Bruce Watson

Bruce is the Chair of AI in Cybersecurity and Chair of Computational Thinking for AI, both in the School for Data-Science & Computational Thinking at Stellenbosch University. Additionally, he is chief scientist at IP Blox and consulting scientist at Impendo – providing pattern recognition, algorithmic, and strategic solutions for cybersecurity.

Watson’s first PhD is in computing science and engineering from Eindhoven, after studying discrete mathematics and computer science in Waterloo (Canada). He later returned to Eindhoven as chair of Software Construction. Watson’s second PhD is from the University of Pretoria.

Parallel to his academic career, he worked as a compiler engineer at several companies (e.g. Microsoft), followed by engineering and architecture work on pattern recognition for security (e.g. for Cisco).