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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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