Jembi Participates in Artificial Intelligence Workshop

Jembi and the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research Collaborating on eHealth Representation

Cape Town, 29 April 2013 – Jembi Board member, Dr Deshen Moodley, and Executive Director, Prof Chris Seebregts, participated in an artificial intelligence workshop in Cape Town from 24-25 April 2013. The workshop was organized as part of ongoing collaboration between Jembi and the UKZN/CSIR Meraka Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR) and Health Architecture Laboratory (HeAL). Jembi has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CAIR and is collaborating in the development of several research projects, including eHealth representation and modeling and joint supervision of post-graduate research projects involving machine learning and decision support systems1.

CAIR Workshop

(L to R): Prof Randy Goebel, Dr Szymon Klaarman, Dr Deshen Moodley (HeAL Director), Prof Tommie Meyer (CAIR Director), Dr Aurona Gerber (seated) and Prof Chris Seebregts (Jembi Executive Director) 

CAIR Director, Prof Tommie Meyer, explained the aim of the meeting: “Formal representation of eHealth concepts is an important pre-requisite to current health information system challenges, such as interoperability and standardization.

In 2012, South Africa released an eHealth strategy2 that identifies interoperability and standards adoption as priority areas for eHealth development. Achieving these goals will require advanced representational techniques in order to optimize knowledge management in the system.”

The workshop also included two visitors. Prof Randy Goebel is a visiting Canadian academic who also directs the Alberta Innovates Centre for Machine Learning in Edmonton. Prof Goebel is providing inputs into some of the innovation models emerging from the UKZN/CAIR/HeAL-Jembi collaboration.  Dr Szymon Klarman, is a joint post-doctoral fellow between the University of Edinburgh and CAIR/UKZN who is working on a collaborative project with CAIR/HeAL and Jembi on formal representation of business process modeling.


  1. Moodley, D., Pillay, A., Seebregts, C., 2012. Position paper: Researching and developing open architectures for national health information systems in developing African countries. In: Liu, Z., Wassyng, A. (Eds.), Foundations of Health Informatics Engineering and Systems. Vol. 7151 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 129-139. URL
  2. National Department of Health, June 2012. National eHealth Strategy, South Africa 2012 – 2017.


The Health Architecture Laboratory (HeAL) is a research group in CAIR and is funded by grants from the Rockefeller Foundation (Establishing a Health Enterprise Architecture Lab, a research laboratory focused on the application of enterprise architecture and health informatics to resource-limited settings, Grant Number: 2010 THS 347) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) (Health Enterprise Architecture Laboratory (HeAL), Grant Number: 106452-001).… ends

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