Scholarly honour for UNIZULU’s Centre of Excellence

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A full paper co-authored by two UNIZULU students and two staff members has received top honours at the Southern African Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC), held in Port Elizabeth last week.

The paper which focused on energy-efficient security in wireless mesh networks was adjudged as the third best paper out of the 118 candidate papers.The co-authors of the paper were students, Olukayode Oki and Nathi Zulu and lecturers, Pragasen Mudali and Matthew Adigun.

Adjudication was based on the scores allocated during the peer-review process. Initially a total of 348 papers had been submitted for review this year but only 118 papers were accepted into the conference proceedings.

SATNAC is the flagship conference for the Telkom Centres of Excellence (CoE) programme and attracts both local and international submissions.  UNIZULU hosts a Centre housed within the Department of Computer Science.  The centre undertakes ICT-based research and development in support of rural SMMEs. This entails research in diverse but complementary domains such as Cloud Computing, Energy-efficient Wireless Networks, Security and Personalisation.

The UNIZULU Centre had two Work-in-Progress papers and two full papers accepted into SATNAC 2014. A delegation comprising both staff and students attended this year’s conference where their posters and oral presentations were well-received.  “This award is the latest acknowledgement of the high-quality research and development being undertaken in the Centre,” Mudali said