Africa, You’ve Been Phished

Whilst “Zoom” might be the new buzzword during lockdown, so too is “zoombombing”. Cybersecurity, scams and disinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic was the topic of the latest data@breakfast online webinar, co-presented by UKZN senior lecturer in computer science Dr Brett van Niekerk* and KnowBe4 Managing Director Ms Anna Collard.** Although South Africa is one of

Health Experts Panel Supports Ban on Cigarette Sales

Click here for isiZulu version The ban on cigarettes sales has slowed the spread of COVID-19 and will ease pressure on the health system, a panel of experts led by UKZN’s Professor Mosa Moshabela has found. The panel was at UKZN’s Data@breakfast, a webinar hosted by Moshabela – an expert on public health – where

Clinician Recommends Tailored Response to SA’s Unique COVID-19 Circumstances

We have to understand “our epidemic” as a unique thing and build our own tailored response, says clinician and UKZN COVID-19 war room Epidemiologist Dr Richard Lessells. Speaking at the latest data@breakfast Friday morning webinar, Lessells provided a general update on how the epidemic was unfolding in South Africa and challenges that could be expected

Dramatic Rise in COVID-19 Infections Expected in SA Later this Year – Top Scientist

It is improbable South Africa will be able to prevent the exponential spread of COVID-19 with the full impact of the disease likely to hit the country only later this year, says renowned UKZN Epidemiologist, Professor Salim Abdool Karim. Speaking during a data@breakfast Zoom presentation, Abdool Karim – also Director of CAPRISA and Chair of

Open Data Analysis in Epidemiology Helps Control Outbreaks

Pro Vice-Chancellor of Big Data and Informatics and South African Research Chair in Quantum Information Processing and Communication at UKZN, Professor Francesco Petruccione recently hosted a breakfast seminar titled COVID-19 Genomics and Epidemiology. The seminar was presented by renowned UKZN bioinformatician, epidemiologist and Director of KRISP, Professor Tulio de Oliveira. The presentation highlighted the importance

Data@breakfast Goes Online to Share Information on COVID-19

It was a logical step for UKZN Pro Vice-Chancellor for Big Data and Informatics, Professor Francesco Petruccione, to turn to the online world so as to continue with his monthly data@breakfast seminar series in a time of national COVID-19 lockdown. With the use of the online “zoom” webinar tool, some 130 participants – each sitting

Data@breakfast Zooms in on Machine Learning

The aroma of filter coffee welcomed delegates to April’s “data@breakfast” seminar at the Senate Chamber, Westville campus. Speaker, Dr Maria Schuld introduced her diverse audience to the behind-the-scenes world of machine learning. Schuld, who holds Master’s degrees in Political Science (Free University, Berlin) and Physics (Technical University of Berlin), as well as a PhD from

Data@breakfast Discusses Computing Solutions for the Future

A delicious breakfast and quantum computing are perhaps at the opposite ends of the scale but they combined exceptionally well at the first “data@breakfast” initiative held on the Westville campus. Brainchild of UKZN Pro Vice-Chancellor for Big Data and Informatics Professor Francesco Petruccione, the event was the first of a monthly series envisaged by Petruccione