Research Agenda

Goal of our research efforts

The main goal of this research group and its laboratory, as well as all activities around it, is  to create a community of intellectuals in a research environment which stimulates and promote multi-disciplinary collaboration in and around computing and intelligent systems.

To achieve this goal, we will be conducting exploratory, empirical and experimental studies on computing and intelligent systems in terms of:

  1. computing and intelligent systems  structures, configuration, topology, parameters and variables; their characteristics and behaviour under different situations;
  2. issues relating to computing systems’ specification, documentation, design, modelling, simulation, experimentation, implementation, evaluation and deployment;
  3. issues relating to the philosophy, theory and ideas of interest to computating processes and their realisations;
  4. computational exploration of applications that we consider to be beneficial in the responsible and peaceful use of computing technology in human society and those that have potential as tools in teach and learning in all aspect of human endeavour.

We are also concerned about the direct and indirect consequence of our research activities in terms of its effects on the natural environment.

 

Research Philosophy

The research that is conducted in the laboratory are aimed at creating a synergy between the scientific and artistic knowledge underlying computing with focus on indeginous intellectual resoruces. Aside from the philosophy that will guide individual research projects in this laboratory, the guiding principle and philosophy of this laboratory shall be:

working together as a family in a community whose aim is to generate and apply computing knowledge and models of intelligent behaviours for education and peaceful applications

To this end, cooperation rather than completion, collectivity rather than individuality, long-term goal rather than short-term benefits, are the hall-mark of all works in this laboratory. The laboratory considers the failure of a member as its failure and the success of each member as its success. The efforts that individuals expend in helping other people, within and outside the laboratory, is highly cherished and greatly valued. Efforts to make the research and development outputs of the laboratory benefit people inside and outside the immediate environment are acknowledged and greatly valued.

 

Introduction

What are computation, computing and intelligence?

Computation is a set of abstract symbol together with a systematic procedure for manipulating them. The primiary aim of computation is problem solving. Computing is the art of computation which focuses mainly on the processes, methods and methodology for realising computation. The art of computation involves the represenation and analysis of a problem as well as the constraints for realising and  algorithmic solution for it.

Intelligent systems behaviours are underpined by a kind of computation which uses a complex set of symbols and heuristics processes for it implementation.

 

The research group is interested in comprehending the processes underlying all aspects of the phenomenon underlying computations in all its forms and presenations.between entities. We hope to achieve this through the systematic gathering, rendering and application of information about natural and abstract phenomenon,  with the aim to creating entities/processes that mimics the entity/process as closely as possible.

 

Research strategy

Our strategy includes:

  1. Long term research with sustainable achievements using the most economic resources available while not compromising the safety of people and the protection of the environment.
  2. Motivating young and upcoming researchers through guidance, technical support, sponsorship and scholarship.
  3. Interdisciplinary work which emphasised value added activities.
  4. Effective decision process.
  5. Open and accountable research procedures.

To this end our research agenda is achieved and actualise through research plans and re-appraisals of plans that will result in the most efficient and effective outcomes. Our strategy for manpower/human resource generation and engagement and strategy for material resource generation and engagement is undertaken based on the stated principles.

To develop a research group that is fully committed to R&D as a core activity. The CISE research group seeks to strengthen individual member’s education and training while at the same time creating and disseminating new knowledge, concepts and applications, as well as support for socio-cultural development.

We are also supporting the pursuit of excellence in research and scholarship as a way of life rather than as an academic pursuit in itself. The general aim of our  activities is the development and generation of ideas through  ntellectuall and scholarly engagements that in an environment were group contributions is cherished but individual strength appreciated and acknowledged.

Publication and dissemination of ideas

Our continuing commitment to research will be demonstrated through the people that work with the group as well as the benefit derived by other people through contact with our group. Publications will be encouraged if and when an individual or members of the research group has something important to tell, but will not be done in desperation. Thus the number of publications is not relevant to the research group rather the quality of what is published.

We shall disseminate our research output and knowledge that we are convinced has been adequately generated, through the use of best research practices, via local and international outlets which include: i) Working progress, ii) Conference and workshop, iii) Journal, iv) monograph and v) books

 

Specific Research Focus

Our specific research efforts are focused on the following areas, all with African indeginous language and culture as the main theme.

Speech and Language Processing

  •     Text-to-Speech Synthesis
  •     Speech Recognition
  •     Machine Translation
  •     Morphological Analysis
  •     Disambiguation system
  •     Voice/speech based control systems
  •     Langauge teaching and learning system
  •     Digital-Multimedial dictionary

Computational Modelling and Simulation

  •     Game Theory and Applications
  •     Constraint Based Programming
  •     Numerical Computations
  •     Automata Theory and Applications

Intelligent Systems

  •     Robotics
  •     Decision Support Systems

 

COLLABORATION

The proposal for a collaboration between the Computer Science and Engjneering Department and the Linguistics and African langages Department of the our University is attached below.