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Focus Areas

The CoE-MaSS was formed via a NRF competitive Open Call as a two-round application process in 2013 whereby “Research Themes” in areas of existing strength within South Africa were proposed by the Founding Nodes to form the core research areas of the Centre going forward. In 2017, these Research Themes were reengineered in line with active researchers interests and national priorities, and were subsequently renamed “Focus Areas”.

The Centre’s Focus Areas are given below, along with the names and contact details of:

  1. the lead Focus Area Coordinator (FAC) in charge of facilitating the high level strategic oversight of all activities that take place within the theme, and
  2. the Junior Focus Area Coordinator (JFAC) who assists the FAC with the Focus Area. The important of each Focus Area having an additional JFAC is to develop such skills in the emerging research acaedmics cohort around the country in all MaSS areas with a focus to build up a sustainable skillset in research project planning and implementation, and to create succession plans within each Focus Area.
Focus Area
Focus Area Coordinator (FAC)
FAC Email
Junior Focus Area Coordinator (JFAC)
JFAC Email
Mathematics in Industry
David Mason (Wits)
Ashleigh Hutchinson (Wits)
Algebra and Topology
Bernardo Rodrigues (UKZN)
Sivuyile Mgobozi (UKZN)
Statistical Theory and Applied Statistics
Andriette Bekker (UP)
Jaco Visagie (UP)
Operator Algebras and Functional Analysis
Louis Labuschagne (NWU)
Gerrit Goosen (NWU)
Number Theory
Florian Luca (Wits)
Dimbinaina Ralaivaosaona (SU)
Modelling and Analysis in Life Sciences
Michael Chapwanya (UP)
Salisu Garba (UP)
Mathematical Physics
Kevin Goldstein (Wits)
Amare Abebe (NWU)
Mathematics Education Research
Delia North (UKZN)
Farai Chirove (UKZN)
Machine Intelligence and Learning from Experience (MILE)
Turgay Celik (Wits)
Richard Klein (Wits)
10 Symmetries, mechanics and applications
Sunil Maharaj (UKZN)
Rivendra Narain (UKZN)
Numerical and Applied Mathematics
Andre Weideman (SU)
Nick Hale (SU)

* JFACs are Emerging Researchers – usually either under 40 years of age OR within 5 years of PhD.

The Coordinators are responsible for liaising with all researchers within their Focus Area from all of the CoE-MaSS Nodes to solicit their ideas for the strategic research trajectory for the Focus Area, compile the Focus Area Business Plan proposal and annual budget for the approval of the CoE-MaSS Steer/Co, compile the annual Focus Area report, and facilitate the progressive research goals of their multi-institutional Focus Area within the Nodes.