A recipient of more than 35 awards, including the Order of Mapungubwe from President Thabo Mbeki, Tshilidzi Marwala is currently the Carl and Emily Fuchs professor of systems and control engineering and head of the control and systems group in Wits University's school of electrical and information engineering. He sits on various boards, including City Power Johannesburg and the South African Council of Natural Scientific Professions. He is also a Fellow of the CSIR. An accomplished and prolific academic, Marwala has made contributions to more than 100 journals, proceedings and books. Before taking up his post at Wits, he was an executive assistant to the technical director at South African Breweries. Born in Venda in 1971, Marwala matriculated from Mbilwi Secondary School in Sibasa. He has a bachelor of mechanical engineering (magna cum laude) degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in the US, a master's in engineering from the University of Pretoria and a PhD in computational intelligence from Cambridge University. Marwala's areas of expertise are the theory and application of artificial intelligence to engineering, computer science, finance, social science and medicine. He supports Moroka Swallows, loves Indian food and plays golf.

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