RESEARCH

The directorate is headed by Dr Moses M Thiga, a lecturer in the school of Computer Science and Bioinformatics. Dr Thiga holds a Phd in Information Systems (Kabarak University), an M.Sc. Information Systems Management (Liverpool University), an M.Sc. Statistics (Egerton University) and a B.Sc. Computer Science (Egerton University)

He has previously served as the ICT Manager at Kabarak University prior to which he was a systems developer at the Cooperative Bank of Kenya. His other appointments have been at Dotsavvy Ltd and Nasiha Ltd as a web applications developer.

His research interests are in the area of health informatics and he is specifically working on using a simple clinic management system to crowd source clinical data from small and micro health facilities in informal and rural settlements accessed on mobile devices. The system is cloud based and is accessed using a mobile device. The data collected will be useful for reporting, analytics and visualization in near real time which is a great contribution to the practice of health informatics in Kenya and beyond.

The university is actively engaged in promoting research activities through the organization of an annual international research conference, the publication of a peer reviewed journal, conducting training activities for researchers and through a university research grant program

RECENT ACTIVITIES

The student innovation Day took place on the 21st of September at the Kabarak University main campus.  The main objective of the event was to educate students on the multidisciplinary nature of innovation. This was in order to broaden the student’s understanding of the concept of innovation to beyond Information and Communication Technologies as is currently the predominant understanding among them. There were 5 presentations by various students as well as keynote addresses on various aspects of innovation by invited guests.

The Internet of Things workshop was held on the 22nd – 23rd of September at the Kabarak University main campus. Its main objective was to impart hands on skills to undergraduate skills on the use of Arduino boards devices for the development of innovative commercial and domestic products. The event was facilitated by Afrosoft IT Solutions UG. The two day training covered the following topics; introduction to the Arduino microcontroller, the Arduino IDE, Arduino programming, working with input and output devices, reading and writing from sensors and integrating sensors with cloud applications. A total of 31 students attended the event on day one and 20 on day 2

The Internet of Things workshop was held on the 22nd – 23rd of September at the Kabarak University main campus. Its main objective was to impart hands on skills to undergraduate skills on the use of Arduino boards devices for the development of innovative commercial and domestic products. The event was facilitated by Afrosoft IT Solutions UG. The two day

The Internet of Things workshop was held on the 22nd – 23rd of September at the Kabarak University main campus. Its main objective was to impart hands on skills to undergraduate skills on the use of Arduino boards devices for the development of innovative commercial and domestic products. The event was facilitated by Afrosoft IT Solutions UG. The two day training covered the following topics; introduction to the Arduino microcontroller, the Arduino IDE, Arduino programming, working with input and output devices, reading and writing from sensors and integrating sensors with cloud applications. A total of 31 students attended the event on day one and 20 on day 2

covered the following topics; introduction to the Arduino microcontroller, the Arduino IDE, Arduino programming, working with input and output devices, reading and writing from sensors and integrating sensors with cloud applications. A total of 31 students attended the event on day one and 20 on day 2

The internal Hult prize competitions took place on 25th November and it provided an opportunity for students to showcase innovations on harnessing the power of energy to change lives. There were over 10 teams making presentations for a chance to represent the university in the global competitions in 2018.

The university is actively engaging the community as a way of sharing knowledge as well as learning about their challenges. This engagement has taken the form of community visits, training and exhibitions.

The Digital marketing for decision makers workshop was held on 3rd October at the Kabarak University main campus. The workshop sought to expose its primary target, the business leaders and CEO’s on Nakuru county, to the options, approaches and impact of digital marketing in their respective businesses and organizations.

The key focus discussion areas at the workshop included an introduction to digital marketing, success stories arising from the use of digital marketing, the digital marketing channels available and the strategies for digital marketing.

The event was facilitated by;

  1. Qmax Digital Marketing Ltd
  2. Standard Digital
  3. Ronsoft Technologies
  4. Kijiji Digital Agency

A total of 37 participants attended the event.

The solar energy workshop was held on 2nd October at the Kabarak University main campus. The objective of the workshop, which was a community outreach activity of the university, was to bring together key stakeholders in the housing, regulation and solution provision for an engagement on developments in the need and utilization of solar energy.

The following were the key presentations made on that day.

  • Demystifying Solar Energy by Prof Mghendi Mwamburi from the University of Eldoret.
  • The role of off-grid power solutions in addressing national energy requirements by Dr Fredrick Nyang, the Director Economic regulation, Energy Regulatory Commission.
  • Case study on Institutional Solar Utilization by Mr Geoffrey Rono, the Director of the Strathmore Energy Research center.
  • The social impact of solar energy by Dr Justus Simiyu from the University of Nairobi
  • Considerations and options for Institutional Solar Solutions by Mr Paul Simiyu, CEO, Sentimental Energy Ltd.
  • Financing for Solar Projects by Mr Paul Simiyu, representing Solar Power and Infrastructure

The workshop drew participation from a total of 141 participants comprising of heads of academic institutions such as high schools, primary schools, colleges, polytechnics and universities, hotels, hospitals, residential property owners and industries as well as students from neighboring schools.

The solar energy exhibition took place between the 2nd – 6th of October at the Kabarak University main campus. Its main objective was to expose the participants drawn from the neighboring Kabarak community, institutions such as hotels and schools, residential property owners and industries to available domestic, consumer and institutional solar solutions. The exhibition was attended by over 1,000 participants drawn from among the community, polytechnics, heads of academic institutions, hotels, high school students, conference and workshop participants as well as Kabarak university staff and students.

The exhibition was facilitated by four exhibitors namely;

  • Sentimental Energy Ltd
  • Ktechnics Ltd
  • Davis and Shirtliff Ltd
  • University of Nairobi Physics Department

The Africa Code week event was held on the 3rd, 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th of November as part of a Google sponsored program to increase skills in programming among teenagers. The program whose main focus is hands on training in programming, problem solving and computer science concepts also has a keen emphasis on the involvement of girls.

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