa. Vissého is the chair of the Panel on Computational Social Science at the Union for African Population Studies (UAPS).
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Tom Moultrie
Tom Moultrie is professor of demography, and Director of the Centre for Actuarial Research (CARe) at the University of Cape Town. His interests lie in the technical measurement and sociology of fertility in sub-Saharan Africa, and the sociology of demographic measurement. He holds a BBusSc (Actuarial Science) from UCT, a MSc (Development Studies) from the LSE, and a PhD from LSHTM.


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Marshini Chetty
Marshini Chetty is a research scholar in the Department of Computer Science at Princeton University where she directs the Princeton Human Computer Interaction laboratory. She specializes in human computer interaction, usable security, and ubiquitous computing. She has a Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA and a Masters and Bachelors in Computer Science from University of Cape Town, South Africa. Marshini regularly publishes at top tier venues including CHI, CSCW, and SOUPS.
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Nick Feamster
Nick Feamster is a professor in the Computer Science Department at Princeton University and the Deputy Director of the Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP). Before joining the faculty at Princeton, he was a professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in Computer science from MIT in 2005, and his S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2000 and 2001, respectively. His research focuses on many aspects of computer networking and networked systems, with a focus on network operations, network security, and censorship-resistant communication systems.
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Ridhi Kashyap
Ridhi Kashyap is associate professor of social demography at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Nuffield College. Ridhi’s interests span a number of substantive areas in demography and sociology, including gender, marriage and family, health and mortality, and ethnicity and migration. She is interested in how digital and computational innovations, both in terms of new data sources (e.g web data) and methods (e.g agent-based modeling and microsimulation) can be used in social and demographic research.
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Vukosi Marivate
Vukosi Marivate holds a PhD in Computer Science (Rutgers University, as a Fulbright Scholar). He is a senior Data Scientist and acting research group leader for Data Science at the CSIR, focusing on creating/using Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence to extract insights from data to tackle societal challenges. Vukosi is an organiser of the Deep Learning Indaba, the largest Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence workshop on the African continent, aiming to strengthen African Machine Learning. He supervises postgraduate students and leads the CSIR’s Data Science student development program.

Teaching Assistants

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Gerald Nathan Balekaki
Gerald Nathan Balekaki is a doctoral student in the UCT Department of Computer Science.
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Chido Chinogurei
Chido Chinogurei is a Data Analyst at the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) and a Research Assistant at the Centre for Actuarial Research (CARe) at the University of Cape Town.


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Chukwuedozie K. Ajaero
Chukwuedozie K. Ajaero holds a PhD in Population Geography, which was funded with a grant from the International Foundation for Science (IFS) Stockholm, Sweden. He is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Demography and Population Studies Programme of the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and also a Lecturer in the Department of Geography, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. His areas of research interests include migration, environment and livelihoods linkages as well as health and quality of life studies. He has to his credit journal articles, book chapters, and is a co-author of a book titled “Climate Change and the Nigerian Environment
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Mustafa Ali
Mustafa Ali is doing Masters in Computer Science Department at university of Cape Town. He completed his Honors’ degree in Statistics and Computer Science at the university of Khartoum. In his MSc project he is developing subscription service for large astronomical data sets.
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Donatus Yaw Atiglo
D. Yaw Atiglo is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Ghana where he had his masters and doctoral training. With expertise in Demography and Social Statistics, his main research interests include population-environment nexus, women's reproductive health behaviour, gender and migration.
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Lamègou François Badjadouna
Lamègou François Badjadouna works at the National Statistics Agency of Togo. He holds a Master degree in Economics and Statistical Engineering from the sub-Regional Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics of Yaoundé (Cameroon). His research focuses on how to leverage data analytics to foster better development policies.
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Aristide Romaric Bado
Aristide Romaric Bado (PhD) is a senior research scientist in Demography. He is currently the Demography and Research Officer for the Regional Programme of Demography, Sexual and Reproductive Health (DEMSAN) at the West African Health Organization (WAHO). Prior to joining WAHO, he was researcher at the Research Institute and Health Science (IRSS) of the National Center for Scientific and Technological Research (CNRST)/Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso and lecturer in demography and quantitative methods. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship for his post-doctoral research at the School of Public Health at the University of Montreal in Canada. He holds a PhD in Population studies from the University of Western Cape (Cape Town, South Africa), a Master’s degree in Demography from the Demographic Training and Research Institute (IFORD) at the University of Yaoundé II (Cameroon) and a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).
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Richard Barnett
Richard Barnett is a lecturer in the Department of Information Science at Stellenbosch University and a co-founder of the Computational Social Science group in the Department. He is also a member of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research. He comes from a computing sciences background with a strong technical focus. With this in mind, his current research focuses on a machine learning approach to the identification of sybils on online social network platforms. This approach is specifically focused on the use of social network analysis metrics, and specifically network structure in the construction of feature vectors.
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Flint Chenjera
Flint Chenjera is a graduate student at UCT. During the two years of MPhil demographic studies, Flint mastered aspects to do with dealing with demographic incomplete data, handling survey, textual, network, spatial and longitudinal data; using statistical tools such as excel, STATA and R. Flint holds an BSc degree in Statics from University of Zimbabwe and yet to complete an master’s degree in demography at University of Cape Town. His area of study is in family dynamics and child health.
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Aldu Cornelissen
Aldu Cornelissen is a lecturer and PhD candidate at the Department of Information Science at Stellenbosch University. He co-found the Computational Social Science group at Stellenbosch University, and is a member of the Centre of Artificial Intelligence (CAIR). The group’s research focuses on the impact of social media in society by investigating bot interference during political elections in Sub-Sahara Africa. Aldu specialises in Social Network Analysis, specifically individual and group social cognition.
Hailu Debere
no bio.
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Robert Y. Djogbenou
Robert Y. Djogbenou is a Research Assistant at the Center for Training and Research in Population (CEFORP), University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin). He has a Master in Demography and a Bachelor in Statistics. His research interests span maternal and child health, gender, education and migration.
Judith Donang
no bio.
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Ahmed Eldud
Ahmed Eldud studied at University of Juba (Sudan) and obtained B.Sc general in Statistis and Population Studies in 2005. He later obtained a B.Sc honours in Statistical Science in 2011 at the University of Western Cape (South Africa) and a M.Sc in Mathematical Statistics in 2016 at Rhodes University (South Africa). Ahmed pursues a Ph.D at the University of the Western Cape since 2016. He works at the devision of the postgraduate studies at the University of the Western Cape as data analysis.
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Arlette Simo Fotso
Arlette Simo Fotso got a PhD in Applied Economics. She is currently Postdoctoral Research Fellow at ICAP at Columbia University and at the University of the Witwatersrand. Arlette is involved in the Population-Based HIV Impact Assessments (PHIA) project. The PHIA project is running national surveys in 14 Sub-Saharan African countries plus Haiti to measure the reach and impact of HIV programs. Her research interests are Health, Education and Labour Economic, inequalities, disability, HIV, family and use of big data to assess health issues and migration and their impact in developing countries.
Mbongeni Hlabano
no bio.
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Bunakiye Japheth
Bunakiye Japheth is a lecturer of Computer Science at Edo University Iyamho, Department of Computer Science and Mathematics. He received his PhD from the Computer Science Department at University of Port Harcourt Nigeria. His research focused on the application of domain specific modelling approach to modelling engineering designs in the oil and gas transmission pipeline systems. Much of his work is directed at requirements within a particular domain, where the structure and behaviour of the prototype system capturing stakeholders design intents that depict various design scenarios were examined. His research methodology was hinged on Domain Specific modelling of Model Driven Engineering Technologies that tackles complexities in domains through language formalisms that could be beyond the utilization of stakeholders. This language formalism is simply a reusable software layer that can be tailored to any specific domain through requirements engineering for greater stakeholder output.
Benson John
no bio.
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Takwanisa Machemedze
Takwanisa Machemedze is a researcher at DataFirst at the University of Cape Town. He holds a PhD in Sociology and an MPhil in Demography both from the University of Cape Town, and a BSc Hon in Statistics from the University of Zimbabwe. His research interests include demography, remote sensing and small area estimation.
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Rornald Kananura Muhumuza
Kananura Rornald Muhumuza is a population health researcher with a background in economics and statistics. He is pursuing his PhD in Demography and Population Studies at London School of Economics and Political Science. He is applying systems thinking analysis approach to understand Child Health and Survival in Uganda. Rornald has experience in designing and implementing Monitoring and Evaluation systems, which he has gained through leading numerous interventions. His research interests are pathway analysis, spatial and small area estimation, forecasting and machine learning, longitudinal and panel data analysis. He is also interested in generating research products that inform appropriate decision-making.
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Abdualaziz Mukhtar
Abdualaziz Mukhtar holds a Bachelor Honours and a Master Degree in Mathematical Sciences from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) South Africa. He is currently enrolled for a doctoral research degree (Ph.D.) in Mathematical Epidemiology under the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at UWC. His research approach intended to makes use of statistic inference and covered practical applications of modelling, including predicting the impact of control, interpreting outbreak data and modelling in real-time, fitting models to data.
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Alecia Ndlovu
Xichavo Alecia Ndlovu is a lecturer in the Political Studies department at the University of Cape Town. She is also completing her PhD in International Relations at Wits University. She holds a BA in International Relations and Applied Economics, as well as an MA (with distinction) in International Relations. Her main research and teaching interests are in political economy of development, politics and governance in Africa, comparative politics and quantitative research methods. Her thesis is entitled “Sustaining the unsustainable? Political institutions and development in sub-Saharan Africa’s resource economies.” It combines cross-national statistical research and fieldwork in four African countries—Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia.
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Nelly Ruth Nkhoma
Nelly Ruth Nkhoma holds an Honours Degree in Population Studies and is currently studying towards an MPhil in Demography at the University of Cape Town. Her research interests lie in the field of public health specifically in child health and mortality. She has done work in policy research and monitoring and evaluation.
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Emmanuel Olamijuwon
Emmanuel Olamijuwon is a lecturer at the University of Swaziland. He is also a PhD candidate in demography and population studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. His research adapts computational approaches in assessing the effectiveness of social media-based sexuality education in improving the sexual and reproductive health, knowledge and rights of young adults in Africa. By combining innovative and youth-friendly approaches, he hopes to drive new discussions on the role of digital media in demographic studies. Beside his high-level academic activities, Emmanuel also plays an active role in various interdisciplinary research projects many of which revolve around the social determinants of health, sexual and reproductive health, digital demography as well as the demography of African families. He is the coordinator of the Sexually Healthy and Young [SHY] Adults network (
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Vundli Ramokolo
Dr Vundli Ramokolo is Specialist Scientist at the South African Medical Research Council Health Systems Research Unit. She holds a Master of Public Health (Epidemiology) degree from the University of Cape Town and a doctorate from the University of Bergen, Norway. She is an Epidemiologist with a keen interest in (1) the interactions between nutrition and disease, (2) developmental origins of health and disease and (3) the relation between inequalities and health outcomes. She is a co-investigator in the South African prevention of mother-to-child-transmission evaluation (SAPMTCTE) and a Co-PI in a birth cohort assessing the utilisation of the CSG and its link to dietary diversity and child growth. Her current research addresses both the clinical and social determinants of child health outcomes. More specifically, the work assesses the effect of factors at the individual, household and small area level deprivation on birth outcomes in HIV exposed and unexposed infants.
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Motlatso Rampedi
Motlatso Rampedi is a qualified demographer with an Honours and Master’s degree in Demography & Population Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). She is now pursuing a PhD in Demography at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her interests lie in Health research, with specific focus on Noncommunicable diseases, HIV and sexual and reproductive health. Her PhD thesis is on comorbidities of chronic diseases among the adult population in South Africa. Some of her career highlights include forming part of a team of researchers that conducted research on an HIV prevention vaginal ring for women in four African countries (Malawi, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe) and working on a project to generate demand for voluntary male medical circumcision (VMMC) in South Africa.
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Bontle Segobe
Bontle Segobe obtained her Masters in Population studies this year in April and will pursue her PhD in Population studies at University of KwaZulu-Natal from second semester of the year 2018. Her research interests are in drug use amongst youth. In 2014, she obtained her Degree in psychology from University of Johannesburg and later in 2015, obtained her honours in Psychology from University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is currently a research assistant at SARCHI: Economic Development, KwaZulu-Natal.
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Stephen Ojiambo Wandera
Stephen Ojiambo Wandera is a Lecturer at the Department of Population Studies, Makerere University. He holds a PhD in Population Studies. He is a graduate of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA). His PhD research focused on “Disparities in access to healthcare among older persons in Uganda”. He holds an MSc. in Population and Reproductive Health and a BSc. in Population Studies. His research focuses on: sexual and gender-based violence, reproductive health; inequalities in health; and inequalities in access to health(care) in Uganda.

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