2nd CMI - GTUC international conference (May 16-17, 2013)

Applications of Mobile Communications in Africa: Prospects and Challenges

at GTUC Accra, Ghana

Mobile communications has been advancing at a fast pace in Africa and is increasingly used as technology platforms for meeting challenges in other fields such as health, education, banking, etc. Though a decade of innovative public sector reforms in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sectors of sub-Saharan Africa has brought enormous developments and prospects, there's room for further development. The conference will bring together representatives from industry and academia to discuss the status and trends, innovations and research challenges.

The conference is organized in cooperation with between Center for Communication, Media and Information Technologies (CMI) at Aalborg University in Denmark and Ghana Technology University College (GTUC). CMI and GTUC have established close education and research collaboration offering masters and doctoral programs within the field of ICT.

Programme

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OPENING SESSION – Florence Onny AUDITORIUM

  • Chairpersons: Dr. Osei K. Darkwa & Prof. Knud-Erik Skouby
  • Welcome to the Conference: Dr. Osei K. Darkwa, President of GTUC
  • Overview of the Conference: Prof. Knud-Erik Skouby, Director of CMI


Special Guest of Honor Address:

  • Applications of Mobile Communications in Africa: Prospects & Challenges
  • By Honorable Dr. Edward Omane-Boamah, Minister of Communications, Ghana


Keynote Address:

  • Applications of Mobile Communications in Africa: Prospects and Challenges
  • By Dr. AbdulaiSalifu, Director General, Center for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)

Panel Discussion 1: Mobile Broadband - Chair: Anders Henten, Professor MSO, CMI, Aalborg University

Panel Discussants:

  • Knud-Erik Skouby, Professor & Director, CMI, Aalborg University
  • Kwaku Sakyi-Addo, CEO, Ghana Chambers of Telecommunications
  • Dr. Godfred Frempong, Deputy Director, STEPRI, CSIR

Paper Session 1: Markets and Users - Chair: Dr. Robert Awuah Baffour, Vice President, GTUC

  • Regulatory Frameworks and Implementation Patterns for Mobile Money in Africa: The Case of Kenya, Ghana & Nigeria - Idongesit Williams, CMI, Aalborg University
  • Mobile Phone Communications Revolution: The Kenyan Experience - Juliet W. Macharia & Catherine S. Buleyo, Dept. of Communication Studies, Moi University, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Impact of the Internet on the Growth of the Nigerian Economy - Mohammed Mallam Isogo, Dept. of Economics, Niger State College of Education, Minna
  • Effects of Switching Costs on Mobile Number Portability: Ghana Mobile Telecommunications - J. A. Ansere, K. A. Bonsu, A. Duodu, K. T. Djang-Fordjour, Department of Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Sunyani Polytechnic, Ghana

Panel Discussion 2: WWRF – Vision for 2020 From an International Industry/Academic Forum Panel Discussants:

  • Dr. Osei K. Darkwa, President, GTUC
  • Knud-Erik Skouby, Professor & Director, CMI, Aalborg University

Paper Session 2A: Technological Solutions - Chair: Dr. Peter Tobbin, CMI, Aalborg University

  • The Value of Solar Photovoltaic Electricity in ICT for Developing African Countries: Case of Ghana - K. K. Tsivor, CMI, Aalborg University
  • Problems and Prospects of Mobile Communication in Nigeria - Samaila Yahuza, Department Of Office Technology And Management, Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic, Katsina State, Nigeria
  • Internet Authentication and Billing (Hotspot) System Using MikroTik Router Operating System - L. A. Nafiu & D. Hakimi, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, Nigeria
  • An Intrusion Detection Techniques For Mobile Network Technology - Aminu Dau Mashi, Department Of Office Technology And Management, Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic, Katsina State, Nigeria

Paper Session 2B: Social Networking - Venue: Florence Onny Auditorium - Chair: Dr. Franklin Asamoah-Baah, Dean, Informatics Faculty, GTUC

  • Understanding Social Networking for Privacy in Mobile Communication.
  • By Abdullahi Isah, CMI, Aalborg University
  • Adoption and Acquisition of Health-IT in Ghana: A Theoretical Framework.
  • By Kodzo Gadekpo Adomey, CMI, Aalborg University
  • Youth Development and Social Networking in Sub-Saharan Africa: Prospects & Challenges
  • By Shehu Ibrahim, Dept. Of Computer Science, Federal College of Education, Kano, Nigeria
  • How To Develop Competitive Search Engine Ranking in Nigeria
  • By Mohammed Ibrahim, e-Portal Unit, F.C.E Kano, Nigeria
  • Closing Remarks & Announcements
  • Dr. Osei K. Darkwa & Prof. Knud-Erik Skouby

Friday, May 17 2013 (Day 2)

PLENARY SESSION – FLORENCE ONNY AUDITORIUM
Welcome to the Conference: Prof. Patrick Otoo Bobbie, Registrar, GTUC
Prof. Knud-Erik Skouby, Director of CMI

Panel Discussion 3: Mobile Applications - Chair: Reza Tadayoni, Associate Professor, CMI, Aalborg University
Panel Discussants:
Prof. Anders Henten, MSO, CMI, Aalborg University
Prof. Patrick Otoo Bobbie, Registrar, GTUC
Dr. Peter Tobbin, CMI, Aalborg University

Paper Session 3: Topic: E-learning - Chair: Dr. Josephine Larbi-Apau, Head, COLT, GTUC

  • The Relevance of Information Communication Systems to Academic Staff of Colleges of Education in Nigeria; a Survey Research of Federal College of Education Katsina, Katsina State - Shuaibu Musa Rafindadi, General Studies Department, Federal College of Education Katsina, Nigeria
  • Effective Teaching of Information and Communication Technology Course Units: Perception of Office Technology and Management Lecturers in Polytechnics of Northern States of Nigeria - Iro, Dikko Mani (Maben), Department of Office Technology and Management, Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic, Katsina-Nigeria
  • Use of Multimedia Laboratory for the Teaching and Learning of Basic Science and Technology: Prospects and Challenges. - Muktar Aminu, Dept. Of Computer Science, Federal College of Education, Kano, Nigeria
  • E-Learning Uptake in Ghana’s Higher Education Sector: What is Happening? - Ben Kwofie & Prof. Anders Henten, CMI
  • E-Learning Technology for the Development of Rural Child Education in Nigeria - Umar Ibrahim, Dept. Of Computer Science, Federal College of Education, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria


Paper session 4: Future Technologies I - Chair: Ezer Yeboah-Boateng , Coordinator, Ghana ICT Conference

  • Who Needs a Photographer? Challenges and Prospects of Zimbabwe’s Video/Photography Industry in the Era of Mobile Phone Technology. - Oswelled Ureke, Media and Society Studies Department, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe
  • Diversity Combining Techniques In Cooperative Communication Networks - K. A. Bonsu, J. A. Ansere, A. Duodu, Department of Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Sunyani Polytechnic, Ghana
  • Unleashing The Potential Of Cloud Computing In Ghana: What Is It And What Does It Mean For Public Organizations In Ghana - Samuel Tweneboah-Koduah & Prof. Reza Tadayoni, CMI, Aalborg University


Paper session 5: Future Technologies II - Venue: VCC - Chair: Dr. Stephen Asunka, Head, ITSS, GTUC

  • Examining Factors Influencing Development & Deployment Of Its Solutions In Developing Countries - The Case Of Ghana - D.M.O Adjin, K. K. Tsivor, Nana Kofi Annan, CMI, Aalborg University
  • Rural Internet Accessibility: A Key To Development In Brong Ahafo, Ghana - A. Duodu, J. A. Ansere, K. A. Bonsu , K. T. Djang-Fordjour, Department of Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Sunyani Polytechnic, Ghana
  • Computer Aided Investigation: Visualization and Analysis of data from Mobile communication devices using Formal Concepts Analysis - Quist-Aphetsi Kester, Faculty of Informatics, GTUC
  • Cloud Computing as a Platform for Transforming Education Through e-Learning System for National Development: Opportunities and Challenges - Labaran Rogers & Nwunuji Iben, Dept. Of Computer Science, Federal College of Education, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria

Summing Up and Closing Remarks

  • Prof. Patrick Otoo Bobie, Registrar, GTUC
  • Knud-Erik Skouby, Professor & Director, CMI, Aalborg University

 Call for papers