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Hussein Suleman
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Hussein Suleman is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Cape Town. His research is situated within the Centre for ICT for Development (ICT4D) and the Digital Libraries Laboratory. Hussein's main research interests are in digital libraries, ICT4D, information retrieval, cultural heritage preservation, Internet technology, high performance computing and computer science education. He has in the past worked extensively on architecture and interoperability issues related to digital library systems, with a growing emphasis on the relationship between low resource conditions and such architectures. This has evolved into a focus on ICT for development (ICT4D); this is a new research area in computer science that looks into the application of ICT to solve key developmental problems, as defined locally or by multinational agencies like the United Nations.

He completed his undergraduate degrees and MSc at the then University of Durban-Westville (now University of Kwazulu-Natal) and finished a PhD at Virginia Tech in 2002, in the area of component-based digital libraries. He actively advocates for Open Access in South Africa, and works closely with the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), which promotes/supports the adoption of electronic theses and dissertations and generally digital libraries worldwide.

He currently manages the South African ETD portal as well as the international ETD Union Archive. He collaborates with the Centre for Curating the Archive at UCT, developing software tools for preservation, dissemination and discovery for the Bleek and Lloyd and related collections. He is a member, representing South Africa, in the international Multilingual and Multi-faceted Information Access EU collaboration project and the Citizen Cyberscience Centre, which focuses on volunteer computing for development.

Research Project / Interests: 
  • Digital Libraries
  • Information Retrieval
  • ICT for Development
  • Educational Technology
  • Internet Technology
  • High Performance Computing
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Telecommunications for Development
isiXhosa Information Retrieval
Digital Libraries