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Johnson Mwebaze completes his PhD studies

Monday, 03 December 2012 14:04

On 30th November, 2012 Johnson Mwebaze successfully defended his PhD thesis titled €˜Extreme data lineage in ad-hoc astronomical data processing€„¢ at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. See http://www.rug.nl/news-and-events/promotion-inauguration/2012/40_mwebaze?lang=en

Johnson is a Network Administrator in the Department ICT Support Services (DISS) at the College of Computing and Information Sciences. His studies were sponsored by the Nuffic project-Strengthening ICT Training and Research Capacity in the four Public Universities in Uganda. Associated publications




The College of Computing and Information Sciences yesterday hosted a delegation from the Vaal University of Technology (South Africa). The delegation which consisted of Prof. Peter Omara-Ojungu (Principal, Ekurhuleni Campus) and Prof. Gordon Zide (Deputy Vice-Chancellor Governance and Operations) paid a courtesy call on the CoCIS Principal, Prof. J.R Ikoja Odongo in his office.

They discussed matters pertaining to areas of possible strategic collaborations between the two institutions especially in areas of software engineering, applied computer science, governance and other operations within the wider university structure.

Prof. Ikoja noted that the relationship between Makerere University and universities in South Africa has evolved over several years, with several Makerere staff members having trained from universities in South Africa. He pledged the college€„¢s commitment to sharing its best practices with Vaal University.

The purpose of their visit according to Prof. Omara-Ojungu was to also €œpick some aspects from what Makerere is doing right and replicate these practices in Vaal University.€

The duo also made presentations to university staff members on the following topics:

  • Trends and Challenges in South African Higher Education system: Experiences of the Vaal University of Technology
  • Excellence in University Governance: Transformation perspectives and conundrums for Higher Education Management


As part of the initiatives to promote the use of grid computing within Makerere University, the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) recently organized a one-day workshop aimed at sensitizing the University community on the usage of this infrastructure.

This training, which was attended by 20 participants, is part of the activities run under the UNESCO-HP Brain Initiative project which brings together higher education institutions and research centres from the African and Arab States region countries. €œThe project is aimed at building on recent advances in distributed computing technology and developing an e- infrastructure that is available to faculty, researchers and students,€ said Johnson Mwebaze, the project€„¢s Principal Investigator.

Makerere University is part of a continental-wide e-Infrastructure, called AfricaGrid, which provides computing and data infrastructure services to researchers in Africa. An easy-to- use interface to the grid is being developed, for commonly-used applications, via the science gateway paradigm. Widely-used general-purpose applications such as €œR€ and €œOctave€ have already been integrated into these portals, which can be easily accessed.

The training covered issues on Grid Computing, applications of Grid Computing, benefits accrued from Grid Computing Infrastructure and others. It was facilitated by Johnson Mwebaze, Fred Noah Kiwanuka, Denis Nsimenta and Amos Baryashaba.

CWG rewards best Computer Science student

Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:04

For the second year running, Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) has rewarded the best Computer Science student - David Semakula, with a Dell laptop and a one year internship opportunity at the company. CWG is one of the leading Systems Integration companies, providing hardware and infrastructure solutions, to communications and networking solutions and software applications and deployment to public and private enterprises.

Speaking during the handover ceremony at the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) on Wednesday, the CWG general manager Mr. Michael Manzi, pledged the company€„¢s commitment to continue rewarding excellence in education and offering training opportunities for students to get essential hands-on skills needed in the job market. He added that in the future, the company hopes to increase the number of students rewarded for good performance.

The Deputy Principal, Dr. John Ngubiri thanked CWG for investing part of their profits in education and for partnering with the College to train their students through internship.

In addition, CWG also rewarded the best Computer Science lecturers as chosen by the students. These included Mr. Joseph Semwogerere, Mr. Moses Ntanda, Mr. Ronald Azairwe and Mrs. Doreen Tuheirwe-Mukasa.

Mercy Amiyo defends her PhD thesis

Monday, 29 October 2012 14:23

Mercy Amiyo has joined the steadily increasing list of doctorate holders in the School of Computing and informatics Technology (CIT). This is after she successfully defended her thesis titled, €˜Decision Enhancement and Business Process Agility€„¢ at the University of Groningen, Netherlands on Thursday 25th October, 2012.

Mercy is an Assistant lecturer in the Department of Information Systems at CIT. Her PhD studies were sponsored by the Nuffic project-Strengthening ICT Training and Research Capacity in the Four Public Universities in Uganda.

Associated publications

  1. Amiyo, M., Nabukenya, J., and Sol, H.G. (2010). Decision Enhancement and Improving Business Process Agility. Paper presented in the 6th Annual International Conference on Computing and ICT Research (ICCIR€„¢10), pp 110-128, ISBN: 978-9970-25-015-8 (Link)
  2. Amiyo, M., and Nabukenya, J. (2011). A Collaboration Support Environment for Decision Enhancement in Business Process Improvement. Collaboration and Technology, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 6969/2011, pp 175-190, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-23801-7_14 (Link)
  3. Amiyo, M., Nabukenya, J., and Sol, H.G. (2012). A Collaboration Support Environment for Decision Enhancement in Business Process Improvement. Paper presented at 45th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), pp 326-335, ISBN: 978-0-7695-4525-7/12 © 2012 IEEE DOI 10.1109/HICSS.2012.77 (Link)

Mercy Amiyo's thesis

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