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Bright International Summer School 2017

Saturday, 23 September 2017 10:40

The 1st edition of the Bright International Summer School 2017 on Software Engineering and IS was hosted at the College of Computing and IS in the School of Computing and Informatics Technology. The Summer school was organized by the Systems Software Centre in partnership with Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Chalmers University of Gothenburg and sponsored by SIDA. The key aim of this event was to provide a contribution to PhD students and academic/industrial researchers on latest findings in the field of Software Engineering.

The event was graced by Prof. Buyinza (Director, DRGT Makerere University) as the Guest honor, Assoc. Prof. G. Maiga (Ag. Principal, CoCIS), Assoc. Prof. E. Bainomugisha (Chair, CS Dept.), International guest lecturers, invited guests, and Ph.D. /Masters student participants.
Assoc. Prof. E. Bainomugisha who presided over the opening ceremony invited Assoc. Prof. G. Maiga to give some remarks and invite the Guest of honor. In his remarks, Assoc. Prof. Maiga welcomed everyone to the Bright Summer School and particularly thanked Assoc. Prof. E. Bainomugisha and the Systems Software Centre for providing this opportunity to his fellow colleagues. He also mentioned, Makerere University prides itself as the Centre of Excellence in teaching and research and thanked the guest lecturers for making time to travel all the way to Uganda to be a part of this event. He then called upon the guest of honor to declare the school open.

During his opening speech, Prof. Buyinza was honored to have been invited to officiate over the Bright International Summer School 2017 and on behalf of Makerere University welcomed al the collaborating partners to Makerere University and encouraged them to feel free, open, share, and learn from their peers. He also, encouraged the participants to embrace the opportunity, seek friendship, and network with the international collaborators.
He concluded by promising to continuously provide support from SIDA (Makerere/Sweden partnership) and officially declared the school open.
During the event the guest lecturers presented on topics from their particular area of expertise as well as provide participants with team orientated practical sessions. The covered topics included Agile Software Development/Continuous Deployment/DevOps, Empirical software engineering, Model driven software engineering, Mining software repositories, and Analysis of software artefacts.

Assoc. Prof. Eric Knauss (Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Chalmers University of Gothenburg) whose research interests focus on managing requirements and related knowledge in large-scale and distributed software projects presented about Agile Software Development.
During his lecture he specifically highlighted on areas to do with;

  • Continuous X: Integration, Delivery, Deployment, and DevOps,
  • Terminology and Origin: In the context of Large-Scale System Development, Continuous Deployment Practices.
  • Testing Strategies for Continuous X for Embedded Systems.
  • Agile values, principles, and practices,
  • and provided an insight into his current ongoing research and projects etc.

Dr. Xiaofeng Wang is a lecturer and researcher of Software Engineering and Information Systems at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy (FUB).  She teaches Software Architecture, Software Factory and Lean Startup courses to Bachelor and Master students. Before joining FUB, she worked in Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre as a postdoc. She has more than 10 years of experience in Agile and Lean Software Development Research. She is actively publishing in both Software Engineering and Information Systems venues, including IEEE Software, Journal of Systems and Software, Information Systems Research, etc.
Her presentation during the summer school was on Lean Software Startups where she talked about

  • the different definitions of a Software startup.
  • an overview of the characteristics and roles of startups.
  • gender and age distribution within startups.
  • challenges and failures faced by startups.
  • lean startups and their principles.

      - Innovation accounting
      - Validated learning etc.

Prof. Ita Richardson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Information Systems and a funded Investigator within Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre, with responsibility research projects worth over €2million. The focus of her research is on software process and assessment and the quality of use of software in a variety of domains, including hospitals and clinics, medical device and financial services. Prof. Richardson has graduated 14 PhD students and 1 Habilitation student to completion, is currently supervising 3 PhD students, some of whom are part-time and industry-based and has supervised Senior Research Fellows and Research Fellows for the past 15 years.

Her presentation was on Software Engineering for Healthcare where she discussed her previous and current research/projects. She discussed Healthcare in India, particularly a research project which aimed at the use of smartphone technology to detect diabetes in patients using the blood they submit.
Michel Chaudron studied Computer Science in Leiden for both his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree. He obtained his Ph.D. in the area of formal methods and programming calculi for parallel computing. During his studies he spent one year at the programming research group in Oxford and one semester at Imperial College, London. After his studies in Leiden, he has worked for CMG (now CGI) in The Hague and the TU Eindhoven.

His research interests are in: software architecture, software design and software modeling with a special focus on UML, software composition. He likes to study these topics through empirical research methods. His current project aims to combine Big Data with Semantic Technologies for System Design Understanding. He actively supports several conferences and journals including (Conf:) MODELS and Euromicro SEAA and (Jnl:) SoSyM and Empirical Studies in Software Engineering (EMSE).

His lecture and presentation during Summer school focused on Empirical Software Engineering: Models, metrics, and experiments.
On the last day, during the Ph.D. Symposium PhD students were given the opportunity to present their Ph.D. thesis so as to get peer reviews and critiquing. Some of the presentations to name a few were from;
1.Mr. Ongaya Kizito: Topic of Research: Spatial-temporal and System Dynamics Model for Disease Surveillance: A Case of Nodding Syndrome.
2.Mr. Swaib Dragule: Topic of Research: Enabling Domain Experts to Program and Use Teams of Robots for Tasks of Everyday Life.
The summer school ended with the issuing of certificates to all participants and with closing remarks from Assoc. Prof. E. Bainomugisha. In his closing remarks, “he thanked the guest lecturers for the invaluable experiences they shared with the participants and looked forward to the 2nd Bright International Summer School.

 

MAK scientists urged to communicate

Monday, 07 September 2015 13:04

 

MEDIA WORKSHOP TRAINING IN PROGRESS

 

By: Geoffrey Nyerere & Jacky Achan

Ugandan Scientists have been urged to develop effective communication skills, if they are to ably share their innovations with communities that stand to benefit from their works.

 

PATRICK LUGANDA

Patrick Luganda a Global Media Trainer and Communications Advisor on the Geneva based Commission for Climatology in the World Metrology Organization says scientists need to benefit society with their knowledge and encourage informed decision making.

 

“Communication is the epitome of science or any other discipline. What is communicated is what is believed,” he said.

Luganda remarked during media training for Makerere University Researchers and PHD students held Thursday at the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS).

He assured the Researchers working on the NORAD project on improving Weather Information Management in East Africa for effective service provision through the application of sustainable ICTs (WIMEA-ICT) that the existing communication gap can be bridged.

“Journalists can be paired with scientists to work together over a period of time to build their capacity to clearly report on new innovations in the science sector,” he advised. [Listen in]

He also added: “The communication component needs to be built within all science projects to enable scientists share their innovation with society who mostly benefit from their innovations.”  [Listen in]

 

PROF. GREGG PASCAL ZACHARY

Prof. Gregg Pascal Zachary of Arizona State University USA, at the same media training said with complexity of science, valuing communication and taking risks is key to efficiency and making known new innovations to society by scientists.

 

Dr. Juliane Sansa-Otim is the Principle Investigator of the NORAD WIMEA_ICT project, a partnership led by Makerere University, together with the University of Bergen Geophysical Institute in Norway, Dar es salaam Institute of Technology and the University of Juba.

The project seeks to advance all aspects of meteorology in East Africa from increasing the density of weather stations, trainings in weather prediction and analysis, to innovative ways of disseminating forecasts.

“This project will provide real answers in forecasting and disseminating properly package weather information to the grassroots people who mostly engage in agriculture,” Otim says. [Listen in]


Dr. Otim also added that the project will enable the rollout of 30 weather stations in Uganda, another 30 in Tanzania and 10 in Juba at its conclusion by 2018. [Listen in]

Uganda has some infrastructure in place, but its weather services still uses analogue weather stations which are manually monitored.

 

DR. JULIANNE SANSA-OTIM

One of the goals of the project is to develop and deploy small autonomous weather stations powered by wind turbines or solar cells and increase station density by 70 to 100 stations across the three countries.

 

This part of the project will receive input from the University of Stockholm with its expertise in electronics and electrical engineering.

The weather stations will cost about $2,000 per unit, compared to the official weather station of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) at $50,000 per unit.
The project also hopes to link these national networks of weather stations in order to further increase the accuracy of forecasts.

Though the national meteorological services control all national weather data and have monopoly on giving forecasts, Dr. Otim says they are working closely on this new project and the authority could allow free access to data and welcome innovative approaches to publishing forecasts.

Makerere University will hold a humanitarian innovation event Friday June 19, 2015 at Makerere University Main Hall, an ongoing drive by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

According to selected guidelines of the Forum on Humanitarian innovation in East Africa, 12.05.2015, young innovators from the College of Computing and Information Sciences and the School of Public Health –Makerere will showcase innovation products and processes that can innovate areas of access to safe water, access to health care and reestablishing family links.

The innovation initiative was set up in Jan 2015 to bring about change and innovation through fast-track ideas in needs based areas.

In the ICRC Innovation Brochure for the 21st Century, October 2014, the innovation initiative rotates around pillars of Catalysis and Aspiration, Exploring, Testing, Validation and Replication, Open Innovation, and Identifying the right model for innovation which enable innovation to continuously take place.

 

MOU SIGNING AT NEW VISION

By ProssyTulinomubezi

 

Twenty six students of Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences have been selected to participate in Vision Group content digitalization projects starting Thursday June 11, 2015.

While addressing internees who are to take part at the College of Computing and Information Sciences, Mr.Linus Wamanya said Vision Group needs a jobs auto for online positing of jobs and recruitment of workers, an online system for booking and monitoring of advertisements and an online farmers system.

“We need to establish a jobs auto, an online system for easy booking and monitoring of advertisements. Given the fact that our target audiences have different tastes and preferences, we need different platforms so that they are in position to selectively access information,” said Wamanya.
He adds that, in case a client needs their advertisements to be run on different outlets of vision group, with an online system, there will be no need call the media outlets to find out in advertisements were run.

Hugh Cameron a visiting professor and head Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development at the College unfolded the college’s target projects in his remarks to the internees.

“We can create a website for information and articles online for production and access to more content. This will stimulate public commentaries and reduce the costs of printing,” Cameron said.

Cameron also adds that a combined web portal for Vision Group publications is also part of the college’s projects. This will enable users to search for content online by use of keyword, author’s name, dates of publication, and media outlet among others.

In a separate interview with some of the students, they expect to implement and learn more skills since Vision Group has given them a golden opportunity to put their acquired skills in practice.

“This practice will increase on my experience, interpersonal, communication skills and will get access to new technologies. I will also contribute to the institution since I have experience in website applications development and well conversant with the technologies I use,” said Jackson Sinamanye, a finalist of software engineering.
Namuddu Gloria a records and archives management student was also excited about reading and learning more about software designing and management.

This practice will generally enable students become useful in the real world since it’s a learning process that can make permanent changes in individual lives.

 

SUMMER SCHOOL TRAINEES

By: Jacky Achan

 

Makerere University continues to play a crucial role in boosting tech innovation as 30 students from four different universities Monday kicked off a Mendix software development challenge at the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS).

Guy Acellam a Senior Developer at Flock of Birds a social enterprise firm undertaking the training at the college says both flexibility and creativity will be on test as the students from Makerere, Kyambogo, Mbarara and Kampala International Universities enter the incubation lab for a duration of ten weeks.

“When building new product agility and having the interest of the customer at heart is most important,” he says.
Acellam adds: “we don’t have to stick to principles. Functionality of a new product is achieved though back and forth consultation, creation and testing with the input of the customer to build the best product.”

Mendix is a rapid tool for software development that does not use a lot of codes. $10m has been set aside by its parent company Mendix USA and Mansystems Netherlands to improve its applicability on PCs, mobile and tablets.

Derrick Kwagala another a Senior Developer at Flock of Birds says the summer school challenge at Makerere will empower the young people technology wise to acquire skills applicable in real employment and promote talent in Africa at large.

 

DR. MERCY AMIYO

“Talent is there but it’s the exposure lacking, so we are here to groom and build by providing technical, communication, client engagement, leadership and entrepreneurial skills to ensure the trainees are employable and curb the high rates of joblessness,” he says.

 

Dr. Mercy Amiyo the Internship Coordinator CoCIS states the summer school at the college is not ordinary but rather a mix that involves equipping the trainee students with both soft and technical skills to build their practical expertise.

Eugene Miheso Swinnerstone a Business Consultant and Developer at Flock of Birds says upon completion of the training the participants will be in a position to integrate well with the practical world and real clients.

 

Eugene Miheso Swinnerstone

EUGENE MIHESO SWINNERSTONE

The 30 trainees that include 3 girls presented projects and where selected to take part in the training and incubation lab after a rigorous vetting process.
The training is being supported by Mansystems, Mendix, Smile communications and Makerere University through CoCIS

 

 

Dr. Evelyn Kigozi Kahiigi

DR. EVELYN KIGOZI KAHIIGI

Dr. Evelyn Kigozi Kahiigi who represented the Principal and Dean CoCIS presided over the launch of the summer school. She said the training and collaboration with Flock of Birds remains crucial in building the skills of its students to develop and integrate theories into applicable programs. 
Last year over sh50m was injected in the summer school training which is in its second year running.

 

 

Listen to Dr. Kahiigi's encouraging remarks to the summer school trainees.

 

 

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