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The team led by Dr. Ssekakubo (Africa Development Bank), Prof. P. Muyinda (Principal, College of Education and External Studies) Dr. John Okuonzi (Kyambogo University), and Sybyl former Computer Point (Project contractors) met with College Representatives Assoc. Prof. Gilbert Maiga and Dr. Florence Kivunike (Head of ICT Support Services) to appraise the donation of 200 thin client computers, 6 servers and 4 switches to setup a new computer laboratory at the College.
The Support to Higher Education, Science and Technology (HEST) Project aims to contribute to building Uganda’s human capital skills development capacity—particularly in education, science and technology—to respond to labor market demands and spur productivity nationally. Its objective is to improve equitable access, quality and relevance of skills training and research leading to job creation and self-employment. It involves the active participation of six public universities and two degree awarding tertiary institutions in skills training, at the various levels of higher learning. The strategic outcomes of the project are access to HEST and information and communication technology (ICT) for delivery of HEST and improved quality and relevance of HEST in target public universities and degree-awarding tertiary institutions, leading to stronger links to the productive sector. The project is aligned to the country’s National Development Plan 2010/2011–2014/2015 that aims at making Uganda an industrialized economy in 2025 through the provision of higher level skills.
The team concluded the visit by getting the opportunity to tour some of the latest research project going on at the College specifically in the Artificial intelligence Lab.

Big Ideas Challenge Info Session

Thursday, 12 October 2017 06:52

Big Ideas is an annual contest aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of students who have “big ideas.” Since its founding in 2006, Big Ideas has inspired innovative and high-impact student-led projects aimed at solving problems that matter to this generation. By encouraging novel proposals and then supporting concrete next steps, Big Ideas is helping contest winners make an impact all over the world.
The infrastructure of this contest is made possible through the generous support of the Andrew & Virginia Rudd Family Foundation.
Big Ideas also connects students with the mentorship, training, and resources needed to successfully conceptualize, deploy, and scale social innovations. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students with creative solutions that address social challenges, the contest awards up to $300,000 in prizes across 40-50 winning teams annually.
By leveraging the creativity of students and the power of competition to drive innovation, Big Ideas creates lasting, positive and impactful social change—empowering a new generation of social innovators.

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Bachelor of Information Systems And Technology

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 07:06

The Bachelor of Information Systems and Technology (BIST) is a three year full-time Program open to all qualifying students, commencing in the 2017/2018 academic year. The Program is based on an effective curriculum, achieved through considering a number of factors that cover the opportunities, and gaps that need to be addressed by the BIST Program. These included;

  • The requirements from the inter university council for East Africa’s March 2015 benchmarks for developing curricula for bachelor of Information  Technology Programs
  • The internationally recognized ACM curriculum development guidelines for undergraduate degree programs in information systems and information technology.
  • A market analysis to evaluate the attractiveness and the dynamics of the Information Systems and Technology market within East Africa. Special attention was paid on the kind of jobs/roles being advertised within this market segment and the different skills set that are being sought.
  • Feedback obtained over a three year period (2013 - 2016) from our industrial partners where our students were placed for the Internship / field attachment.
  • Consultations made with the ICT Association of Uganda.
  • Industrial and alumni feedback: key stakeholders and experts from regulatory authorities, industry and academia were invited to provide insights as to what their expectations are of an Information Systems and Technology graduate.

The BIST graduate is positioned at the third level of responsibility (Application Level) of the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). The SFIA is a model for describing and managing competencies for ICT professionals for the 21st century, and is intended to help match the skills of the workforce to the needs of the business.
At the application level, a graduate that is able to:

  • Use discretion in identifying and responding to complex issues and assignments;
  • Interact with and influence colleagues with good interpersonal skills
  • Perform a range of work-sometimes complex and non-routine in a variety of environments
  • Demonstrate an analytical and systematic approach to issue resolutions; and effective communication skills, team work, and planning.
  • Appreciate the wider business context and how their own role relates to other roles in the organization

Program Objectives
The Bachelor of Information Systems and Technology (BIST) program aims to educate and develop students in broad and deep aspects of information systems and technology concerned with their implementation in a wide variety of organizational environments. It is designed to address the concerns of different stakeholders by focusing on a learner’s academic ability, employability and personal development. Specifically, the Program
seeks to:

  • Equip learners with the knowledge and skills required to learn, design, develop, install, and implement all types of computer information systems and
    technologies.
  • Provide learners with knowledge and innovative skills required to develop applications of Information Systems and Technology in a dynamic organizational environment.
  • Prepare learners for life-long learning and research in the area of Information Systems and Technology.
  • Connect learners to industry through placements and internships in the field of Information Systems and Technology.
  • Impart professional, legal, security, ethical and social awareness pertinent to Information Systems and Technology.
  • Equip the learner with soft skills and attitude to work as part of a team in multicultural, global, technical and non-technical environments.

 Read more : Bachelor of Information Systems and Technology (BIST)

Orientation Programme for Year 1 Graduate students  2017-2018 held on Monday 25th September, 2017

The Directorate of Research and Graduate Studies congratulates all those who have been admitted to the different programmes. Read more https://rgt.mak.ac.ug/

The orientation programe is as follows:

  • Recording of Membership.
  • Opening prayer and welcome message from the Co-ordinator Research Office.
  • Message from the Dean
  • Message from HOD IS
  • Message from HOD IT
  • Message from HOD NW
  • Message from HOD CS
  • Message from College Registar
  • Message from Head Reasearch Office
  • Question/Discussion from Students
  • Closing Remarks.

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.

 

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