Potential Supervisors in FID, IT

This is a web page listing all the potential supervisors currently available in FID, CPUT.

Students at all levels (BTech, MTech or DTech) should work through the list in an attempt to identify a potential supervisor who will be a good fit for his/her own research topic.

Students are advised to also read the list of previously completed research projects, to further ensure that a supervisor with the relevant background is approached.

Achieng, M, Me


Expectation of student: Work hard, be focused, acquire basic research skills and develop an understanding of research knowledge.

Research Engagement:

  • E-government
  • E-Health
  • E-Learning

Afolayan, A, Mr


Ayodeji Afolayan currently works at the Faculty of Informatics and Design , Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Ayodeji does research in Information Systems (Business Informatics) and Information Science. Their current project is ‘Doctoral Thesis.’

Research Engagement:

  • Adoption of New Technological Innovation by SMMEs in South Africa – Information Accessibility a key to Successful Technology Uptake.
  • Knowledge Flows within Multinational Corporations.
  • University-Industry Interface: Open and Dynamic Business Models to Reduce Spin-offs Risk of Failure.
  • Artificial intelligence and knowledge management: questioning the tacit dimension.

Barnes, J, Mr


Jay Barnes currently works at the Faculty of Informatics and Design , Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Jay does research in Computer and Society, Computer Security and Reliability and Computing in Mathematics, Natural Science, Engineering and Medicine. Their most recent publication is ‘The life and times of an online support group: A South African case study.’

Research Engagement:

  • An analysis of user engagement in an online mental health support group.
  • Communities of Support.
  • The Life and Times of an Online Support Group: a South African Case Study.
  • E-landfill Article for IST Africa Conference.
  • Information Needs in Home Based Healthcare in South Africa.

Cronje, JC, Prof


Johannes Cronjé is the Dean of Informatics and Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He obtained a Doctorate in Afrikaans Literature in 1990 and then a Masters Degree in Computer-Assisted Education from the University of Pretoria. From 1994 to 2007 he was a professor of computers in education with the University of Pretoria. He has also been visiting professor at Sudan University of Science and Technology, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; the University of Joensuu, Finland, and the University of Bergen, Norway, The Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven, Belgium, The University of Namibia and the University of the Free State, South Africa.

He has supervised or co-supervised 72 Masters and 55 Doctoral students and published more than 42 research papers.

For more information go to: https://sites.google.com/site/johannescronje/

Research Engagement: 

  • The design and formative evaluation of multiple-choice items to test writing skills in practical language courses.
  • Interactive Internet: Using the Internet to facilitate cooperative distance learning.
  • Electronic performance support systems: Appropriate technology for the development of middle management in developing countries.
  • Teaching ‘Teaching on the Internet’ on the Internet.
  • The use of computer-based drill and practice games in English second language teaching at Grade 4 level.
  • Interactive television revisited: a case study in home economics.
  • Using learners? response to evaluate an educational Mathematics web site.
  • Toepassingsmoontlikheid van rekenaargesteunde onderwys vir milieubenadeelde leerders in wiskunde in die senior primêre fase.
  • Metaphors and Models in Internet-Based Learning.
  • The Internet as information conduit for small business development in Botswana.

Daramola, J, Prof


Wande Daramola has research expertise in Applied Software Engineering. He is particularly interested in the application of artificial intelligence (AI) methods and techniques for the design and development of intelligent software systems. Many of his previous research efforts relate to real-world domains such as e-tourism, e-education, e-health, cloud computing, data mining, requirements engineering, and software engineering. He is also interested in Empirical Software Engineering (EMSE), which entails gathering evidence, through measurements and experiments that involve software systems and software processes through the application of quantitative and qualitative research methods.

More information on his ongoing research projects available at: https://sites.google.com/site/wandesnet/updates-1

Research Engagement: 

  • Managing Implicit Requirements Using Semantic Case-based Reasoning.
  • Semantic Association Rule Mining in Text using Domain Ontology.
  • Implementation of an Intelligent Course Advisory Expert System.
  • Tool-based Semantic Framework for Security Requirements Specification.
  • Using Ontologies and Machine Learning for Hazard Identification andSafety Analysis.
  • Ontology-based Framework for Tourism Recommendation Services.
  • A Fuzzy Expert System (FES) Tool for Online Personnel Recruitment.
  • Towards a Fuzzy- Oriented Framework for Service Selection in Cloud e-Marketplaces.
  • A Survey on Implicit Requirements Management Practices in Small.
  • Heuristic Evaluation of an Institutional E-learning System.

De la Harpe, A, Dr


Andre de la Harpe is an academic and researcher teaching Information Technology 4, Research methodology 4 and Project 4 in the IT department. As supervisor he specialises in multi domains. Areas of interest are EA, BPM, Security, eCommerce, Emotional Intelligence and IT governance. He has successfully supervised more than 20 Masters students and 2 PhD’s. he has published more than 25 articles and conference papers.

Research Engagement: 

  • Information Technology in a complex economy; The African oil industry.
  • Real-time decision support systems in a selected big data environment.
  • An integrated approach for information security compliance in a financial services organization.
  • Factors affecting BPM in a selected FET college in the Western Cape.
  • Rationalization of business processes to create a unified information systems portfolio in a merger: A case study of a financial institution.
  • The use of human resource information system (HRIS) in two retail organisations in the Western Cape, South Africa.
  • Managing infrastructure risks in information communication technology outsourced projects: A case study at Transnet, South Africa.
  • Communication methods and internal systems for the transfer of knowledge in a financial service provider in the Western Cape, South Africa.
  • The re-engineering of communication processes to manage post-merger integration challenges at a selected financial institution in the Western Cape, South Africa.

De la Harpe, R, Prof


Retha de la Harpe is an associate professor and research coordinator of the Faculty Informatics & Design at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She obtained her doctorate in informatics with the topic social implications of data quality. She supervises post graduate students in information technology and design with a focus on the transformation of communities through design facilitated by technology.  People, regardless of their current situation and context, are resilient and have the capabilities to actively participate in the design of their own solutions. Her research and development interest is therefore in human and community development with a focus on individual and community health and wellbeing services. More specifically she considers the interaction moments between humans and relevant data facilitated by technology to make sense of their work practices from a human perspective.

Research Engagement: 

  • Project coordinator of Socio-Tech project funded by SAFIPA (South Africa Finland Partnership-funding R1,8 million) with participating universities CPUT, NMMU and UP to facilitate community empowerment.
  • Project leader of community-based action research in Theewaterskloof Municipality, Grabouw.
  • Project leader of several mobile solutions addressing the needs of community members in healthcare.
  • Project leader of health innovations using technology that addresses the needs of resource-restricted communities.
  • Evaluator of mLearning module on basic child health for caregivers.

Iyamu, I, Prof


Kabaso, B, Dr


Khan, G, Ms


Academic in IT at Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Research Engagement:

  • Combining activity thinking with service thinking to study information systems implementation: A position paper.
  • Investigating the need for costing and estimating in information technology academic programs at technikons.

Lakay, D, Ms


Denise Lakay currently works at the Faculty of Informatics and Design , Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Denise does research in Information Science. Their most recent publication is ‘Day jobs/nightwork: Academic staff studying towards higher degrees.’

Makhurane, T, Mr


Makola, D, Mr


David Makola currently works at the Department of Information Technology, Cape Peninsula University of Technology. David does research in Information Systems (Business Informatics). Their current project is ‘An integration of community informatics and enterprise architecture in ICT projects for rural communities using design science research approach: A case in Grabouw, Western Cape, South Africa.’

Research Engagement:

  • A Service-Oriented Architecture for a Collaborative Orthopaedic Research Environment.
  • A Service-Oriented Architecture for a Collaborative Orthopaedic Research Environment.

McLean, N, Dr



Nyx McLean is an academic and researcher specialising in digital counter/publics, online communities, gender identities, sexuality, marginalised identities, and social movements. Their work is situated primarily in digital studies, media studies, and cultural studies and employs intersectional and queer theory.

Nyx has conducted research nationally and internationally on the significance of the internet and digital environments for social change through the formation of counter publics. Their research focus is currently on digital and technological solutions for addressing social problems and bringing about social change. Nyx was recognised in 2014 as a Mail and Guardian Young South African for their work on media for social change.

Research Engagement: 

  • Disrupting Joburg Pride: Exploring the depoliticisation of Africa’s first Pride march.
  • The digital age: A feminist future for the queer African woman.
  • Considering the Internet as enabling queer publics/counter-publics.
  • Digital as an enabler: A case study of Joburg Pride 2012 clash.
  • Cyberqueer SA: Reflections on Internet usage by some transgender and lesbian South Africans.
  • The internet and sexual identities: Exploring transgender and lesbian use of the internet in South Africa.

Mukherjee, A, Mr


Ogundaini, O, Mr


Mr Oluwamayowa Ogundaini is a PhD (Informatics) student and a BTech part-time lecturer (Communication Networks) at the department of Information Technology of the Faculty of Informatics and Design at CPUT, cape Town Campus. He completed his Masters on a study of “Adoption and use of electronic healthcare information systems to support clinical care in public hospitals of the Western Cape.” He supervise BTech students and currently co-supervise one Masters student. His research interests are mostly using an interpretivist approach to investigate e-Health and mHealth  information systems.

Currently, he is in his second year of doctoral studies investigating “Integration of mHealth within socio-technical relationship networks to facilitate service interaction moments at public hospitals.” using service design as a strategy.

Research Engagement: 

  • PhD student, e-Health and mHealth.
  • Stakeholder engagement on community based action research in Theewaterskloof Municipality, Grabouw.
  • Research assistant on Participatory development with the youth – youth/community-based engagement project (Stakeholder mapping theory).
  • Adoption and use of electronic healthcare information systems to support clinical care in public hospitals of the Western Cape.
  • Integration of mHealth within socio-technical relationship networks to facilitate service interaction moments at public hospitals.
  • BTech project 4 supervision.

Rothman, W, Mr


Wilhelm Rothman is currently a lecturer and domain leader in Information Technology at the Faculty of Informatics & Design at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He is passionate about e-learning and conducts research on abstraction integrating practice and research through Moodle and programming with focus on networking, Servers, databases, programming, web development, storyboarding and teaching and learning.

Research Engagement: 

  • Currently doing research on programming languages and computational thinking for high school education.

Ruhode, E, Prof



Ephias Ruhode is an information technology and qualified business model innovation and research professional with a total of 22 years of work experience in managing Information Systems, lecturing software engineering, strategic information systems, knowledge management and conducting research. He has done design thinking course and participated in design thinking programmes as a coach.

Ephias has travelled extensively on study, workshop, conference and exchange programmes. He has interacted with Information Technology professionals, researchers and executives in various countries as Japan, Switzerland, the USA, Kenya, Finland, India, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Indonesia, China, etc.

Uys, C, Dr


Cornelia Susanna Uys (previously Strümpfer) joined higher education in 1992 as a lecturer in Statistics and Computer Programming at the then Cape Technikon.  She completed an M.Sc in Statistics at UNISA in 2002 and A DTech Informatics in 2015.  The thesis title was: Framework for Evaluating Information Technology Benefits in Local Communities.

Dr Uys is a statistician with 20 years of experience in applied Statistics Consultation with various entities and postgraduate research.  Currently she provides research mentorship to postgraduate students and staff involved in research in quantitative (and qualitative- to a lesser degree) paradigms.

Her research focuses on 1) Research support/consultation including statistical support: to all CPUT staff and students involved in research projects and post-graduate studies in all Faculties, since 2007 and 2) evaluating ICT4D projects deployed in communities.

Her research interests include ICT4D, Community Informatics and Research Methodology and Statistics.

Research Engagement:

  • Government Public Access Centres (PACs): a beacon of hope for marginalised communities.  
  • The impact of an academic reading programme in the Bachelor of Education (intermediate and senior phase) degree.
  • Mega-sporting event legacies with reference to accommodation requirements of participants in the Two Oceans Marathon, Cape Town. 
  • The Importance of a University Identity for Students and Alumni: The Case of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa.
  • Parliament’s Information Systems (IS) User Satisfaction Factors to Enhance its Democratic Functions.
  • A Strategy for Evaluating Socio-Economic Outcomes of an ICT4D Programme.
  • Scale reduction techniques for e-mail and web-based surveys.
  • Developing a Framework for Evaluating Benefits of Information Technology Projects in Local Communities.
  • An exploratory overview of the political views of the destitute and unemployed in South Africa.
  • Environmental knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of port of Cape Town users as it pertains to waste and pollution management.

Van Zyl, I, Prof


Izak has an MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) and a PhD in Communication Science from the Università della Svizzera italiana (Switzerland). He is currently an Associate Professor of Transdisciplinary Studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in South Africa. He has a strong publication record in the communication sciences, having produced more than 40 journal articles, conference proceedings and book chapters. Izak’s other research interests include digital anthropology and media, the philosophy of Information Systems, and design anthropology. Methodologically, he is interested in digital ethnographic, participatory and meta-analytic approaches.

Research Engagement: 

  • Design Disruptions in Contested, Contingent and Contradictory Future-making – Interaction Design and Architectures Journal.
  • Disciplinary Kingdoms: Navigating the Politics of Research Philosophy in the Information Systems – Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries.
  • Symbolic narratives and the role of meaning: Encountering technology in South African primary education – African Journal of Information and Communication.
  • Teacher perceptions on the use of digital gamified learning in tourism education: The case of South African secondary schools – Computers & Education.

Weideman, M, Prof


Prof Weideman is the founder and leader of WARC – the Website Attributes Research Centre at CPUT (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) in Cape Town.

WARC is a multidisciplinary Research Centre in the IT Department of the FID (Faculty of Informatics and Design), focussing on website visibility and usability, search engine query generation, search engine optimisation and information retrieval.

See: www.web-visibility.co.za  and http://www.cput.ac.za/academic/faculties/informaticsdesign/research/warc

Research Engagement: 

  • Parallel search engine optimisation and pay-per-click campaigns: A comparison of cost per acquisition.
  • Website Visibility: The Theory and Practice of Improving Rankings.
  • Fusing website usability variables and on-page search engine optimisation elements.
  • Digital Marketing – Marrying Visibility and Usability in African websites.
  • ETD Visibility: A study on the exposure of Indian ETDs to the Google Scholar crawler.
  • Googling South African academic publications – search query generation methods.
  • SEO vs PPC: A model to determine the most effective digital marketing budget division.
  • Usability measurement of web-based hotel reservation systems.
  • Google’s Animal Farm: Implications for your library homepage?
  • Keyword stuffing and the big three search engines.