Ikhu Omoregbe Nicholas
Dr. Senior Lecturer and Head of Department B.Sc, M.Sc, PhD
Computer & Information Sciences
Computer & Information Sciences
Welcome to the Department of Computer and Information Sciences. The department contributes to the mission of the University in training of undergraduate and graduate students with requisite skills needed to solve complex technological problems of modern society and the attainment the millennium development goals. Current research focus includes Software engineering, Management Information Systems, and Bioinformatics. The CIS department offers degree programs leading to the B.Sc, M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Management Information Science respectively.
The Department of Computer Science and Information Sciences has 22 full-time teaching and research faculty, 3 research assistants, and 6 associate or adjunct faculty. The department has two ultra-modern laboratories to aid the training of its students at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level.
For more details visit the departmental website cis.covenantuniversity.edu.ng
Philosophy and Objectives
Vision, Mission and Philosophy
The department has adopted a broad strategy of human resources development that encompasses educational, cultural, social, political and spiritual development such that our graduates will be sufficiently equipped to make valuable contributions to national development towards the attainment of the millennium development goals. We intend to nurture graduates, who by leveraging on their sound foundational training and skills in the computing sciences would become globally relevant in the industrial, and academic domains, and eventually emerging as future leaders in the fields of Computing, Computational Sciences, and Information and Communication Technology, both in Nigeria and the global community. The department is committed to producing highly creative and innovative graduates that are competent enough to seek self-employment in the field of Information Technology and its allied disciplines, or in the least be immediately employable.
Research-wise, the department aims to make significant contributions to the advancement of the broad field of Computer Science and national attainment of the millennium development goals. To achieve this, the department has two vibrant research groups that are engaged in high quality research. The Bioinformatics research unit is actively involved in bioinformatics research in their quest to combat the menace of Malaria, HIV Aids and other chronic diseases that are prevalent in the African continent. While the Software Engineering and Intelligent Systems unit is committed to research in the key thematic areas of Mobile Computing, E-Health, E-Learning, E-Tourism, E-Governance, and Data mining that would ultimately engender the eradication of poverty, increased wealth creation, increase in literacy level, and reduction of child mortality rate.
Objective of The Unit
Specifically, the objectives of the department are as follows:
- To develop manpower with skills and knowledge needed to meet the requirements of a rapidly advancing and challenging field of IT and Management.
- To produce graduates with IT skills and prepare them for global competitiveness
- To produce managers with the spirit of self-reliance and encourage them to adopt holistic approach in professional pursuit, and by so doing reduce poverty and increase wealth creation.
- To develop human capital with emphasis on creating a knowledge-based society.
- To develop manpower to pursue careers in a wide range of professions including software development, web design, and system administration, project management, and computational sciences, that would foster the attainment of the millennium development goals.
Research & Development
Activities of the Units
Currently, the department has two research units, these are:
- Bioinformatics Units: this unit is engaged in frontline bioinformatics research with the specific objective of using computational approach to combating the menace of the malaria diseases in Africa.
- Software Engineering & Intelligent System Unit: this unit is committed to exploring the intersection and synergy of the broad fields of Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence for solving real-life problems in the thematic areas of E-Governance, E-Health, E-Tourism, E-Learning, and Mobile Computing.
Research Clusters and Accomplishments
The two existing research clusters in the department have been involved in very productive research activities that have culminated in the award of high quality postgraduate degrees at the Master and Doctoral levels, attraction of vital research linkages and collaborations, publication of results in top quality journals and conferences, and patentable products. The activities of these two groups have led to the successful hosting and organisation of the following international conferences and workshops:
- The 1st International Workshop on Pattern Discovery in Biology was hosted in the department from 18th – 27th April 2005.
- The department also hosted International Conference on New Trends in the Mathematical and Computer Sciences with Application to Real World Problems from June 17th - June 23th 2006.
- The 2nd International Workshop on Pattern Discovery in Biology was hosted in the department from 6th – 11th July 2009.
- The 1st International Conference and Workshop on Software Engineering and Intelligent Systems (Theme: Towards the Evolution of Smart Systems) from 5th – 9th July 2010.
Awards and Accomplishments
A significant number of our staffs have won reputable fellowships with top international institutions to help further their exposure and development. Some of this include:
- Covenant University, Senate Research Award, 2004 (=N=498,000.00)
- Federal Ministry of Education and Research Germany for 1 year study at the University of Cologne (2006).
- Microsoft Aspire Programme Award for Doctoral Students (2006).
- Deutsch Akademiker Austauch Diest (DAAD) aka German Academic Exchange Service Scholar (2007)
- CPN Fellowship for Young African Scientists, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberge, Germany (2007)
- Temporary Research Fellowship by Center for Mobile e-Services, University of Zululand, South Africa (2006-2009).
- Teaching Fellowship award by University of Heidenheim, Germany (2009).
- Junior Fulbright Fellowship for Doctoral students, (2010).
- European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) ‘Alain Bensoussan’ Post Doctoral Fellowship Award (2010-2011)
Linkages and Collaborations
The department has succeeded in attracting very useful academic linkages with a number of foreign institutions in its quest to promote research and remain highly resourced in the two main areas of its research focus of Software Engineering and Bioinformatics. The existing linkages are:
|1.||University of Zululand, South Africa||Prof. Matthew Adigun||In process|
|2.||University of Heidelberg, Germany||Prof. Roland Eils||In process|
|3.||German Cancer Research Center, Germany||Prof. Roland Eils||In process|
|4.||University of Texas A&M, U.S.A||Prof. Nancy Amato||In process|
|5.||VSB-Technical University, Ostrava, Czech Republic||Prof. Vaclav Snasel||In Process|
ii) Research Collaborations
The department is currently in active research collaborations with a number of institutions in the area of Software Engineering and Bioinformatics. The collaborating institutions include:
|1.||Hebrews University of Jerusalem, Israel||Prof Hagai Ginsburg|
|2.||Department of Parasitology, University of Heidelberg, Germany||Prof. Michael Lanzer|
|3.||Bioquamt, at the University of Heidelberg||Prof. Roland Eils, Dr. Benedict Brors and Dr. Rainer Koenig|
|4.||DKFZ, Heidelberg, Germany||Dr. Lars Kaderali|
|5.||Centre for Mobile E-Services, Department of Computer Science University of Zululand, South Africa||Prof. Matthew Adigun|
|6.||Faculty of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, VSB-Technical University, Ostrava, Czech Republic||Prof. Ajith Abraham; Prof. Vaclav Snasel|
(a) General Requirements:
The Minimum entry requirement for admission into Covenant University is a Credit level pass in five (5) subjects, including English and Mathematics, obtained at not more than two sittings. In addition Covenant University conducts Screening Exercises for all candidates seeking admission into the University. Candidates are also to note that there are other requirements that may be specific to a College and / or a Programme.
(b) College Requirements:
Same as specified in the general requirement above. The five- (5) subjects in the SSCE/GCE/NECO O/L or their equivalent must be obtained at not more than two sittings and must include Mathematics, Physics and English Language.