From 17th to 20th May, 2015, I was in Windhoek, Namibia, where I was attending the International Conference on Emerging Trends in Network and Computer Communication (ETNCC 2015). This conference was organised by the School of Computing and Informatics, Polytechnic of Namibia in association with the 150th anniversary of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Computer Engineering Division; the Institution of Engineers (India), Special Interest Group Wireless Networks (SIG-WNs); and DivIV Computer Society of India.

The venue was Windhoek Country Club. The IEEE Africon 2007 conference, which took me to Namibia for first time in 2007, also took place at the same place. My research team had two papers at ETNCC 2015. These papers came from the work that I was doing with my undergraduate students, Linda Shitumbapo and Frans Shafuda. The papers are as follows:

  1. L.N. Shitumbapo and C.N. Nyirenda, “Simulation of a Smart Water Metering Network in Tsumeb East, Namibia”, International Conference on Emerging Trends in Network and Computer Communication (ETNCC 2015), Windhoek, Namibia, May 17-20, 2015.
  2. F.S. Shafuda and C.N. Nyirenda, “A Fuzzy Metric for Collection Tree Protocol in Wireless Sensor Networks”,
    International Conference on Emerging Trends in Network and Computer Communication (ETNCC 2015) Windhoek, Namibia, May 17-20, 2015.

The students could not attend the conference. So I had to present on their behalf. It was an exciting experience to present at a conference again after a long time. While at the conference, I had a chance to interact with other researchers and cultivate opportunities for collaboration. Some of the people that I interacted with are as follows:

  1. Prof. Thomas Olwal from Tshwane University of Technology, Namibia – He is my long time friend from our days as PhD students at Meraka Institute at the Council of Scientific Industrial Research (CSIR). This conference gave me a chance to learn more about the work that he is doing with his Masters students at TUT. We also had time to talk about our joint research work in Free Space Optical Communication in Namibia and South Africa.
  2. Dr Okuthe Paul Kogeda, also from Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa – I met him for the first time. But it was fun to interact with him. We share a common interest in the use of Computational Intelligence algorithms in Pattern recognition.
  3. Dr Guy-Allain Lusilao Zodi from the Polytechnic of Namibia – His presentation was titled On the Impact of Propagation Models on TV White Spaces Measurements in Africa. The study was done in Cape Town. It would be nice if this study can be replicated in Namibia.
  4. Prof. Jürgen Sieck from Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin, Germany – He was one of the keynote speakers. He spoke on the topic A client server application for the recognition of artefacts in a museum. This work has some element that involves image recognition, which captured my interest. I had a chat with Prof. Sieck after his presentation. There is a potential for collaboration.
  5. Mr Jonanthan Fundisi – He is a lecturer at the International University of Management (IUM). On two occasions, he was kind enough to give me a lift to my hotel. And as we were chatting, he talked about his interest to do a PhD and I noticed that his interest area is similar to the one that is being worked on by one of our colleagues, whose PhD work I am co-supervising. Furthermore, the two of them are friends from their undergraduate days!
  6. Prof. Prof. Svitlana G. Antoshchuk from Odessa National Polytechnic University, Ukraine – She was one of the keynote speakers. She spoke on the topic Human Action Recognition Using a Semantic- Probabilistic Network. This talk captured also my interest simply because Computational Intelligence algorithms can also be applied in this work.
  7. Prof. Dharm Singh from the Polytechnic of Namibia – He was the chairman of ETCNN 2015. He has been working tirelessly in order to make this conference a reality. He has, however, been in Namibia for less than two years. This is what we call impact! Kudos to him and the whole group for bringing this exciting conference to Namibia.