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Dr Olwal connecting wires at his workshop.
Dr Thomas Otieno Olwal, Associate Professor at the Tshwane University of Technology’s Department of Engineering, is no ordinary scholar. He holds dual doctorates, namely a PhD in Computer Science from the Universite Paris-Est Creteil val de Marne, France and a DTech in Electrical Engineering from TUT. He has more than seven years of experience in leading research projects, teaching and learning and has demonstrated notable achievements in a number of key workplace results areas. 

Since 2009, Dr Olwal has supervised at least 10 postgraduate students, leveraged and managed about 1 million USD in funds for research, development and innovation (RDI), published over 75 research outputs in peer-reviewed journals, conferences and book chapters.

He has also boasts a number of organisational performance awards including, Employees’ Mentor Award, Best Individual Academic Achievement in African leadership in ICT and Best Doctoral Studentship. He has been a member of the IEEE Communication Society, South African Chapter, since 2010.

Dr Olwal’s field of expertise and research specialisation is in Electrical Engineering, with a focus on radio resource management in 4G/5G mobile and Sensor network, Software defined networks for 4G/5G and Internet of Everything (IoE) and Smart Sensor network Applications to Health, Water, Energy, Cities, Transport and Logistics, Networked robotics and Automation.

According to Dr Olwal, he is inspired by the evolutionary biological ecosystem as a driver to the global developments of a seamless, inclusive and ubiquitous Internet of Everything (IoE), which is envisaged to be achieved by 2030. Aligned to this vision, he is interested in a research flagship known as Cognitive Foraging Networks for Sustainable Health, Water, Energy, Spectrum and Agriculture (COFON4SHWESA) based on the following theories: distributed algorithms, computational agent-based modelling, cognitive radio networks, software defined networks, decentralized decision making, emergence and self-organization, amorphous and security computing, autonomous systems, cooperation, optimization, game theory, resource allocation, sustainable energy systems, behavioural ecology, bio-mimicry and bio-inspiration.

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