UP has first A-Rated Computer Scientist in CountryProf Andries Engelbrecht, head of the Department of Computer Science and SARChI Chair in Artificial Intelligence, obtained an NRF A2 rating in recognition of his leading research in particle swarm optimization (PSO) and other computational intelligence paradigms such as artificial neural networks, evolutionary computation and artificial immune systems. PSO algorithms are applied to solve a wide range of complex optimization problems, e.g. to train artificial neural networks, to perform data and image analysis, to cluster data, to perform DNA sequence alignment, and to predict RNA secondary structure, amongst other applications.
Welcome to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Pretoria.
Our main objective is to explore and research the scientific basis of new technologies. We furthermore promote the proliferation of reliable, robust and innovative computing and information technologies into the IT industry in South Africa.
Excellence in computer science education, the development of internationally and nationally recognised research initiatives, and strong industry collaboration, are the driving factors underpinning the success of the department.