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Friday, 16 March 2018 00:00

Mak Endowment Run-MakRun 2018

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In support of the Makerere University Endowment Fund (MakEF) Prof. Tonny Oyana (Principal, CoCIS) has sponsored CoCIS students and bought 100 Tickets and MakRun 2018 T-shirts for  Sunday, 25th March 2018

As one of the strategies to raise funds for the University, the Makerere University Endowment Fund (MakEF) –was established in 2014. MakEF under its mandate to achieve long term financial sustainability for the University started the MakRun.

The first edition of the MakRun in 2017 was a great start, thanks to contributions from The Right Honourable Speaker and Members of Parliament, Corporate sponsors such as; dfcu Bank. Centenary Bank, Tullow Oil, NSSF, Coca Cola, NBS Television, BBS Telefayina and the Nation Media Group as well as Gallant Alumni, Staff, Students, well wishers and friends of Makerere University.  

Thanks to your support, we collected UGX247,845,000 (Two hundred forty seven million eight hundred forty five thousand Uganda Shillings).

All proceeds from the MakRun are aimed at supporting the Fund’s inaugural project, the “Students Centre”, estimated to cost UGX15 billion.

We are therefore once again rallying your support for this noble cause, by urging you all to warm up and get ready to participate in the MakRun 2018 scheduled on Sunday, 25th March 2018, starting at 6:00am in the Freedom Square with warm up exercises.

Tickets are now on sale at UGX15,000/= for students, UGX25,000/= for the Silver and UGX50,000/= for the Gold.

For More information click here

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 00:00

Huawei Seeds for the Future program 2018

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Huawei in partnership with Makerere University (College of Computing and IS) and the Ministry of Education and Sports on 8th March 2018 launched the third edition of the Huawei Seeds for the Future program 2018.
The Huawei Seeds for the Future program which started in 2016 is an all-expense-paid two-week program to China (one week in Beijing and one week in Shenzhen). The program allows 10 students (seeds) to develop their ICT skills, gain practical international work experience, and receiving an introduction to Chinese language and culture that will prepare them for an increasingly interconnected global job market.
The 10 that will be selected for Huawei Seeds for the Future program 2018 are scheduled to leave for China on 6th April 2018 for two weeks and during the launch got a chance to hear testimony from one of the previous seeds Ms. Maria Drolence Mwanje (Student, Mbarara University of Science & Technology). Speaking in Chinese, Maria thanked the sponsors for the opportunity they provided her and the other seeds of 2017. She reiterated that the opportunity to travel and fly for the first time highlighted some of her accomplishments for 2017 and that she is currently interning at the Huawei Uganda office.
Also speaking at the launch, Mr. Muzamilu Mukwatampola (Ag. Commissioner for Higher Education, Ministry of Education & Sports) thanked Huawei for providing this opportunity that has helped the seeds get exposed to the latest in knowledge transfer, teaching and research capabilities, ICT trends, and hands-on ICT training.
Mr. Patrick Muinda (Assistant Commissioner, Communications & Information Management) also thanked Huawei for this initiative.  He encouraged the seeds to seize this opportunity to enhance their theoretical skills by getting as much exposure as possible in terms of hands-on practical skills.
Representing Makerere University and the College of Computing and IS was Ms. Barbara Nalubega (Head, Centre for Innovations and Professional Skills Development) who pledged to continuously provide support towards the program for the betterment of the seeds.
Mr. Chu Maoming (Deputy Chief of Mission, Chinese Embassy) noted that the since opening diplomatic ties with Uganda in 1962, the program is a good example of Chinese companies carrying out win-win cooperation fulfilling the well-being of all Ugandans through Corporate Social Responsibility.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 00:00

DI Research Group mini-symposium

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The Dev. Informatics (DI) group hosted the first mini-symposium for 2018 on Thursday, 22nd February. The aim of the symposium was to provide;

  • A supportive atmosphere for PhD students to present and receive feedback on their ongoing research work.
  • Guidance on various aspects of their research from established researchers and their peers.
  • Enable PhD students to interact with other participants and potential collaborators in order to stimulate an exchange of ideas, suggestions and experiences.

PhD student presenters during this symposium were Mr. Michael Kizito and Ms. Hawa Nyende (both staff at SCIT and PhD students. Please find below their respective abstracts and profiles.

Michael Kizito is a PhD student at the University of Gothenburg, Department of Applied IT. His research interests are in IT Governance in the digitalization of Healthcare. His supervisors are Dr. Evelyn Kigozi Kahiigi and Associate Professor Johan Magnusson.
Information Technology has become pervasive and so many sectors have digitized (paper and processes). IT has become central in supporting, growing and sustaining many business organizations. IT is considered an enabler to better ways of working that may lead to achieving efficiency and or innovation in organizations. With digitization has also come digitalization. Digitalization is related to the use of digital technologies and digitized data in order to create revenue, improve business, replace or transform business processes and creating an environment for digital business, where digital information is at core. So, with digitalization, it is imperative that the governance of IT is given priority. The governance of IT is predicated upon the presence of effective organizational processes in five domains namely: strategic alignment, resource management, risk management, performance management and value delivery.
Hawa Nyende is an assistant lecturer at the department of Information Technology, Makerere University, and a PhD student at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her PhD research is in health informatics particularly, investigating on the use of ICTs to improve maternal healthcare in low resource contexts. She is being supervised by Associate Professor Urban Ask (University of Gothenburg) and Dr. Nabende Peter (Makerere University).


The United Nations listed maternal mortality as a major problem especially in developing countries. The need for improved quality of healthcare has led to transforming ways in which healthcare is delivered. The role of information technology (IT) in this transformation is moving towards active participation of patients in healthcare. Active participation of patients in healthcare aligns with the service dominant (S-D) logic in which customers (i.e. patients) are co-creators of value. Technology has been identified as a key driver for value co-creation however the question of how IT can drive value co-creation in healthcare has not been fully explored. The overall research objective is “to come up with guidelines on how to design IT models that can improve maternal healthcare in low resource contexts”. To achieve this objective, studies will be conducted in Uganda and Sweden in which, mixed methods including interviews and questionnaires will be used. Study participants will include healthcare professionals, IT staff and pregnant women. The service innovation framework based on S-D logic will be adopted as the theoretical framework for the study.

On the 15th February 2018, the School of Computing and Informatics Technology (SCIT) conducted a workshop with the aim of coming up with a draft of the MSc. E-government Services and Technology curriculum with input from stakeholders. In attendance were College academic staff and members from the industry i.e. IT organizations, Ministry of ICT, and other stakeholders.
In his introductory remarks, Assoc. Prof. Gilbert Maiga (Dean, SCIT) welcomed distinguished guests and other participants to the workshop. He further gave a brief overview about the MEST programme and reiterated the need to put infrastructure in place to train, research and conduct outreach programmes.
The Dean also recognized the support of the TSEED project team towards the development of the MEST programme and appreciated several stakeholders for their input i.e. Ministry of ICT & NG and NITA-U who participated in the needs assessment. He also thanked all those who had spared time to attend the workshop and looked forward to their feedback.
Officially opening the workshop was Prof. Tonny Oyana (Principal, CoCIS). He welcomed participants to the workshop and informed participants that CoCIS aimed at advancing science and influencing ICT policy. He acknowledged the importance of investing in technology as a basis for growth of economies. He defined e-governance as the strategic application of all forms of ICT to support government processes. He said that use of technology facilitated participation of even people who were hard to reach and could ensure balanced contribution from different parts of the economy.
He pointed out challenges to the growth of ICT like low digital interest and inadequate ICT capacity for planning units at district level and pointed out the strengths e.g. a strong national ICT policy, Investment in ICT infrastructure, Uganda’s vision 2040 etc. In reference to the proposed MEST programme and he noted the strong programme learning outcomes that needed to be specific and measurable, a lack of spatial analysis (analytical skills in handling locational information) that needed to be addressed and then declared the workshop officially open.
The Executive Director NITA-U, Mr. James Saka appreciated the idea of the MEST programme and also highlighted the following;

  • The importance of equipping students with leadership skills
  • Having expert knowledge and being able to express it in the area one has focused
  • The importance of exposure and attachment to industry
  • The importance of good communication skills
  • Aligning programme learning outcomes with real world needs

The Deputy Director NITA-U thanked the organizing team for inviting him to the workshop. He noted that there were too many technical courses in the proposed MEST programme and encouraged end to end government services by putting everything online.

He added that Uganda constituted young population and it was important to plan for them. He also highlighted that the views of the industry in the development of the curriculum were important. It was ideal to get research problems from the industry.
He noted that the proposed curriculum was not very diverse.  There was need to include courses on human psychology, management, economics and finance. That there was need to consider an emotional connection of the product and change management issues. He thanked all the participants and said that he looked forward to the first set of MEST graduates
The participants then disbanded into two focus groups for further deliberations on the proposed MEST programme. The two groups were divided into industry and government perspective and academia perspective and after deliberations shared their outcomes which were noted and are to be compiled to come with a final draft of the proposed MEST programme curriculum.

The workshop was closed by a vote of thanks from the Deputy Principal, Assoc. Prof. Agnes Rwashana. She thanked members for attending the workshop and for their valuable input. She thanked the Dean for the tremendous work and appreciated the idea of having an MoU between NITA-U and the College. She noted that the workshop was such an engaging experience and that it had yielded its purpose and declared the workshop officially closed




Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00


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2nd Bright International Summer School on Software Engineering and Information Systems
Mbarara, Uganda
16-20 April 2018
The 2018 second edition of Summer School on Software Engineering and Information Systems is hosted by the Makerere University School of Computing and IT, in Collaboration with University of Chalmers and Gothenburg. The summer school will feature four tutorials delivered by leading researchers in the Software Engineering field.

The school is organised by the Software and Systems Center  at Makerere University  and is mainly intended  to  contribution to PhD students and academic/industrial researchers on latest findings in the field of Software Engineering and Information Systems. 

The tutorials to be covered include
  • Model Driven Software Engineering
  • Software Analytics
  • Software Security
  • Digital Infrastructure, Design thinking
The tutorials are organised in such a way that they cover both theory and interactive workshops. Follow the link to register
Monday, 05 February 2018 00:00

KNU visits CoCIS

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The College of Computing and IS hosted a delegation from the Kyungpook National University (KNU), Daegu, South Korea on the 15th Jan 2018. The main objective of their visit was to sign an MOU with Makerere University. The MOU will be able to facilitate academic staff and student exchanges, research collaborations, joint education (double degree) programmes in the field of Information Technology (IT) and Engineering. The delegation also got an opportunity to tour, meet with management (Deans, HODs, senior researchers etc.) and academic staff from both the College of Computing and IS (CoCIS) and College of Engineering, Design and Technology (CEDAT).

The tour which was coordinated by Dr. W. Kiyingi (Dean, EASLIS), Dr. Swaib Kyanda (Head, Networks Dept.), and Prof. E. Bainomugisha (Head, Computer Science Dept.) involved the Korean delegation visiting key research labs at the College. These labs included; the Makerere Innovation & Incubation Centre, Artificial Intelligence Lab, WIMEA-ICT, Centre for Innovations Professional Skills Development (CiPSD) and other college facilities.

After the tour the delegation that comprised of Prof. Soon Yong Park and Prof. Dongik Lee got the opportunity to present a brief overview/profile of KNU and their particular areas of research. Prof. Dongik Lee’s presentation was a brief overview of KNU in which he mentioned that KNU was established in 1945 is located in Daegu, Republic of Korea. It has a student population of approx. 37, 897 students with 17 Colleges (66 Departments within 34 Schools and approximately 103 Master’s and 93 PhD programmes. The university is surrounded by large industries e.g. Samsung, LG, Hyundai etc. that usually recruit their graduates and also support KNU academic research.

Prof. Lee then closed with a brief profile about himself in which he mentioned;

  • His PhD in Dependable Embedded Control Systems and one of the co-founders of DRTS Ltd (UK).
  • His more than 18 years of experience in real-time embedded control systems design and software/hardware implementation.
  • His work in the international industry scene in various areas of safety-critical applications, including; “x-by-wire” cars, field buses, smart sensors/actuators, submarine control systems, autonomous underwater vehicles, real-time simulators, and jet engines.
  • His development and delivery of courses on Embedded Control Systems for Sheffield University.
  • His Underwater Acoustic Signal Processing Laboratory that was developing a technique for sonar signal processing in underwater environment and doing research for building next generation sonar systems etc.

Dr. Jullianne Sansa-Otim on behalf of the Principal (Prof. Tonny Oyana) also presented a brief overview on the College and focused on the key areas of research within the College. (refer to the attached download).

The visit by the KNU delegation concluded with a lunch and cocktail session during which the invited professors from partner Colleges and select CoCIS researchers further discussed collaborations for both institutions at the College level.

Monday, 05 February 2018 00:00


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On Wednesday 10th January, 2018 Prof. Tonny Oyana (Principal, CoCIS) met with all Unit heads, academic and administrative staff of the College. The main theme for this meeting was for the Principal to present and share his vision for CoCIS with its stakeholders.

Before presenting he first shared three quotes from the bible aimed at providing some wisdom, motivation and encouragement to the College staff. The quotes were as follows;

  • Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.
  • Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the Lordand He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.
  • Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.

His presentation which followed was structured based on two aspects;

  1. The current state of the College.

This was based on College data and the several interactions he had with all College key stakeholders over his first 142 days in office. Results were extracted using a text mining/ analysis tool of key words of minutes of the listening meetings of College key stakeholders, including School of Computing and Informatics Technology (SCIT), East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS), students, support staff etc. The areas covered included;

  • Research (number of papers, conferences, projects etc.)
  • Academic Staff (teaching, absenteeism, evening classes etc.)
  • Support staff (welfare, contracts and communication)
  • Knowledge transfer (partnerships with other educational institutions)
  • Student welfare (student complaints, exam/test result delays, internet access, leadership challenges, toilet facilities etc.)
  • Community Outreach (Support the environment)

The principal also took time out to commend both Deans for the outstanding work done regardless of the current constraints at the College. He also confirmed there was a noticeable difference since his appoint and congratulated some rising stars in the College namely;

  • E. Mwebaze (Artificial Intelligence projects)
  • Jullianne Sansa (WIMEA-ICT project)
  • Sarah Kaddu (EIFL Research grant)  
  • Daudi Jjingo (Nurturing Genomics and Bioinformatics Research Capacity in Africa)
  • Rehema Baguma (Coordinator, Upcoming conference 2018 hosted at CoCIS)

for the work they have done on their research projects and the spotlight they have given to the College.

The Centre for Innovations and Professional Skills Development was also commended for its work in addressing community outreach specifically its Get Connected – Digital Literacy training that targeted the youth and as we build for the future of Uganda.

  1. Broad outline of his vision for the College (refer to the attached ).

Before concluding, Prof. G. Maiga (Dean, SCIT) who was presiding over the meeting gave an opportunity to all those present to either ask questions or provide feedback. In response to this;

Dr. Jullianne Sansa Otim - offered to provide support to the College in form of conducting a WIMEA-ICT tracer study to track ongoing and alumni projects.

Ms. Hasifah Namatovu - requested for the Principal’s feedback on the renovating of staff offices and in response, he promised that all issues on that front will be addressed in a timely manner.

Dr. Paul Ssemaluulu – promised that all academic staff are willing to attend the graduation procession to show support for the College provided the required invitation cards, car park stickers etc. are provided on time.

Dr. Johnson Mwebaze – noted that the College should look to towards bidding for projects advertised by industry.

Providing thank you remarks for the well-presented vision by the Principal was Dr. Drake Mirembe. He acknowledged the Principal’s vision and pledged his support towards the new CoCIS Vision.

Thank you.

Attachment here.

Monday, 05 February 2018 00:00

M4D2018 Conference

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Welcome to the 6th International Conference on Mobile Communication Technology for Development (M4D 2018). This conference series welcomes researchers, practitioners and all those with interest in the use, evaluation, and theorizing of mobile communication technologies for development. M4D conferences combine two days of plenary parallel paper sessions, panel sessions, short presentations, posters and workshops. M4D2018 will in addition, include pre-conference workshops for practitioners, PhD and masters students and entrepreneurs, as well as start-ups interested in show casing their work.

This conference provides a forum for M4D enthusiasts to network, innovate, and share experiences of working with mobile technologies in development contexts. The inaugural conference was held in Karlstad, Sweden in 2008. The 2nd conference was in Kampala, Uganda in 2010;.the 3rd Conference was in New Delhi, India in 2012; the 4th conference was in Dakar Senegal in 2014 and the 5th Conference was held in Maputo, Mozambique in 2016. This year, we welcome you to Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda for M4D2018!

For more information: click here

Monday, 05 February 2018 00:00

M4D2018 Conference

Welcome to the 6th International Conference on Mobile Communication Technology for Development (M4D 2018). This conference series welcomes researchers, practitioners and all those with interest in the use, evaluation, and theorizing of mobile communication technologies for development. M4D conferences combine two days of plenary parallel paper sessions, panel sessions, short presentations, posters and workshops. M4D2018 will in addition, include pre-conference workshops for practitioners, PhD and masters students and entrepreneurs, as well as start-ups interested in show casing their work.

This conference provides a forum for M4D enthusiasts to network, innovate, and share experiences of working with mobile technologies in development contexts. The inaugural conference was held in Karlstad, Sweden in 2008. The 2nd conference was in Kampala, Uganda in 2010;.the 3rd Conference was in New Delhi, India in 2012; the 4th conference was in Dakar Senegal in 2014 and the 5th Conference was held in Maputo, Mozambique in 2016. This year, we welcome you to Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda for M4D2018!

For more information: click here

Friday, 19 January 2018 00:00


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The College of Computing and IS through its Centre for Innovations and Professional Skills Department (CiPSD) conducted a one-week ICT skills training workshop from the 11th – 15th Dec 2017. The training was part of the College’s community outreach initiative to give back to the Makerere University community. The overall main objective of the training was to impart ICT skills to the youth of Uganda and empower them to realize the potential of ICT in unlocking their career paths for the future. The training was facilitated through by a Cisco grant that was awarded to the Cisco Networking Academy within CiPSD

The training targeted Primary 7, Senior 4 and 6 vacists and other interested youth. A total of 80 participants registered and participated in the training. During the orientation session, Mr. Robert Tuhaise (Legal Main Contact, Cisco Networking Academy) welcomed the participants and encouraged them to take this time and fully utilize this opportunity to understand what role ICT has to play in their future.

The one-week training session was customized around a Cisco Networking Academy programme called Get Connected. The Academy firmly believes in basic technology skills as essential for anyone who wants to participate and compete in today’s digital economy. Get Connected therefore introduced the participants to basic computer and Internet navigation skills. Some of these ICT skills included;

  • Identify different types of computer systems, components, printers, and other devices.
    Understand Microsoft Windows and how to work with files and folders.
  • Understand computer networking, how to browse and search the Internet, and how to use email.
  • Create accounts for Gmail, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
  • Identify common problems and implement simple solutions for hardware, software, and networks.

The facilitator’s during this training were all recognized Academy instructors namely; Mr. Robert Tuhaise (CCNP Instructor), Mr. Charles Halonda-Funa (ITE Instructor), Mr. Stuart Ssebulime (CCNA Instructor) and Ms. Barbara Nalubega (CCNA Instructor). The training sessions were 100% hands on and conducted from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm. The response and interest shown by the participants during the training was so positive that some of the training sessions would end at 2:00 pm.

At the end of the training participants were issued with Certificates of Completion but not before getting a few words of advice from Prof. Tonny Oyana (Principal, CoCIS). But before giving his remarks and advice, he randomly selected some of the participants to briefly introduce themselves and mention something that makes them happy. One of the participants, Mangusho Joram was happy to have received the opportunity to get ICT skills training while others promised to return for more training.

In his closing remarks Prof. Tonny Oyana encouraged the participants to embrace the ICT skills they had received, build on their self-confidence and communication skills and lastly earn to thrive in today’s world.

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