Day 1

Monday, 22 February


09:00 – 11:00

Session 1

Hey Google, leave those kids alone: Against hypernudging children in the age of Big Data, James Smith

Carebots and the Virtue of Care, Nezerith Cengiz

Deep Learning Land Classifiers for Paleontological Fieldwork, Gavin Dollman

An Ontology on the landscape of Artificial Intelligence Research in South Africa, Richard De Kock

Microarray analysis with Bayesian networks, Claudio Jardim

Artificial Intelligence vs. Machine Learning, Emile Engelbrecht

Building a WhatsApp text classifier, Abraham Wannenburg

Estimation of copulas between solar wind parameters and a geomagnetic index during intense geomagnetic storms, Colette le Roux

A marketing mix optimisation workflow using Bayesian networks, Armand Graaff

Pairwise networks for feature ranking of synthetic data sets, Jacques Beukes

Robust Diarisation Telephone Conversations  Using Target Speaker Verification, Lucas Van Wyk

Break: 11:00 – 12:00

Session 2

12:00 – 14:00

Break-out Sessions

Break: 14:00 – 14:30

Session 3

14:30 – 16:30

Panel Sessions: Young academics in AI and Doing Research in AI

Day 2

Tuesday, 23 February


09:00 – 09:15

The Ethics of AI
 Prof Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem, Professor and Head Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, University of Pretoria

09:30 – 10:30

Disruptive AI
Prof Aurona Gerber
Associate Professor, Department of Informatics,
University of Pretoria

11:00 – 12:30

Bayesian networks in R:
An Introduction and some Examples

Dr Alta de Waal, Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Department of Statistics, University of Pretoria


13:30 – 15:00

Fuzzy & Annotated Semantic Web Languages Umberto Straccia, Director of Research, at the Istituto di Scienza e di Tecnologie dell’Informazione (ISTI) of the Italian National Council of Research (CNR)

15:30 – 17:00

Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing
Jan Buys, Lecturer Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town

Day 3

Wednesday, 24 February


08:30 – 09:15


09:15 – 09:45


Prof. Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem, Chairperson SACAIR2020 & Prof. Aurona Gerber, SACAIR2020 Technical Chair 

09:45 – 10:45

Artificial Intelligence and Ethical Disruption

Prof. Peter-Paul Verbeek
Professor of Philosophy of Technology, University of Twente, (the Netherlands)

10:45 – 13:00

AI for Ethics and Society

Human-Robot Moral Relations: Human Interactants as Moral Patients of their Own Agential Moral Actions Towards Robots
Cindy Friedman

Nature, Culture, AI and the Common Good – Considering AI’s Place in Bruno Latour’s Politics of Nature
Jaco Kruger

The Quest for Actionable AI Ethics
Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem

The Implications of Personalization Algorithms on Individual Autonomy
Heather Rufus

A Framework for Undergraduate Data Collection Strategies for Student Support Recommendation Systems in Higher Education
Herkulaas Combrink, Vukosi Marivate and Benjamin Rosman

Embedding Ethics into 4 IR Information Systems Teaching and Learning
Johan Breytenbach and Carolien van den Berg

Lunch: 13:00 – 14:00

14:00 – 14:40

AI in Information Systems, AI for Development and Social Good

Dataset Selection for Transfer Learning in Information Retrieval
Yastil Rughbeer, Anban Pillay and Edgar Jembere

Artificial Intelligence Uses, Benefits and Challenges: A Study in the Western Cape of South Africa Financial Services Industry
Hakunavanhu Ndoro, Kevin Johnston and Lisa Seymour

14:40 – 15:40

Applications of AI

Analysing Coronavirus Trends in South Africa and Countries with a Similar Coronavirus Profile
Asad Jeewa, Edgar Jembere, Nirvana Pillay, Yuvika Singh, Serestina Viriri and Anban Pillay

An Evaluation Framework for Wildlife Security Games
Lisa-Ann Kirkland, Alta de Waal and Pieter de Villiers

Evaluation of Heuristic Guided Character Level World Models for Morphological Segmentation of isiXhosa
Lulamile Mzamo, Albert Helberg and Sonja Bosch

Break: 15:40 – 16:00

Applications of AI

16:00 – 17:00

StarGAN-ZSVC: Towards zero-shot voice conversion in low-resource contexts
Matthew Baas and Herman Kamper

Text-to-speech duration models for resource-scarce languages in neural architectures
Johannes Louw

Word Embeddings for Recognised Multilingual Speech
Austine Heyns and Etienne Barnard

Classifying Recognised Speech with Deep Neural Networks
Rhyno Strydom and Etienne Barnard

17:00 – 19:00


Day 4

Thursday, 25 February


08:30 – 09:00


09:00 – 10:00

Machine Learning Theory

Tracking Translation Invariance in CNNs
Johannes Christiaan Myburg, Coenraad Mouton and Marelie Davel

Stride and Translation Invariance in CNNs
Coenraad Mouton, Johannes Christiaan Myburg and Marelie Davel

Pre-interpolation Loss Behaviour in Neural Networks
Arthur Venter, Marthinus Theunissen and Marelie Davel

Automated Music Recommendations Using Similarity Learning
Jamie Burns and Terence van Zyl

Break: 10:00 – 10:20

10:20 – 11:40

Machine Learning Theory

Exploring Neural Networks Training Dynamics through Binary Node Activations
Daniël Gerbrand Haasbroek and Marelie Davel

Using a Meta-model to Compensate for Training-evaluation Mistakes
Dylan Lamprecht and Etienne Barnard

Link Prediction in Knowledge Graphs using Latent Feature Modelling and Neural Tensor Factorisation
Luyolo Manangane and Willie Brink

11:40 – 12:40

Implicit coordination in MultiAgentPathfindin

Prof. Bernhard Nebel
Professor at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Germany) and head of the research group on Foundations of Artificial Intelligence

Lunch: 12:40 – 13:40

13:40 – 15:00

Knowledge Representation and Reasoning

Cognitive Reasoning: The Extent to which Forms of Defeasible Reasoning correspond with Human Reasoning
Clayton Baker, Claire Denny, Paul Freund and Thomas Meyer

A Boolean Extension of KLM-style Conditional Reasoning
Guy Paterson-James, Thomas Meyer and Giovanni Casini

Quo Vadis KLM-style Defeasible Reasoning?
Adam Kaliski and Thomas Meyer

An Exercise in a Non-classical Semantics for Reasoning with Incompleteness and Inconsistencies
Ivan Varzinczak

Break: 15:00 – 15:20

15:20 – 16:20

Knowledge Representation and Reasoning

A Formal Concept Analysis Driven Ontology for ICS Cyberthreats
Lethabo Maluleke, Luca Singels and Caryn Biebuyck

Exploiting a Multilingual Semantic Machine Translation Architecture for Knowledge Representation of Patient Information for COVID-19
Laurette Marais and Laurette Pretorius

A Taxonomy of Explainable Bayesian Networks
Iena Derks and Alta de Waal

16:20 – 19:00


Day 5

Friday, 26 February


08:30 – 09:00


09:00 – 10:00


Mr Lee Annamalai
CTO at Geo Intelligence Corp (GeoInt)

10:00 – 11:00

Applications of AI

Hybridized Deep Learning Architectures for Human Activity Recognition
Bradley Pillay, Anban Pillay and Edgar Jembere

Importance Sampling Forests for Location Invariant Propriocetive Terrain Classification
Ditebogo Masha and Michael Burke

DRICORN-K: A Dynamic CORrelation-driven Nonparamteric Algorithm for Online Portfolio Selection
Shivaar Sooklal, Terrence van Zyl and Andrew Paskaramoorthy

Break: 11:00 – 11:20

11:20 – 12:20

Applications of AI

An Analysis of Deep Neural Networks for predicting Trends in Time Series Data
Kouame Kouassi and Deshendran Moodley

Learning to Generalise in Sparse Reward Navigation Environments
Asad Jeewa, Anban Pillay and Edgar Jembere

Probabilistic Distributional Semantic Methods for Small Unlabelled Text
Jocelyn Mazarura, Alta de Waal and Tristan Harris

Lunch: 12:20 – 13:20

13:20 – 14:40

Applications of AI

Machine Learning for Improved Boiler Control in the Power Generation Industry
Tshidiso Mazibuko and Katherine Malan

Future Frame Prediction in Transformation Space using good STN
Nirvana Pillay and Edgar Jembere

On the Performance of Off-peak Workload Allocation Models in Cloud Computing
Olasupo Ajayi, Isaac Odun-Ayo and Louise Leenen

An Ontology for supporting Knowledge Discovery and Evolution
Tezira Wanyana, Deshendran Moodley and Thomas Meyer

14:40 – 15:00

Closing Remarks

Prof. Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem, Chairperson SACAIR2020
Prof. Tommie Meyer, UCT-CSIR Chair in Artificial Intelligence, Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of  Cape Town

15:00 – 16:00

Conference Meeting

Anban Pillay
University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science


CAIR Steering Committee Meeting