Postgraduate supervision

Prospective masters and doctoral students

I receive a large number of unsolicited requests for supervision. I am usually not able to respond to all requests, especially those that are poorly formed.

Tips for sending through a good request
Read my research interests
and current projects on my webpage and check that your interests are aligned with this. I rarely supervise students outside of these areas.

I generally only accept 
exceptional students with a strong background in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. All my students hold merit based scholarships from the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR).

A well formed request should include the following:

There are still a limited number of competitive scholarships available from the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR) .

Current PhD students

Primary supervisor

  1. Ms Sue Price, Agent based optimization and simulation in the sugar industry, from 2011
  2. Mr Willem Coetzer, An ontology driven approach for integrating and accessing biodiversity data: A case study  to manage South African bee specimen records, from 2012
  3. Mr Olukunle Ogundele, A knowledge based approach for predicting tubercolosis treatement adherence in sub-Saharan African countries, from 2012 (submitted in June 2016).
  4. Mr Jude Adeleke, An Ontology-Driven Architecture for complex event processing from real-time streaming data, from 2012
  5. Mr Anban Pillay, Knowledge based event understanding with applications to computer vision systems, from 2014


  1. Jules Raymond Kala, Plant classification from leaf images, since 2014, Supervisor: S Viriri

Current MSc students

Primary supervisor

  1. Andrew Clarke, Gesture recognition in 3D virtual worlds, since 2016
  2. Michael Waltham, Cognitive agent architectures for 3D virtual worlds, since 2016


  1. Sagree Singh, An enterprise architecture framework for developing national health information systems in developing countries, since July 2012 (submitted in early 2016)

Past students

PhD - Co-supervisor

  1. Kodylan Moodley, Tractable ontology repair for inexpressive description logics, Primary Supervisor: T. Meyer, co-supervisors: U Sattler, D Moodley, Dec. 2015
  2. Gavin Rens, From an Agent Logic to a Robot Programming Language, Supervisor: T. Meyer, co-supervisors: G Lakemeyer, D Moodley, 2014

MSc Primary supervisor

  1. Yerdashin Padayachi, Satellite Remote Sensing of Particulate Matter and Air Quality Assessment in the Western Cape, South Africa, 2016
  2. Mr Lizwe Mdakane, Settlement Type Classification Using Aerial Images (completed in December 2014)
  3. Mr Pascal Brandt, An Investigation Of Multi-label Classification Techniques For Predicting Hiv Drug Resistance In Resource-limited Settings (completed in February 2014) ( link to pdf)
  4. Mr Maldean Pillay, Gabor Filter Parameter Optimization for Multi-textured Images: A Case Study on Water Body Extraction from Satellite Imagery (completed in 2012)
  5. Ms Chetna Parbhoo (with distinction), MSc Computer Science, An ontology-driven Sensor Web application for detecting and classifying informal settlements, Supervisor: D Moodley (completed in 2009)
  6.  Mr Yashik Singh (with distinction), mini dissertation, MMedSci Medical Informatics,  Computer-based machine learning algorithms to assist with the analysis and interpretation of genetic sequence data in patients failing anti-retroviral therapy, Supervisor: D Moodley, co- superviser M Hajek (completed in 2008)

MSc Co-supervisor

  1. Ryan Crichton, MSc Computer Science, The Open Health Information Mediator: An architecture for enabling interoperability in low to middle income countries, Supervisor: A Pillay, co-supervisors: D Moodley, CJ Seebregts, 2014
  2. Hendrina Harmse (with distinction), Scenario Testing using OWL, Supervisor: K Britz, co-supervisors: A Gerber, D Moodley, 2014
  3. Kodylan Moodley (with distinction), Debugging and Repair of Description Logic Ontologies, Supervisor: T Meyer, co-supervisors: I Varsincak, D Moodley, 2011