Postgraduate Research &
Innovation Symposium (PRIS)

Keynote address

We were delighted to welcome Prof Fulufhelo Nelwamondo to PRIS 2019 and were grateful to hear his engaging keynote address.


Prof Fulufhelo Nelwamondo
Executive Manager:
NextGen Enterprises & Institutions

Fulufhelo Nelwamondo has a BSc and PhD in Electrical Engineering, in the area of Computational Intelligence, and is a registered Professional Engineer.

He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), a senior member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), a member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, and Visiting Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Institute of Intelligent Systems, University of Johannesburg.

He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University and is the youngest South African ever to receive the Harvard-South Africa fellowship. He has been awarded many national and international research accolades, from organisations such as the IEEE, South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, amongst others.


Big and Small Data in the era of the 4IR:
An Industry Perceptive on how the World is Changing

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is now a common expression, but has been called by other names, including the Digital Revolution. At the centre of it all, 4IR makes systems and machines intelligent and connected, underpinned by a number of emerging digital technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, and Distributed Ledger Technologies. A lot of data (Big Data as well as Small Data) are generated or collected through these interconnections, and such data have grown beyond human comprehension.

This talk will explore some applications of technologies that use these data, and how they are of benefit to society.  It will also share insights from industries already deriving benefit from data analytics in this era, in particular how industrial systems have evolved into a class of Cyber-Physical Social Systems providing challenges and opportunities for enterprises and institutions, and will conclude by giving a glimpse into some activities that are shaping up to address these challenges in South Africa.