UCT Open Lecture Announced Featuring UJ's Professor Tshilidzi Marwala

The 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Open Lecture will be given by Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to present his powerful lecture, titled “The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Society”.

Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, UCT Vice-Chancellor said in her open invitation: “Professor Marwala will present applications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to engineering, social sciences and medical problems. The implications of these on society as well as the underlying costs will be explored.”

 Professor Tshilidzi Marwala

Professor Tshilidzi Marwala

Professor Marwala, who obtained his PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Cambridge in 2000, is considered to be Africa’s leading academic in the field. After completing his Cambridge studies, he became a postdoctoral research associate at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine from 2000 to 2001 where he worked on intelligence software. Before this, he obtained his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pretoria in 1997. In 1995, he graduated magna cum laude from the Case Western Reserve University in the United States where he had been awarded a scholarship by the Educational Opportunities Council to study Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Professor Marwala will present applications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to engineering, social sciences and medical problems. The implications of these on society as well as the underlying costs will be explored.

Prior to his appointment as UJ Vice-Chancellor, Professor Marwala served as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Internationalisation (from 2013 to 2017), and the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (2009 to 2013) at the same university.

Professor Marwala has received more than 45 honours and awards, including the Order of Mapungubwe (Bronze), and was the first African engineer to be awarded the National Research Foundation’s President’s Award. He has published 11 books, with over 280 papers in journals and book chapters. Between 2003 and 2008, he was – among others – the Carl and Emily Fuchs Chair of Systems and Control Engineering and the SARChI Chair of Systems Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand.

“ I believe it is essential to attend this lecture.” says Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, “in order to hear from one of the finest minds on the subject of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

  • When: Tuesday, 9 October 2018

  • Where: New Lecture Theatre, University Avenue South, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town

  • Time: 17:00 (Doors open at 16:00, guests to be seated by 16:45)

  • RSVP: Please confirm your attendance online by Friday, 5 October 2018

  • For further information, please email cmdevents@uct.ac.za or phone 021 650 4870/4847.

  • Please note: Due to limited space, seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.