Cosmology & Astrophysics


Research in this area is undertaken by the Cosmology Group at AIMS South Africa in a variety of areas of theoretical, observational and computational cosmology with membership of various large international collaborations such as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). In addition the group maintains close working relationships with the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), the South African SKA project, the Centre for High Performance Computing and the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP). The group also runs workshops, seminars and a vigorous visitors programme bringing experimentalists, theorists and data analysis experts together to encourage interaction and collaboration.


Prof. Bruce Bassett, Senior Resident Researcher

Prof. Bassett is head of the Cosmology Group at AIMS South Africa. Bruce is a graduate of the University of Cape Town, where he obtained his MSc in Applied Mathematics …

Prof. Mario Santos, SARChi Chair in Cosmology with Multi-Wavelength Data

His main area of research is Cosmology. In particular, he is studying how the next generation of large radio telescopes, such as MeerKAT  in South Africa and the future SKA will be able to answer fundamental questions in Cosmology …

 Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr Erick Jonathan
Almaraz Aviña

Machine Learning techniques in Cosmology

Dr Nirina Tahiridimbisoa

Machine Learning

PhD students


Ethan Roberts

Supervisor: Bruce Bassett

Research Master’s students


Blake Cunningham

Machine Learning
Supervisor: Bruce Bassett

Max Nieuwoudt

Reinforcement learning for the control of an intelligent observatory
Supervisor: Bruce Bassett

Evander Nyoni

Machine Learning
Supervisor: Bruce Bassett

Emmanuel Sekyi

Exploring new deep learning methods for AI
Supervisor: Bruce Bassett