South African Young Academy of Science

Dustin van der Haar

Dustin van der Haar

Dustin van der Haar is an Associate Professor in the Academy of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Johannesburg. He is also a member of the British Computer Society and the South African Institute for Computer Scientists and Information Technologists (SAICSIT). He obtained his PhD degree in 2014 on using physiological signals such as ECG and EEG for authentication, before which he completed his masters on face recognition-based monitoring in video conferencing. His teaching and research interests include biometrics, computer vision and machine learning, and he has collaborated with colleagues at multiple universities. So far, Dustin has published 28 journal articles and 18 peer-reviewed conference proceedings both nationally and internationally in applied artificial intelligence within the cybersecurity, digital forensics, sports, medicine and lifestyle domains. He has managed to secure three scholarships from Telkom, two NRF grants (Thuthuka and KIC) and has received best paper awards at five international conferences. The vision of his research intends on empowering users by bridging the gap of interaction between people and technology in their daily lifestyle using pattern recognition. Current key projects include creating methods for face anti-spoofing in face recognition systems, director success prediction, automated erythrocyte counts in fish blood smears, sports player pose analysis (such as ballet and cricket) in video footage, deriving food nutrition from photos and threat and violence detection in video surveillance.

You can find out more at http://dustin.vanderhaar.co.za