We are pleased to invite you to a webinar hosted by the School for Data Science and Computational Thinking.


Title: Supply chain data science: from raw data to business impact

Speakers: Jacomine Grobler (Department of Industrial Engineering, Stellenbosch University)


When: Wednesday 12 August, 13h00 - 14h00 (SAST)

Where: Please email dataschool@sun.ac.za for a Zoom link.



Effective supply chain management is one of the most important enablers for operational success of a company. Customers expect to receive the right product, at the right time, at the right place, in perfect condition. This goal is, however, challenging to achieve in an ever changing business and technology environment. Fortunately, more and more data is being created every day that can be used to improve decision making in a supply chain. This webinar will introduce supply chain data science and touch on various case studies from the logistics, manufacturing and agricultural industries. These case studies will be used to show the value that data science can add in the process of converting raw data to effective business decision making.



Jacomine Grobler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Her main fields of expertise are supply chain optimization, optimization algorithm development, and data science applications in industrial engineering. She spent seven years in industry before completing her PhD in 2015.  She received the 2015 JD Roberts emerging researcher award and also the 2017 South African Institute for Industrial Engineering Most Outstanding Young Industrial Engineering Researcher Award. She regularly reviews papers for leading international journals and have presented various invited lectures, for example, a tutorial at the Seventh International Conference on Swarm Intelligence in Bali, Indonesia.​


​​Past webinars

02-07-2020: “Listening in” on conflict: Data science challenges and opportunities in the assessment of the political economy of conflict​ by Prof Ganson. Click here​​ for a video of the presentation.

19-05-2020: A Rapid Responsible Innovation Tool by Prof Grobbelaar, Dr Meyer and Ms Conning.