Researcher Professor Qing-Guo Wang from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has been awarded an A-rating by the SA National Research Foundation (NRF) for his research in Control and Automation for Engineering and Financial applications.
Prof Wang joined the Institute of Intelligent Systems (IIS) within the UJ Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FEBE) in 2016, working alongside IIS director Prof Bheki Twala.
UJ’s Prof Tshilidzi Marwala comments: “Prof Wang’s research is on modelling, optimisation and control. As we move into the fourth industrial revolution where much of the work that is done by people will be done by machines, Prof Wang’s work becomes even more important. His research to date touches many sectors such as manufacturing, finance and construction.”
Prof Wang’s NRF-funded industrial projects in the next few years may include building automation, chemical and electrical systems, new batteries/super capacitors, medical engineering and flying drones mimicking the flying action of birds.
Prof Wang co-holds five patents in US and Singapore, two of which have been licensed to the US.
In the last five years, Prof Wang’s research has included projects at UC Berkeley, Cambridge, and a MINDEF joint programme between the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Ministry of Defence. The projects addressed applications in building sustainability and energy efficiency; integrated chemical and electrical system operations; rechargeable high-power fuel cells and neuroengineering.