Deshen Moodley

Department of Computer Science
UCT/CSIR Meraka Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research
University of Cape Town 

Room 306.1 Computer Science Building
18 University Avenue
University of Cape Town
Cape Town
South Africa


Research interests & current projects

Research interests

My broad research area can be categorised as Adaptive and Cognitive Systems

I am specifically interested in investigating different ways of combining the following AI approaches to design generic (reusable) architectures for complex intelligent systems
  • logic based ontologies
  • belief networks
  • statistical machine learning techniques
  • self learning mechanisms
  • software agents 
I also have worked on several projects in Health Informatics in sub-Saharan Africa, and am still very interested in how AI can play a role in improving health outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa

Current research projects:
These project are carried out within the Adaptive and Cognitive Systems Group in the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR)

About me - a short biography

Deshen Moodley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town. After completing a Masters degree in Computer Science he did a stint in industry (1996 to 2000). His first job was in a software development company in Durban, Computer Management (now 2Cana). He then relocated to the UK (London) for 2.5 years, where he worked in various contract positions, mostly in investment banks, as a system administrator. He returned to South Africa and joined an Internet software/start up company, Systems Fusion, in Johannesburg as a C++ software developer. This company subsequently relocated to the US (Denver) where he spent six months managing one of the software teams. He returned  to South Africa in 2001 and started a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Natal in Durban, and took up a permanent Lecturer position in 2003. Besides teaching and research, he also served a term as  Head of (the School of) Computer Science (2008-2011) and served as Senior Lecturer until June 2016.  He has also spent some time at a number of other institutions as a visiting researcher. These include: the Clinical Decision Making Group, CSAIL, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (2004/2005), the Machine Vision Unit, University of Edinburgh, UK (2011) and Insitute for Geoinformatics, University of Muenster (2011), Germany.  His research is currently carried out within the Adaptive Systems Group at the UKZN/CSIR Meraka Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR). More details about all of this can be found in his CV.