Department of Civil and Chemical Engineering

Prof F Ilunga

College of Science, Engineering and Technology
School of Engineering
Department: Civil and Chemical Engineering
Associate Professor
Tel: 011 471 2791
E-mail: ilungm@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • PhD (Civil Engineering)

Fields of academic interests

Research Interests

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Entropy
  • Statistical techniques and modelling in Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Integrated water resource management and
  • Climate change

Field of Specialisation

  • Hydrology and Water resources engineering

Books

Selected Publications

Ilunga, M and Stephenson, D (2005) Infilling streamflow data using feedforward  backpropagation (BP) artificial neural networks: Application of the standard BP and pseudo Mac Laurin power series BP techniques, Water SA Journal, Vol 31, no 2, pp 171-176

Ilunga, M 2010 Infilling Annual Rainfall Data Using Feedforward Backpropagation Artificial Neural Networks (ANN): Application of the Standard and Generalized Backpropagation Techniques Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering, 52(1), 2-10 

M Ilunga and EK Onyari (2011) Application of Hierarchical Process (AHP) for ANN model selection in streamflow prediction  15 th World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (WMSCI 2011), Orlando, USA, July 19 th-22 nd, 2011, ISBN-13: 978-1-936338-42-9, pp 215-219

Itumeleng Phyllis and Francois M Ilunga (2011): Impact of bacterial biofilms: the importance of quantitative biofilm studies; Annals of Microbiology DOI 101007/s13213-011-0344-0 [On-line publication]

M Ilunga and EK Onyari (2011) Infilling Maxima Annual Monthly Flows Using Feedforward Backpropagation (BP) Artificial Neural Network (ANNs), IASTED, Applied Artificial Intelligence and Applications, 2011, Austria, ISBN: 978-0-88986-863-2

M Ilunga (2012) Fuzzy AHP Approach for the selection of groundwater recharge Alternative: Sensitivity Analysis, Published, The 5 th International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation: IMETI 2012, July 17 th -20 th , Orlando, Florida, USA), ISBN-13: 978-1-9363338-68-9

M Ilunga (2012) Hydrologic information transfer among rainfall stations of a selected quaternary catchment of South Africa, International Conference-Water Management, IASTED, Botswana, 3-5 th September 2012; Published; ISBN: 978-0-88986-929-5

M Ilunga (2012) Infilling annual rainfall using pseudo Mac Laurin generalized feedforward backpropagation artificial neural networks, International Conference-Water Management, IASTED, Botswana, 3-5 th September 2012, Published,
ISBN: 978-0-88986-929-5                                               

M Ilunga and EK Onyari (2013) Infilling maxima annual monthly rainfall using neural networks: Effect of scaling parameter Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference Modelling, Identification and Control (AsiaMIC 2013)
April 10 - 12, 2013 Phuket, Thailand, pp 27-32, ISBN: 978-0-88986-946-2

M Ilunga (2013) Analytic hierarchy process (AHP) in ranking watersheds for streamflow data infilling models, The 17th World Multi-Conference on Systemic, Cybernetics and Informatics WMSCI 2013, Orlando, USA,  ISBN: 978-1-036338-95-6

M Ilunga (2013) Analytic hierarchy process (AHP) in selecting forecasting models for dissolved solids  The 17th World Multi-Conference on Systemic, Cybernetics and Informatics: WMSCI 2013,  Orlando, USA ISBN: 978-1-036338-95-6

M Ilunga (2014) Higher order pseudo Mac Laurin feedforward backpropagation artificial neural networks: Infilling mean annual flows Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference Informatics, Artificial Intelligence and applications (AIA) 2013), February 17-19, 2014, Innsbruck, Austria  ISBN: 978-0-88986-965-3

M Ilunga (2014) Enhancing learning for Hydrology IV using multi-media The 8 th International Multi-Conference on Society, Cybernetics and Informatics (IMSCI), July 15-18, 2014, under the 12 th International Conference on Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications (EISTA) 2014, Orlando, USA,  pp 131-136, ISBN-13: 978-1-941763-09-4

M Ilunga (2014) Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) in ranking rainfall stations in-filled with Radio Basis Function Artificial Neural Networks (RBFN) The 5 th Proceedings of the World Multi-Conference on Systemic, Cybernetics and Informatics: WMSCI 2014, Orlando, USA, ISBN-13: 978-1-936338-97-9, pp 215-220

M Ilunga (2014) Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) in selecting Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) for ungaged streamflow Prediction, The 5 th Proceedings of the World Multi-Conference on Systemic, Cybernetics and Informatics WMSCI 2014, Orlando, USA ISBN-13: 978-1-936338-97-9, pp 221-224

M Ilunga & VP Singh (2015) Measuring spatial variability of land use associated with hydrological impact in urbanized quaternary catchment using entropy Water SA Vol 41, No 1, 2015, pp 41-54 http://dxdoiorg/104314/wsav41i17 ISSN 1816-7950 (On-line); ISSN 0378-4738 (Print)

M Ilunga (2015) "Enhancing chlorination fundamentals for Water Treatment Technology IV course using on-line multi-media" the 6th International Conference on Education, Training and Informatics (ICETI 2015),  in the context of the 6th International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics (IMCIC 2015), to be held in Orlando, USA, on March 10-13, 2015 Published, ISBN 978-1-941763-15-5;ISBN: 978-1-941763-20-9

M Ilunga (2015) Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) in Ranking Non-Parametric Stochastic Rainfall and Streamflow Models The 19th World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (WMSCI 2015), to be held in Orlando, USA, on July 12-15, 2015 Published ISBN: 978-1-941763-23-0 (Collection); 978-1-941763-24-4 (Volume)

Onyari EK, M Ilunga (2016) A neural network for flood prediction: a case study
Proceedings of the 35th IASTED International Conference, Modelling, Identification and Control (MIC 2016),  February 15 - 16, 2016 Innsbruck, Austria, pp 52-58 DOI: 102316/P2016830-025

M Ilunga, EK Onyari (2016) Measuring variability of mean annual runoff for the Upper Vaal catchment using entropy Proceedings of the 35th IASTED International Conference, Modelling, Identification and Control (MIC 2016),   February 15 - 16, 2016 Innsbruck, Austria, pp 221-226 DOI: 102316/P2016830-045

M Ilunga (2016) "Use of web multi-media for enhancing fundamentals of dissolved oxygen in Water and Wastewater Treatment Technology IV modules The 7th International Conference on Society and Technology, in the context of the 7 th Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics (IMCIC) 2016), Orlando, USA, March 8-11, 2016, pp47-52 Published, ISBN 978-1-941763-33-9 (Collection); ISBN: 978-1-941763-35-3 (Volume II)

M Ilunga (2016) Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) in selecting rainfall forecasting models The 20 th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (WMSCI 2016), Orlando, USA, on July 5-8, 2016, pp 225-229 ISBN: 978-1-941763-23-0 (Collection); 978-1-941763-41-4 (Volume I)

M Ilunga (2016) Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) in ranking streamflow gauges for runoff estimation in an urbanized catchment The 20 th World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (WMSCI 2016), Orlando, USA, on July 12-15, 2015, pp 220-224 ISBN: 978-1-941763-23-0 (Collection); 978-1-941763-42-1 (Volume I)

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

Short biography

He has a PhD degree in Civil Engineering, specialisation: Hydrology and water resources engineering. He is an Associate Professor and the former HOD of Civil and Chemical Engineering Department at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He has served in several committees at UNISA. He is also the founder and leader of the Unisa Water Research Flagship. In 2012, He is involved in teaching water engineering related subjects at UNISA. His current research interests covers artificial intelligence, entropy, statistical techniques and modelling in Hydrology and Water Resources and climate change issues. He has consulting experience in water engineering studies/projects: drainage systems that include roads, reservoir operation and sizing, reservoir sedimentation, least coast planning for water systems. He has been a member of the Computing, Communication and Control Technologies (CCCT), University of Texas at Austin. He also a member of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), SAICE-Environmental Division and and responsible for the training and education portfolio in the division. He is council member of the Institution of Professional Engineering Technologists (IPET) and a board member of the WaterNet. He has been a reviewer of the Urban Water Journal and the South African Journal of Science, Journal of Hydrology, National Research Foundation (NRF) and WRC, in South Africa. He has received several awards/scholarships. His has experience in guiding post-doctoral fellows and PhD students. He has co-supervised Masters to completion. He is a steering committee member of the IBSA (India, Brazil and South Africa) academic forum, under Department of International Relations and Co-operation. Member of the Academic group -Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC), under Department of International Relations and Co-operation, South Africa. He is member of the IORA Water and Science Core Group and Blue Economy Core Group. He was the external examiner for quality assurance of Civil and Environmental Engineering programme-University of Zambia (UNZA). He is also the Water integrity ambassador, Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) & Ecosystem in the SADC region, initiated through WaterNet, CapNet, Global Partnership Southern Africa. He is playing a significant role in the design of new engineering technology programmes of South Africa, in particular at UNISA. He has participated in the DEWFORA advanced course (Spain, 2013), on drought forecasting and its use of information in decision making. He has been chairperson of the International Association of Science and Technology Development (IASTED) 2012 (Water management, Botswana-Gaborone), IASTED 2013 (Thailand, Phuket), IASTED 2014 (Austria-Innsbruck) and IASTED 2016 (Austria-Innsbruck). He is the editorial advisory board member of the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, USA. He played a facilitating role in the international workshop: IWRM approach to climate change Impacts and adaption measures, DRCongo, May, 2014; Third Annual Conference on Dam management Africa (Johannesburg, 2013) and Water distribution and Management Conference, 15-16 October 2014, Johannesburg, Water Africa 2016, Sandton Convention Center. He has recently been the delegate for the 20th Meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Academic Group (IORAG) as part of the 14 th meeting of Council of Ministers- Perth, Australia. He is the board member of WaterNet in SADC. He is the Committee member of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)-Committee number SABS/TC 224 and Committee title: Service activities relating to drinking water supply systems and wastewater systems – quality criteria of the service and performance indicators. He has recently been an invited speaker to the First of Tshwane Research Symposium (23 rd April 2015) and the Blue core economy group workshop of the Indian Ocean rim association (IORA) (4-5 th May 2015). He is the current Chairperson of the Ethics committee-School of Engineering.

Other

Short Biography

He has a PhD degree in Civil Engineering, specialisation: Hydrology and water resources engineering. He is an Associate Professor and the former HOD of Civil and Chemical Engineering Department at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He has served in several committees at UNISA.

He is also the founder and leader of the Unisa Water Research Flagship. In 2012, He is involved in teaching water engineering related subjects at UNISA. His current research interests covers artificial intelligence, entropy, statistical techniques and modelling in Hydrology and Water Resources and climate change issues.

He has consulting experience in water engineering studies/projects: drainage systems that include roads, reservoir operation and sizing, reservoir sedimentation, least coast planning for water systems. He has been a member of the Computing, Communication and Control Technologies (CCCT), University of Texas at Austin.

He also a member of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), SAICE-Environmental Division and and responsible for the training and education portfolio in the division. He is council member of the Institution of Professional Engineering Technologists (IPET) and a board member of the WaterNet. He has been a reviewer of the Urban Water Journal and the South African Journal of Science, Journal of Hydrology, National Research Foundation (NRF) and WRC, in South Africa.

He has received several awards/scholarships. His has experience in interacting with post-doctoral fellows. He has co-supervised Masters to completion. He is a steering committee member of the IBSA (India, Brazil and South Africa) academic forum, under Department of International Relations and Co-operation. Member of the Academic group -Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC), under Department of International Relations and Co-operation, South Africa.

He is member of the IORA Water and Science Core Group and Blue Economy Core Group. He was the external examiner for quality assurance of Civil and Environmental Engineering programme-University of Zambia (UNZA). He is also the Water integrity ambassador, Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) & Ecosystem in the SADC region, initiated through WaterNet, CapNet, Global Partnership Southern Africa.

He is playing a significant role in the design of new engineering technology programmes of South Africa, in particular at UNISA. He has participated in the DEWFORA advanced course (Spain, 2013), on drought forecasting and its use of information in decision making. He has been chairperson of the International Association of Science and Technology Development (IASTED) 2012 (Water management, Botswana-Gaborone), IASTED 2013 (Thailand, Phuket), IASTED 2014 (Austria-Innsbruck) and IASTED 2016 (Austria-Innsbruck).

 He is the editorial advisory board member of the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, USA. He played a facilitating role in the international workshop: IWRM approach to climate change Impacts and adaption measures, DRCongo, May, 2014; Third Annual Conference on Dam management Africa (Johannesburg, 2013) and Water distribution and Management Conference, 15-16 October 2014, Johannesburg, Water Africa 2016, Sandton Convention Center.

He has recently been the delegate for the 20th Meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Academic Group (IORAG) as part of the 14 th meeting of Council of Ministers- Perth, Australia. He is the board member of WaterNet in SADC. He is the Committee member of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)-Committee number SABS/TC 224 and Committee title: Service activities relating to drinking water supply systems and wastewater systems – quality criteria of the service and performance indicators.

He has recently been an invited speaker to the First of Tshwane Research Symposium (23 rd April 2015) and the Blue core economy group workshop of the Indian Ocean rim association (IORA) (4-5 th May 2015). and demonstrator. Candidates are nominated by their peers or members of staff and selected by a selection committee of representatives of the academic staff, the technical staff and the postgraduate students.

Selected Publications:

Ilunga, M. and Stephenson, D. (2005) Infilling streamflow data using feedforward backpropagation (BP) artificial neural networks: Application of the standard BP and pseudo Mac Laurin power series BP techniques, Water SA Journal, Vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 171-176.

Ilunga, M. 2010 Infilling Annual Rainfall Data Using Feedforward Backpropagation Artificial Neural Networks (ANN): Application of the Standard and Generalized Backpropagation Techniques. Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering, 52(1), 2-10

M. Ilunga and E.K. Onyari (2011) Application of Hierarchical Process (AHP) for ANN model selection in streamflow prediction. 15 th World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (WMSCI 2011), Orlando, USA, July 19 th-22 nd, 2011, ISBN-13: 978-1-936338-42-9, pp. 215-219

Itumeleng Phyllis and Francois M. Ilunga (2011): Impact of bacterial biofilms: the importance of quantitative biofilm studies; Annals of Microbiology. DOI 10.1007/s13213-011-0344-0 [On-line publication]

M. Ilunga and E.K. Onyari (2011) Infilling Maxima Annual Monthly Flows Using Feedforward Backpropagation (BP) Artificial Neural Network (ANNs), IASTED, Applied Artificial Intelligence and Applications, 2011, Austria, ISBN: 978-0-88986-863-2

M. Ilunga (2012) Fuzzy AHP Approach for the selection of groundwater recharge Alternative: Sensitivity Analysis, Published, The 5 th International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation: IMETI 2012, July 17 th -20 th , Orlando, Florida, USA), ISBN-13: 978-1-9363338-68-9

M. Ilunga (2012) Hydrologic information transfer among rainfall stations of a selected quaternary catchment of South Africa, International Conference-Water Management, IASTED, Botswana, 3-5 th September 2012; Published; ISBN: 978-0-88986-929-5

M. Ilunga (2012) Infilling annual rainfall using pseudo Mac Laurin generalized feedforward backpropagation artificial neural networks, International Conference-Water Management, IASTED, Botswana, 3-5 th September 2012, Published,

ISBN: 978-0-88986-929-5

M. Ilunga and E.K. Onyari (2013) Infilling maxima annual monthly rainfall using neural networks: Effect of scaling parameter. Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference Modelling, Identification and Control (AsiaMIC 2013)

April 10 - 12, 2013 Phuket, Thailand, pp. 27-32, ISBN: 978-0-88986-946-2

M. Ilunga (2013) Analytic hierarchy process (AHP) in ranking watersheds for streamflow data infilling models, The 17 th World Multi-Conference on Systemic, Cybernetics and Informatics WMSCI 2013, Orlando, USA, ISBN: 978-1-036338-95-6.

M. Ilunga (2013) Analytic hierarchy process (AHP) in selecting forecasting models for dissolved solids. The 17 th World Multi-Conference on Systemic, Cybernetics and Informatics: WMSCI 2013, Orlando, USA ISBN: 978-1-036338-95-6.

M. Ilunga (2014) Higher order pseudo Mac Laurin feedforward backpropagation artificial neural networks: Infilling mean annual flows. Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference Informatics, Artificial Intelligence and applications (AIA) 2013), February 17-19, 2014, Innsbruck, Austria. ISBN: 978-0-88986-965-3.

M. Ilunga (2014) Enhancing learning for Hydrology IV using multi-media. The 8 th International Multi-Conference on Society, Cybernetics and Informatics (IMSCI), July 15-18, 2014, under the 12 th International Conference on Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications (EISTA) 2014, Orlando, USA, pp. 131-136, ISBN-13: 978-1-941763-09-4

M. Ilunga (2014) Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) in ranking rainfall stations in-filled with Radio Basis Function Artificial Neural Networks (RBFN). The 5 th Proceedings of the World Multi-Conference on Systemic, Cybernetics and Informatics: WMSCI 2014, Orlando, USA, ISBN-13: 978-1-936338-97-9, pp. 215-220.

M. Ilunga (2014) Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) in selecting Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) for ungaged streamflow Prediction, The 5 th Proceedings of the World Multi-Conference on Systemic, Cybernetics and Informatics WMSCI 2014, Orlando, USA ISBN-13: 978-1-936338-97-9, pp. 221-224

M. Ilunga & V.P. Singh. (2015) Measuring spatial variability of land use associated with hydrological impact in urbanized quaternary catchment using entropy. Water SA. Vol. 41, No. 1, 2015, pp. 41-54. http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/wsa.v41i1.7. ISSN 1816-7950 (On-line); ISSN 0378-4738 (Print)

M. Ilunga (2015) "Enhancing chlorination fundamentals for Water Treatment Technology IV course using on-line multi-media". the 6th International Conference on Education, Training and Informatics (ICETI 2015), in the context of the 6th International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics (IMCIC 2015), to be held in Orlando, USA, on March 10-13, 2015. Published, ISBN 978-1-941763-15-5;ISBN: 978-1-941763-20-9

M. Ilunga (2015) Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) in Ranking Non-Parametric Stochastic Rainfall and Streamflow Models. The 19th World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics (WMSCI 2015), to be held in Orlando, USA, on July 12-15, 2015. Published. ISBN: 978-1-941763-23-0 (Collection); 978-1-941763-24-4 (Volume)