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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Uwadia to give inaugural lecture on software systems

The National President of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Prof. Charles Uwadia is to deliver an inaugural lecture as a professor of computer sciences of the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

Disclosing this to ITRealms Online, the chairman, publicity and trade services at NCS, Mr. Tajudeen Ejalonibu, said that the society is excited that this is happening at a time they have such a distinguished personality as president.

He also said that Professor Uwadia has planned to deliver his lecture on ‘Software Systems: The Driving Force Behind the e-Revolution’ next week Wednesday, April 13, at the Main Auditorium, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos.

He urged all members of NCS and its affiliates to make the day a memorable one for Prof. Uwadia.

Confirming the development to ITRealms Online, Prof. Uwadia, who is currently the Director, Centre for Information Technology and Systems UNILAG, said that guest are expected to be seated by 3.30pm.

He explained that the inaugural lecture is usually a stepping stone in actualizing a professorial status in any reputed institution and the University of Lagos is not alone in this exercise.

He explained that an inaugural lecture is one that announces formally the making of a Professor.

“It normally should be given shortly after being appointed as a Professor,” he said.

According to Prof. Uwadia, he decided on the theme, ‘Software Systems: The Driving Force Behind the e-Revolution’ mainly because his research and teaching over the past three decades have been on software systems.

“I am interested in showing the impact software systems are having in our lives in today’s information society and knowledge economy,” he declared.

ITRealms Online gathered that Prof. Uwadia would stress what Nigeria needs to do as a nation to participate in the ongoing electronic revolution through visioning and strategising to form a major plank of the first step.

ITRealms Online recalls that at the 21st National Conference of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Professor Charles Onuwa Uwadia, the Director of the Centre for Information Technology and Systems (CITS) at the University of Lagos, was elected as the 10th national president of the Society.

He took over from Dr. Chris Nwannenna after the latter completed his two terms in office.

Born on June 7, 1956 at Ibadan in Oyo State, and a native of Ukala-Okpunor in Oshimili Local Government Area of Delta State, Professor Uwadia attended St. Charles Grammar School, Osogbo (1970 – 1974) and holds a BSc. Degree honours in Computer Science from the University of Ibadan in 1979.

After completing his National Youth Service Corp programme with the Polytechnic Ibadan, Uwadia went on to obtain Master of Science in 1983 and followed this up with a PhD in 1990 both at the University of Lagos.

Uwadia who joined the services of the University of Lagos as an Assistant Lecturer in 1983, rose progressively to the post of a full professor in 2004 with his specialization being Software Engineering with emphasis on Compiling Techniques and Systems Software.

An active member of Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) and the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria, Prof. Uwadia overtly described as a quiet and disciplined scholar is a fellow of NCS. Before emerging the president of NCS, Uwadia had served the society in various capacities comprising of Chairman, Education Committee (1997 – 1999); Chairman, Conferences Committee (1999 – 2003); Chairman, Publications Committee (2003 – July 2007).

In addition of his desirable services in Nigeria, Prof. Uwadia has been a visiting Fellow to universities and institutions in the United States of America, United Kingdom, Italy and Australia.

Generally seen as a detribalized Nigerian, Uwadia holds liberal views about life and is happily married with three children.

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