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The New Vision Group

Written by Monday, 01 August 2011 11:59 Published in Projects & Collaborations comment

Makerere University Faculty of Computing and IT reached an understanding with The New Vision Group to support the ICT initiatives. Initially the Faculty will develop applications that are urgently required by the company. The projects being undertaken are in line with the current industry needs and have a high potential for replication in similar businesses. Such projects include:

  • Pre-Press Computer to Printer System - Involves CIT providing human resource to understudy the functionality of the system. This is intended to provide a pool of people who understand the system and can be called upon anytime to provide backup manpower. Three students were trained on the system for one week in June 2008. Further instructions are expected from the CEO after a training completion report has been submitted. Meeting with the CEO has been scheduled to kick start full implementation of the project.
  • Count Sensor for the Newspaper Print Machine - The project involves establishment of the requirements to introduce a sensor component to the current counter system. The project will include current system study and identification of interface points where the developed sensor will be added. One PhD Student and two MSc students have been engaged under the supervision of Dr. Idris A. Rai. Required Components are to be procured from The Netherlands.
  • Workflow Process Management System - This project is expected to cover all work processes at the New Vision. It will automate the workflow procedures currently monitored manually. A meeting was held on 28th August 2008 in which it was agreed that work begins 8th September 2008. However the project has not commenced because New Vision was procuring new systems that are critical in implementation of this project. We have received notification that the different installations have been completed and we await confirmation in regards to commencement.
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On April 11, 2008, Makerere University and The State University Of Zanzibar, Tanzania (SUZA) signed a MoU on cooperation between the two institutions which encompass CIT and the Department of Computer Science of SUZA. This is aimed at collaborating in developing sustainable capacity through collaborations in teaching, research, training, student and staff exchange, transfer of technology and dissemination of knowledge on a long term non-commercial basis.

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On October 20, 2008, Makerere University signed a MoU with The Council for Scientific Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa which encompasses the Meraka Institute of CSIR and CIT. This is aimed at seeing efforts and amount of research and development in S&T at these institutions increase exponentially.

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The Uganda Police Force

Written by Monday, 01 August 2011 11:53 Published in Projects & Collaborations comment

On the 18th December 2007, Makerere University signed a MoU with the Uganda Police Force; this is to foster collaboration among the two parties. The overall objective of this MoU is to enable the Uganda Police Force integrate ICTs in its service delivery. The two parties shall be responsible for the design, development and implementation of appropriate electronic information and communication solutions/applications and the selection of the equipment to be used based on compatibility with the existing Government standards and policies. CIT shall be responsible for offering training services to the members of the Uganda Police Force in the varied areas of ICTs. It will also ensure that the technologies deployed are in line and compatible with current industrial standards and shall work with the Government to ensure that users are trained in the use and management of the ICTs. A range of projects with the Uganda Police Force have taken off, such include:

  • ICT Baseline Survey - The project involved reviewing existing ICT initiatives within the Uganda Police Force departments. The intention was to identify gaps for improvement in areas where computerization has already taken place. At the same time, the baseline study would identify areas that are potential for computerization.  The study was completed at the end of March 2008 and a briefing presentation of findings given to the Uganda Police Forces management.  Areas for collaboration with CIT will in future be identified from the baseline report.
  • Fire Arms Database System - The system has three views: (1) the government fire arms; (2) the privately owned fire arms and (3) private security organizations.  Work involves the entire software application development life cycle.  This means starting from requirements specification, system designing, implementation and testing. Implementation of the project commenced in August 2008 with drafting of the requirements, presented prototype which was approved by the respective units in the force, now finalizing the development to commence on implementation.
  • Training of 200 Police officers in Office Applications - The Police Force nominated 208 Police officers and CIT trained them in Office Applications using the CCA course content from 21st July -1st August 2008. Trainees were awarded certificates at a colorful ceremony held on 6th August 2008 at CIT. At a later date, more specialized training will be identified and delivered under similar arrangements. Waiting for response from the Force in regard to their special training requirements.
  • Crime Records Management System - This is a project supported by the American Government. It Includes a component on biometric integration in the system.  Training on how the system works was completed in July 2008 and was attended by three staff from CIT. The implementation of this project began in October 2008 and was implemented in conjunction with the American Government. CIT provided support to the project, focusing mainly on system and infrastructure support.
  • Integration of Sensor Networks in the Traffic Control System - This project involves development of functionality to capture traffic data using sensor networks. The developed functionality is to be integrated into the current traffic control system which is a pre-determined traffic flow system.  One PhD Student and two MSc students are undertaking the study under the supervision of Dr. Idris A. Rai. They are at the stage of identifying required components to be procured and Consultations are going on with different stakeholders involved in traffic control administration.
  • Drafting the ICT Policy for the Uganda Police - This project involves drafting of an ICT Policy document for the Uganda Police in view of the current initiatives to introduce ICT in Police operations. Part of the work will be picked from the results of the baseline survey. The main activities will involve guiding the Uganda Police personnel into writing an ICT Policy that will guide them in planning and budgeting for ICT resources. This work is in progress.
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HP

Written by Monday, 01 August 2011 11:46 Published in Projects & Collaborations comment

Using State-of-the-art Wireless and Mobile Technology for Mobile Computing Courses
Sponsored By, Hewlett-Packard (HP)

Makerere University, School of Computing & IT, Department of Networks
Kampala, Uganda
PI: Idris A. Rai (PhD)
Co-PI: Drake Patric Mirembe, John Kizito

HP mobile technology will enable us to address three major challenges that students and lecturers encounter in our learning and teaching environments, i.e.;
  1. Introducing efficient interaction mechanisms between students and a lecturer in a large undergraduate class
  2. Demonstrating wireless and mobile networking concept
  3. Providing hands-on skills through practical coursework assessments
Impact on Student Learning
We are blessed with a large number of undergraduate students in our faculty, around 5000 in total. As a result, large lecture theaters are attended by as many as 400 students  per course, leading to students and lecturers not experiencing ideal teaching and learning environment.  In addition, absence of tools in mobile computing and networking courses has led to a lack of practical skills delivery to students. HP advanced wireless and mobile networking technology is provide the best solution to address  these challenges. Below is a set of expected outcomes to students as a result of successful implementation of this project:
  • Students better learning experience
  • In-depth understanding of theories and practices
  • Provision of hands-on skills on mobile computing

Impact on Teaching

Current delivery mode is using static projector with only one display, and white boards, and practical coursework are based on simulation work only. We plan to use wireless projector capabilities and multiple  displays to deliver the course. In addition, the large lecture theater will be split into two halves, each half facing one  display. The space (corridor) between the two splits together with wireless capabilities will enable lecturer to wander round the class and interact with students at every corner of the class.

The main objective is therefore to improve the learning and teaching  experience. The success will yield better comprehension  of the lecture and will provide practical skills to students.

Students appreciation, improved results, and increasing number of practical projects will be the evidences to show the success of the project.

Technology Implementation

Using tablet PCs,  wireless projector capabilities, and multiple displays will be key to deliver in-class interactivity

We will build a course WLAN using the provided access point. The WLAN will be used to easily access course materials

The technology will also be used  to demonstrate concepts during lectures and will  be used in laboratory sessions to  provide hands-on skills

Keywords: mobile computing, wireless and mobile networking, wireless projectors, multiple displays, interactivity

 

 

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Google Inc

Written by Monday, 01 August 2011 11:44 Published in Projects & Collaborations comment

Google Inc. has identified CIT as a partner in its programmes for Africa mainly in rolling out Google applications. In October 2007, Google organized a workshop for staff and students interested in participating in Google maps project. In March 3, 2008, CIT hosted a team of experts from Google to officially launch the East Africa Google Gadget Competition. The challenge Cup is intended to showcase the students capabilities and skills. Visit Google

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IBM

Written by Monday, 01 August 2011 11:43 Published in Projects & Collaborations comment

IBMhas provided unique opportunities for both staff and students in the recent past. The faculty has participated in the IBM Deep Dive Drive which brought together ICT academic fraternity, business leaders and politicians in Africa to discuss possibilities of an ICT-led transformation in Africa. Out of these meetings, it was noted that there was need to mentor ICT graduates in preparation for the Industry. As a result, IBM has put together a program called Makocha minds. CIT is a partner on this programme. Students are connected to some of the top brains at IBM to be their mentors. Visit IBM

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Microsoft

Written by Monday, 01 August 2011 11:42 Published in Projects & Collaborations comment

Microsoft is providing computing facilities for the Microsoft Academy. These facilities provide specialized training to students in Microsoft packages. Because of the competence of CIT students, Microsoft invited them to participate in the Imagine Challenge Cup competed for by students all over the world. For more information about the Microsoft Certification Courses at CIT. Visit Microsoft

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Net Tel @Africa

Written by Monday, 01 August 2011 11:39 Published in Projects & Collaborations comment

NetTel@Africa is a comprehensive capacity-building strategy focused on improving the use of information communication technologies (ICT) to achieve socio-economic development goals in Africa. More than a strategy, NetTel@Africa is an international Network of government officials, academics, researchers, service providers, consumers and civil society.

The overall goal of the NetTel Network is to make the provision of ICT more efficient and ubiquitous to all citizens in Africa. Achievement of the goal will require improved policy and regulatory reform and increased private sector investment in ICT (telecommunications sector). The NetTel Network seeks to strengthen the capabilities of policy making and regulatory bodies, private sector operators, consumer advocacy groups, and academic institutions that assist with sustained capacity building in the ICT sector. The NetTel Network operates four concurrent components:

  • International Peer-to-Peer Programme for Regulators of ICT
  • Community-to-Community Programme for development projects
  • Research Programme for Strategic ICT Policies
  • Training Programme in ICT Policy and Regulation

The impetus to establish the NetTel Network was a request by the Telecommunications Regulators Association of Southern Africa (TRASA) for more coordinated training in advanced ICT policy and regulation. Makerere University Faculty of Computing and IT is currently a member of the NetTel Network offering Postgraduate Diploma in ICT Policy and Regulation, a course resulting from collaboration between Makerere University and NetTel@Africa. For more info, visit http://www.nettelafrica.org/index.php?module=splashscreen

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WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (WDP)

Written by Monday, 01 August 2011 11:31 Published in Projects & Collaborations comment

WDP is an initiative to give students and graduates of CIT and the Cisco Networking Academy Program practical experience in Uganda growing ICT sector. Since the inception of this program in 2004, the UN Volunteers together with the Regional Academy Coordinator, the Legal Main Contact of the Regional Academy, and the WDP Coordinator have focused on promoting specific areas of the partnerships. These include: Worksite, Talk sessions, and Internships/Job opportunities. For more information, Click here.

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