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Prof M Sumbwanyambe

College of Science, Engineering and Technology
School of Engineering
Department: Electrical and Mining Engineering
Associate Professor
Tel: 011 471 3378


  • ICT Policy Formulation
  • Renewable energy
  • Resource management
  • Risk Management
  • Telecommunications (Wireless) AI and Industry 4.0


  • PhD Engineering management (University of Johannesburg)
  • Master of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic engineering (University of Johannesburg)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Copperbelt university) 

Fields of academic interests

Research Interests

  • MANETs
  • Wireless technologies.
  • Short range wireless communication and wireless sensors for the control for renewable energy and energy efficiency purposes.
  • Pricing and resource management in radio access technologies.
  • Energy efficiency and renewables.
  • ICT usage in e-health, e-commerce, e-education and e-governance.
  • Telecommunication technologies and game theory
  • Network optimization.
  • Information technology and their use in social and economic development. Engineering management.
  • Bio-mimicry and innovation in ICTs.
  • Artificial intelligence and risk management

Journal articles

  • Malusi Sibiya and Mbuyu Sumbwanyambe,  A Computational Procedure for the Recognition and Classification of Maize Leaf Diseases Out of Healthy Leaves Using Convolutional Neural Networks in Journal of AgriEngineering 20191(1), 119-131;
  • M.  M. Mampaka M. Sumbwanyambe “A quadri-dimensional approach for poor performance prioritization in mobile networks using Big Data” in Journal of big data  Vol 6,  pages 1-15  (2019)
  • M. Sumbwanyambe, A. L. Nel, “Investigating The Effects Of Subsidy On Network Resource Utilization In Multi-Tier Communities” in SAIEE Africa Research Journal (2012).

Paper presentations

Peer reviewed conferences

  • M. Sibiya and M. Sumbwanyambe. An Embedded Fuzzy Logic Microcontroller For plant condition monitoring: A Wireless Sensor Network Odyssey in proc of the Southern African Universities Power Engineering Conference (SAUPEC) Bloemfontein, Free State RSA 2019 (ISBN: 978-1-7281-0368-6 IEEE Catalogue Number: CFP1948U-USB) (2019).
  • O. T. Lisungu and M. Sumbwanyambe. Image Compression-Encryption Scheme Based on 2D DWT, PIHT and Qi Hyper-chaos in proc of the Southern African Universities Power Engineering Conference (SAUPEC) Bloemfontein, Free State RSA, 2019 (ISBN: 978-1-7281-0368-6 IEEE Catalogue Number: CFP1948U-USB) (2019).
  • OT Lisungu, M. M. Mampaka and M. Sumbwanyambe, An Objective MOS Prediction Approach Based on the Nb Interface Parameters in proc of the Southern African Universities Power Engineering Conference (SAUPEC) Bloemfontein, Free State RSA, 2019 (ISBN: 978-1-7281-0368-6 IEEE Catalogue Number: CFP1948U-USB) (2019).
  • M. Sumbwanyambe and J. Mwiinga, Challenges Faced by ZAMREN’s Affiliates in the Provision of E-Learning: A Cross-Country Analysis, 2018 IST-Africa Week Conference (IST-Africa), Gaborone, 2018.
  • D. Tshali, M. Sumbwanyambeand T. S. Hlalele, Towards a GSM enabled remote monitoring medical system, 2018 3rd Biennial South African Biomedical Engineering Conference (SAIBMEC), Stellenbosch, 2018.
  • K. D. Muthavhine and M. Sumbwanyambe, An analysis and a comparative study of cryptographic algorithms used on the Internet of Things (IoT) based on avalanche effect,"2018 International Conference on Information and Communications Technology (ICOIACT), Yogyakarta, 2018.

  • M. M. Mampaka, M. Sumbwanyambe, User-based QoS Categorization from Radio Conditions Using Machine Learning Techniques, in Proc. SATNAC conference, Hermanus, Western Cape, RSA 2018.M. M. Mampaka and M. Sumbwanyambe, Facebook Video Traffic Classification Using Artificial Neural Network, in Proc. SATNAC conference, Hermanus, Western Cape, RSA 2018.

  • Bowa, M. Mwanza ,M. Sumbwanyambe and J.H.C. PretoriusSolar Photovoltaic Energy Progress in Zambia: A Review, in proc  of the 25th Southern African Universities Power Engineering Conference (SAUPEC)  Stellenbosch,  Western Cape RSA,   2017.

  • J. L. Kafukwilwa and M. Sumbwanyambe, Optimal DTT Coverage Prediction for MFN and SFN in Zambia, in Proc. SATNAC conference, Barcelona, Spain 2017.

  • C. Mulenga M. Sumbwanyambe. The Potential for unified backbone optical transmission in Zambia: The analysis, in proc. ubuntuNET conference, Lusaka Zambia 2014.

  • M. Sumbwanyambe and A. L. Nel, A Dynamic Spectrum Allocation with Price Policy Intervention, in Proc. SATNAC conference, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, RSA 2013.
  • M. Sumbwanyambe, A. L. Nel, Assessing the Implications of SIM Card Registration Policy in the SADC Region. in Proc. IST-Africa 2013 Conference Proceedings, Nairobi, Kenya, 2013
  • M. Sumbwanyambe, A. L. Nel, Subsidy and Revenue Maximization in Developing Countries, in Lecture Notes in Engineering and Computer Science: International Multiconference of Engineers and Computer Scientist 2012, pp. 1568-1573 Hong Kong, China
  • M. Sumbwanyambe, A. L. Nel, A Subsidy Driven Decision Procedure to Mitigate the Tragedy of the Commons and Anti-commons, in Lecture Notes in engineering and Computer Science: World Congress of Engineers 2012, pp. 1651-1656, London, United Kingdom.
  • M. Sumbwanyambe, A. L. Nel, A Practical Subsidy Driven Pricing Model for Heterogeneous Communities, in Proc. SATNAC conference, George, Western Cape, RSA 2012
  • Zhu, M. Sumbwanyambe, A. L. Nel, Service Provision, Subsidies and Revenue Maximization in Multitier Communities. in Proc. IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Hong Kong, China, 2012.
  • M. Sumbwanyambe, A. L. Nel and W. A. Clarke, Challenges and Proposed Solutions Towards Telecentre Sustainability: A Southern Africa Case Study, in Proc. IST-Africa 2011 Conference Proceedings, Gaborone, Botswana, 2011.
  • M. Sumbwanyambe, A. L. Nel and W. A. Clarke, Optimal Pricing of Telecom Services in a Developing country: A Game Theoretical Approach, in Proc. 10th IEEE Africon conference 2011, Livingstone, Zambia, 2011
  • M. Sumbwanyambe, A. L. Nel and W. A. Clarke, Telecoms policy and regulation for social and economic development in South Africa: A comparative study, in Proc. 18th Telecommunications Forum TELFOR 2010, pp. 24-26, Belgrade, Serbia, 2010.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

Professional Affiliation


Short Biography

Prof. Mbuyu Sumbwanyambe is a lecturer at the University of South Africa and is a member of IEEE, SAIEE and international association of engineers (IAENG). He is the recipient of UJ-commonwealth scholarship.  Prof. Mbuyu Sumbwanyambe has a MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Johannesburg in South Africa and a PhD in Engineering Management from the same University.  He has a wide range of industry experience, which he gained in South Africa and Zambia, working as consultant project engineer and a researcher at the University of Johannesburg. He is the head of postgraduate and research in the Department of Electrical and Mining Engineering.  He has held workshops with the government on the value of ICTs for social and economic development. He is keen promoter of collaboration between industries, the university and other universities in the SADC region.

Prof. Sumbwanyambe has a multi-disciplinary background and has varied research interests, which include Risk management, Application of Game theory in telecommunication, digital communication, resource management, regulation and policy issues, telecommunication and ICT engineering, economic and social ICT delivery, Energy efficiency and Demand side management and data mining, and information systems evaluation. He has reviewed several papers for IEEE and Taylor and Francis Journals, as well as acted as chair and invited panelist at numerous international conferences. He has contributed to book chapters and published extensively in journal and conference proceedings.