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Another doctor for CIT Agnes Nakakawa

Written by Tuesday, 04 December 2012 09:45 Published in News Details comment

Agnes Nakakawa, an Information Systems professional and a Statistician has successfully defended her PhD thesis titled A collaboration Process for Enterprise Architecture Creation€„¢atRadboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands.

Agnes 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.

List of Publications from the research

Journal Papers

  1. Nakakawa, A., Bommel, van P., Proper, H.A.: Definition and Validation of Requirements for Collaborative Decision Making in Enterprise Architecture Creation. International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems (IJCIS). 20(1), 83 € 136 (2011) http://www.worldscientific.com/doi/abs/10.1142/S021884301100216X
  2. Nakakawa, A., Bommel, van P., Proper, H.A.: Executing Collaboration Dependent Tasks in Enterprise Architecture Approaches -- A Case of TOGAF. International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems IJCIS (in press)

Conference Papers

  1. Nakakawa, A., Bommel, van P., Proper, H.A.: On Supporting Collaborative Problem Solving in Enterprise Architecture Creation. In: Proper, H.A., Harmsen, F., Dietz J.L.G.~(eds.): Practice Driven Research on Enterprise Transformations, LNBIP 69, pp. 156--181, Springer, Berlin (2010) http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-642-16770-6_7
  2. Nakakawa, A., Bommel, van P., Proper, H.A.: Towards a Theory on Collaborative Decision Making in Enterprise Architecture. Global Perspectives on Design Science Research, LNCS 6105, pp. 538--541, Springer, Berlin (2010) http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-642-13335-0_40
  3. Nakakawa, A., Bommel, van P., Proper, H.A.: Challenges of Involving Stakeholders When Creating Enterprise Architecture. Proceedings of the 5th SIKS/BENAIS Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) CEUR-WS vol. 662, pp. 43--55, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (2010). http://www.win.tue.nl/eis2010/lib/exe/fetch.php?media=eis2010_proceedings.pdf
  4. Nakakawa, A., Bommel, van P., Proper, H. A. (2009): Quality Enhancement in Creating Enterprise Architecture: Relevance of Academic Models in Practice. In E. Proper, F. Harmsen, and J.L.G. Dietz (Eds.): NAF Academy Working Conference on Practice Driven Research on Enterprise Transformation (PRET2009), held at CAiSE2009. LNBIP 28, pp. 109€133, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  5. Nakakawa, A., Bommel, van P., Proper, H.A.: Requirements for Collaborative Decision Making in Enterprise Architecture. Proceedings of the 4th SIKS/BENAIS Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (EIS 2009), Nijmegen, October 23, (2009)

Workshop Papers

  1. Nakakawa, A., Bommel, van P., Proper, H.A.: Applying Soft Systems Methodology in Enterprise Architecture Creation. In: Nuttgens, M., Thomas, O., Weber, B. (eds.) Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures (EMISA). LNI 190, pp. 37--50, GI (2011) http://subs.emis.de/LNI/Proceedings/Proceedings190/P-190.pdf
  2. Nakakawa, A. (2008): Collaboration Engineering Approach to Enterprise Architecture Design Evaluation and Selection. In Remi Coletta, Xavier Franch, Ela Hunt, Peter McBrien, Farouk Toumani (eds.), Proceedings of the 15th CAiSE Doctoral Consortium (CAiSE-DC'08) held in conjunction with CAiSE'08 Conference, CEUR-WS Vol. 343, pp. 85-94, Montpellier, France.

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Johnson Mwebaze completes his PhD studies

Written by Monday, 03 December 2012 14:04 Published in News Details comment

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

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CoCIS hosts delegation from Vaal University of Technology

Written by Monday, 26 November 2012 14:18 Published in News Details comment

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

 

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Makerere scientists trained on grid computing

Written by Friday, 16 November 2012 11:33 Published in News Details comment

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.

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CWG rewards best Computer Science student

Written by Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:04 Published in News Details comment

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.

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Mercy Amiyo defends her PhD thesis

Written by Monday, 29 October 2012 14:23 Published in News Details comment

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)

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Paul Ssemaluulu completes his PhD studies

Written by Monday, 29 October 2012 13:39 Published in News Details comment

Paul Ssemaluulu Mukasa has successfully completed his PhD studies at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. Paul defended his thesis titled €˜An instrument to assess information systems success in developing countries€„¢ on Thursday October 25th, 2012. For more information see http://dissertations.ub.rug.nl/faculties/feb/2012/p.s.mukassa/?pLanguage=en

His studies were sponsored by the Nuffic project-Strengthening ICT Training and Research Capacity in the Four Public Universities in Uganda. Paul is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Information Technology, School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT).

Associated publications:

  1. Ssemaluulu Paul and Ddembe Williams (2006). A System Dynamics Tool for Evaluation of IT Investment Projects. In Special Topics in Computing and ICT Research: Advances in systems Modeling and ICT Applications. Kizza J.M, Aisbett j., Vince A and Wanyama T (Eds). Fountain Publishers http://cit.mak.ac.ug/iccir/downloads/SREC06.pdf
  2. Ssemaluulu Paul and Ddembe Williams (2007). Complexity and Risk in IS Projects: A System Dynamics Approach. In Special Topics in Computing and ICT Research: Strengthening the role of ICT in Development. Kizza J.M, Muhirwe J, Aisbett J., Getao K., Mbarika V., Patel D, and Rodrigues A.J., Eds.,. Fountain Publishers. http://cit.mak.ac.ug/iccir/downloads/SREC_07/ Paul%20Ssemaluulu%20and%20Ddembe%20Williams_07.pdf
  3. Ssemaluulu Paul and Ddembe Williams (2008). Use of 'Flight Simulator' for Training IT Managers in Investment Decision Making. In Special Topics in Computing and ICT Research:Strengthening the Role of ICT in Development. Aisbett J., Gibbon G., Rodrigues A. J., Kizza Joseph, Nath Ravi and Renardel G. Fountain Publishers. http://cit.mak.ac.ug/iccir/downloads/ICCIR_08/ Paul%20Ssemaluulu%20and%20Ddembe%20Williams_08.pdf

 

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Emily Bagarukayo defends her PhD thesis

Written by Thursday, 11 October 2012 09:13 Published in News Details comment

On 2nd October 2012, Emily Bagarukayo-Ngabirano successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled, €œA Learning by Construction Approach for Higher Order Cognitive Skills Improvement,€ at Radboud University Nijmegen-Netherlands. Publications arising from the research have been appeared in the International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology (IJEDICT) and the Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research among others.

Emily€„¢s PhD studies were sponsored by the Nuffic project-Strengthening ICT Training and Research Capacity in the Four Public Universities in Uganda.

Associated Publications

  1. Bagarukayo, E., Weide, Th. P. van der., Mbarika, V. W., and Kim, M. S. (2012b). The Impact of Learning Driven Constructs on the Perceived Higher Order Cognitive Skills Improvement: Multimedia vs. Text. International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology (IJEDICT), 2012, Vol. 8, Issue 2, pp. 120-130, ISSN: 1814-0556. http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/viewarticle.php?id=1433
  2. Bagarukayo, E., and Weide, Th. P. van der. (2012a). Interaction with a Digital Learning Environment of a University. 4th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU2012), 16 - 18th April, Porto, Portugal, pp 259-264, ISBN: 978-989-8565-06-8.
  3. Bagarukayo, E., Weide, Th. P. van der., and Mbarika,V. (2011b). Impact of Video Recorded Lectures on Learning at Radboud University, Netherlands. Proceedings of SIG GlobDev Fourth Annual Workshop, Shanghai, China December 3, 2011, ISBN 978-0-9826068-2-7
  4. Bagarukayo, E., Weide, Th. P. van der., and Lubega, J.T. (2011a). An Evaluation Strategy for the Moodle Learning Environment Based on Bloom€„¢s Taxonomy.3rd International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU2011), 6 - 9th May, Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands, pp 422-426, ISBN: 978-989-8425-49-2.
  5. Mbarika, V., Bagarukayo, E., Hingorani, V., Stokes, S., Kourouma, M., and Sankar, C. (2010). A Multi- Experimental Study on the Use of Multimedia Instructional Materials to Teach Technical Subjects. Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research. Special Edition Winter 2010: pp 24-37, Vol 9, No 3.
  6. Bagarukayo, E., and Mbarika, V. (2008). Impact of Multimedia Instructional Materials on the Attainment of Higher Order Cognitive Skills: A Literature Review. SIGWEB- iiWAS, ACM, New York, NY, pp 642-646, ISBN: 978-1-60558-349-5.
  7. Bagarukayo, E., Lubega, J., and Mbarika, V. (2007). Enhancing the Attainment of Higher Order Cognitive Skills through Multi-media E-learning. Proceedings of the 6th European Conference on e-Learning, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark, pp 693-700, ISBN: 978-1-905305-57.

 

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MIC training to ease operations in organizations

Written by Wednesday, 03 October 2012 11:05 Published in News Details comment

In the corporate world, it is essential for individuals to easily access and share data and also collaborate with their colleagues within and outside the organization. Microsoft SharePoint 2010 is one of the applications used to achieve this integrated collaborative environment.

In a bid to help improve the productivity and increase profitability for different organizations, the Microsoft Innovation Centre (MIC) organized a one-week training for IT professionals on Microsoft SharePoint 2010. The course was intended to teach individuals how to efficiently incorporate Microsoft SharePoint 2010 in their daily activities in order to improve data management in their workplaces.

The training, held at the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) was attended by 14 participants from organizations like Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), Growers Tea Factory, National Information Technology Authority- Uganda (NITA-U), COSEKE-Uganda among others.

Speaking during the handover of certificate to the trainees, Drake Mirembe, the MIC manager said the centre seeks to build capacity aimed at making businesses more profitable. €œThe Center works in a global partnership that enables us pass on the right courses to the public. The courses we offer are impacting organizations worldwide,€ he added, noting that the College, which hosts the MIC is privileged to be able to impact on the core areas of social transformation through using ICT to change communities.

The trainees lauded the MIC for this training, revealing that it helped address a number of challenges experienced by the individuals who were already using Microsoft SharePoint in their organizations. Gloria Nshekanabo of URA said they have been underutilizing SharePoint, but after the training, the organization will adopt the various functions within the application. URA uses SharePoint to communicate, store documents and collaborate with partners.

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A total of forty-nine (49) laboratory attendants/technicians from different units within Makerere University have completed a three-week training conducted by the Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CiPSD), College of Computing and Information Sciences. The free training was aimed at equipping the participants with new practical skills in Computer Hardware/ Software Repair and maintenance. It run from Monday 10th to Friday 28th September 2012.

According to Drake Mirembe, the head of the CiPSD, this training is part of the Center€„¢s community outreach programmes to the University staff with the goal of fostering good computer laboratory environments for University students and staff. This is aimed at enhancing the teaching and learning process of practical courses in labs of our respective University Units. €œIn the past, our outreach programmes have focused on communities outside Makerere, but we also want to grow our own community and equip them with the latest skills,€ Drake added.

The Principal, Prof. Ikoja Odongo urged the participants to use the skills gained to improve service delivery in their units. He reechoed the College€„¢s commitment to spearheading the adoption of innovative ICT skills within the different University units.

The participants hailed CoCIS for this goodwill gesture that has enabled them update their proficiency and called for more such trainings. For Oliver Nansikombi, who has worked in a lab for the last 25 years with only basic knowledge of the computer€„¢s components, this training has revealed the great potential she has to streamline the activities within her work station. For CoVAB€„¢s David Amandwa, the training will enable him conduct routine maintenance and repairs on the computers in the lab.

The best trainees, Mujunante Wensi from CEES and Jennifer Bossa were offered scholarships to undertake six-month CISCO training at the College.

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