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ACM SIGGRAPH-Eurographics visit to Southern Africa
19 March-4 April 2001
Part 4 - Details of the Meetings in the Durban Area

 


4.14 University of Swaziland ( http://www.swazi.com/government/)



Unfortunately it was not feasible to the delegation to visit Swaziland, but Dr. Petros Mashwama, currently Head of the Department of Computer Science, flew to Johannesburg, met up with the delegation and flew with them to Durban. Dr. Mashwama was given the presentation in a pub at the airport while awaiting the flight to Durban. The Computer Science Department is small (currently 5 final year students), but they are very keen to grow. Agriculture is very strong in the country and this is reflected with a large Department of Agriculture at the University. As well as growing his department, and increasing the amount of computer graphics and visualisation taught, Dr. Mashwama is also keen to develop multidisciplinary links. 

Interests:

  • education of and with computer graphics 
  • multidisciplinary links particularly with the strong agricultural sector

Outcomes: 

  • Educators grant applications 
  • possible final year Computer Science projects together with the Agricultural department, examples include, provision of web-based agricultural information 
  • possible tie up with the CSIR-SAC and their work on environmental modelling

4.15 University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg (UNP) (http://www.nu.ac.za/)


 


The final ``stop'' on the delegation's visit to Southern Africa was at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg. Here the presentation was given to staff and students and informal discussions held with the Head of the Department of Computer Science, Professor Peter Warren and some of his colleagues. Professor Warren currently teaches computer graphics at UNP and gives a similar course by video-conferencing to the University of Port Elizabeth. 

Interests:

  • teaching computer graphics 
  • long distance learning of computer graphics 
  • visual communication 
  • ACM DL consortia

Outcomes: 

  • Educators grant applications 
  • possible membership of proposed ACM DL consortia

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ACM SIGGRAPH
Nan Schaller, ACM/SIGGRAPH Project Grants Chair
schaller@siggraph.org

Last updated: March 15, 2002