Workshop Title: Cryptography and Cryptocurrencies

Prof. Manoj Maharaj has a PhD in Applied Mathematics and is employed at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he teaches information systems, specializing in information systems strategy and information security. He has consulted widely and presented many successful workshops on topics ranging from IT Auditing, IT strategy, Information Security, Risk Management and others. He currently serves on the Board of the Moses Kotane Institute where he chairs the Audit and Risk Committee and on the Board of NEMISA (The National Electronic Media Association of South Africa). He has served the University at various Management and Executive levels. Prof. Maharaj’s previous research was in General Relativity, specializing in Numerical Relativity in which he still retains an active interest. His current research interests include ICT4D, information security, strategic information management, health information systems, amongst others.
6th August 2018

Workshop Title: Introduction to Machine Learning

Sameerchand Pudaruth is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of ICT in the Faculty of Information, Communication & Digital Technologies, at the University of Mauritius. He holds a First Class degree in Computer Science and Engineering and a Masters in Computer Science. In 2013, he graduated with an LLB from the University of London. His research expertise and interests are in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. He has presented many research papers in international conferences and published many papers in internationally recognised journals. He is a member of the internationally renowned ACM and IEEE societies. He is an executive member of the IEEE Subsection of Mauritius. He is an MQA (Mauritius Qualifications Authority) approved trainer and has successfully delivered many training courses (Web Technologies, Mobile Applications Development, etc) on a national basis. Sameerchand is also the author of a programming book in Python: Python in One Week.

Dr Upasana Singh is a lecturer in the Discipline of Information Systems and Technology at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) Westville Campus in Durban, South Africa. She lectures on a wide-range of IT-related subjects and she has a keen interest in Educational Technologies. Her PhD was on electronic assessment for which she developed and evaluated an online interactive tool to evaluate e-assessment systems, named e-SEAT. Using the e-SEAT framework academics can make a more informed decision on implementing the best-fit e-assessment system to satisfy their individual requirements. In 2014 and 2015, she received 3 research awards, one from the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) and the other from UKZN, College of Law and Management Studies (CLMS) Teaching and Learning Unit and the third from the UKZN Teaching and Learning Office (UTLO) for advancing her research and for her contributions to Teaching and Learning. She serves annually as panel reviewer for the NRFs Joint Collaboration applications since 2015. Joint academic collaboration is one of her fortes having secured 3 MoUs with international universities since 2016. This has provided her with the platform to share her knowledge as invited guest speaker to local and international conferences in South Africa, India and Mauritius since 2015.
7th August 2018