Phillip Pe, a Machine Learning Expert and PhD student under the supervision of Dr Ransing at the Zienkiewicz Institute for Modelling, Data and AI, at Swansea University.
Complementing knowledge exchange at the symposium, the main objective of the event was to establish a Centre of Excellence in Smart Manufacturing in South Africa to serve academia and the Small-Medium Macro Enterprises (SMMEs). Dr Grace Kanakana-Katumba, FEBE Executive Dean and Dr Rajesh Ransing, past Industry Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering at Swansea University and a UK partner for the smart manufacturing for connected world project funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering at University of South Africa, will head up the centre.
During the symposium Prof Ransing presented a paper on Artificial Intelligence for organisational Knowledge Management and Deep Learning for fluid flow simulation, based on a Lagrangian approach for particle tracking.
Phillip Pe, a Machine Learning Expert and PhD student under the supervision of Dr Ransing at the Zienkiewicz Institute for Modelling, Data and AI, at Swansea University, presented a live demonstration of using Python Machine Learning tools. Pe explained that the Python language is among the most frequently employed for the creation of software based on Machine Learning (ML).
“Programmers and engineers often consider it the best in the given development niche. It has a steep learning curve, provides extensively painless interaction with various database management systems and integrates easily with different software tools that specialise solely in composing machine learning algorithms,” said Pe.
During the event, it was also highlighted that technology could help SMMEs streamline their operations and reduce the time and effort required to complete tasks. For instance, automated systems can help manufacturers manage inventory, reduce waste and improve supply chain management, all of which contribute to overall efficiency.
Dr Kanakana-Katumba emphasised the importance of such engagements and sighted technology as critical for SMME manufacturers.
“Technology can improve efficiency, increase productivity, enhance collaboration, improve the customer experience and provide a competitive advantage,” she said.
She added that SMMEs that embrace technology and use it effectively will be better positioned to succeed in today's business landscape. Whether it is investing in new software, upgrading hardware, or training employees. “SMMEs should prioritise technology as a strategic imperative to achieve their goals and grow their businesses,” Dr Kanakana-Katumba concluded.