Graduates in 2005
MSc in Computer Science
- Beirowski, C. The Use of Visual Formalisms in Specifying Interaction in Virtual Environments (G Marsden)
- Chetty, M. Developing locally relevant applications for rural South Afica: a telemedicine example (E Blake)
- de Wet, Nico Model Driven Communication Protocol Engineering and Simulation based Performance Analysis using UML 2.0 (P S Kritzinger)
- Eyambe, L. A Digital Library Component Assembly (H Suleman)
- Hamza, S. The Subjective Response of People Living with HIV to Illness Narratives in VR (E Blake)
- Hendricks, Z. A meta-authoring tool for specifying behaviour in VR environments (E Blake)
- Landman, J. Analytical Models of IP Traffic on UMTS Mobile Networks(P S Kritzinger)
- Malan, K. Visualising Uncertaintity (G Marsden)
- Ryndina, K. Improving Requirements Engineering: An Enhanced Requirements Modelling and Analysis Method (P S Kritzinger)
- Schroder, R. Laid Back Searching(G Marsden)
- Tangkuampien, J. Intuitive User Interfaces for Non-professional Virtual Environment Authors (G Marsden, Edwin Blake)
- Tobler, B. A Structured Approach to Network Security Protocol Implementation (A Hutchison)
- Verwey, J. (E Blake)
Masters in Information Technology
- Balikuddembe, J. Soft Knowledge Management Systems. Adaptation and Applicability in the University of Cape Town; A Case Study of Information Communication Technology Services (ICTS) Department (A Potgieter)
New and Continuing Students
- Arnab, A. (A Hutchison)
- Kelleher, J. Requirements Traceability in Software Engineering (P Kritzinger)
- Mason-Jones, N. (J Gain)
- Nunez, D. A capacity limited, constructionist cognitive theory of virtual presence (E Blake)
- Patel, D. (G Marsden)
- Semwayo, D. A Conceptual Model for Environmental Data Integration (S Berman)
- Sethate, T. (K MacGregor)
- Tucker, W. Social Amelioration of Bridged Communication Delay (E Blake)
- Vermeulen, H. Collaborative Authoring of Virtual Environments (G Marsden)
- Walton, M. Designing Collaborative Virtual Environments (G Marsden)
MSc in Computer Science
- Angel, I. Investigating interfaces for virtual sculpting (J Gain, P Marais)
- Botha, C. (G Marsden)
- Brown, H. (S Berman)
- Brown, S. Informational Support in a Virtual Environment: Using Nutrition Information to Improve Quality of Life for HIV+ Individuals (E Blake)
- Consani, C. (P Kritzinger)
- Cook, R. (A Potgieter)
- de Kadt, C. (J Gain)
- Feng, F. (G Marsden)
- Gasant, Y. (G Marsden)
- Gruijters, D. (E Blake)
- Hultquist, C. (J Gain)
- Jedeiken, J. (A Potgieter)
- Ladeira, I. Comprehension and Interest in a Virtual San Storytelling Environment: A Cultural Heritage Application for Children (E Blake)
- Lewis, J. Multimodal Media Bridging using Instant Messaging (E Blake)
- Maclay, D. An Optic Flow Approach to Painterly Rendering of Dynamic Environments (E Blake)
- Maunder, A. (G Marsden)
- Merry, B. (P Marais)
- Mhlongo, S. Flexible Component Packaging (H Suleman)
- Mutuku, J. (K MacGregor)
- Neeser, R. The Use of Spatial Deformation for Correcting Taphonomic Distortions in Fossilized Hominid Crania (J Gain)
- Omar, M. (H Suleman)
- Osunmakinde, I. (A Potgieter)
- Perumal, S. (P Kritzinger)
- Rouse, C. (S Berman)
- Sikalinda, P. IO trace analyses for synthetic Workload Generation (P Kritzinger)
- Stewart, G. (G Marsden)
- van Rooyen, R. (A Hutchison)
- Winterbottom, C. (E Blake)
Masters in Information Technology
The following list includes both students who are currently enrolled for coursework modules and those who have completed the coursework and are working solely on research.
- Balluck, A. (H Suleman)
- Chivasa, M.
- Cloete, C. (H Suleman)
- Du Toit, M. (H Suleman)
- Gerhardus, A.
- Gidudu, G.
- Goschen, W.
- Gounden, K. (G Marsden)
- Haddad, M.
- Holness, C. (S Berman)
- Isaacs, I.
- Isaacs, M.
- Joseph, S.
- Katoma, V. (S Berman)
- Kefale, K. M.
- King, S.
- Mashinini, F.
- Mekonen, Y.
- Munalula, T.
- Ngaboyisonga, P.
- Ochwo, J.
- Pieters, P.
- Raine, M.
- Rustin, A.
- Sabone, S.
The following is a list of all Honours projects with the students who were members of each project group.
- Co-located Photo Sharing on Mobile Devices - Dane Doubell, Philip Arkcoll
- Ontologies for the Semantic Web - Tseliso Molukanele, Rapelang Rabana
- An Interactive Ontology for the Intertidal Fish of the Cape - Hilton Jacobson, Michael Kassa, Yan-Xun Hu
- Query Translation in a Peer to Peer Network - Mduduzi Nxumalo
- Predicting Plankton Production using Bayesian Networks - Robert Curtis, Richard Fenn, Damon Oberholster
- Representing Requirements Traceability Using XML Topic Maps - David Holling, Kieran Sharpey-Schafer
- Gesture Driven 3D Interface - Steven Preston, Charles Chang, Lungiswa Matshoba
- Understanding Ocean Surface Temperature Features - Nemanja Spasic, Jared Tilanus
- Distributed Office Applications for Linux PDAs - Kutloisiso Mona, Stephen Asherson, Trishan Valodia
- The Implications of an Operating System Level DRM Controller - Duncan Bennett, Marlon Paulse
- VizMark - Piotr Dubla, Tai Lucas, Sebastian Murray-Roberts
- Articulated Nested Telescoping Simulations - Mary Decker, Alexander Karpul
- WebDrugs - Pieter W du Toit, Theodossias Scholiadis, David Sevel
- Data Management and Tutor Monitoring System - Xebiso Tshuma, Hope Mutete
- District Six Museum Multimedia Information Management System - Kurt Kruger, Fabian Jacobs
- DOCKside - Andrew Snowden, Guy Stern
- Mobile Virtual Environments - Grant James, Christopher Robson
- Enhancing Map Viewing on Smartphones Using Camera as 2D Input Device - Leonard Martin Ah Kun, Kuo-Hung Lee
Student Enrollment and Results
Full details of student numbers are contained in Table 1.
The Information Technology Programme had decreased markedly in size in 2004 (down from a new intake of 269 in 2003 to 206 in 2004). This does not appear to be a new trend however, as numbers recovered in 2005; although the new intake was not as large as in the past, the number of applications to the programme grew from 420 the previous year to 476, and the number of offers made for the programme in 2005 was 230. A full 50% of this new intake were black students, while just under 40% of them were white students. As in previous years, only 15% of the new intake were female. The programme as a whole remained the largest of the four programmes in the Science faculty, with its 387 students comprising 143 in first year, 119 in second year and 125 in third year. The percentage of black students in the programme as a whole was also 50%, and of females 15%. In particular, 44 of the female students in the programme are black, with only 14 females from the other groups. There was a record number of 95 students graduating with the BSc Information Technology degree at the end of the year, six of them with distinction in Computer Science.
This year also saw a number of changes in the programme. The new Bioinformatics specialisation was offered for the first time; unfortunately the number of students registering for this stream was very modest, but we are working together with the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and with the National Bioinformatics Network to promote this new venture for the future. A plan was instituted to offer a new co-major in geoinformatics within the programme, which will include two courses on Geographical Information Systems, covering topics such as spatial systems analysis, design, and modelling, multi-dimensional GIS, etc. This will be offered from 2006 onwards. The Computer Engineering specialisation was extended to include a new course on embedded systems. Overall 2005 was a good year for the Information Technology Programme, as intake size increased, the good racial mix was maintained, and as many as 95 qualified at the December graduation. We look forward to continued growth in 2006, and to building up the exciting new specialisations of bioinformatics and geoinformatics.
The Department continues to run an Academic Development Programme (ADP/GEPS), designed to assist talented, but under-prepared, historically-disadvantaged students who do not meet the standard admissions criteria of the University.
The students on the AD programme enrol for a four-year BSc, which includes 2 years of ADP courses, followed by the regular CS2 and CS3 courses.
In general, statistics show that 20-30% of students admitted to the AD programme finally pass CS3. Given the disadvantage, on entry to UCT, of ADP students, we view this as a high rate of success.