National Information Technology Research and Development Workshop organized by the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) from 14th to 16th November 2012 reveals and builds strengths for technology development.
IT researchers and stakeholders from all over the country recently engaged in intensive knowledge sharing and practical research exercises at the recently concluded IT R and D workshop. The hands-on and intensive workshop started with an opening ceremony on the 14/11/2012, chaired by the Vice-Chancellor of University of Lagos, Professor Rahamon Adisa Bello represented by the Dean of Science, Professor Matthew Olosoji Ilori.
Other special guests at ceremony that opened up the event include the President of Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Sir Demola Aladekomo, the 1st Vice-President, NCS, Mr Sam Juwe, the Provost, College of Fellows, NCS, Alhaji Ladi Oguuneye, former provost, Dr. Salako, the Registrar, Computer Professionals (Registration Council) of Nigeria (CPN), Mr S. A. Shehu, Former President, CPN, Prof. Adenike Osofisan,President Institute of Software Practictioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Mr Chris Uwaje and former NCS 1st Vice-President, Prof. Adewunmi.
Mr Chris Uwaje presented the keynote address titled ‘Enhancing Collaboration Between Academia, Government and Industry’.
Oral and highly practical sessions were organized such as: Research methodology and Strategies for accessing fellowships, grants and award facilitated by DR. A. S. SODIYA, Grant proposal writing facilitated by PROF. G. A. ADEROUNMU, Scientific modeling and simulation facilitated by DR OLUFADE ONIFADE and Ethical hacking and system defence facilitated by TANKO ZACHARIAH.
Response from participants was quite positive. Feedback indicated new strengths in IT research had been revealed and built by participants. Praise and commendations were given to the presenters for their excellent facilitation and presentation. In particular, the attendees through their evaluation feedback demanded for more of such research workshops, stating that the workshop was an unforgettable experience that had significantly improved their research abilities. While commending NCS for organizing the workshop they stressed the need to organize IT research workshops on an ongoing basis, stating that many more IT researchers in Nigeria need to be equipped in this manner.
The workshop’s closing ceremony was attended by the NCS President, NCS 2nd Vice-President, Dr. (Mrs) Adeola Illechukwu and Immediate Past President NCS, Prof. Chalse Uwadia.
At the closing ceremony, NCS also gave out awards aimed at improving research and quality of articles published in the Journal of Computer Science and its applications, two awards were introduced. These are:
Excellence in Research award:
The criteria used for this category of award are: Thoroughness of review, Quality of Review, Response time and contributions to NCS. The nominees for this award award were: Prof. ‘Dele Oluwade of Salem University, Kogi State, Prof. J. O. A. Ayeni of Computer Science department, University of Lagos and Dr. Anuoluwa Ajayi of Computer Science and Engineering Department, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife. After the screening, Prof. J. O. A. Ayeni was selected as the winner.
Outstanding Reviewer award:
The criteria used for this award are quality of article(s) published in the last two years, General contribution to research and contributions to NCS. The nominees for this award award were: Prof. ‘Dele Oluwade of Salem University, Kogi State, and Dr. Oluwatope of Computer Science and Engineering Department, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-ife. After the screening, Prof. ‘Dele Oluwade was selected as the winner.
NCS presented certificates and gifts for the award winners.
The highly successful workshop and the rewarding of IT research contributors highlight the commitment of NCS to bridging the IT research human capacity gap in Nigeria. National development and transformation requires quality and numbers in IT research.
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