From 1989 until 1993, he held a “Presidential Award for Young Investigators”, from the South African Foundation for Research Development. During subsequent re-evaluations by the FRD and its successor the NRF, he was consistently placed in the category reserved for “Researchers who enjoy considerable international recognition as independent researchers for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs.”
Since 1989 he has been chairman of the Telecommunications Research Group, which he founded, and he has been principle adviser for close to forty post-graduate students working in some aspect of Information Theory or Communications. Fifteen of these students have so far obtained the D Ing doctoral degree. All of his M Ing students elected to do the full research degree with a substantial thesis, and six have received the RAU or UJ Chancellor’s medal for best thesis in their year of graduation. Together with his students, he has published more than 200 research papers in journals and conference proceedings, including more than forty papers in the Transactions of the IEEE (USA).
Prof. Ferreira served as Editor-in-Chief of the Transactions of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers from 1997-2006. He is the founding chairman of the Information Theory Chapter of the IEEE South Africa Section and is a past chairman of the Communications and Signal Processing Chapter. He has organized and served as chairman of several conferences, including the international 1999 IEEE Information Theory Workshop in the Kruger National Park, South Africa and the 2010 IEEE African Winter School in Information Theory and Communications.
Professor Ferreira holds an NRF A2 rating.
Key areas of expertise:
Information theory, Digital Communications, Powerline Communications, Channel Coding