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Volunteers develop first machine translation benchmarks for 30 African languages

By Carla Nel | 30th Apr 2021

[Article by Wiida Fourie-Basson] From Khoekhoegowab to Igbo and Sepedi – these are only three of the low-resource languages in Africa that a group of over 400 volunteers from more than 20 African countries are targeting to address the lack of diversity in the field of natural language processing. Natural language processing (NLP) is a…

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SU Faculty of Engineering pays tribute to Prof. Von Backström (14/2/1945 – 21/4/2021)

By Carla Nel | 23rd Apr 2021

[Article by Nane Zietsman] The Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University mourns the passing of Senior Researcher and Emeritus Professor, Prof Theo von Backström on Wednesday, 21 April 2021. Prof. Von Backström was a celebrated academic and prolific researcher in the fields of Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Turbomachinery and Renewable Energy. He graduated from the…

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Imperial and SU collaborate to address climate change, healthcare and social impact

By Carla Nel | 16th Apr 2021

Stellenbosch University (SU) has entered a high-profile collaboration with Imperial, one of the top logistics service providers in Africa. “The initiative creates wonderful opportunities for staff and student research to have large-scale and real-world impact,” says Prof. Sara Grobbelaar, an associate professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering. Imperial has committed to a significant investment…

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Accurate quantification of cell dynamics possible with new software tool

By Carla Nel | 13th Apr 2021

[Article by Wiida Fourie-Basson] Engineers and scientists from Stellenbosch University have developed a visualisation tool that can automatically localise and quantify specific cellular processes such as mitochondrial fission and fusion – and that in three-dimensional space and time. Mitochondria are organelles that generate most of the chemical energy needed to power the cell’s biochemical reactions.…

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SU’s Department of Civil Engineering wins big at the 2020 Greenovate Awards competition

By Carla Nel | 31st Mar 2021

[Article by Chris Jurgens] Due to the pandemic, the 2020 Greenovate Awards competition had to be postponed to the start of this year and, for the first time, the competition was also presented in an online/virtual format. This presented several challenges to ensure smooth student-mentor communication and judging processes, but in the end, the competition…

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SU Faculty of Engineering Welcomes First Student from the ESD Program

By Carla Nel | 30th Mar 2021

[Article by Nane Zietsman] Throughout the years, Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Engineering has committed to align with the overarching strategic institutional objectives of the University, specifically the diversification of their student body. Currently, the Faculty is doing well in terms of the recruitment of so-called Coloured, Black African, Indian and Asian (CBIA) students. The Department…

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Meet the 2021 Teaching Fellow: Prof Debby Blaine

By Carla Nel | 25th Mar 2021

Author: Corporate Communication and Marketing/Korporatiewe Kommunikasie en Bemarking [Rozanne Engel] After being awarded the Stellenbosch University (SU) Teaching Fellowship for the period 2021 to 2023, Prof Debby Blaine says that she hopes her research project will create a space for young people to speak, so that their voices are heard and something better is created for…

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Wheat straw, mango peels could be used for renewable food packaging

By Carla Nel | 17th Mar 2021

[Article by Dr Alec Basson: Corporate Communication & Marketing] Wheat straw and mango peels that are normally disposed of in landfills or used as manure and animal feed could potentially be used in the development of renewable, biodegradable and non-toxic active (the ability to respond to temperature and time changes in food storage) food packaging…

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Stellenbosch Faculty of Engineering gains top matriculant as student

By Carla Nel | 16th Mar 2021

(Article by Nane Zietsman) Being in the prime of your life amidst a pandemic is far from the fantasy versions of the matric experience one has dreaming of for more than a decade. Faced with a hard lockdown, the closing of schools and adjusting to online learning, the class of 2020 wrote their final exams…

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Offshore wind energy could help solve SA’s energy woes

By Carla Nel | 11th Mar 2021

(Article written by Dr Alec Basson) We still rely heavily on coal to generate electricity, but with an ageing fleet of coal-fired power plants we should perhaps start to tap into our abundant offshore wind energy resources to help address future electricity shortages. “If we were to install wind turbines at different depths off the…

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