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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


Dr Tapiwa Chiwewe is a research manager at IBM Research in South Africa. He leads the data driven healthcare and advanced & applied artificial intelligence groups that innovate to beneficially transform industries and the way people live, work and relate to each other in Africa and beyond. He has led teams in developing solutions for managing air quality, designing solar systems, analysing cancer pathology reports, and excising interference from extra-terrestrial radio signals among others. He is a recipient of IBM's outstanding technical achievement award, a Senior Member of the IEEE, an adjunct associate professor at the University of the Western Cape, and a sought after keynote and guest speaker internationally. Tapiwa holds B.Eng. (cum laude), M.Eng. (cum laude) and Ph.D. degrees all in Computer Engineering from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. 


Prior to joining IBM he worked as a senior engineer at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa's central and premier scientific research and development organisation in the mechatronics and micro manufacturing group. Tapiwa has also worked at Fifth Dimension Technologies (5DT) specializing in the development of virtual reality training simulators for the construction, mining and military industries that were shipped all over the world. Before that he was a software developer at a start-up called LUUK ICT developing fleet management, voice over IP and geographic information system products. He has served as a university lecturer, reviewed articles for journals and conferences, organised workshops and conferences, and chaired and served on technical program committees.


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 technophile, 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).