Andries Engelbrecht

Voigt Chair in Data Science

Department of Industrial Engineering, Stellenbosch University, South Africa


Computer Science Division, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Research Fellow

Gulf University for Science and Technology, The Center for Applied Mathematics and Bioinformatics, Kuwait



I received the Masters and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 1994 and 1999 respectively. I am currently appointed as the Voigt Chair in Data Science in the Department of Industrial Engineering, with a joint appointment as Professor in the Computer Science Division, Stellenbosch University. Prior to my appointment at Stellenbosch University, I have been at the University of Pretoria, Department of Computer Science (1998-2018), where I was appointed as South Africa Research Chair in Artifical Intelligence (2007-2018), the head of the Department of Computer Science (2008-2017), and Director of the Institute for Big Data and Data Science (2017-2018).

In addition to a number of research articles, I have written two books, Computational Intelligence: An Introduction and Fundamentals of Computational Swarm Intelligence.


I have completed all of my degrees at Stellenbosch University:

  • BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics (1990)
  • BScHons in Computer Science (1992)
  • MSc in Computer Science (1994)
    • with a focus on telecommunications
    • thesis title Modelling Algorithms for the South African Telephone Network
  • PhD in Computer Science (1999)

Professional Services

Outside of my academic duties, I also serve as:

Contact Information

Department of Industrial Engineering and Computer Science Division

University of Stellenbosch
Private Bag X1, Matieland 7602, South Africa
B2023, Industrial Engineering Building
University of Stellenbosch
c.o. Banghoek Road and Joubert Street
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Tel: +27 21 808 9259