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Research Scientist
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 Research Scientist at the IBM Research – South Africa lab where he is leading the programme on Digital Urban Ecosystems. Tapiwa studied Computer Engineering 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 a startup company called LUUK ICT being involved in the development of fleet management, VoIP and GIS products. He later on worked as a computer engineer at a company called Fifth Dimension Technologies (5DT) that specializes in virtual reality training simulators for the construction, mining and military industries. He was involved in the development of many products that were shipped all over the world during his 3 years there.

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

After spending 4 years at the CSIR he joined IBM Research in 2015 as a research scientist. He has been working on Air Quality Management and spearheading the Digital Urban Ecosystems programme. Tapiwa has a wealth of experience from academia, industry and research. He has worked on many commercial products and research projects and has a number of research publications. A technology lover, some of his areas of speciality include Wireless Sensor Networks, Cognitive Radio Networks, Full Stack Software Development, Virtual Reality, Mechatronics, Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition.

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).