ICT CHAMPIONS GEAR UP FOR NATIONAL TECH CONFERENCE -Hosted by Makerere University, through its College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT)

Information and Communication Technology enthusiasts, researchers and students are gearing up for the 6th National Conference on Communications (NCC), which is set to kick off on March 3, 2021, with a Paper-Writing and Publishing Masterclass being the highlight.

The 6th NCC shall once again be hosted by Makerere University, through its College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), in conjunction with the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).

The National Conference on Communications was initiated by UCC in 2010 to offer students, researchers, academia, and practitioners a platform to identify new research challenges, share solutions and discuss issues relevant to the communications sector of Uganda.

The NCC aims to promote innovation, research and collaboration around emerging technologies, offering a platform to brainstorm on how they can be leveraged to provide solutions for everyday problems in all sectors – from health (notably Covid-19), agriculture, business to entertainment.

The sixth edition will focus on communications technology trends such as the 4th Industrial Revolution, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, ICT security issues for developing countries, and 5G cellular networks and systems, among others.

Among the key objectives of the conference is to provide a national forum for the presentation of outputs of peer-reviewed research with a view to turning them into workable solutions for local challenges.

Researchers and students will have a platform to discuss issues relevant to the communications sector, identify new research challenges, share solutions and discuss science and technology trends relevant to developing countries such as Uganda.

Besides hosting keynote speeches and technical paper sessions on topical issues in Uganda’s communications sector, the conference will also profile outstanding ICT projects.

The two-day event, whose theme is Connectivity, Resilience, and Innovation in the Covid-19 Era, is to be held at Golden Tulip Hotel in Kampala, and virtually in observance of the COVID-19 safety guidelines. Virtual participants can register by following the link, https://bit.ly/2P6v8RJ or through the NCC official website https://ncc.co.ug

First held at CEDAT in September 2011, the coming edition will be the fourth to be held at Makerere University. Other previous hosts have been Ndejje University (2014) and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (2016).

The last conference in October 2019 attracted more than 500 participants, mostly students, academics, researchers, and industry players.

To build capacity and improve on the quality of papers submitted to NCC, CEDAT has organised a Paper Writing and/or Publishing Masterclass, which is to be held on the opening day of the conference.

The masterclass will be conducted by Dr Abubaker Waswa Matovu of Makerere University. Dr Matovu has authored multiple papers, including one that won the “Best Paper Award” during an international conference on “Emerging Trends in Scientific Research” held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2015. The paper was on, “Design and Implementation of a GSM-based Fuel Leakage Monitoring System on Trucks in Transit.”

Previous outstanding NCC papers have included the following:

  • Time Domain Approach to Sleep Mode Mechanisms in 5G DenseNets – Arthur Tumwesigye, Winfred Namatovu and Edwin Mugume
  • UriSAF-Machine Learning-driven Diagnosis for Urinary Tract Infections – Leonard Alvin Kabwama, Raymond Paul Kiyegga and Stephen Kalyesubula
  • Determining the Location of a Bus in Real-Time Using LoRa Technology – Ronald Tumuhairwe and Nathan Amanquah
  • A Deep Learning-based Detector for Identification of Woodiness Disease in Passion Fruits – Gorreti Namulondo and Olivia Nakayima
  • Design and Construction of a Wireless Prepaid Water Meter – Doreen Atuhangaine, Jackson Ogola and Pleasure Ndyowe Amara
  • The Move to a Software Defined Future and the Implications for Uganda – Diarmuid O’Brian.

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