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Thursday, 01 December 2011 12:03

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This is the homepage of the DI Research Group in the School of Computing and Informatics Technology, Makerere University, a research group studying how ICTs can be used to facilitate social economic development in developing countries where various constraints impact on the use of ICT compared to developed regions.


1. Bridging the Gap of the un-Banked with ATM Card less Transactions ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Mobile money transfers have become an every day occurrence in Uganda. However, its biggest challenge is that it works only when the Mobile money agents are available. Custoers are thereby unable to access the money on their mobile money accounts at night or when the agents are unavailable. This can be solved by the introduction of card less mobile money transactions at Bank ATMs given their ability to offer service to its customers anytime. With Telecommunication companies collaborating with banks to offer card less transactions at the ATM, mobile money customers will be able to have access to their money at anytime of the day regardless of the availability of mobile money agents. This will make possible transaction such Fuel and Supermarket payments to be instant without using any card, bank notes but through the Mobile Phone

2. Minimizing Water Losses from Distribution Networks using a Leakage Detection System (LDS) ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Leakages are a major cause of losses when it comes to water supply and distribution. These leakages are mainly caused by rust, human activities like farming and road construction, very high water pressure, technical errors like poor plumbing. Discovery of a point of leakage takes a long time and minor leakages within the network remain unknown which when accumulated can amount to a great loss. Remember Every drop Counts!
To solve these leakage problems, the water suppliers have to rely on information from their clients or physically patrol their water network infrastructures and assess the situation. This takes a lot of time, money and labour to find the exact point of leakage.
With the technology we have, it is possible to implement a software application that will help water authorities and water suppliers to locate all water leakages within the shortest possible time. The proposed application is meant to work with any computing device such as computers, PDAs and mobile phones to help solve the problems associated with water leakages. The gathered information can be used to study other patterns related to water consumption, environment, etc...

3. A strategy for Improving Accessibility of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for People with Disabilities (PwDs) in Uganda ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

People with Disabilities (PwDs) that affect access and usage of ICTs such as blindness and mortal disability need special considerations to be made in the design and deployment of ICTs for them to use them. In 2006, the population of PWDs in Uganda was 2.5m out of 28m people. The population has since increased to 34m. Despite the significant number of PwDs in the country, not much has been done about facilitating their accessibility to ICTs and ICT based services. This research is looking into to what extent ICTs and ICT based services in Uganda accessible to PwDs and how accessibility of these ICTs and ICT based services for PwDs in Uganda can be improved.

4. Improvement of Maternal and Child Health Service Delivery through Mobile Phones in Uganda ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

In Uganda, around 6,000 women die each year from pregnancy-related causes, and approximately 10 to 20 times that number survive with chronic and debilitating conditions. In addition, out of every 1000 babies that are born, 29 die within the first month of life. More so, motherless children are up to 10 times more likely to die prematurely than those with mothers, and every year more than 1 million children are left motherless (Life for Mothers, 2011). The persistent poor indicators of maternal mortality rates despite various interventions are a function of ineffective systems including poor/non existent information sharing platforms and communication structures. For majority of women, information remains a barrier to access and utilization of services because most of the decisions made at house hold level are made by men. Reliable information and effective communication are crucial elements in public health practices. The use of appropriate technologies can increase the quality and the reach of both information and communication. On one hand, the knowledge base is about information, which enables people to take the right actions for their own health. This project is exploring how ICTs particularly mobile phones can be utilized to improve maternal and child health in Uganda. This is a pilot project being implemented in Mawokota County, Mpigi District. After the pilot, the concept will be refined and efforts made to replicate it in other parts of the country.

5. Monitoring HIV/AIDS Patients on ART in Uganda using Mobiles Phones ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Despite the efforts put in by various HIV/AIDS support organizations to provide patients with the life prolonging ARVs, many patients mostly in the rural areas still lack enough information on how to effectively use them leading to high death rates. Since the number of people using mobile phones in Uganda has significantly increased recently and will continue to increase, such mobile phones can be utilized to improve monitoring HIV/AIDS patients for timely in take of ARVs, restocking from nearby health centers, timely reporting of adverse effects, etc. This project is investigating how mobile phones can be utilized to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of monitoring HIV/AIDS patients on Anti- Retroviral Therapy (ART) in Uganda.


6. A consumer based perspective for e-government adoption in Uganda. ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

7. Ontology based bio medical Data Integration ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

8. Developing a Spatial Decision Support Tool for Climate Change Adaptation Enhancement in Agriculture ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

9. A Framework for Designing Sustainable Telemedicine Information Systems in Uganda ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Recent Publications

  1. Ajwang, M. O. and Baguma, R. (2011). Underwriting Cyber Risks in Uganda, In proceedings of the 7th Annual International Conference on Computing & ICT Research (ICCIR€„¢11)
  2. Alao, O.D., Awodele, O., Baguma, R. and Weide, Th.P. van der (2011).Cultural Issues and their Relevance in Designing Usable Websites. International Journal of Computer Science & Emerging Technologies, Issue Vol.1 No.2, February 2011.
  3. Katushemererwe, F., Baguma, R. and Zlotnikova, R. (2011)Language teaching and learning in Uganda: situation analysis & the need for Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), In proceedings of the 12th Strathmore University Annual ICT Conference: ICT for Development: People, Policy and Practice
  4. Baguma, R., Stone, R., Lubega, J.T. and Weide, T. (2009). Integrating Accessibility and Functional Requirements. HCI International Series, Springer, ISBN: 978-3-642-02712-3, Vol. 5610, pp. 635-644
  5. Baguma, R., Stone, R. G., Lubega, J. T. and Weide T.. (2009). A framework for filtering Web accessibility guidelines. In proceedings of Web for Accessibility Conference (W4A 2009), co-hosted with the Annual World Wide Web Conference, Spain Madrid, available in ACM digital Library, ISBN 978-1-60558-561-1, pp. 46-49.
  6. Baguma, R. and Lubega, J. T. (2009). Web Content Filtration According to Context of Use: Case Study of Accessibility Guidelines. In Kizza, M. J., Lynch, K, Nath, R. ,Aisbett, J, and Vir, P. (eds): Strengthening the Role of ICT in Development, Vol. V, ISBN: 978-9970-02-738-5, pp. 190-199.
  7. Munguatosha, G. M., Muyinda, P. B. and Lubega, J. T. (2011): A social networked learning adoption model for higher education institutions in developing countries, On the Horizon: Emerald Journal, ISSN: 1074-8121, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 307-320.
  8. Muyinda, B. P., Lubega, J., Lynch, K. Weide, T. (2011). A Framework for Instantiating Pedagogic mLearning Applications. In C. Antonio and P. Pekka (Eds.): ICTAC-Theoretical Aspects of Computing. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, Vol. 6916, ISBN 978-3-642-23282-4, pp. 194-217.
  9. Suhail, N. A. and Lubega, J. T. (2011). Optimization Technique for Implementation of Blended Learning in Constrained Low Bandwidth Environment. In Tatnall, A; Kereteletswe, O. C and Visscher, A.: IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer- Boston, ISBN: 978-3-642-19714-7, pp. 166-173.
  10. Onyait, G. and Lubega, J. (2011). E-Learning Readiness Assessment Model: A Case Study of Higher Education Institutions of Learning in Uganda. In Kwan, R.; Fong, J.; Kwok, l. and Lam, J.: Hybrid Learning. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, ISBN: 978-3-642-22762-2, Vol. 6933, pp. 200-211.
  11. Suhail, N. A.; Lubega, J. and Maiga, G. (2011). Optimisation Based Multi-media Performance to Enhance Blended Learning Experience in Constrained Low Bandwidth Environment. In Kwan, R.; Fong, J.; Kwok, l. and Lam, J.: Hybrid Learning. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, ISBN: 978-3-642-22762-2, Vol. 6933, pp. 188-199.
  12. Omona, W., van der Weide, T. and Lubega, J T. (2010). Using ICT to enhance Knowledge Management in higher education: A conceptual framework and research agenda International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology (IJEDICT), Vol. 6, Issue 4, pp.83-101.
  13. Muyinda, P.B., Lubega, J.T. and Lynch, K. (2010). Unleashing mobile phones for research supervision support at Makerere University, Uganda: the lessons learned, International. Journal of Innovation and Learning, ISSN: 1471-8197, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp.14€34.
  14. Lubega, J.T and Williams, S. (2009). Integrating Constructive Feedback in Personalised E-learning. In Wang, F.L.; Fong, J.; Zhang, L.; Lee, V.K.S. (Eds.): Theoretical Computer Science and General Issues. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, ISBN: 978-3-642-03696-5, Vol. 5685, pp. 218-229.
  15. Baguma, R., Stone, R., Lubega, J.T. and Van der Weide, T.P. (2009). Integrating Accessibility and Functional Requirements. In Jacko, J.A.; Stephanidis, C.; Harris, D.; Schmorrow, D.D.; Grootjen, M.; Karsh, B.-T.; Shumaker, R.; Zaphiris, P.; Ozok, A.A.; Duffy, V.G.; Kurosu, M.; Smith, M.J.; Salvendy, G.; Aykin, N.; Estabrooke, I.V. (Eds.) HCI International Series, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, ISBN: 978-3-642-02944-8, Vol. 5610-56.
  16. Ayoo, P. O and Lubega, J. (2009). A Requirement Analysis Framework for Human Activity Systems (HAS): The Case of Online Learning. International Journal of Computing and ICT Research (IJIR), Special Issue, 3 (1): 12-25.


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  • Program for Accessible Health, Communication and Education (PACE-Uganda)

A. Research Group Mission:

To develop networked systems and applications that will ease access to communication and mobile wireless services thus contributing to the (Uganda's) national development goals. To build a strong foundation for analyzing and solving various forms of digital security problems through modern research methods and strategic collaborations.

B. Technology Themes

Theme Sub Theme Contact
Wireless for Rural Connectivity Capacity Planning Tonny
Wireless Sensor Apps Tonny & Julianne
Wireless mesh & WiMAX Idris & Tonny
Mobile Computing Innovative Mobile Svcs
Mobile Multimedia QoS
Policies, Protocols & Standards 4 nets in D R Policy & Regulation Protocols & systems designs Julianne
Software Security John & Richard
Network Security Richard & Julianne
Information Security John & Richard
Applied Cryptography John & Richard
Security Protocols Richard & Drake

C. Application Areas:

  • Weather Monitoring
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Mobile applications in health
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Systems and Information audit
  • Surveillance
  • Cloud Services

D. Source Fields

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Algorithmic Design
  • Systems Design and Architecture
  • Programming Languages
  • Formal Methods
  • Applied Cryptography

E. Methodologies

  • Experimental
  • Formal Analysis
  • Observational
  • Live networks tests
  • Software Simulations
  • Case studies
  • Seminars

F. MDG Relevance

Opportunities across social, economic & political settings provided by wireless, mobile & broadband technologies Protecting civil liberties Reliability in the mission and life critical systems Security as a Business (Market transactions, banking services, monitoring)

G. Objectives

  1. Clear articulation of our research themes
  2. Communicate our research themes with MSc. & PhD students
  3. Comprehensive support to students carrying out WNSS research.
  4. Establish collaborative partnerships with local and international partners.
  5. Keep abreast with current developments in WNSS.
  6. Generate lots of money through research projects

H. Indicators of a good RG

  1. Regular & productive Group meeting
  2. Number of active members
  3. Number of successful PhD & MSc completions.
  4. Number of publications.
  5. Amount of research grants attracted.
  6. Number of visitors attracted
  7. Active website, mailing list & Media engagement

I. Group Members

PhD Holders

  • Dr. Julianne Sansa-Otim
  • Dr. Bulega Tonny Eddie
  • Dr. John Ngubiri
  • Dr. Idris Rai

PhD Students

  • Richard Ssekibuule
  • Drake Patrick Mirembe
  • Ruth Mbabazi Mutebi
  • Bernard Muwonge
  • Bakaki Grace

Master Students

  • Potentially over 50 Master Students

J. If Interested:

Participate in the Weekly meetings Friday 10-11 am
These will be alternating btn Networked Systems & Mobile Computing and Systems Security topics
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Mobile Computing & Communications (MCC) Research Group
  The focus of the research Group will be based but not limited, on the following list of Research Areas
  • Mobile & Wireless Communications Technology & Services
  • QoS & Mobile Multimedia Networking
  • Mobile Ad Hoc & Sensor Networks
  • Wireless Broadband Access Networks
  Informatics & Visualization Research Group
The research group in Informatics and Visualisation, and the Advanced Modeling and Simulation make up the main research directions pursued in the department of Information Systems of the School of Computing and Informatics Technology of Makerere University.

Informatics focuses on efficient and effective creation, management and utilization of information using ICTs in the modern world. Visualization on the other hand focuses on the use of graphic to visually present and explore data/information solely for gaining more insight to complex data.

The Research group seeks to find ways of applying information science principles, information technology, and communication to a wide range of disciplines, with a main focus of presenting and enhancing understanding of data, information, and knowledge discovery processes.

The Research group addresses both theoretical and practical aspects of informatics. Some areas of interest are:
  • Information and Knowledge management
  • Information systems methodologies
  • Information Visualization
  • Information Retrieval
  • Visualization in Information Systems
  • Teaching ,Learning and research
  • Semiotics in information systems and organizations
  • Impact and assessment/evaluation of Information Systems
  • Business intelligence and business performance management
  • Sustainable and evolvable systems architecture
  • Social computing
  • Dynamic and semantic web
  • Requirements engineering
  • Knowledge Management
  • Enterprise information systems
  • Geographical and Information Systems
  • Healthcare management informatics
  • e-government and e-business systems, e-learning
  • Business and IT strategies
  • Collaborative work
Main membership for the center is from staff in the department of information systems at the School of Computing and Informatics Technology, Makerere University. Due to the crosscutting/interdisciplinary nature of some of the research directions outlined above, some members come from sister departments in Computer science, Networks (Software Engineering and data Communications), Information technology. An increasing number of members also come from the Faculties of Medicine and Science.

Funding and research collaborations
The research group encourages members to apply for funding from the Makerere University

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