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CoCIS Connect Kicks off

Written by Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:36 Published in News Details comment


The long awaited CoCIS Connect Exhibition with the theme: From Invention to Innovation was lauched on 26th March 2015 by the Director ICT at Uganda Police Force Mr. Amos Ngabirano who was welcomed by the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu and the CoCIS management and staff led by Deputy Principal Dr. Agnes Ssemwanga.


Mr. Ngabirano was exited to launch the exhibition and this is what he to said “With what you have exhibited here today, I am now sure of three things – the academia, young people and ICTs are a critical component to enabling us achieves the task ahead of us. Your innovations in the areas of health, agriculture, security, safe water management, education and e-business are very pertinent components of our strategy towards transforming this country.”

The Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu in his remarks echoed the committement of Makerere University to quality high education to students. “The spirit of innovation and resilience exhibited by these students here today highlights their entrepreneurial acumen which we as a university are trying to instill in them in order for them to be able to create employment for themselves” he said.


Special thanks to the sponsors of the event Resilience Africa Network RAN, TOTAL Uganda, DFCU Bank Makerere Branch, New Vision and Uganda Police.
Day two of the event will take place 27th March 2015. 
You are all welcome.

List of the projects being exhibited, click to download


Welcome to AFRICOMM 2014

Written by Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:52 Published in News Details comment

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is my honor to welcome you to Kampala, Uganda, at the 6th International Conference on e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2014). Africomm 2014 will be hosted at Makerere University in the College of Computing and Information Sciences.

Makerere University is ranked thirteenth university in Africa and is one of the oldest universities on the African continent having been founded in 1922. 

Uganda was first called “the Pearl of Africa” by Sir Winston Churchill because of her beautiful nature. Recently Lonely planet (the largest travel guide book and digital media publisher in the world) voted Uganda as the number one tourist destination for 2012. Some top tourist destinations include: Kidepo National Park (listed as the 3rd best park in Africa by CNN Travel); Mt Rwenzori (voted among the top hiking places in Africa and in the world); Queen Elizabeth National Park; and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

After the success of Africomm 2013 in Blantyre, Malawi, the conference is on track to establish itself as the premier international annual conference for the presentation of advanced research results on e-infrastructures and e-services for developing countries.

Africomm 2014 will provide attendees with presentations of exciting technical content, now supplemented by installations of prototype services and technology in the exhibition area.

I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to all the members of the Organizing Committee who worked well and hard together to ensure the event's success. Secondly, I thank all the volunteers who have dedicated their time to review papers and assist with organizational logistics. I also express my sincere thanks to the authors from all over the world for their quality contribution. Finally, I heartily thank MTN Uganda for sponsoring this event.

I invite all of you to join me and cordially interact with both experts and newcomers in the e-Infrastructures and e-services fields from over 10 countries. Meanwhile, please do not forget to enjoy the beautiful pearl of Africa.

Once again, welcome to Uganda, and enjoy Africomm 2014!

Julianne Sansa-Otim

AFRICOMM 2014 General Chair


The College of Computing and Information Sciences, CoCIS, will for the first time host the international AFRICOMM  conference on 24 - 25th Nov. 2014. 

AFRICOMM, is an annual conference that brings together IT experts from all over the continent and beyond to share the latest research and innovations. The conference shall showcase several research papers which will look at challenges faced in adopting e-services and establishment of e-infrastructure for developing countries.

The keynote address for the 6th AFRICOMM conference at CoCIS will be given by Dr. F.F. Tusubira (Tusu),  the CEO of Ubuntunet Alliance, and Board Chair of the National Information Technology Authority – Uganda (NITA-U) board. 

His address will examine some of the challenges developing countries face in implementing and/or adopting e-services, and propose approaches that would improve the chances of success.

Also of key interest will be the particular students’  innovations in addressing societal concerns in Agriculture, Business, Health, Security, Education and Climate Change. This is to invite you for the exhibition at the College parking yard on the above dates. 

See the link below for more: CLICK HERE
Download Conference program CLICK DOWNLOAD
Visit the 6th AFRICOMM Conference website CLICK HERE
Map and Direction CLICK HERE



New Deputy Principal pledges to propel College forward

Friday, 02 August 2013 12:15 Published in News Details comment

Dr. Agnes Rwashana receives the handover report from Dr. John NgubiriThe new Deputy Principal of the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Dr. Agnes Rwashana Semwanga has promised to work with all College staff to move the College forward.

We are going to tap into the recent grants won from NORHED, Spider and other funders; we shall also operationalize the various MOUs within the College and engage the incoming PhD holders who are ready to take up leadership positions within the College, she added after receiving the handover report of the outgoing acting Deputy Principal, Dr. John Ngubiri.


The success of the teams from the African continent during the Microsoft Imagine Cup competitions speaks for itself in showing that there is no shortage in innovation all that is required is a platform to showcase that innovation and take it to the next level.


NORHED funding: CIT wins two projects

Written by Wednesday, 17 July 2013 11:42 Published in News Details comment

The School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT) located in the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) has won funding from the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED) to implement research and training projects aimed at boosting the country€„¢s ICT development agenda.

NORHED will fund two large projects within CIT, namely: HI-TRAIN: Health Informatics Training and Research in East Africa for Improved Health Care, aimed at realizing self-sustainable, replicable and scalable HI (Health Informatics) training and research programs in East Africa, to help meet the rising HI capacity and research needs in the region.


For the first time in the history of the Microsoft Imagine Cup, a team from Africa was able to win a prize at the worldwide
Team Code8 from Makerere University that represented East Africa in the just concluded 11 annual Microsoft Imagine Cup competitions in Russia have won the Women's Empowerment Award presented in partnership with UN Women.The team consisting of Brian Gitta, Joshua Businge (both first year Computer Science students) Simon Lubambo, a fourth year Electrical Engineering student and their mentor Josiah Kavuma a third year Information Technology student, developed a Windows phone application named matibabu that diagnoses for malaria without pricking the body but by connecting a custom piece of hardware (matiscope) to the windows phone, the user is able to diagnose and know their malaria status in the shortest time possible. The results are sent to the user's skydrive for medical record keeping and sharing with their personal doctors.

The UN Women Award that comes with a cash prize of $12,000 recognizes two student teams that created projects that best address issues impacting women globally.

According to an excited Josiah Kavuma, the funds will enable them do more research on the feasibility and scalability of their application.“We are extremely happy to be the first African team to secure a prize at the finals and we shall now focus towards competing for the Imagine Cup Grant,he added.


Vocational institutions urged to adopt Cisco courses

Written by Monday, 24 June 2013 10:50 Published in News Details comment

Vocational institutions have been urged to include Cisco courses in their curriculum.


A total of 26 people participated in a week-long Electronic Records Management (ERM) course aimed at equipping them will skills to incorporate new approaches in electronic records preservation.

“This training will provide you with an opportunity to learn contemporary methodologies that can be adopted to address several deficiencies in the current records and archives management infrastructure in an organization. It will also help you resolve the complexity of issues surrounding management of organizations„ records, said Assoc. Prof. Constant Okello-Obura during the opening of the workshop.

The College acting Principal, Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza urged the participants to use the skills and knowledge gained from the training to recommend and implement robust Electronic Records Management Systems in their organizations.“As records/information managers, the duty you are entrusted with to manage your organizations records is very pertinent in protecting the image of your workplace and enabling efficient service delivery in tandem with the organization's goals,she added. Prof. Tibatemwa was represented by Ms. Deborah Natujjuna the acting head of the CiPSD.

The training was organized by the Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CiPSD). The Center, housed in the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), is responsible for organizing trainings geared towards professional development of students and also individuals already in the workplace.

The participants thanked the College for organizing the workshop that had enabled them refresh their knowledge and learn new ideas in records management. “As a result of this training, I am going to lobby my organization to buy software for ERM and I am sure this will have a positive impact on our records management,said Nelly Chilley who travelled from Kenya to attend the workshop.



Peter Khisa Wakholi defends his PhD thesis

Written by Friday, 07 June 2013 07:24 Published in News Details comment

Peter Khisa Wakholi, an assistant lecturer in the department of Information Systems successfully defended his PhD thesis titled, €˜Process Aware Mobile Systems: Applied to mobile-phone based data collection,€„¢ at the University of Bergen, Norway on 24th May, 2013.


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