Smart Wireless Networks Project


2013 CSIR R&D and Universities Collaboration Workshop on

Smart Radio Technologies (SRT) for Opportunistic Wireless Broadband  Connectivity & Innovation in Service Creation

Date: Wednesday 17th April, 2013

Venue: Knowledge Commons, Ulwazi Auditorium, CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa

(Updated: 14/04/2013)

Morning session:      08:00 – 12:30


Registration / Tea & Coffee   


Welcome and Opening

  • Prof. F. Mekuria (SRT Project Leader)
  • Dr. Pumza Zweni (CSIR Group Executive)
  • Mr. Laurens Cloete (CSIR Meraka Insitute Executive Director)


Keynote 1: Prof. Y. Han, KAIST, Korea

“Self Organizing Networks & Opportunistic Radio Resource Utilization”


Keynote 2: Prof. J. Zander, KTH, Sweden

“Spectrum Options for Future Wireless Systems”


Break / Tea & Coffee / Poster Session


Keynote 3: Councillor William Stucke, ICASA

“Dynamic Spectrum Regulation in South Africa”


Keynote 4: Prof. W. Dargie, Technical Dresden University, Germany

“Green Networks & Smart Wireless Sensors.”


Panel Session 1

Chair: Prof B. Twala (UJ)

Theme: Future Internet, Spectrum & Broadband Technologies: Strategies for Broadband innovation & Socio-economic development in South Africa

  • Universities, ICASA, DST, NRF, DoC, SITA
  •  Industrial Stakeholders: SENTECH, Google, Ericsson, Microsoft, ZTE, NSN, Telkom, Neotel, Cell-C, Huawei, Vodacom, MTN, Redline Communications

Lunch: 12:30 – 13:30

Afternoon session:   13:30 – 16:35

13:30 - 14:00

Keynote 5:  Mr. Kea'Betswe Modimoeng, Samsung

"Samsung Wireless Broadband Technologies: Vision 2020"

14:00 -15:00

Plenary Session:

  • SRT Project Report (Prof. F. Mekuria)
  • TVWS Spectrum Database Demo (L. Mfupe, L. Montsi)
  • 3 postgraduate project presentations (12 mins each)

15:00 -15:30

Tea & Coffee / Poster Session


Panel Session 2

Chairs: Dr. T. Olwal (CSIR), M. Masonta (CSIR/TUT)

Theme: Accelerating R&D and HCD in Future Wireless Broadband Networks


Closing Address: Dr. N. Ntlatlapa (Competency Area Manager, CSIR Meraka Institute)




Workshop Steering Group:

Chair: Prof. Fisseha Mekuria, CSIR, Meraka ICT Institute
Co-Chair: Prof. Bheki Twala, University of Johannesburg
Co-Chair: Prof. Mjumo Mzyece, Tshwane University of Technology
Co-Chair: Prof. Elizabeth Belding, University of California, Santa Barbara
ORGANISATION: Dr. Thomas Olwal, Mr. Moshe Masonta, Mr. Luzango Mfupe, CSIR, Meraka ICT Institute
REGISTRATION: Ms. Afrika Mbeki, CSIR, Meraka ICT Institute,