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Dr Simon Winberg

My area of expertise and interest is in computer engineering, with a direction towards high performance embedded computing. I have taught courses in computer architecture, digital systems, software engineering and programming in various languages. My current research areas focuses on FPGA-based reconfigurable computing, embedded systems, high performance computing (HPC) and high performance embedded computing (HPEC), and using these platforms for applications related to image processing, software defined radio, radio astronomy and radar system digital backed processing.

Research Interests

  • Embedded Systems
  • High performance Computing
  • FPGA Systems
  • Smart Sensor Systems
  • Software  Defined Radio




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Postgraduate Supervision


  • Ike Mafa, VHF satellite RFI analysis and prediction for HERA
  • Keegan Crankshaw, Media Clock Recovery for IEEE1722 on a Cyclone 5 FPGA
  • Gareth Callanan, MeerKAT GPU X-Engine
  • Tyrone Jade Van Balla, Design of a Cognitive Computing Framework for Debugging Complex System Failure
  • Shaylin Chetty, A Heterogenous system architecture based image framework
  • Tauriq Latief, Two Element Interferometer Design (co-supervisor: Amit Mishra)
  • Ndumiso Khumalo, Distributed Ultrasonic Transceivers with Object Recognition Machine Learning Framework (co-supervisor: Yunus Gaffar)
  • Chris Hill, Distributed Radar/Stereopsis Sensor Fusion System
  • Noah Katsiru, Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing Modelling
  • Luckmore Magwa, Designing a Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Algorithm Between DCS and LTE in the 1800 MHz Band: a case study of a mobile telecommunication operator in Zimbabwe
  • Roy Makumborenga, Enhancement of the Fynbos Leaf Optical Recognition Application (FLORA)
  • John Odetokun, Noise Cancellation in Audio Signal Processing:  an embedded systems framework
  • Josiah Shumba, A study & Analysis of cognitive radio spectrum sensing techniques over a Rayleigh fading channel using GSM900 signals
  • Isaac Dunmoye, Mobile Crop Quality ground-based Sentinel” (MCQS) system (co-supervised with K Awodele)
  • Sophia Jima, Passive Radar Detection of Aerial Targets beyond 1000m using Wi-Fi Based Signals of Opportunity
  • Mandizvidza, Evidence, Blockchain-Based Software-Defined Radio Package Tracking System
  • Kgatle Mahlalantabene: GameMS: Game Micro-payment Subscription service 
  • Bradley Kahn, FPGA Core Stat Python Interface
  • Luke Cox, Design & Construction of the CELLbot Modular Robot
  • Yemeli Tasse, Disyware - a gateware operating system and application deployment method.


  • Mogamat Yaaseen, Development of an Accelerated Ray-tracing Radar Simulator for Space Debris Monitoring to Aid Space Situational Awareness
  • Lekhobola Tsoeunyane, SdrLift: a domain-specific intermediate hardware synthesis framework for prototyping software-defined radios
  • John-Philip Taylor, ALCHA - FPGA Project Abstraction Through Scripting
  • Danish Arif, Person Of Interest Recognition and Optical-based Tracking Intelligence Assistance System

Current Undergraduate Teaching 

  • Software Defined Radio: EEE5140Z
  • High Performance Embedded Systems: EEE4120F
  • Embedded Systems: EEE3096S [EEE3095S]