Andrew Oosthuizen received the best paper award at SATNAC 2021.


Jacques Beukes won the Vice Chancellor's award in 2021 for his Master's dissertation in Engineering.


Marelie Davel and fellow CAIR node coordinators celebrate the 10 years since the organisation's inception.


News and events

  • MUST part of local organising committee that will be bringing the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) to Cape Town in 2023. 
  • Machine and deep learning are a MUST at the North-West University, 2022 (Read more).
  • Marelie Davel participates in Women in Mathematical Sciences event at Stellenbosch University, 2022 (Read more)
  • Marelie Davel and Stefan Lotz co-PIs for new NITheCS research programme: “Machine Learning in support of Theoretical and Computational Sciences”.
  • Deep learning students shine at NWU graduation ceremony, 2021. (Read more)
  • Marelie Davel and Deshen Moodley from CAIR were the guest editors of the FAIR 2019 special issue of the South African Computer Journal, 2020.
  • MuST at AAAI 2020. (Read more)
  • Marelie Davel and Etienne Barnard were the editors of the 2019 Forum for Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) proceedings.
  • MuST hosted the annual CAIR FAIR on 7-9 November 2018 in Hermanus. (Read more)
  • MuST researcher gives an invited talk at Indiana University Bloomington. (Read more)
  • From speech technology to AI: MuST elaborates on its new research focus. (Read more)


  • Walter Heymans was the winner of the S2A3 Award 2022, for his Master's dissertation 'Automatic speech recognition on poor quality audio using generative adversarial networks' (Read more).
  • Jacques Beukes was the winner of the Vice-Chancellor Award 2021, for his Masters dissertation 'Interpretability of deep neural networks for SYM-H prediction' (Read more).
  • Andrew Oosthuizen and co-authors won the Best Paper Award at SATNAC 2021, for their paper 'Exploring CNN-Based Automatic Modulation Classification Using Small Modulation Sets'.
  • PhD student Tian Theunissen received an AAAI Student Scholarship to attend AAAI 2020, New York.


Etienne Barnard gave an invited talk at Indiana University Bloomington in Aug 2018 and met Prof Douglas Hoffstadter.

Marelie Davel delivered her inaugural address on 23 Aug 2019.

Five MUST students received sponsorships to attend the inaugural CAIR conference in Dec 2019, the precursor to SACAIR.



  • Ulrike Janke represented South Africa at a special Interspeech session entitled "Digital revolution for under-resourced languages" in Stockholm on 23 August 2017.
  • In June 2017, Marelie Davel gave an invited lecture at the Idiap research institute (Martigny, Switzerland), and acted as a PhD jury member at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Lausanne, Switzerland).
  • A web-based speech transcription platform developed by the MuST team has applications for government and the private sector. (Read more)
  • MuST formed part of the winning consortium of the BABEL project. (Read more)
  • MuST participated in the conferring of the 1000th IT doctoral degree at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. (Read more)
  • MuST research associate, Willem Basson, was the Vanderbijlpark Campus winner of the S2A3 bronze medal 2014, for his Masters dissertation 'Improving Grapheme-based speech recognition through P2G transliteration'.
  • PhD student Oluwapelumi Giwa received an ISCA Travel Grant to attend Interspeech 2014, Singapore.
  • Research professors Marelie Davel and Etienne Barnard received the NWU Top Technology Innovator Award 2013.
  • Prof Etienne Barnard received a Google Research Award in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013.
  • MuST hosted the Spoken Language Technology for Under-resourced Languages (SLTU) 2012 conference in Cape Town, May 2012.
  • MuST co-organised the MediaEval Spoken Web Search Task in Pisa, Italy, 2011 and 2012.  
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Dr Charl van Heerden was nominated as one of Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans in 2011.


Oluwapelumi Giwa, Marelie Davel and Charl van Heerden at Interspeech 2014.

Willem Basson is the VC campus winner of the S2A3 bronze medal, 2014.

Marelie Davel and Tian Theunissen visited Facebook AI, while attending AAAI in New York, in Feb 2020.