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College staff win UCC awards

Monday, 21 May 2012 12:53

The second edition of the Annual Communications Innovation Awards (ACIA) held on Friday 18th May, 2012 at Serena Hotel saw staff from the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) win awards in various categories.

The Student Research Award for the postgraduate level went to Seth Muhairwe, currently working in the Department of ICT Support Services (DISS). He was recognized for designing a mobile application that monitors water levels in valley dams.

Michael Okopa, a post-graduate student was commended for designing a new job scheduling policy called SWAP that gives service without prior knowledge of job sizes as opposed to the Shortest Job First (SJF) scheduling policy which gives priority to the shortest job in the queue but requires information on job sizes which is not available in most systems and this limits its implementation. SWAP uses the measured serial correlation of the service times to estimate the job sizes.

The Artificial Intelligence Research Group (Ernest Mwebaze and Dr. John Quinn) was runner-up in the Rural e-services category. Their winning innovation was the mobile application designed to monitor crop diseases.

In the Local Content category for Individuals and SMEs, Dr. Florence Tushabe was the runner-up. She was recognized for translating the VLC media player interface into Runyakitara.

The awards, preceded by a whole day exhibition in which various innovations were showcased were graced by the Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, the Minister of ICT, Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda and Veerna Rawat the Vice-President of Research in Motion (RIM).

The awards organized by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) were aimed at promoting greater local involvement in developing innovative products, services, content, and approaches that exploit or enhance communication platforms for development. This year€„¢s competition had five major categories. In addition to these, there was an Overall Winner€„¢s Award, the Annual Communications Innovation Award, 2011 won by FIT Uganda.

Dr. Julianne Sansa Otim will participate in the Internet Society Fellowship to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) programme. Under this programme, Dr. Sansa will attend the IETF€„¢s 85th meeting to be held from November 4th- 9th, 2012 in Atlanta, USA. She was chosen after excelling in a highly competitive application process that attracted over 260 aspirants.

The IETF is the world€„¢s premier Internet standards-development body and the Fellowship to the IETF is available to technology professionals, advanced IT students, and other qualified individuals from developing and emerging economies.

During the fellowship, Dr. Sansa will have the opportunity to participate in the development of Internet Standards and best practices and make valuable connections with global peers with similar interests.

Dr. Sansa is the Chair, Department of Networks, School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT), College of Computing and Information Sciences.

Congratulations!!!

WinSenga does not cost $3,000

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 09:11

We thank The New Vision for identifying and highlighting the exceptional talent displayed by Aaron Tushabe, Joshua Okello and Josiah Kavuma, all students of the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University.

The trio designed an application codenamed WinSenga that focuses on how to detect ectopic pregnancies in women as well as monitor baby movements and position in the womb during pregnancy.

However, we would like to clarify that WinSenga does not cost $3,000 (Sh7.3m) as was reported in the Sunday Vision of 13th May 2012. Currently, the WinSenga application is designed to run on smart phones with windows platforms.

These phones are increasingly getting cheaper on the market today. The other gadgets used in this application- the pinard horn and the microphone cost about sh5,000 ($2) and sh10,000 ($4) respectively.

In the future, with further adjustments we hope this application will also run on Android phones which are also very pocket-friendly.The College takes pride in coming up with innovations that address the needs of the common man.

For the fifth year running, students from the School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT) have won the Microsoft East and Southern Africa Imagine Cup competition and will go on to compete in the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals to be held in Sydney, Australia in July, 2012.

The Team, Cipher 256 designed an application codenamed WinSenga that focuses on how to detect ectopic pregnancies in women as well as monitor baby movements and position in the womb during pregnancy. The team, comprising of Aaron Tushabe, Joshua Okello, and Josiah Kavuma was also voted the best by facebook and twitter users who were following the competition online. In total, 14 teams from different universities participated in the finals held in Nairobi last weekend. The competition is aimed at inspiring the youth to use their imagination, creativity and technology to help solve the world€„¢s toughest problem.

According to Aaron Tushabe, their application addresses the UN Millennium Development Goal 5 € Reducing Maternal Mortality by 2015. €œOur inspiration to develop this application was drawn from prior visits to the Mulago Hospital Pediatric Ward. Mulago being a national referral hospital, has an ultrasound machine, but what about the midwives in the villages? They use a Pinard Horn but in some instances some might lack the adequate skills to appropriately interpret the sounds,€ said Tushabe.

In this system, the Pinard Horn is connected it to a smart phone through an external microphone placed at the flat end of the Horn. The phone contains an application that has a sound recording module and sound analysis module which will produce a report detailing the position of the baby during the different trimesters, the age of the baby and the fetal heart rate.

This system, according to Tushabe gives a more accurate diagnosis compared to using only a Pinard Horn. €œWinSenga is effective, faster and affordable and can even be used at home by a pregnant woman.€

WinSenga is being developed with the help of Dr. Davis Musinguzi from Mulago Hospital and a former finalist in the Project Inspire Africa session 1. The students are mentored by Joseph Kaizzi, a former CIT student and previous participant in Microsoft Imagine Cup competitions. More support is drawn from the Microsoft Innovation Center € Uganda.

By July, the application will be able to display cardiograph information and also employ cloud technology to make the patients€„¢ records more accessible by different medical practitioners.

Find WinSenga on facebook at www.facebook.com/winsenga and follow them on twitter: @winsenga.

Contacts

Monday, 07 May 2012 16:17

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School of Computing and Informatics Technology,
Makerere University,
P.O.Box 7062,
Kampala, Uganda

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Wandegeya Kampala

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