Research focus areas of Informatics lecturers

 

Prof Carina de Villiers

Position: Professor and Head of Department

Office: IT Building 5-78

E-mail: [email protected]

My research generally focuses on IS and Education, but also include ICT for sustainability. I take an
interdisciplinary view in applying preferably qualitative approaches to study the following research focus areas:

  • ICT in Higher Education. Web 2.0 technologies, mobile applications.
  • ICT in organisations. Web 2.0 technologies, mobile applications.
  • ICT labour market. Shortage of ICT professionals, gender issues.
  • ICT for Development. Interventions, impact assessment.

The research domains that I investigate include IS organisations, Higher Education, Developing
communities.


Topics that I am actively involved in are listed below. I can support students who are committed to
researching suitable topics in one of the following areas:

  • Use of ICT in higher education
  • User experience of different learning technologies
  • Use of ICT in developing communities
  • Impact assessment of ICT4D interventions
  • Use of Web2.0 technologies in organisations

These keywords and concepts are relevant to my research. ICT4D, higher education, learning technologies


Prof Alta van der Merwe

Position: Deputy Dean Teaching and Learning (EBIT)

Office: IT Building 5-82.2

E-mail: [email protected]

My research generally focuses on IS and Organizations. The majority of my students use design science as their research approach, which may include quantitative or qualitative data collection.  My students are involved in the following research focus areas:

  • Enterprise Architecture (EA):  EA approaches, data and process management within EA, modelling and adoption.
  • Innovation: Disruptive technologies, Knowledge Management during Innovation.
  • Design: Design of systems within an IS organization, Social-technical systems.
  • Design Science: Studying the approach of Design Science.

The research domains that I investigate include IS organizations, Education.

Topics that I am actively involved in are listed below. I can support students who are committed to researching suitable topics in one of the following areas:

  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Innovation cycles, methodologies, practices
  • Design aspects;
  • Socio-technological aspects: Crowdsourcing, Contextual awareness; Ownership; Social Media.
  • Design Science;

These keywords and concepts are relevant to my research. Enterprise Architecture, Innovation, Design, Socio-technical systems, Ownership, Crowdsourcing, Contextual awareness, Design Science.


 

 

Prof Machdel Matthee

Position: Associate Professor 

Office: IT Building 5- 58

E-mail: [email protected]

An overview of my research areas appears below:  

  • 21st century skills:   Skills considered necessary to function in a technology dominated society (e.g. creativity, critical thinking, programming etc).
  • ICT and Education:  Adoption, Beliefs of principals, teachers and parents, change management, bring your own device (BYOD), participatory design, and cyber safety.
  • Societal implications of IS: implications of the use of Internet of Things (IOT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, social media and new media, e.g. social media addiction, loss of human agency, the future of jobs, fake news.

The research domains that I investigate include Communities, end-users, educational institutions and environments, organisations.

Topics that I am actively involved in are listed below. I can support students who are committed to researching  suitable topics in one of the following areas:

  • Critical thinking and the IT practitioner
  • Critical thinking and the IS curriculum
  • Cyber safety and schools
  • The implementation of BYOD in organisations
  • Technology and disruption in education
  • Aspects of social media use
  • Trust and Technology/IOT

These keywords and concepts are relevant to my research. Critical thinking, Change, Societal  Implications, ICT and education, Disruption, Trust, Social media, Future, 21st century skills, Internet of Things


Prof Aurona Gerber

Position: Associate Professor

Office: IT Building 5-61

E-mail: [email protected]

 

I am currently the CAIR node representative for the CAIR node @ UP Informatics. The node focuses on research in the broad area of AI for Development and Innovation.

My research generally focuses on all aspects of IS Systems, including advanced modeling, the design and development of systems, as well as IS system implementation within enterprises. I take an interdisciplinary view in applying mostly qualitative approaches, including design science research, to study the following research focus areas:

  • Applied AI, specifically within Information Systems (IS).
  • AI for Socio-economic Development, AI for Business Innovation including Enterprise Architecture Management.
  • Digital Disruption & Innovation: Exponential Technologies, Platform Companies and Platform Transformation.
  • The value chain of Data Science and AI, including data-informed intelligent decision making for businesses and the effective integration of data science and AI into information systems, organizations and society.
  • AI for Sustainable Environments, Biodiversity Informatics.
  • Applied AI for Social and Moral Good, Ethics of Applied AI.
  • Research Strategies for Applied AI (including methods such as Design Science Research (DSR) and Design Thinking).

TThe AI for Development Research Group also include a sub-focus area on Semantic Technologies that includes research and development in:

  • Advanced Conceptual Modeling
  • Computational Ontologies, Ontologies in Information Systems
  • Ontologies and Semantic Technology Applications, Ontology Engineering.
  • Text Analysis / Semantic Text Analysis.

These keywords and concepts are relevant to my research. Applied Artificial Intelligence, Information Systems, Design Science Research, Ontologies, Platform Companies.


Prof Rennie Naidoo

Position: Associate Professor 

Office: IT Building 5-71

E-mail: [email protected]

My research generally focuses on IS and Organizations. I take an interdisciplinary view in applying either qualitative or quantitative approaches to study the following research focus areas:

  • IT Value.  IT investment decisions, benefits realisation and the moral/ethical consequences of IT.
  • IS Implementation. Design, systems development lifecycle, agile development approaches, and the implementation and use of information systems.
  • IS Relationship Management. IT end-user relationships, IT employer-employee relationships, and business-IT relationships.

The research domains that I investigate include IS organizations, IT Exco/Finance, IS human resources development, agile software teams, and end user communities.

Topics that I am actively involved in are listed below. I can support students who are committed to researching suitable topics in one of the following areas:

  • IT investment and evaluation practices
  • Ethical issues in IT decision-making
  • Agile systems development practices
  • End user satisfaction and loyalty
  • IS human resources development and staff turnover
  • IT, business and end-user relationships

These keywords and concepts are relevant to my research. Agility, business case, benefits realization, employee turnover, IS ethics, user loyalty, and IT-business engagement.


Prof Hanlie Smuts

Position: Associate Professor

Office: IT Building 5-71

E-mail: [email protected]

Telephone: 083 222 1111 / (012) 420 6814 

http://www.hanliesmuts.com

As I have worked in industry until 2017, I work primarily in the field of Information Systems and Organisation focusing on

  • Knowledge exchange in organisation-outsource vendor relationships.
  • Management of knowledge assets.and knowledge visualisation
  • Enterprise Architecture and the application of knowledge about the enterprise.
  • The impact of digital business models / exponential organisations on knowledge management.
  • Combining knowledge in machines (Aritifical Intelligence / Machine Learning) with knowledge in people for knowledge work.
  • Big data implications on knowledge management.
  • Industry 4.0 and big data management

The research domains that I investigate are knowledge management, IT outsourcing, enterprise architecture, disruptive technologies and big data in organisations.

Topics that I am actively involved in are listed below. I will support students who are interested in related or similar research:

  • Any knowledge and knowledge management related research especially how it relates to IT outsourcing and Enterprise Architecture.
  • Aspects of Industry 4.0, digital disruption and digital transformation, such as the cross-functional nature of digital transformation strategies, impact of organisational role ambiguity (e.g. Chief Digital Officer) in the digital context and alignment of Digital-IT-Business strategies over and above its alignment to business models.
  • The phenomenon of exponential organisations, often in the digital domain, their digital transformation and how they manage knowledge assets.
  • The impact and implication of big data on knowledge management in organisations.

These keywords and concepts are relevant to my research. Knowledge Management; Information Technology outsourcing; Enterprise Architecture; Digital Disruption; Digital Transformation; Big data;  Knowledge visualisation

 


Dr Henk Pretorius

Position: Senior Lecturer

Office: IT Building 5-65

E-mail: [email protected]

 

My research generally focuses on IS/IT/ICT and Governance. I also do research in the following research focus areas:

Women in IT/ICT 

Business Processes. The design, implementation and the automation of business processes.

IS/ICT/Technology and Sport

ICT and Health

The research domains that I investigate mostly include IS/ICT/IT and the organization, except in the case of technology and sport.

Important keywords and concepts relevant to my research. Business Processes, Business Process Management, Women in ICT, Corporate Governance, Governance and Technology, Technology and Sport, ICT/IT/Technology and Health, Health Informatics, Business Process Automation and finally Fraud and Corruption.

 

Dr Marié Hattingh

Position: Senior Lecturer

Office: IT Building 5-67

E-mail: [email protected]

My research generally focuses on the role of Social Media in communities. I take an interdisciplinary view in applying either qualitative or quantitative approaches to study the following research focus areas:

  • Use of Social Media in Community Safety. Reporting crime, finding missing persons, community upliftment.
  • Use of Social Media in eGovernment. The integration and use of social media by governmental institutions.
  • Use of Social Media in eActivism. Understanding how social media is used by online activists and the relationship with offline activism.
  • Impact of Social Media on its users. Positive and negative use of social media such as: darkweb, fake news, narcissism, addiction, learning opportunities etc and the moral/ethical consequences of social media use.

The research domains that I investigate include Government, Communities and Individuals.

Topics that I am actively involved in are listed below. I can support students who are committed to researching suitable topics in one of the following areas:

  • Mapping the number and type of social media community safety groups
  • Understanding the flow of information from the source to social media communities
  • Using role theory to differentiate the various roles of social media users

These keywords and concepts are relevant to my research. Community safety, eActivism, eGovernment, Facebook, netnography, social media, text mining, Twitter.


Dr JP van Deventer

Position: Senior Lecturer

Office: IT Building 5-97

E-mail: [email protected]

My research generally focuses on IS and Organizations. I take an interdisciplinary view in applying mostly a quantitative approach to study the following research focus areas:

  • IT Value.  Knowledge Representation, Enterprise Architecture, Unstructured Analytics, Text Analysis, Data Science
  • IS Implementation. Several domains of business, technology, people, infrastructure and market forces to change the Enterprise Architecture, symbolic representations of text and pattern analysis
  • from one state to another

The research domains that I investigate include Knowledge Representation, Enterprise Architecture, Unstructured Analytics, Text Analysis and Data Science

Topics that I am actively involved in are listed below. I can support students who are committed to researching suitable topics in one of the following areas:

  • Enterprise Architecture in general
  • Knowledge Architecture
  • Unstructured analytics and text analysis approaches
  • Fundamentals in Data Science and application thereof

These keywords and concepts are relevant to my research. Knowledge Representation, Enterprise Architecture, Unstructured Analytics, Text Analysis, Data Science


Prof Marita Turpin

Position: Associate Professor

Office: IT Building 5-66.1

E-mail: [email protected]

Overview of my research focus areas appears below:

  • Impact assessment in ICT4D.  Broader socio-economic impact of ICT4D projects on rural communities.
  • Systems thinking in ICT4D. Emergent and unplanned consequences of ICT4D projects. Broader systemic influences in ICT4D.
  • Teaching of 21st century skills to IS students. Effective teaching of critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and design thinking. 

The research domains that I investigate include IS for sustainable development, IS teaching.

Topics that I am actively involved in are listed below. I can support students who are committed to researching  suitable topics in one of the following areas:

  • Impact assessment in ICT4D
  • Application of systems thinking in ICT4D
  • Teaching problem solving skills to IS students
  • Teaching critical thinking to IS students
  • Teaching design thinking to IS students
  • Development of new and appropriate theories in ICT4D

These keywords and concepts are relevant to my research. ICT4D, systems thinking, impact assessment, 21st century skills, critical thinking, problem solving.

Dr Funmi Adebesin

 Position: Senior Lecturer 

 Office: IT Building 5-73

 E-mail: [email protected]

Overview of my research focus areas appears below:

  • E-health adoption. Electronic health record (EHR) / electronic medical record (EMR) adoption. Impact of EHR/EMR adoption.
  • E-health Interoperability. Standardisation to support interoperability between healthcare systems.
  • Health Informatics for healthcare professionals. Integrating Health Informatics to the curriculum of future healthcare professionals.
  • IT for health promotion. Mobile health applications and devices to support personal well-being

The research domain I investigate includes National and provincial health departments, private and public healthcare facilities, mobile health apps and wearable device users, healthcare systems developers and vendors.

Topics that I am actively involved in are listed below. I can support students who wish to research suitable topics in the following areas:

  • Ubiquitous/wearable healthcare applications/devices
  • Adoption of EHR and EMR
  • Perception of healthcare professionals on the use of technologies to support healthcare services
  • Impact of healthcare systems on healthcare professionals’ work processes
  • Strategies for inclusion of Health Informatics in the curriculum of future healthcare professionals
  • Usability/UX studies on healthcare applications

These keywords are relevant to my research. E-health/M-health, healthcare systems interoperability, preventative healthcare, usability and user experience, wearable health devices.


Dr Lizette Weilbach

Position: Senior lecturer 

Office: IT Building 5-69

E-mail: [email protected]

My research generally focuses on IS in Education, IS in Organizations and everyday contexts focusing on the following areas:

  • E-learning & mobile learning.  The implementation of e-learning in schools; e-learning and change management; e-learning as disruptive technology; the influence of HCI on e-learning.
  • IS Change Management.  Managing the social context within which IS are implemented.
  • Social Media.  The impact of social media on organisations and the everyday life of people; the unintended consequences of social media; social media as a tool to enhance…

The research domains that I investigate include IS organizations and educational settings and everyday life contexts.

Topics that I am actively involved in are listed below. I can support students who are committed to researching  suitable topics in one of the following areas:

  • The implementation of e-textbooks in schools
  • Enhancing the interface of e-textbooks
  • Managing change due to e-textbook/IS implementation
  • Mobile learning application
  • The impact of social media on organisations/education/the everyday life of people
  • The unintended consequences of social media

These keywords and concepts are relevant to my research: e-learning; e-textbooks; IS change management; social media use; social media impact


Dr Riana Steyn

Position: Senior Lecturer

Office: IT Building 5-66

E-mail: [email protected]

My research generally focuses on Entrepreneurs from an educational perspective. I focus my study mostly on assisting entrepreneurs effectively understand the role of IT in their business and assist in training on certain technologies. Thus my focus areas are as follows:

  • Entrepreneurs and the adoption of IT in their business
  • IT training needs for entrepreneurs
  • Cooperative learning and hybrid learning and how technology can be used to enhance the overall learning experience

Topics that I am actively involved in are listed below. I can support students who are committed to researching suitable topics in one of the following areas:

  • SME and IT adoption
  • Entrepreneurial IT adoption approaches
  • IT training needs for entrepreneurs
  • Hybrid training approaches
  • Cooperative learning and the overall student experience

These keywords and concepts are relevant to my research. IT, adoption, entrepreneurs, SMEs learning approaches, Hybrid learning, enhanced student experiences


 

Dr Sunet Eybers

 Position: Senior Lecturer

 Office: IT Building 5-63

 E-mail: [email protected]

 

My research generally focuses on Applied Data Science. I take an interdisciplinary view in applying either qualitative or quantitative approaches to study the following research focus areas:

  • The value of Data Science to organisations.  Data Science investment decisions, benefits realisation and the moral/ethical consequences of Data Science interventions.
  • Data Science Implementation. Design, data development lifecycle, agile development approaches, and the implementation and use of data in the context of the organization as well as data visualization.
  • Applied Data Science sub-disciplines. Data mining, data analytics, business intelligence, data warehousing.
  • eLearning. The utilization of technology in teaching and learning activities pertaining to Data Science.

The research domains that I investigate include enterprise architecture and business management (including project management and organizational strategy) as well as the utilization of social media in crime related environments.

Topics that I am actively involved in are listed below. I can support students who are committed to researching suitable topics in one of the following areas:

  • All aspects of Data Science Information Systems and Applications
  • Project management
  • Organizational strategy
  • Social media
  • Crime prevention
  • eLearning

These keywords and concepts are relevant to my research. Business intelligence, data mining, data warehousing, text mining, social media, crime, project management, organizational strategy, data visualization, eLearning


Dr Tania Prinsloo

Position: Senior Lecturer

Office: IT Building 5-59

E-mail: [email protected]

My research has two focus areas:

  1. ICT for Agriculture. I take an interdisciplinary view in applying either qualitative or quantitative approaches to study how any new technology can improve farming practices in Africa. Examples include:
    • Traceability.  Livestock, fresh produce, fisheries.
    • Drones. Drones used to improve farming practices, combatting drought, and legislation in terms of using drones on commercial/small-scale farms.
    • Protecting the environment. Preventing the poaching of rhino’s, protecting indigenous species and endangered wildlife.
  2. ERP Systems and how they relate to teaching strategies in higher education, for example:
    • The impact of ERP subjects on future employment.  Examples where exposure on undergraduate / postgraduate level led to better employment opportunities.
    • ERP in African universities. How ERP systems are taught throughout Africa.
    • General ERP topics, limited to case studies or business solutions.

The research domains that I investigate include ICT for Development, ICT for Agriculture, E-Agriculture, ERPsystem case studies.

Topics that I am actively involved in are listed below. I can support students who are committed to researching suitable topics in one of the following areas:

  • Using ICT to alleviate poverty
  • ICT impact assessment frameworks
  • ICT and women empowerment
  • ICT and sustainable development
  • ICT Farm management
  • ERP in higher education
  • ERP business process enhancement

These keywords and concepts are relevant to my research. ICT4Ag, qualitative case studies, quantitative data, ERP solutions.

 

Dr Komla Pillay

Position: Lecturer

Office: IT Building 5-100

E-mail: [email protected]

Telephone: 012 420 5422

Overview of my research areas include:

  • Big Data Analytics.  Examining large data sets to uncover hidden patterns, unknown correlations, market trends, customer preferences and other useful business information.
  • Innovation. Deliberate application of information, imagination and initiative in deriving greater or different values from resources.
  • Knowledge Management. Integrated approach to identifying, capturing, evaluating, retrieving, and sharing all of an enterprise's information assets.

 

- Author Carina de Villiers
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