Vukosi Marivate, PhD

South AfricaFulbright S&T awardee 2009 | Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey | Computer Science


Dr. Vukosi Marivate is currently Data Scientist and Senior Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Rutgers University, where he was Fulbright Science and Technology Award Fellow. During Vukosi’s time at Rutgers, he was also a Pre-Doctoral Leadership Development Institute Fellow. The fellowship focused on leadership in Higher Education and navigating challenges facing HigherEd institutions and their administration.

Vukosi leads the Information Security Data Mining team at the CSIR. The focus of the team is on supervised and unsupervised Machine Learning and using unstructured text to extract insights from data. The team develops social media analytics, mapping and geo-location analysis on public safety and crime incident data to build models for better resource allocation and situational awareness. Vukosi has a keen interest in the use of data and Machine Learning algorithms to solve societal/public challenges. He is passionate about developing young people, supervises Masters students, has interns and interacts with a lot of aspiring researchers.

Vukosi leads the CSIR’s Data Science Human Capacity Building program, Data Science for Impact and Decision Enablement (DSIDE). DSIDE takes in 3rd and 4th year students from a different disciplines, to train and take on different data related challenges from CSIR, Government and Industry. Vukosi has participated in the Open Government Partnership (OGPSA), working to encourage South African government departments to open up their data to the public, spurring on innovation and transparency.


Current Affiliation

Senior Researcher
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa



PhD (2015, Computer Science) Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA
MS (2009, Electrical Engineering) University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
BS (2007, Electrical Engineering) University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa