@iLabAfrica received funding from Samsung for research and development for a period of 3 years. @iLabAfrica is the second Samsung innovation lab centre in Africa. The research aims at helping students to come up with new and innovative products.
IDS Knowledge Service Widget
@iLabAfrica developed an HTML widget to showcase IDS Knowledge Services content of tens of thousands of thematically organised and hand selected academic research. The widget enables website administrators to set its size so it can fit onto a section of their site. It also allows them to select what topics to display on their widget. Readers can search and sort abstracts according to different parameters. An example of the widget can be found in our Knowledge Services section below.
@iLabAfrica developed collaborated with an Irish company known as DANU Technologies, to create a windows mobile platform application that channels communication between consumer and service provider, which was successfully implemented and released to consumers in January 2013.
Paulines Africa E-Reader and Web Portal
In partnership with Paulines Africa , @iLabAfrica was able to design an E-reader and web portal to enable users to easily read Gospel books via their phones and tablet. Paulines books and audio-visuals Africa is an activity of the Daughters of St Paul. A religious congregation using the communications media to spread the Gospel.The project was officially launched in November, 2014 at Cardinal Otunga Centre. Users can easily download books for sale and pay via credit cards and mobile money (Mpesa). Once you purchase a book, it will be easily delivered to you via courier. Users can as well download books from the bookstore To download the E-reader, kindly check here and do visit the Paulines Africa Website.
KNBS Data Visualization Project
Strathmore University, through @iLabAfrica, has been collaborating with the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) to make available data and visualisations of key publications specifically: The 2009 Census Report, Economic Survey Report (2001−2014), GDP Report (2001−2014), and select County Statistical data. The web and mobile solution offers a workflow operation that helps users to easily navigate through the data offered by the Bureau of Statistics. By using filters that sort the available data by year, the user can create a time series trend on the specific datasets selected. The dashboard view helps combine multiple data sources with different types of visualisations shown on a single page tied together through interactivity. Using the filter panels on each dashboard enables users to further navigate the data with their own criteria, giving them greater control and flexibility. This helps them to dive into the information that is most important to them. This has been made possible through funding from The World Bank. You can access the Data Visualization Application here.
WILD (Wildlife Information Landscape Database) is a data collection application that enables wildlife conservation organisations to aggregate data on poaching, human-wildlife conflicts and illegal human activities among others and share the data with other organisations. This will help the conservation organisations to monitor and evaluate data from a single system with the aim to accomplish their mandate in relation to conservation. The development of WILD has been made possible through the partnership of USAID – PREPARED program and Strathmore University – @iLabAfrica.
Mtetezi app will be used for data collection in the reporting of incidents and also sending quick response alerts to get help in case of an incident occurring. It is so versatile that it will enable real time tracking of data and weak response as well as document cases that will help put perpetrators behind bars or gather useful statistics that will help in data mining useful data to help reduce and stop the vices as mentioned above. Among other things, it is linked to a robust database that facilitates better data storage through data encryption, manipulation and retrieval client data, better safety of client files and information, easier and faster access to client files by the simple click of a button, unlimited storage space for the large volumes of client data, easy tracking of services offered to clients, automated report generation.
The Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU) is a governance, health and human rights non-profit organisation, whose vision is A Just World Free from Torture. Our work is underpinned by a holistic approach involving litigation, medical and psycho-social rehabilitation of survivors of torture, monitoring government adherence to its human rights obligations and advocacy for policy, legal and institutional reforms. Ripoti app is used for data collection in the reporting of incidents and also sending quick response alerts to get help in case of an incident occurring. It is so versatile that it will enable real time tracking of data and weak response as well as document cases that will help put perpetrators behind bars or gather useful statistics that will help in data mining useful data to help reduce and stop the vices as mentioned above.
Kenya Police 101
The primary purpose of this application is to highlight the 101 things you wanted to Know about the Police but were too afraid to ask. This will improve relations between the police and the public. The police are regarded by the public as suppressing them in order to promote the interests of the rich and the powerful. The police are regarded as being extremely corrupt, especially in extracting money from the less well off. Public opinion polls for several years put them at the top of the list of the most corrupt state institutions. We consider that better understanding between the police and the public would come about if both of them have a better understanding of the obligations of the police and the rights of the people. 101 Things focuses largely on the authority of the police and the rights of the people that they must respect. We believe that the full benefits of the pocket book will be achieved if both the public and the police carefully study and follow it.
Africa ICT Policy Database
The Africa ICT Policy Database (AIPD) is designed as an open and free resource for information technology across Africa especially on policies and laws. It is a project of The Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) based at The Strathmore Law School in Nairobi, Kenya. In setting up AIPD, we are responding to the first challenge through availing in one simplified repository the latest constitutions, conventions, Acts, regulations and other legal documents that have a direct bearing on the expansive information technology ecosystem in Africa’s 54 countries. This in itself is a very ambitious undertaking and will involve extensive partnerships with governments, civil society and libraries to ensure the database is up to date.
SBS Content Delivery
With this application, Strathmore Business School students can enjoy a full learning experience using a tablet. It provides for access to e-learning resources, assignments, notes and course cases, announcements and news. The app has been integrated with Moodle (the open source e-learning system used by Strathmore University) to enable students to access the learning content. The application also has a digital rights management system to safeguard distribution of copyrighted material, assignment reminders and a booked room viewing facility to help learners schedule group meetings and classes.
AI and computational intelligence
Computational Intelligence is a subset of Artificial Intelligence that refers to the ability of a computer to learn a specific task from data or experimental observations. It is commonly considered a synonym for soft computing. Computational intelligence focuses on building models on the basis upon which human beings learn. The field of AI and Computational Intelligence mainly focuses on four computational techniques: fuzzy logic, which enables the computer to understand natural language, Artificial neural networks, which allows the system to learn experiential data by operating like the biological system, evolutionary computing, which is based on the process of natural selection and probabilistic methods which mainly deal with uncertainty. This research group focuses on exploring the four main computational techniques to develop meaningful solutions that can be applied in various fields.
Team Lead: Dr. Vincent Omwenga.
This is a field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that focuses on developing techniques that help computers see, observe and understand the content of digital images. This research area focuses on various methods by which machines can see, observe and understand digital images. These methods include Object Detection, 3D Scene Reconstruction, Image and Video pre-processing, Scene Segmentation, and Video and Image Context Indexing. Some areas where computer vision is applied include Retail Shelf Analysis, RTG Analysis, Automatic Video Tagging, Real Estate Valuation, Security Systems, ID Verification, and Industrial Maintenance.
Team Lead:Eng. Dr. Butime Julius
Team Lead: Prof. Mbuthia
ICT4D is a field that focuses on using ICT (Information Communication and Technology) knowledge, skills, and principles to develop solutions, especially technical solutions for developing countries. This field broadly deals with; technology research, technology design, development of technology, and mobile phone usage, to mention but a few. Our school’s ICT4D research group mainly aims to develop innovative ideas in technology that can be used to transform the country, continent, and globe at large. To achieve innovation, this group explores technologies such as BlockChain Technology, Machine Learning, Virtual Reality, and Artificial Intelligence, to name a few.
Team Lead: Dr. Omondi.
Team Lead: Prof. Ateya
Information systems security
Information systems security is a field that generally focuses on protecting data or information from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, modification, destruction, or disruption. This research group explores the various methods of protecting information confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Various types of security, such as Cryptography, vulnerability management, incidence response, infrastructure security, and disaster recovery, to mention a few, are the primary focus areas for this research group. The Information Systems Security field has various areas of specialization, such as Information Systems Auditing, Business continuity planning, and digital forensic science, to mention a few.
Team Lead: Dr. Ochieng.
IOT and robotics
The internet of things entails sharing and collecting data from various devices connected to the internet. The collection of data is normally done by IoT devices. IoT devices collect data from their surroundings using sensors and actuators and send it to the internet for processing. Examples of IoT devices include smartphones, smartwatches, and refrigerators, to mention a few. On the other hand, robotics entails the inter-collection of mechanical engineering, electronics engineering, computer science engineering, and information science engineering. The main idea of robotics is to develop machines (Robots) capable of handling complex series of actions with more speed and precision. The focal point of this research group is to document and generate reliable solutions by exploring the concepts of IoT and Robotics.
Team Lead: Dr. Owour.