Congratulations to the 2014 Centre for ICT4D Graduates

Four Centre for ICT4D members---Frederick Wilhelm Meissner, Richard Maliwatu, Richard Ssembatya and Taariq Mullins---successfully graduated during the colourful December 3, 2014 graduation ceremony. Richard Ssembatya was reading for a doctoral degree; while the remaining three individuals were reading for their Master of Science degrees, with Frederick Wilhelm Meissner graduating with distinction!

Research Focus

Frederick Wilhelm Meissner (M.Sc.)

Thesis Title: Supporting NGO Intermediation with Internet Systems: Comparing Mobile and Web Examples for Reaching Low Income Urban Youth of Cape Town
Research Field: Action Research
Supervisors(s): Prof. Edwin Blake

Meissner explored Internet-supported inter-mediation, in which intermediaries create a source of content that is tailored to beneficiaries and is accessible using the most appropriate Internet technologies for the context. He used an Action Research approach to implement two Internet systems to support Link inter-mediation.

Richard Maliwatu (M.Sc.)

Thesis Title: Ubiquitous Mesh Networking: application to mobile communication and information dissemination in a rural context
Research Field: Wireless Networks
Supervisor(s): Dr. Antoine Bagula

Maliwatu came up with a viable alternative to cellular service provider by developing a community-wide wireless mesh network, offering VoIP using fixed telephone handsets. Motivation for his research draws from the many African communities that have lagged behind due to issues such as sparse population, low household income and lack of electricity.

Richard Ssembatya (Ph.D.)

Thesis Title: Designing an architecture for secure sharing of personal health records - A case of developing countries
Research Field: Information Security
Supervisor(s): Dr. Anne Kayem & Prof. Gary Marsden

Ssembatya's work focused on system architectures for secure personal health record sharing on mobile devices in a developing world context, where regular channels of accessing health records are impeded by bandwidth connectivity, intermittent power, and poor access to health care professionals.

Taariq Mullins (M.Sc.)

Thesis Title: Participatory Cloud Computing: The Community Cloud Management Protocol
Research Field: Cloud Computing/Cloudlets
Supervisor(s): Dr. Antoine Bagula

Mullins used an investigative approach into developing a Middleware solution for managing services in community cloud computing infrastructure that are composed of interconnected low-power wireless devices. He developed a framework to provide networks with value added functionality in a way which minimally impacts nodes on the network.