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NORHED funding: CIT wins two projects

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 11:42

The School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT) located in the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) has won funding from the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED) to implement research and training projects aimed at boosting the country€„¢s ICT development agenda.

NORHED will fund two large projects within CIT, namely: HI-TRAIN: Health Informatics Training and Research in East Africa for Improved Health Care, aimed at realizing self-sustainable, replicable and scalable HI (Health Informatics) training and research programs in East Africa, to help meet the rising HI capacity and research needs in the region.

For the first time in the history of the Microsoft Imagine Cup, a team from Africa was able to win a prize at the worldwide
finals. 
Team Code8 from Makerere University that represented East Africa in the just concluded 11 annual Microsoft Imagine Cup competitions in Russia have won the Women's Empowerment Award presented in partnership with UN Women.The team consisting of Brian Gitta, Joshua Businge (both first year Computer Science students) Simon Lubambo, a fourth year Electrical Engineering student and their mentor Josiah Kavuma a third year Information Technology student, developed a Windows phone application named matibabu that diagnoses for malaria without pricking the body but by connecting a custom piece of hardware (matiscope) to the windows phone, the user is able to diagnose and know their malaria status in the shortest time possible. The results are sent to the user's skydrive for medical record keeping and sharing with their personal doctors.

The UN Women Award that comes with a cash prize of $12,000 recognizes two student teams that created projects that best address issues impacting women globally.

According to an excited Josiah Kavuma, the funds will enable them do more research on the feasibility and scalability of their application.“We are extremely happy to be the first African team to secure a prize at the finals and we shall now focus towards competing for the Imagine Cup Grant,he added.

Vocational institutions have been urged to include Cisco courses in their curriculum.

A total of 26 people participated in a week-long Electronic Records Management (ERM) course aimed at equipping them will skills to incorporate new approaches in electronic records preservation.

“This training will provide you with an opportunity to learn contemporary methodologies that can be adopted to address several deficiencies in the current records and archives management infrastructure in an organization. It will also help you resolve the complexity of issues surrounding management of organizations„ records, said Assoc. Prof. Constant Okello-Obura during the opening of the workshop.

The College acting Principal, Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza urged the participants to use the skills and knowledge gained from the training to recommend and implement robust Electronic Records Management Systems in their organizations.“As records/information managers, the duty you are entrusted with to manage your organizations records is very pertinent in protecting the image of your workplace and enabling efficient service delivery in tandem with the organization's goals,she added. Prof. Tibatemwa was represented by Ms. Deborah Natujjuna the acting head of the CiPSD.

The training was organized by the Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CiPSD). The Center, housed in the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), is responsible for organizing trainings geared towards professional development of students and also individuals already in the workplace.

The participants thanked the College for organizing the workshop that had enabled them refresh their knowledge and learn new ideas in records management. “As a result of this training, I am going to lobby my organization to buy software for ERM and I am sure this will have a positive impact on our records management,said Nelly Chilley who travelled from Kenya to attend the workshop.

 

Peter Khisa Wakholi, an assistant lecturer in the department of Information Systems successfully defended his PhD thesis titled, €˜Process Aware Mobile Systems: Applied to mobile-phone based data collection,€„¢ at the University of Bergen, Norway on 24th May, 2013.

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