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Adaptive and Cognitive Systems Lab

The Adaptive and Cognitive Systems Lab investigates architectures and frameworks for self-learning cognitive systems that are able to adapt to an evolving environment. The lab's research revolves around integrating logic based models (ontologies), probabilistic models (Bayesian networks), and system models (multi-agent systems) for simulation; semantic event analysis, situation detection and situation prediction; representation and reasoning of spatial-temporal event patterns and cognitive vision systems. The lab has a strong applied research focus and is currently engineering systems that support data fusion, data analysis and sense making in diverse application domains, currently in health, biodiversity and earth observation.

Applied Data Science

Knowledge Acquisition

Knowledge Acquisition entails a range of techniques used to obtain domain knowledge. The CAIR node at Stellenbosch University conducts research in Knowledge Acquisition as it relates to Artificial Intelligence. Our focus is therefore on the study and use of AI techniques in Knowledge Acquisition, both within the host Department of Information Science and across departments and faculties at the University. At present, CAIR­-SU conducts research in the the following fields:

­- Algorithmics — the study and invention of accurate, efficient and correct algorithms;

Knowledge Representation and Reasoning

KRR is a research group within the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research focusing on modelling and reasoning with formal ontologies based on description logics. We also conduct research on the following related aspects of knowledge representation and reasoning:

  • belief revision;
  • cognitive robotics;
  • constraint solving;
  • information integration;
  • nonmonotonic and non-classical reasoning;
  • ontology construction;
  • reasoning about actions.

Multilingual Speech Technologies

MuST is a research group focused on the creation and use of speech technologies in the lesser resourced languages of the world. It consists of North-West University researchers and students actively involved in multilingual speech technology research and collaborates with students and co-researchers spread across South Africa and abroad. While our application area is primarily speech technology, our research approach requires working at very different levels:
• Basic research: statistical pattern recognition, machine learning, speech and language processing.


Members of the Philosophy node of CAIR at UP (PHIL@CAIR-UP) conduct research in the broad context of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning in the fields of:

  • Philosophy of AI
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Formal Logic
  • Philosophy of Mind

The Health Architecture Laboratory

The Health Architecture Laboratory (HeAL) aims to apply and advance the state of the art in Computer Science to transform health care in Africa. The lab’s research is influencing the architecture of countrywide computer systems in a number of developing countries, including South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Rwanda.