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Prof Paula Kotze, Research Group Leader and Chief Researcher



 Please note: This page is always under construction.

How can you contact me?


By post:

CSIR Meraka Institute, P O Box 395, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa


By e-mail:

paula dot kotze at meraka dot org dot za


By phone:

+27 (0) 12 841 2268 (work)

+27 (0)12 841 4570 (fax international)

 086 666 8013 (fax South Africa)


My Office:

Building 43, CSIR Campus, Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria, Pretoria, South Africa


Who am I and what do I do?

I am a Chief Researcher at the Meraka Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), where I lead the Enterprise Knowledge Engineering and Management Group (MEKE).

I am also Adjunct Professor  in the School of ICT and the Institute for ICT Advancement at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth.

I am also an Extraordinary Professor at the School of Information Technology at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University.

Until December 2010 I was Professor Extraordinaire in the School of Computing at the University of South Africa, Pretoria. I was a full-time member of this School for 28 years before joining the CSIR Meraka Institute. I still supervise several PhD students in the School.

Specialties: Human factors, interaction design, socio-technical systems, healthcare socio-technical systems engineering, e-health, e-health standards, creativity and innovation, design thinking, design research, enterprise engineering, enterprise architecture, knowledge engineering, knowledge management, systems thinking, formal specification of interactive systems, databases.


What else do I do / have I done?


I was Vice President At Large of the ACM Specialist Interest Group on Human Computer Interaction (SIGCHI) from 2006 to 2012 (two terms).

I have served on the Council of the South African Institute for Computer Scientists and Information Technologists (SAICSIT) in various capacities. I was President of SAICSIT from 2001 to 2004 (two terms), vice-president from 2008 to 2012 and Council Member since 2012. 

Expert Member (elected March 2010) of IFIP Technical Commitee 13 on Human Computer Interaction.

Past Chairperson of the IFIP Working Group 13.1 on Human Computer Interaction Education and Curriculum.

Co-editor South African Computer Journal.

Elected Member of the European Academy of Science.



My Qualifications


BSc, 1977, North-West University, South Africa. Majors: Computer Science, Industrial and Personnel Psychology. Other Subjects: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics.

Higher Education Diploma (HED) (Postgraduate), 1978, North-West University, South Africa. Specialisation: Computer Science

BSc Honours, 1979, North-West University, South Africa. Major: Computer Science

Tertiary Teaching Diploma, 1979, North-West University, South Africa

MSc, 1982, North-West University, South Africa. Major: Computer Science. Dissertation: The Psychology of Computer Programming with Special Reference to Systems and Application Programmers. Part-time.

Postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (DTE), 1990. University of South Africa. Dissertation: An Infrastructure for Implementing Computer-Aided Instruction in Distance Education. Part-time.

PhD, 1997. University of York (UK). Major: Computer Science (Human-Computer interaction). Thesis: The Use of Formal Models in the Design of Interactive Authoring Support Environments.





For details on a selected number of my publications since 2001, please see my Publications Page.

If you wish to get access to my publications before 2001, please contact me directly.



Some Highlights of My Career

Highlight of 2009: Meeting John Zachman

Meeting John Zachman, the father of Enterprise Architecture, in person, on 25 March 2009 (pictured below with me and Alta van der Merwe) was probaly one of the high points in my entire life.  If you work in enterprise engineering, meeting John Zachman is without doubt one of the most important things that could happen in your life. What impressed me most about him, was his humbleness and his willingness to share and engage with all around him. Truely an inspiration for all who ever has the honour to meet him.  Also read what Roderick Lim Banda had to say after meeting him the very next day.

 Photo John Zachman

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