Membership of Professional Societies
Fellow of the IEEE (FIEEE) and member of the following IEEE Societies:
- Communications Society
- Computer Society
- Education Society
- Industrial Electronics Society
Research Focus and Opportunities
Advanced wireless sensor network and communication solutions for industrial applications.
- Physical Network Level: e.g. sensor hardware/nodes and communication, cognitive radio, energy harvesting.
- Logical Network Level: e.g. localization, mobility, routing, intelligence, security.
- Application Level: i.e. application of the above in industrial environments.
Opportunities for talented candidates are available on undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral level.
Any student who is interested in working in these areas illustrated by the typlcal application projects listed below, is invited to contact Prof Hancke.
Our primary goal is to collaborate with industry to investigate how advanced wireless sensor network and communication solutions can contribute to solving existing problems and challenges. Typical examples are listed below:
1. The Electrical Utility Environment
Work done with Eskom and international partners. Among many possibilities, the following are examples of issues that were addressed.
- safety of staff (prevention of electrocution)
- monitoring of transmission and distribution lines for improved performance
- energy harvesting from HV lines
2. Safety in Underground Mines
As a member of a consortium consisting of local and international research and industrial partners, we have been participating in two projects sponsored by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- technical feasibility of the deployment of gas sensors and communication in South African underground mines. [Completed.]
- wireless sensing and communications for underground mining, covering aspects such as safety and real-time location, ventilation, air conditioning. [Completed].
3. Smart Networks
Typical topics in collaboration with the Meraka Institute on Smart Networks.
- Software Defined Wireless Sensor Network (SDWSN)
- 5G for Internet of Things (IoT)
- Network Security
- Network Management
- Smart Water Management System (SWMS)
- Large-scale IoT-based Cyber Physical System (CPS)
Prof Hancke founded the Advanced Sensor Networks Research Group in the Department in 2005 and since then became internationally recognized as a pioneer and leading scholar in advanced sensor networks (ASN) research. This is evident from the research achievements listed below. (He stepped down as Head of this Group mid-2017).
- IEEE Fellow (2016) "for contributions to wireless sensor networks" in the category of Research Engineer/Scientist, conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors for an extraordinary record of accomplishments.
- Scopus metrics: h-index = 26; 6174 total citations by 5429 documents (on 2020-08-05)
- In 2009 he initiated and co-edited the first Special Section on Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks (IWSN) in the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (2019 IF = 7.515). This was very successful measured by the number of citations. The position paper he co-authored for this edition "Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks: Challenges, Design Principles, and Technical Aproaches", is considered seminal with 1105 citations (Scopus as on 2020-08-05).
- He co-edited a textbook on Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks: Applications, Protocols and Standards, published in April 2013, the first on the topic.
- IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics Best Paper Award for 2012 for “Smart Grid Technologies: Communications Technologies and Standards”, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (2019 IF = 9.112), vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 529 – 539, November 2011 (1519 citations in Scopus on 2020-08-05).
- From the Web of Science:
- 2nd and 7th most cited papers out of 2176 in the Search Field: Engineering in the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics.
- 7th and 13th most cited papers out of 6953 in the Search Field: Engineering in the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics.
- South Africa Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) THRIP Technology Awards
- Advanced Hi-Tech Category (2011)
- SMME Development Category (2007)
Address and Contact Details
Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Engineering 1 Building, Level 15
Cnr Lynnwood and University Roads
University of Pretoria
Telephone no: (+27 12) 420-3736
Fax no: (+27 12) 362-5000
Email: [email protected]