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On the 20th March 2017 the College hosted Mr. Paul Maritz (Former VP of Microsoft and CEO of VMWare). He got a tour of School of Computing and IT (SCIT) facilities (i.e. lecture rooms, computer labs etc.) and visited ongoing projects e.g. WIMEA-ICT project, Software Systems Center (SSC), Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab, Microsoft Incubation Lab etc.
He also had the opportunity to meet with College Management (Principal, Deans, HODs & Heads of units) who gave a general presentation about the College (past, present, and future). The research and teaching carried out at the College was also discussed as well as future possible collaborations.
Mr. Maritz ended his visit by viewing undergraduate student’s projects, meeting with other key researchers at College and exchanging current ICT trends with several key tech personnel from the industry e.g. Outbox, Yo! (U) Ltd. etc.
The Software Systems Center (SSC) has organized several series of interactions with key IT/Software industry leaders. The aim of the presentations (series) is to provide a platform where research meets industry. In these presentations the guests discuss challenges, progress and status on pressing Software/IT industry issues. The researchers identify research gaps and partner with the industry to address these gaps.
The guests are carefully selected based on exposure and practical experiences. The first presentation was by Mr. Vijay Kamumuru - Managing Director of Sybyl Ltd (formerly Computer Point LTD) one of the pioneer IT/Software companies in Uganda. and took place on 10th March 2017.
The Software Systems Center (formerly Software Engineering Research Group) is research outfit that seeks to conduct empirical/practical research & innovations in the areas of software engineering and related disciplines. Empirical research is based on actual industry practice and therefore SSC has strong and continues to build strong industry partnerships of mutual interest.
If you want to improve your understanding of IT/Software Industry, find practical research problems in IT/Software, identify industry partners in IT/Software or something related to software/IT/Research and industry find SSC at CoCIS, Block B, Level 3 for more details.
The EASLIS PhD Student Research Seminar was held on the 9th February 2017. It brought together EASLIS Ph.D students, EASLIS and SCIT academic staff members, and the general public. The Principal, Prof. Constant Okello-Obura opened the workshop and notably thanked Prof. Maria Musoke and colleagues for teaming up with the Ph.D students and organizing the seminar. He also encouraged the presenters to brace themselves and embrace the criticism they would receive from their fellow researchers and colleagues.
THE Ph.D student’s research papers were on various topics in reference to the theme: Perspectives on Developments in Library and Information Science. Each presenter was given approximately fifteen (15) minutes to present their research paper before getting feedback from the discussants and other participants. Some of the feedback from participants to the Ph.D students was about encouraging them to do additional research, how to improve their presentations, and how to take ownership and defend their research papers. The criticism and feedback from the discussants was well received and appreciated by the Ph.D student’s especially since some were presenting for the first time.
In closing the seminar, Prof. Maria Musoke, kindly requested that more similar seminar’s be organized and thanked all the presenters and discussants for providing time to attend.
The Makerere University 67th graduation ceremony took place between the 21st and 24th February 2017 and had a total of Fourteen thousand four hundred and ninety-seven (14,897) graduates. Of these, 46% were female, 54% were male graduates, and a total of Two hundred and sixty-one (261) were awarded First class degrees.
The College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) presented its students for graduation on 22nd Feb 2017 totaling One thousand three hundred and sixty-eight (1,368), of which two (2) were PhD’s. The College also had the best performing student in the Science based disciplines, Mr. Rogers Mukalele. He scored a CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) of 4.91 and received a First Class Honours Degree in Bachelor of Information Technology. In addition to the degree he also received a plaque, UGX. 1,000,000/=, and souvenirs from the Makerere University Convocation.
During his speech, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sentamu Ddumba highlighted some of the College’s achievements over the past year. He noted that the College of Computing and Information Sciences, through the work of the Artificial Intelligence Researchers, continues to innovate mobile applications in various areas. The College has also participated in the design and prototyping of an Automatic Weather Station (AWS), as well as installation of the second generation Automatic Weather Stations in South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, under a project on Weather Information Management in East Africa. The project seeks to advance all aspects of meteorology in the East African region. The College also produced a book authored by Professor Maria. N. Musoke titled “Informed and Healthy: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives on the Value of Information to Health Care.” The book focuses on the value attributed to information by users and its effect on health care.
In conclusion, he congratulated the graduates, members of staff as well as children, spouses and relatives of staff graduating on that day, and thanked parents and guardians of the graduates for being a part of this journey.