AWBC—Academics Without Borders Canada — actively works to promote development in developing countries by assisting them in improving and expanding higher education. AWBC volunteers work on projects that foster the skills and expertise needed for health care, education, agriculture, infrastructure, business, and more. AWBC work in all disciplines and areas of instruction. AWBC are a bilingual Canadian NGO based in Montreal, with volunteers working around the world.AWBC is in partnership with the University of Cape Coast (UCC) Ghana to address the need for Computer Scientist and Information technologist in the Department of Computer Science and Information (DCSIT).
In August 2010, Geňa Hahn of the Université de Montréal (Canada) and Dominique Sotteau, from INRIA (Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique,France) came to University of Cape Coast for 2 weeks to conduct a feasibility study looking at institutional support for the program, potential areas of specialization and the research interests of faculty members in DCSIT. They recommended that a process for creating a graduate program proceed in 3 stages.
This project will help to establish a doctoral level education for the faculty members in Department for Computer Science and Information Technology, which has eight (8) full time faculty members with none of whom has a PhD. This program will also provide training to teaching assistances to the master’s degree level. In addition, the program will help build the research skills of faculty members to enable them publish research papers in reputable journals.
The first or preparatory stage would identify those at UCC-DCSIT interested in pursuing advanced degrees and create a research environment. This would include seminars for interested staff, senior students and participants from other universities with the courses to be provided by visiting professors. During this stage some staff members would complete PhD degrees and new staff would be hired to facilitate that.
The second, or upgrade stage would have a full contingent of qualified faculty and would involve re-designing the undergraduate curriculum as well as developing the graduate programs. In the final stage UCC would offer graduate degrees in Computer Science and Information Technology.
The first stage of the program started from June 2011 to August 2011, with two AWBC volunteers—INRIA researchers Yannick Toussaint and Xavier Goaoc teaching one course each: Knowledge extraction from databases and from texts; and Mathematical foundations of computer science with applications in computational geometry.
The second part of the first stage will commence from the 4th January 2012 to 18th January 2012 and will be handled by Dr. Laure Berti-Équille, Director of Research, IRD, Institut de Recherché pour le Développement. She will be taking the students through Database Management.
The third part of the first stage will also commence from 18th June 2012 to 10th August 2012 and will be handled by two professors: Professor. Jorg Liebeherr from the University of Toronto, Canada and Dr. Andrew U. Frank from the Technical University of Vienna in Austria, teaching Computer Networks and Information Management, data Quality and Information Business respectively.
Starting from the 3rd of January to the 15th of January, 2013, professor Laurent Lemarchand an associate professsor from the UBO (Univeriste de bretagne occidentale), information department in will be having a seminar on Discrete Optimization as part of the first phase of the AWBC Phd program.
As part of the first stage, Prof. Simone Santini from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain and Jean-Charles Lamirel from LORIA/INRIA – Université de Strasbourg, France held lectures on A Gentle Approach to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning respectively. The Lectures commerced from June 2013 to August 2013.
On the 6th to 17th January 2014, Dr. Elizabeth Quaglia from the Royal Holloway, University of London held some lectures in cryptography as part of the first stage of the program.
On the 9th of June to the 2nd of August 2014, the AWBC/UCC PhD program hosted two researchers Eric Tanter and Artur Lugmayr who taught courses in Programming and Programming Languages and Introduction to Database Programming for e-Business Solutions respectively as part of the first stage of the program.
Geňa Hahn, PhD (McMaster, Canada), Doctorat d’état (Université Paris-Sud, France) is a professor at the University of Montreal (Canada) in the Department of Computer Science and Operations Research/Département d’informatique et de rechercheopérationnelle (DIRO).
Dominique Sotteau, Doctorat d’état (Université Paris-Sud, France), a former Directeur de recherche of the Laboratory for Computer Science at the National Centre for Scientific Research/Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) was Director of International Relations at the French Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA) from 2008-2010.
Xavier Goaoc, PhD (Université Nancy 2, France), has been a researcher at the French Institut National de Recherche en Informatiqueet en Automatique (INRIA) since 2005.
Yannick Toussaint, PhD (University of Toulouse) is researcher at Institut National de Recherche en Informatique (INRIA) on the Orpailleur team in Nancy, France. He is interested in using symbolic data mining methods such as formal concept analysis and itemset mining to build ontologies or semantically annotate texts.
Dr. Laure Berti-Équille, Director of Research, IRD, Institut de Recherché pour le Développement affiliated to UMR ESPACE DEV IRD U228 and an associated researcher of LIF (Laboratoire d'Informatique Fondamentale) of Aix-Marseille University and CNRS.
Dr. Andrew U. Frank is Professor of Geoinformation at the Technical University of Vienna since 1991. He teaches courses in spatial information systems, representation of geometric data, design of Geographic Information Systems for administration and business, selection of GIS software, and economic and administrative strategies for the introduction of GIS. In 1999 he became head of the newly founded Institute for Geoinformation and Land Surveying. In 2004 this Institute was merged with the Institute for Cartography and Geo-Media-Techniques and he is now the head of the Institute for Geoinformation and Cartography.
Professor. Jorg Liebeherr is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto and hold the Nortel Chair in Network Architecture and Services. His research area is computer networks. Most of his current research is on stochastic network calculus and overlay networks.
Professor Laurent Lemarchand is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, Université de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO), France. His areas of specialization are Combinatorial Optimization, Parallelism, Circuit Synthesis.
Prof. Simone Santini from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain.
Jean-Charles Lamirel from LORIA/INRIA – Université de Strasbourg, France. Research Interests include artificial intelligence, machine learning, clustering and neural networks complex networks and similarity measures.
Dr. Elizabeth Quaglia from the Royal Holloway, University of London is a post-doctoral researcher in the CryptoTeam at École Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris, working with Prof. David Pointcheval in the BEST (Broadcast Encryption for Secure Telecommunications) project.
Professor Eric Tanter (PhD in Computer Science), Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science(DCC), University of Chile, He is the head of graduate commitee, PhD program. His interests lies in Programming Languages and Software engineering.
Professor Dr. Artur Lugmayr, Department of Business Information Management and Logistics, Tampere University of Technology(TUT). Entertainment and Media Lab(EMMi). His scientific work is situated between art and science. Research Interests are Semantic Ambient Media, Media Business Information Management, Media Business Information Systems, Financial and Investment Management, Financial and Investment Systems, Stock Exchange Trading.