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Research Manager
IBM Research - Africa


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Professional Associations:  Engineering Council of South Africa  |  IEEE   |  IEEE Communications Society  |  IEEE Industrial Electronics Society


Tapiwa M. Chiwewe is a manager at IBM Research – Africa where he leads the advanced and applied artificial intelligence (AAAI) group. Tapiwa has a PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Pretoria and began his career in academia, serving as a junior lecturer and conducting scientific research at the University of Pretoria. At the same time, he was a software developer at LUUK ICT developing fleet management, voice over IP (VoIP) and geographic information system (GIS) products. He later worked as a computer engineer at Fifth Dimension Technologies (5DT) specializing in the development of virtual reality training simulators for the construction, mining and military industries. He worked on many products that were shipped all over the world during his time there.

Afterwards he moved on to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa as a senior engineer in the mechatronics and micro manufacturing group. He worked on several projects drawing on his experience as a full stack software developer and researcher. Some of the projects include: country wide near real time water quality monitoring, an automated lensless blood diagnostics system, automated detection of road surface distresses, 3d sonar imaging for harbour surveillance and an underground mining safety robot.

After several years at the CSIR he joined IBM Research in 2015 as a research scientist. During his time at IBM he has worked on several projects that include air quality management, solar system design and asset maintenance optimization. Tapiwa has a wealth of experience from academia, industry and research. He has worked on many commercial products and research projects and has several research publications. A technology lover, some of his areas of specialty include wireless sensor networks, cognitive radio networks, software engineering, virtual reality, mechatronics, computer vision and machine learning.

He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES), and the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).