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The Centre for Systems and Control is a research group that resides within the School of Electrical and Information Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. The activities of the group range from classical control to modern linear and non-linear control. All aspects of systems and signals namely, modelling, synthesis, control analysis and design pertaining to linear and non-linear, time-invariant as well as time varying systems and signals form part of the focus.

Research Group Staff and Their Research Interests

Anton van Wyk (PhD) – Carl & Emily Fuchs Professor of Systems & Control Engineering and Group leader

His current research interest is in mathematical modelling of non-linear and non-stationary systems which includes chaotic behaviour of systems. In addition Anton is active in radar and image processing and applications thereof.

Brian Wigdorowitz(PhD) – Associate Professor

Brian’s current interest is in developing and applying a system dynamics modelling methodology to all types of systems. Arising from this will be to develop a control design based methodology based on energy considerations which should be equally applicable to both non-linear and linear systems. Brian is also collaborating with Prof David Rubin of the Biomedical Group in applying system dynamics modelling to biological systems.

Otis Nyandoro (MSc(Eng)) – Lecturer

Amongst other the research interests of Otis include classic and optimal control. Otis is currently working towards his PhD.

Control Research Staff


Title Publication Name Authors Year published
Low Cost Controller for Small Scale Helicopter 2013 IEEE 8th Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications (ICIEA) Tinashe Chingozha, Otis Nyandoro, Ayushi Milani 2013
High Performance Ash Fusion Temperature Measurement 2013 IEEE 8th Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications (ICIEA) Ayushi Milani, Otis Nyandoro, Tinashe Chingozha 2013
Hyperspectral Image Classification using Random Forest and natural Networks. 978-988-19251-6-9 ) World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science 2012 (WCECS B.T. Abe, O.O. Olugbara, T. Marawala 2012
Linear Slip Control Formulation for Vehicular Anti-Lock Braking System with Suspension Effect 18th IFAC World Congress, IFAC 2011 Otis T. Nyandoro, Jimoh O. Pedro, Olurotimi A. Dahunsi, B.Dwolatzky 2011
State Feedback Based Linear Slip Control Formulation for Vehicular Anti-Lock Braking System WCE2011 World Congress on ENGINEERING 2011 Otis T. Nyandoro, Jimoh O. Pedro, B.Dwolatzky, Olurotimi A Dahunsi 2011
Missing Data Imputation Through the Use of the Random Forest Algorithm Advances in Computational Intelligence
Adam Pantanowitz
Tshilidzi Marwala
Using genetic algorithms versus line search optimization for HIV predictions WSEAS Transactions on Information Science and Applications, Issue 4, Volume 3
Leke Betechuoh B
Marwala T
Lagazio M
Automated image processing method for the diagnosis and classification of malaria on thin blood smears Journal of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering, vol 44, no. 5
Ross NE
Pritchard CJ
Rubin DM
Duse AG
Autoencoder networks for HIV classification Current Science, vol 91, No. 11
Leke-Betechuoh B
Marwala T
Tettey T
Early classifications of bearing faults using hidden Markov models, Gaussian mixture models, Mel frequency Cepstral coefficients and fractals International Journal of Innovative Computing Information and Control, vol 2, No. 6
Nelwamondo FV
Marwala T
Mahola U