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CoCIS Annual Report 2019/2020

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We are extremely grateful and privileged to share our Annual Report for Academic Year 2019/20 with Makerere University community. The College is on track to be a thoughtful leader in shaping a strong, shared vision of academic success in ICT flagship research and education.

Although the first six months of academic year 2019/20 have been very exciting and full of significant accomplishments, the last six months have been quite challenging due to the unprecedented pandemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SAR-CoV-2), that causes Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). I anticipate that Science, our collective actions and any other adversity will yield positive outcomes, which will address current hardships that have significantly affected our livelihoods.

I take this opportunity to thank COCIS staff, faculty, and students for the resilience you have demonstrated and for all you have to do to keep our college moving forward to meet our strategic goals. Achieving academic success continues to remain an intentional outcome of our research and educational activities.

Let us continue to live healthier lives and practice good hygiene habits.

This academic year I would like to highlight excellent research and innovations that are being carried by our students and faculty. Why is our focus on Research and Innovations? At the heart of our distinctive model of ICT teaching and learning, we ensure the production of fine and high-quality human resource, while with research and innovations, we wish to increase the production of critical breakthroughs of ideas that advances scientific knowledge and innovations. This, we believe, will culminate into technological solutions. Currently, our college has a majority population of young faculty with incredible potential and a top 10% talented crop of students in the nation ready to exponentially push our research and innovations agenda forward. For example, our amazing faculty and students are building IoT sensor devices for smart homes, smoke detection, indoor and outdoor asthma monitoring and management, and robotics.

As College Principal, I appreciate the excellent progress we are making in conducting high-quality research. Our research capacity has significantly grown and it is very strong. We have a total number of 30 active grants secured either internally (22) or externally (10). Our graduate enrolment now stands at 9.6% up from 3% three years ago. We are on a steady march to meet our current target of 15%. This academic year we graduated six PhDs, 24 Masters, and over three faculty successfully completed their PhDs. Our College continues to offer impeccable educational and research opportunities for students and at-large community.

Thank you very much for reading our Annual Report and when you are in Makerere University stop by and visit this amazing college. We are committed as a college to be the leading regional hub for Data Science and AI research.

Professor Tonny J. Oyana
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Mak Student for the Continental Africa IOT & AI Challenge Finals 2021

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A screenshot of UBC TV's Lunchtime Bulletin of 20th November 2021 showing Mr. Mbusa Joseph (L) and a teammate at the UICT Premises in Nakawa.

Mbusa Joseph, a student from the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) undertaking a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems and Technology is set to attend the Africa Internet of Things (IOT) & Artificial Intelligence (AI) Challenge finals in Jumeirah Towers, Dubai, UAE from 12th-18th December 2021.

Mr. Mbusa Joseph who is also the CoCIS College President emerged as the best during the National competition of the  (IOT) & (AI)  Challenge in Uganda which  took place on Thursday 18th November 2021 at the National ICT Hub premises at Uganda Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Nakawa . Mr. Mbusa Joseph and others trounced their counterparts from Kabale and Busitema University.

Mbusa was among the Mak team that developed a technology dubbed, “Ntaasa Emergency system”, to improve  communication between the emergency service providers (Ambulances, Police, firefighters, and health works) and the Ugandan citizen.

“I congratulate Makerere University upon having students at the final National Competitions in which the best candidates will represent Uganda at the regional and continental levels in Dubai on the 13th December 2021”, said Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, Chairman and Managing Director UTAMU Research and Innovation City (UTAMURIC). UTAMURIC is an umbrella non-profit organization that promotes research, innovation, business incubation and startups in Africa. 

Injury and medical emergencies are among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in Uganda. The burden has cost the country massively in terms of human life.

This is partly attributed to inadequate means of communication between the Ugandan citizens and the emergency service providers (Ambulances, Police, and Health services. There is also an inadequate means of reporting violence and crime to the stakeholders.

It is for this and other reasons that students wrote a proposal to develop sustainable solutions that will increase access to emergency medical and security services across the country and reduce preventable deaths of Ugandans as government works towards rolling out the National Emergency Medical Service.

“The goal and objective(s) of this project is to save lives with the use of technology, bridge the communication gap between the emergency service providers and the Ugandan citizen and to improve crime reporting and other unacceptable conditions in society to the police and other stakeholders”, Mr. Mbusa said.

Users download the application from google play store by search keyword, “Ntaasa Emergency system” and then install that application on their phone.

The name and phone number of the person get registered in the software application for quick back and forth communication with the service provider and the victim. The user then gets access to all the service providers’ contact information so that they can call them or send SMS to them.

“Service providers give us toll free numbers, however, if they do not have a toll-free number then, they give us a paid number. For users that are not able to connect to the internet, we shall have an SMS short code where they can place their requests and our agents will be responding and connecting to them in real-time,”, said Mr. Mbusa Joseph.

Africa IoT& AI Challenge

Africa IoT& AI Challenge is a continent-wide program for senior university students and startups that have innovative ideas in the areas of Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and related fields. The challenge is co-organized by several national and international partners like the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) with its dedicated society for Technology and Engineering Management (IEEE TEMS), and different universities, corporates, and governmental entities in Africa

“On behalf of the steering committee of the Africa IoT& AI Challenge, I cordially invite you to participate in the finals of the Africa challenge among the activities of IEEE Global Conference on Artificial Intelligence & Internet of Things (IEEE GCAIoT ) 21”, Mr. Mohamed Aboud, Chairman of Africa IoT& AI Challenge Program stated in his invitation letter to Mak students.

Click on the news link below and start viewing at 19 minutes 

Jane Anyango is the Principal Communication Officer, CoCIS

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CoCIS CIPSD Short Courses December 2021 Intake

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Students use computers in one of the Labs at the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. Date taken: 12th August 2010.

The Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CIPSD), College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University is a specialized unit which delivers state-of-art training in ICT. The training includes; Cisco Networking Academy for Cisco related courses, Microsoft IT Academy Program for Microsoft related courses, International Computer Driving License course, Oracle Certified Training center for Oracle, Linux and Unix Training center. CoCIS is also an authorized Testing center, operating under PearsonVUE and Kryterion.

Please see Downloads for the courses starting 13th December 2021.

For further enquiries, contact;

The Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CIPSD)
Level 5, Block B/Front Office, Block A
College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS)
Makerere University
E-mail: psd.cis[at]mak.ac.ug
Url: www.cis.mak.ac.ug/cipsd
Tel: +256 392 000 180
Mob: +256 782 512 897/+256 752 779 964/+256 775 349 730

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CoCIS CIPSD Short Courses Online November 2021 Intake

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Block B of the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CIPSD), College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University is a specialized unit which delivers state-of-art training in ICT. The training includes; Cisco Networking Academy for Cisco related courses, Microsoft IT Academy Program for Microsoft related courses, International Computer Driving License course, Oracle Certified Training center for Oracle, Linux and Unix Training center. CoCIS is also an authorized Testing center, operating under PearsonVUE and Kryterion.

Please see Downloads for the courses starting 8th November 2021.

For further enquiries, contact;

The Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CIPSD)
Level 5, Block B/Front Office, Block A
College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS)
Makerere University
E-mail: psd.cis[at]mak.ac.ug
Url: www.cis.mak.ac.ug/cipsd
Tel: +256 392 000 180
Mob: +256 782 512 897/+256 752 779 964/+256 775 349 730

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