Research Areas

The research problems that we work on sit in the field of computer science but in addition to this, we are interested in applications of our solutions in addressing problems of education, accessible healthcare, agriculture, and others that emerge in rural and poor areas of developing world countries. These problems typically require unconventional or radically different ways of thinking from the computational perspective. We are excited by work that involves testing our models, frameworks, and/or algorithms in the social or community settings concerned; working collaboratively with communities to design relevant, practical, useful, and sustainable solutions.


The work that we do here is mainly centred on facilitating secure and reliable access to patient data both from the healthcare provider’s perspective and the patient’s. We’ve worked on, and continue to, problems of enabling secure mobile storage of health care data, imagery for communicating with low literacy users, and social trust frameworks for the inclusion of trusted third-party users wanting to aid patients with problems accessing healthcare solutions.


Under this umbrella, we consider problems of education in Africa where specialised expertise is often lacking and aim to come up with solutions to facilitate access to external pools of expertise. Our research results in this area span mobile solutions for aiding learning, tele-education, and social networking platforms.

Crime Mitigation

In this case we are especially interested in the problem of crime report anonymization to protect the identities of users in order to encourage users to communicate incidents to law enforcement authorities, and also to facilitate sharing the data between different law enforcement authorities.

The Supervisors 

Anne Kayem (Information Security)
Bryan DeRenzi (Human Computer Interaction, E-Health)
David Johnson (Networks)
Hussein Suleman (Information Retrieval, E-Learning, E-Health)
James Gain (Computer Graphics)
Maria Keet (Logic-based Knowledge Representation and Ontology Development)
Melissa Densmore (Human Computer Interaction, Mobile Computing, Networks)
Sonia Berman (Databases)
Ulrike Rivett (E-Health)