Mr.Kaloso Tlotleng is currently pursuing his Master of Engineering in Mechatronics and Industrial Instrumentation under the Department of Mechanical, Industrial, and Energy Engineering, in BIUST. The fervent engineer explains that his research entails using Machine learning applied to addiction studies as a diagnostic tool and has successfully defended his Research Proposal titled ‘Correlating Clinical Assessments of Addiction against Human Experiments using Brain-Computer Interface’. “Besides my research, I work as a Research Assistant in the BIUST-BDF Drones Project”, said Mr.Tlotleng.
According to the zealous academician, his desire to learn and grow as a science and engineering specialist led him to be part of the Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA). It is within this engaging and practical program that his passion and zeal were spotted. He further elucidates that the main mandate of the DARA program is to equip people with the necessary knowledge related to Radio Astronomy as preparation for the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) project. “This opportunity was presented to improve our skills in Astronomy and Astrophysics, as the plan is to build very large radio telescopes across several African countries known as the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network (AVN), said Mr.Tlotleng.
Expressing his profound gratitude, Mr. Tlotleng said that he is very proud to be part of the DARA community, more so that it has always been his passion to study Astrophysics. “I have been exposed to the basics of Radio Astronomy and as such, upon commencement of the project we will be able to apply the practical knowledge and skills gained during the course of the program as well as the engineering experience acquired during my undergraduate degree”, said the indebted engineer.
He further states that the two weeks training in Ghana includes a unit 2 and 3 in Ghana Radio Astronomy Observatory (GRAO). This unit covers aspects of technical and observational training for Radio Telescopes, as well as an introductory computing course with Linux as it is the most used language in astronomy.
“He concludes by emphasizing that the overall program also included two (2) intense weeks of Unit 1 which was focusing solely on the basics of Astrophysics and Radio Astronomy theory.“This was followed by another two (2) weeks of Unit 4 aimed at equipping us with Radio Astronomy data reduction and analysis using real-time data”, said Mr.Tlotleng.