In July, 2015, my Free Space Optical Communication research group visited Tshwane University of Technology in South Africa as part of joint research activities funded by Namibia’s National Commission on Research, Science, and Technology (NCRST) and South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF).

Last week, it was the turn of Prof Olwal and his MSc student, Mr Julius Mohale, to visit us at the University of Namibia’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology in Ongwediva. During their visit, we took some time to discuss the progress that is being made by our groups. We also discussed future directions of the work.

Prof Olwal, Julius, Lambert, and myself

Prof Olwal, Julius, Lambert, and myself

At the end of their visit, we had a symposium, which was attended by close to 30 participants, mainly students and staff from the Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering at the University of Namibia (UNAM). It was exciting to see the interest in Free Space Optical Communication among first year students.

As the host co-principal investigator, I was the master of ceremony. The program was as follows. The head of the department of Electronics and Computer Engineering at UNAM gave some opening remarks. After him, Prof Olwal gave the background of the project just to make sure that all participants were on the same page.

After the preliminary talks, we had three presentations. I made the first presentation on behalf of Michelle Handura, who was part of my team and graduated early this year. The title of the presentation was FSOC Feasibility in Namibia.

Some of the participants of the workshop. The Head of the Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering, Dr Temaneh, is on the extreme right.

Some of the participants of the workshop. The Head of the Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering, Dr Temaneh, is on the extreme right.

The South African MSc student, Julius Mohale, followed with a presentation on FSOC Feasibility in South Africa and FSOC reliability. The Namibian student, Walfried Lambert, presented on FSOC Particle Swarm Optimization of FSOC in Windhoek and Ondangwa.

Prof Olwal gave the future perspective of the project. After him,  an interactive session on Questions, Answers, and Discussions. Some refreshments were served at the end of the function.

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