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Dr Paul Kogeda, Senior Lecturer at the Department of
Computer Science who helps KwaZulu Natal subsistence
farmers through ICT solutions.
A rated researcher and ICT expert at the Tshwane University of Technology’s Department of Computer Science has come up with a novel way to provide solutions to challenges facing subsistence farmers. He uses what he knows best – Information and Communication Technology (ICT). One of the remarkable projects he is currently involved in is with the Pongola community in the KwaZulu-Natal province. 

Dr Okuthe Paul Kogeda, a Y2 rated researcher, and a highly motivated and innovative individual said: “As an upcoming researcher, I wish to get established in my area of research and be a leader. This ambition, combined with the urge of creating new knowledge, developing skills, providing training and improving the living standards of our people by implementing research outputs, is what drives me.” 

Dr Kogeda, a senior lecturer at the Department of Computer Science, joined the University in 2011 after spending some time at the University of Fort Hare, University of the Western Cape, Damelin College, Oshwal College in Nairobi, University of Nairobi and Cowan University in Australia.

He never blinked twice when an opportunity to complete his doctoral studies presented itself, which eventually led to a career in research. His first job after graduating with a doctorate degree from the University of Fort Hare exposed him to Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D). He embraced the opportunity and joined the group carrying out projects in Dwesa, in the Eastern Cape Province, under the umbrella of Siyakula Living Lab.

Dr Kogeda’s expertise and research specialisation is in Information Communication and Technology Development, with interests in artificial intelligence, cellular networks and Operations Support Systems (OSS), biologically inspired modelling, VANETs, data mining, mobile intelligent agents and wireless forensics. He is currently leading a group of Master’s and Doctoral students conducting research in these areas of interest. Strong professional qualifications including Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD), Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) and UNIX networking accreditations have enabled him to guide students to develop state-of-the-market applications.

Self-driven and motivated by the myriad challenges affecting our society, Dr Kogeda shares his expertise with various universities across the world. He also serves on many committees, including the Faculty of Science/Agriculture Research and Higher Degrees Committee at the University of Fort Hare. He is currently a member of the TUT’s Senate Committee, he has served as Chairperson of TUT’s Directorate of Research and Innovation Committee and as a member of the Faculty Research Ethics Committee, to name a few. Having organised the first International ICT Security workshop in 2011 at TUT and spearheading the writing of the SARChI application for ICT4D Chair, Dr Kogeda continues to be an astute scholar.

He is actively involved in the supervision of B Tech projects, Honours research projects, Master’s (MSc and M Tech) and D Tech students. He has graduated more than 10 Master’s candidates and is currently involved with over 20 Master’s and five Doctoral candidates pursuing research to provide solutions to various societal challenges.

In addition, he reviews papers for IEEE Transactions on the Network and Service Management, the South African Computer Journal, Wireless Personal Communications, African Journal of Information and Communication Technology, and a number of conferences around the world. He is also an editor for the International Journal of Advancements in Computing Technology and an associate editor for the International Journal of Machine Learning and Applications. He is an external examiner and assessor to various universities across the world. On top of his many accolades, Dr Kogeda has published one book, six journal articles, four book chapters, over 40 conference papers and more than 10 recent articles. He has acquired countless awards including best paper awards, Young Researcher of the Year 2012 and 2013, and IRG – Zambia/South Africa Research Cooperation Programme and NRF grants.


For more information about Dr Oluthe Paul Kogeda, please contact him on tel: 012 382 9640 or send an email to kogedapo@tut.ac.za.

For more information on the Tshwane University of Technology please contact Willa de Ruyter on tel: 012 382 5352 or send an email to deruyterw@tut.ac.za.