- UniZulu SATNAC Delegation. From L-R: Pragasen Mudali, Paul Tarwireyi, Kudzai Chiponga, Erick Ndlovu, Bethel Mutanga, Olukayode Oki and Sifiso Ngema.

The seventeenth annual Southern African Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference (SATNAC) was held in Port Elizabeth from 1-3 September 2014. SATNAC is the flagship conference for the Telkom Centres of Excellence (CoE) programme and attracts both local and international submissions. 348 papers were submitted for review this year but only 118 papers were accepted into the conference proceedings.

The University hosts a Centre housed within the Department of Computer Science. Our Centre had 2 Work-in-Progress papers and two full papers accepted into SATNAC 2014. A delegation comprising both staff and students attended this year’s conference and our posters and oral presentations were well-received.

A full paper co-authored by Olukayode Oki, Pragasen Mudali, Nathi Zulu and Matthew Adigun was awarded as the third-best paper in the conference proceedings (from 118 candidate papers). Judging was based upon the scores allocated during the peer-review process.

Our CoE 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. This award is the latest acknowledgement of the high-quality research and development being undertaken in the Centre.