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KNU visits CoCIS

05 February 2018
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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.

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