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 CenterÃ¢‚¬„¢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. Ã¢‚¬Å“In 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,Ã¢‚¬ 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 CollegeÃ¢‚¬„¢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 computerÃ¢‚¬„¢s components, this training has revealed the great potential she has to streamline the activities within her work station. For CoVABÃ¢‚¬„¢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.
KenyaÃ¢‚¬„¢s Strathmore University recently organized a three-day Mobile Boot-Camp at the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS). The boot camp powered by iLabs Africa and Google was held from 13th - 15th September, 2012 and over 80 students from different universities in Uganda participated.
Ms. Grace Kihunda, the project manager at the iLab Africa Research Centre, said Strathmore University has been hosting these camps since 2008 and they are meant to introduce Information Technology students to mobile programming. Ã¢‚¬Å“We aspire to get them interested in programming so that they can kick-start a career in that aspect,Ã¢‚¬ Kihunda added.
The first two days were dedicated to providing basic lessons in Python and Android programming. On the third day, the students participated in a hackathon in which they were supposed to develop Android applications either individually or in groups. Some of the apps included - Phone Tracker, Performance Management System, HatariSpot and MakMap.
In third place was Campus Coach, an educative app containing study questions for courses offered at the university. In second place came Poultry Guide, an app providing information for poultry rearers in Uganda. First place was taken by mDuuka, a mobile shopping application affiliated to Ugandan supermarkets. These teams each won mobile phones.
The teams that participated in the boot camp received certificates and will get a chance to compete in the East African final competition where the grand prize is Ksh70,000 (about sh2M).
The team that designed the Winsenga application has been selected to showcase their innovation at the ITU Telecom World 2012, courtesy of Uganda Communication Commission (UCC). The event will be held in Dubai from October 14-18th, 2012. Winsenga will participate in ITU's Young Innovators Competition which offers innovative youth a chance to win funding, mentorship and ongoing support (http://cis.mak.ac.ug/cocis-news/157-itus-young-innovators-competition-yic.html).
The event brings together major stakeholders in the world's ICT sector to connect and exchange knowledge, showcase technology, talent and investment opportunities (http://world2012.itu.int/about).
Congratulations to the Team and we wish them the best of luck.
In his findings, Wakabi proposes genetic algorithmsÃ¢‚¬based techniques aimed at narrowing the existing gaps in the association rule mining arena including algorithmic complexity and scaling methods in ARM environments. He suggests a new algorithm to generate association rules using Ã¯¬ve rule quality metrics (comprehensibility, conÃ¯¬dence, J-measure, surprise and lift). This combination of rule quality metrics permits a user to evaluate the association rules on the diÃ¯¬‚¬erent metrics in a single algorithm run.
Chairperson - Dr. Josephine Nabukenya Ã¢‚¬ Dean,Ã‚ School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT)
Dr. Florence Tushabe Ã¢‚¬ Chair, Department of Computer Science (CIT)
Dr. John Quinn Ã¢‚¬ Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
Dr. John Ngubiri Ã¢‚¬ Senior Lecturer and Deputy Principal, CoCIS
Dr. J. Mango
Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba
Prof. Karunakaran Sarukesi
A total of 18 teachers from different secondary schools recently participated in a two-day Computer Science for High School (CS4HS) workshop organized by the College of Computing and Information Science (CoCIS) at the College last week.
The workshop, according to the CH4HS coordinator, Dr. Benjamin Kanagwa, was aimed at improving the teaching of Computer Sciences in high schools by equipping the teachers with new skills and sharing with them innovative teaching trends. Ã¢‚¬Å“The recent introduction of computer studies at Ã¢‚¬ËœAÃ¢‚¬„¢ Level, necessitates a need to pedagogically equip the teachers with skills to implement the teaching of this new subject,Ã¢‚¬ he added.
The teachers were trained on the fundamentals of Computer Science, development of simple android mobile phone applications and new tools of teaching IT in schools among others. This workshop also gives computer science teachers an opportunity to create and be part of an online networking platform where the teachers together with the administrators from CIT can share resources, tools and new trends.
Dr. Kanagwa hopes they can work together with the teachers and officials from the Ministry of Education and the National Curriculum Development Center to develop standard teaching materials like laboratory manuals and also contribute to the Ã¢‚¬ËœAÃ¢‚¬„¢ Level computer science curriculum.
Speaking during the handover of certificates to the teachers, Dr, Josephine Nabukenya, the dean CIT, noted that the School was ready to work with the government to integrate ICT as a subject and also a teaching tool to enhance effective learning among the students. Ã¢‚¬Å“With an online platform, we shall further collaborate, communicate and engage the teachers,Ã¢‚¬ she added.
Dorothy Tulina, a teacher at Trinity College Nabbingo thanked the College for this training opportunity which has enabled her learn new skills that would be beneficial to her students.
Google provided a grant of $5,000 for the workshop.
Nazir Ahmad Suhail defends his PhD Thesis titled: A Framework for Implementation of Blended Learning in Constrained Low Bandwidth Environment
In his findings, Nazir identifies the multimedia (learning content) compatible with the challenges of constrained low bandwidth environment and the network (bandwidth) related issues. He also assessed the Ã¢‚¬Å“level of e-readiness for constrained low bandwidthÃ¢‚¬ through self reported perceptions of key stakeholders (institutions, lecturers, and students) about implementation of blended learning in the context of developing countries.
Chairperson - Dr. Josephine Nabukenya Ã¢‚¬ Dean, School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT)
Opponent - Dr. Julianne Sansa-Otim Ã¢‚¬ Chair, Department of Networks (CIT)
Dr. Agnes S. Rwashana Ã¢‚¬ Lecturer, Department of Information Systems (CIT) Dr.
Rehema Baguma Ã¢‚¬ Chair, Department of Information Systems
Dr. Paul Muyinda Birevu Ã¢‚¬ Lecturer, College of Education and External Studies
Dr. Jude Lubega Ã¢‚¬ Chair, Department of Information Technology
Dr. Gilbert Maiga Ã¢‚¬ Lecturer, CIT
Revising for examinations will soon become more interesting after a group of students from the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) developed a mobile application - Ã¢‚¬ËœMy Revision GuideÃ¢‚¬„¢ that helps students revise on their phones. This app was the overall winner in the recently concluded Orange Community Innovation Awards 2012, earning sh10million for its developers - Fred Bisaso and Yasin Sekabira, all 3rd year students of Computer Science. They also won a two-year internship opportunity with Orange Uganda.
The awards also saw other CoCIS students - Joshua Okello, Viola Bazanye and Shafiq Muhatsi who developed the Ã¢‚¬ËœDiet AssistantÃ¢‚¬„¢ app win sh5million and a one year internship opportunity with Orange Uganda. Their application recommends healthy, affordable and locally available foods.
The third prize application was Ã¢‚¬ËœBrain ShareÃ¢‚¬„¢ while other applications exhibited during the event included m-vigour, Skin Disease Clinic, No Pressure, Livestock Manager, Valley Dams Monitor, A Farm Mobile Market System (FM2S), Mobile phone monitoring Ã¢‚¬ mhealth and QR Verifier.
Speaking during the prize giving ceremony at Makerere University, the Prime Minister, Hon. Amama Mbabazi called for increased research funding to enable the country attain actual transformation, adding that Ã¢‚¬Å“Inventions are means by which society is transformed. Let us continue to innovate, invent and transform society.Ã¢‚¬ Mbabazi also encouraged innovators to focus on applications that address peopleÃ¢‚¬„¢s pressing needs.
The Orange Community Awards are aimed at providing a platform through which young developers exploit their talent and showcase their innovations.
The Government of Uganda through the National Information Technology Authority, Uganda [NITA-U] and Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences in Collaboration with Egyptian Government, is pleased to announce the commencement of the 2nd National Business Process Outsourcing [BPO] Training Program commencing September 2012.
Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) is the strategic use of a third-party services provider to perform activities traditionally handled by internal staff and resources. BPO is often divided into two categories: back office outsourcing, which includes internal business functions such as billing or purchasing, and front office outsourcing, which includes customer-related services such as marketing or technical support.
The most common examples of BPO are Customer Support Services such as call centers, Policy Maintenance/Management such as human resource, Data Process Services such as payroll outsourcing, and Technical Support Services. BPO is dependent on Information Technology; hence, it is also referred to as an Information Technology Enabled Service (ITES). BPO is one of the fastest growing segments of Information Technology Enabled Services.
The Government of Uganda is committed to positioning the Uganda as a prime BPO Destination as well as growing the BPO Industry. In this regard the Government is going to undertake a series of trainings for its citizens to enable them participate in this growing industry globally.
The BPO industry globally employs millions of people and is one of the major revenue earners in countries like India. Uganda has the potential to tap into this sector because it does possess the major requirements necessary for a conducive environment.
Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences on behalf of the implementing partners is now receiving applications from interested candidates. The training to be delivered by renowned industry trainers from Egypt, who have delivered similar trainings across the globe will equip the trainees with skills that enable them participate actively in the industry. This training precedes the launch of the BPO Center in Kampala that will employ a number of UgandanÃ¢‚¬„¢s who meet the requirements.
The training is full-time and will last for one month
Applicants are required to possess a University degree qualification from a reputable institution. Possession of adequate computer skills and English language proficiency.
Tuition Fee: 345,000/=UGX
Duration: 3rd September to 5th October
Number of participants required: 60 only
The closing date of receiving applications is 20th August, 2012. NO APPLICATION WILL BE ACCEPTED IN HARD COPY!
The College of Computing and Information Sciences has won the overall Academy Curriculum Excellence (CCNP East Africa) award during the recently concluded Cisco Academy Conference, held in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania.
According to Drake Mirembe, the Ag, head of the Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CiPSD) the award was in recognition of the CollegeÃ¢‚¬„¢s continued commitment to excellence in delivery of the Cisco training programmes in the region. This follows an evaluation conducted by Cisco to gauge the quality of services offered by the different academies focusing on the following parameter - the number of professional development events conducted by an academy, the number of development programmes conducted for the staff, the equipment available, the pass rate of an academyÃ¢‚¬„¢s students, the student feedback and an academyÃ¢‚¬„¢s outreach programmes.
Ã¢‚¬Å“In addition, the College received two other recognitions - the Academy Learning Opportunity and CCNA Discovery Curriculum Excellence awards,Ã¢‚¬ Drake added. The CiPSD conducts the different Cisco courses offered at the College.
The College continued efforts towards improving the quality of instruction in the Ugandan Cisco Academies, has encouraged Cisco to approve a grant to the College to support instructor retooling and quality assurance for both Uganda and Rwanda.
Uganda, and particularly the College of Computing and Information Sciences hosts one of the two regional Academy Support Centres in East Africa. The other is located in Kenya and together, the two centres offer support to 140 Cisco academies within the East African region including other countries like Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Seychelles.
The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) would like to announce second edition of ITUÃ¢‚¬„¢s Young Innovators Competition (YIC) on behalf of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Young innovators will also have the chance to win funding, mentorship and ongoing support.
The competition, which is open to 18-25 year olds worldwide, gives young, talented social entrepreneurs the opportunity to attend the ITU Telecom World 2012 due to take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from of October 14-18, 2012. ITU Telecom World is ITUÃ¢‚¬„¢s key global networking and knowledge sharing event.
Accordingly, ITU calls for projects/concepts which engage the power of ICTs to meet real-world developmental challenges relevant to one of eight core areas under the themeÃ‚ "Youth Innovation for DevelopmentÃ¢‚¬:
Submissions consisting of everything from well researched concepts to ongoing operations showing preliminary results are welcome. From these, the twelve (12) most outstanding entries -Ã¢‚¬ judged to have the greatest possible social impact and potential for business success -Ã¢‚¬ will win the chance to attend and participate in above-mentioned ITU Telecom World 2012.
The 12 finalists can benefit from one-on-one mentorship sessions with top level representatives from various sectors, hands-on workshops focused on developing entrepreneurial skills and the chance to showcase concepts and projects at a centrally located stand before the uniquely influential audience of World 2012 delegates.
Visit http://world2012.itu.int/young-innovators-competition for details