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Centre for Research in
Computational and Applied
The Centre for Research in Computational
and Applied Mechanics (CERECAM) provides
a coherent focus and point of interaction at
UCT for research in mechanics, by promoting
and suppor ting fundamental research, applied
research, and industrial interaction in computational
mechanics and its associated disciplines. The
centre’s activities are multi-disciplinary, and its
membership is drawn from three engineering
depar tments, applied mathematics, physics, and
cardiovascular surgery. The research interests of
the centre involve the broad field of non-linear
problems in solid, structural, and fluid mechanics,
with a par ticular emphasis on the application and
development of the finite element method. There
is a strong emphasis on postgraduate training,
at the master’s and doctoral levels. The DST/
NRF SARChI Chair in Computational Mechanics,
held by Professor Daya Reddy, is located within
Director: Professor B.D. Reddy
Scientific Computing
Research Unit
The Scientific Computing Research Unit (SCRU)
was established in 2009 and has as its core
mission the development and application of
computer code for scientific problems, specifically
in chemistry, biophysics, physics, and engineering.
The unit has made major technical advances
in biophysical computational modelling, with the
development of a generalised free energy code
called FEARCF. In 2009, the unit was awarded
a long-term development grant from the Nvidia
Corporation to advance the SCRU programme to
por t quantum code to graphical processing unit-
based computer clusters. The research group has
strong links with international groups, par ticularly
through its Scientific Computing International
Lecture Series programme.
Director: Professor K.J. Naidoo
Information and
Communications Technology
Centre for Development
The Information and Communications Technology
Centre for Development (ICT4D) was established
in 2008 to capitalise on UCT’s unique position in
the ICT domain, namely, producing world-class ICT
research, but being based in a developing economy.
Incorporating researchers from across the university,
the centre looks to create ICT solutions that can be
applied in a developing-world context. Being the only
such centre in a developing country, it has been able
to attract researchers and students from across the
globe. The Hasso Plattner Institute Research School
in ICT4D, which provides bursaries for African
students working in this field, was launched in 2009
and will be based within the wider structure of the
Director: Professor G. Marsden
Centre for Information
Technology and National
Development in Africa
The Centre for Information Technology and National
Development in Africa (CITANDA) is located
within the Department of Information Systems. It
brings together researchers, projects, funders, and
programmes focused on the use of information
and communication technology (ICT) in the service
of national development. CITANDA researchers
study, using a diversity of research approaches, the
management, development, adoption, and impact
of ICT in areas related to business, economic,
and social development in Africa. The centre
specifically explores and investigates information
systems (IS) phenomena that arise at the nexus
of interaction between information technology and
Africa’s business, cultural, social, and economic
context, in order to advance knowledge concerning
IS in organisations and society in Africa. Through
CITANDA, the Department of Information Systems
attracts a large cohort of PhD and master’s degree
students from across Africa and beyond.
Director: Professor I. Brown
Research groupings
associated with this theme