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EAI International Conference for Research, Innovation and Development for Africa

June 20–21, 2017 | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Gertjan van Stam

Gertjan van Stam is research fellow, affiliated with the Zimbabwean government’s Science and Industrial Technology Development Centre (SIRDC). He has been involved with strategic developments in ICT in Africa since 1987 and holds an Mtech (cum laude) from NMMU (RSA). Gertjan’s goal is to engender recognition of indigenous, African progress in communities. His academic quest is for a contextual framework of understanding the context and dynamics of African engineering. He engages in continuous transdisciplinary action research and disseminates his deductions in person and writings within local, national and international settings. His community deposits are available at



Dr. Daniel Foty



Developing Data-Centric, Next-Generation Communications Networks That Actually Work – and Work Well
Daniel Foty, Ph.D.
Gilgamesh Associates, LLC
Fletcher, Vermont
The United States of America


In recent years, most of the focus in data communications has shifted to various aspects of wireless communications – and in particular to the development of end-user applications and “social media.”  However, at the same time, the unsung-but-necessary infrastructure behind the end-user has been neglected.  This neglect is becoming problematic – as more and more data are being generated, stored, and (of course) transmitted.  Further, problems associated with power consumption (and battery limitations) in portable end-user devices have also been neglected.

This presentation will examine the technologies needed for next-generation communications networks – networks where the emphasis will be increasingly data-centric.  In particular, the need for new wireless technologies will be detailed – where critical problems with power-efficient bandwidth remain largely unaddressed.  The nature of mixed network infrastructure – using both fiber-optic and wireless communications will be examined, with extensive focus on the nature of wireless technology for both backhaul/bulkhaul and localized distribution at the user-end of the network.  Opportunities for new wireless technologies based upon millimeter-wave radio frequencies will receive special attention.  Finally, applications based on the availability of ubiquitous, low-power data networks (such as distance learning and insta-commerce) will be considered – particularly as they apply to the developing world.


Daniel Foty has more than two decades of engineering and management experience in the mainstream of the technology industry – specifically in integrated circuits and wireless communications.  After seven years at the microelectronics unit of a large technology company, he founded his own consulting firm, Gilgamesh Associates, LLC, which works in very demanding areas of design and development – such as signal processing, wired/wireless communications, ultra-low-power design, and intellectual property.  A serial entrepreneur, he is currently beginning to organize a new start-up company for the development of new technologies for ubiquitous ultra-high-speed, low-power, low-cost wireless interconnectivity.

Dr. Foty is also an Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”), and is an advisor to the Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), the University of Pretoria (South Africa), and the Tshwane University of Technology (South Africa).  He is the author of the best-selling book, MOSFET Modeling with SPICE: Principles and Practice, which was published in 1997 by Prentice-Hall and is now in its third printing (a Vietnamese language edition was published in early 2006), and of the forthcoming Moore’s Law:  The Untold Story.  In addition, he has authored or co-authored some 100 journal articles and conference presentations, and is a frequent plenary (keynote) speaker at major international conferences throughout the world.  He is also a licensed pilot, holding both an instrument rating and a seaplane rating.

Dr. Foty holds the B.S. degrees in Physics and Chemistry from Bates College, the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and the Ph.D. degree in Materials Science from the University of Vermont.



Professor Peter A. Crossley


Joined the University of Manchester as Professor of Power Systems in 2006, and became Director of the Joule Centre for Energy Research in 2008,. The Centre aims to stimulate interdisciplinary research and development in the energy sector and to increase regional R&D capacity in the disciplines and skills required for a sustainable energy future. He was previously Professor of Electrical Engineering at Queen’s University, Belfast. Professor Crossley’s industrial and academic career relates to the control of electrical power systems, the impact of distributed/intermitted generators on electrical networks and the design and use of renewable energy systems and smart grids. Professor Crossley is the author of two books, 75 Journal papers and 150 International Conference papers. In addition he is a visiting Professor at Shandong University, Convenor of CIGRE Working Group on Management of Relay Settings, a Member of the Greater Manchester Energy Advisory Group and an advisor to Electricity North West on Smart Grids. In the recent past, Professor Crossley was Chair of the IET Developments in Power System Protection Conference, Vice-Chair & Chair of IEEE Power Engineering UK, Technical Chairman of NPTC Power System Protection Conference and keynote speaker at numerous conferences and symposiums. Professor Crossley holds a PhD degree in power system protection from Cambridge University and began his career as Project Engineer and Research Manager for GEC Alstom.


Prof. Francisco Gonzalez-Longatt


Prof. Longatt is an internationalised expert in Engineering Education, Power and Energy. He is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, Senior Member of the IEEE, Founder and Vice President of the Venezuelan Wind Energy Association. He is also a member of CIGRE, Council on Large Electric Systems. His expertise in the modelling of complex power systems, especially those with large penetrations of renewable energy is recognised world-wide through invitations to deliver course modules in Europe, the Americas and Asia (including IIT, India). He is Author / Editor of the widely acclaimed book “PowerFactory Applications for Power Systems Analysis”. As Senior Member of the IEEE, he belongs to several of its societies, including, Industry Application, Power Electronics. From October 2009 to December 2011, Dr González-Longatt was part of the project “Real-time Frequency-based Corrective Control of Future Networks - FreCon”, (EPRSC Project EP/G055211/1).Its aim is to create a wide-area intelligent system, that empowers the future power grids by providing critical and extensive synchronised information in real-time, assessing system vulnerability quickly, and performing timely corrective control actions based on system-wide considerations.


Guest Speaker

Prof. Christopher J Chetsanga 


Prof. Chetsanga is an internationally recognized Scientist who has been honoured for his immense contribution to Molecular Biology including the Molecular Biology of DNA damage and repair; gene cloning and developing transgenic organisms. He is a graduate of the Universities of California and University of Toronto. His post-doctoral studies were with the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Harvard. He is a former Full Professor of the University of Michigan. He is also a former Professor and Chairman of Biochemistry, Dean of Science, Pro Vice Chancellor, Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe and inaugural Director-General of the Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre (SIRDC. He has received many honours, to name a few: President (2004-2010) and Fellow (2004 to present) of Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences (ZAS), Fellow of African Academy of Sciences (AAS) (1992 to present) and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) (1988-present); Fellow of African Scientific Institute (ASI - US organisation) (2012), President and Member of UNESCO Executive Board, Paris (1996-1999), the Alumni Medal of Honor for Outstanding Professional and Personal Achievements by Pepperdine University (1987), Recipient of the Presidential Award for Distinguished Cancer Research in Zimbabwe (1990), UNESCO Gold Medal Award (1999). Prof Chetsanga is cited in the 2011 Edition of Great Minds of the 21st Century by the American Biographical Institute. He has published over 100 scientific papers, a first English Vernacular Science and Technology Dictionary and has contributed to several books. He is still a very active Scientist and Educator, and holds the post of Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Zimbabwe.