Computing lecturer handpicked to represent Africa in America

A Junior Lecturer and Master’s student in the Faculty of Computing and Informatics, Josephina Muntuumo, has been selected to attend the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) 50 Years of the A.M. Turing Award Celebration.

The prestigious event in Computing will take place in June in San Francisco, USA.

The Turing Award is the highest award in the Computing field and recognises individuals who make exceptional and lasting contributions to the field. The A.M. Turning Award was named after Alan Turing, a pioneer in computing who is the inventor of the TuringMachine and considered to be the father of theoretical Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence.

Muntuumo is one of 13 students who will be student Ambassadors for the ACM Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) during the Celebration. The selection process was competitive with about 45 applications from around the world.

The fact that the Faculty had established a local ACM SIGCHI chapter in Namibia certainly increased the chances of Namibian students to participate.

The FCI had established three local chapters of ACM in early 2016, one being a professional ACM chapter. To date, these chapters have opened doors and many opportunities for the Faculty’s academic staff and students.

Dr Anicia Peters, the Dean of the FCI said: “Muntuumo is an exceptional candidate who excelled among many students from around the world who competed. To be selected as the only representative of Africa certainly shows the quality of students and staff at NUST.”

“At the time l was informed about the selection, l had no clue whatsoever that l was the only student selected from an African university. Knowing this indeed makes me feel honoured to represent the continent. I am grateful to Dr Peters for always making sure we are provided with such amazing opportunities,” Muntuumo said excitedly.

Date: 
Friday, April 7, 2017
for Month: 
April, 2017

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