The second edition of the Annual Communications Innovation Awards (ACIA) held on Friday 18th May, 2012 at Serena Hotel saw staff from the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) win awards in various categories.
The Student Research Award for the postgraduate level went to Seth Muhairwe, currently working in the Department of ICT Support Services (DISS). He was recognized for designing a mobile application that monitors water levels in valley dams.
Michael Okopa, a post-graduate student was commended for designing a new job scheduling policy called SWAP that gives service without prior knowledge of job sizes as opposed to the Shortest Job First (SJF) scheduling policy which gives priority to the shortest job in the queue but requires information on job sizes which is not available in most systems and this limits its implementation. SWAP uses the measured serial correlation of the service times to estimate the job sizes.
The Artificial Intelligence Research Group (Ernest Mwebaze and Dr. John Quinn) was runner-up in the Rural e-services category. Their winning innovation was the mobile application designed to monitor crop diseases.
In the Local Content category for Individuals and SMEs, Dr. Florence Tushabe was the runner-up. She was recognized for translating the VLC media player interface into Runyakitara.
The awards, preceded by a whole day exhibition in which various innovations were showcased were graced by the Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, the Minister of ICT, Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda and Veerna Rawat the Vice-President of Research in Motion (RIM).
The awards organized by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) were aimed at promoting greater local involvement in developing innovative products, services, content, and approaches that exploit or enhance communication platforms for development. This yearÃ¢‚¬„¢s competition had five major categories. In addition to these, there was an Overall WinnerÃ¢‚¬„¢s Award, the Annual Communications Innovation Award, 2011 won by FIT Uganda.