Azeta Ambrose A.
Professor HoD, Computer and Information Sciences B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D Computer Science
Computer & Information Sciences
Welcome to the Department of Computer and Information Sciences. The Department started in 2002 when the University commenced. Computer Science and Management Information System programmes were under the then Department of Computer and Information Technology with Prof. T.S. Ibiyemi as the Head of the Department. The pioneer faculty in the Department were Mr. V. C. Osamor, Mr. Nicholas A. Omoregbe, and Mr. O. O. Olugbara. In 2003, Dr. C. K. Ayo joined the University and became the first substantive Head of Department. Dr. E. F. Adebiyi was the Head of Department from 2008-2011. Also, Prof. C. K. Ayo became the Head of Department from 2011-2012 after serving as the Director of Academic planning. Dr. Nicholas A. Omoregbe assumed the office as Head of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences in 2012. Dr. A. A. Adebiyi became the Head of Department from 2014 – 2016. Dr. O. O. Oladipupo became the Head of Department from 2016-2017. In August 2017, the headship of the Department of Computer and Information Science (CIS) witnessed the emergence of a pioneer faculty in the person of Dr. V.C. Osamor to pilot the affairs of this strategic Department. Dr. V.C. Osamor has since assumed this leadership role as the current HOD, CIS. The Department which started with 13 faculty has produced several graduates at B.Sc, M.Sc and Ph.D. levels.
For more details visit the departmental website http://cis.covenantuniversity.edu.ng
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Philosophy and Objectives
The vision of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences is to rated among the top-ranked academic departments in the world within a very short time through commitment to excellence in teaching, research and innovative community engagements. Our aim is to produce top graduates in the disciplines of Computer Science and Management Information System, who will be globally competitive and well equipped to make valuable contributions both locally and internationally.
The mission of the Department is to create ambience for excellence where innovation and creativity in the field of computing from students and faculty is allowed to thrive. Our students will be equipped with the necessary tools that will strategically position them in the cutting edge of computing knowledge and applications, making them capable of making significant contributions to the society. We specifically aim at the following:
- to produce top quality and competitive graduates of Computer Science and Management Information System that are in high demand in the industry
- to develop the entrepreneurial aptitudes and potentials of our students through product-oriented research endeavors that are beneficial to the society, thereby entrenching in them the ethos of contribution.
- to train highly competent graduates who are imbued with the drive for excellence, innovation and creativity, and having capacity for intellectual distinction both in the academia and in the industry.
- to raise students with strong intellectual and moral orientation who will be valuable citizens, and new generation of leaders in the society.
The Department thrives on the philosophy that excellent and comprehensive training is a necessary precursor of outstanding contributions. Our focal objective is to produce graduates that are educationally, culturally, morally and spiritually sound, with a strong entrepreneurial orientation. Therefore, the Department is committed to the application of wide range of human capacity development strategies for teaching, learning, research, and community engagements that will engender the development of the total graduate. This is to ensure that our graduates have what it takes to be distinguished in a globally competitive world, by being not only worthy of the best employment opportunities, but also becoming job creators and employers of labour.
The objectives of the Computer Science Programme are to:
- develop manpower with the skills and knowledge needed to meet the requirements of a rapidly advancing and challenging field of IT and Management;
- produce graduates with IT skills and prepare them for global competitiveness; produce managers with the spirit of self-reliance and encourage them to adopt a holistic approach in professional pursuit;
- develop human capital with emphasis on creating a knowledge-based society; and
- develop manpower to pursue careers in a wide range of professions, including software development, web design, and system administration.
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, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and a science subject 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) Additional Admission Requirements
Credit level pass in 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 Physics, Chemistry and any one of Biology, Agricultural related course, Technical drawing and Technology related courses
(c) Graduating Requirements
To graduate from the 4-year Bachelor of Science degree programme in Computer Science, students must have successfully completed a minimum of 156 Credit Units.