Sandy Stevens Tickodri-Togboa

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Sandy Stevens Tickodri-Togboa
Born Sandy Stevens Tickodri-Togboa
(1949-10-29) 29 October 1949 (age 65)
Residence Kampala, Uganda
Citizenship Ugandan
Nationality Ugandan
Fields Mathematical Modeling of Physical Systems
Geographic Information Systems
Engineering Hydrology
Hydro-power Development
Computer Engineering
Digital Signal and Image Processing
Institutions Makerere University
Known for Academic Records Management System(ARMS), MUK
Vehicle Design

Sandy Stevens Tickodri-Togboa, born on 29 October 1949 and married to Edith Natukunda-Togboa[1] with whom he has three children, is an Engineering Scientist and Professor. His research in the fields of Academic Records Management, Vehicle Design,[2] electronic Academic Scheduling Systems, internet laboratories especially at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda has made him quite the celebrity within the academia. Recently in February 2010 he was awarded professorship at Makerere University[3]) where he currently is the Deputy Vice Chancellor[4] - Finance and Administration. Tickodri-Togboa holds a technical PhD in Digital Communications (1985) and M.Sc. in RadioEngineering (1979). He is proficient in English, Russian, Lugbara (mother tongue) and Swahili.
Tickodri-Togboa's key scientific works to date have included providing methodologies for the construction of Generating Functions based on Algebraic Operations on Sequences and its Application to Bessel Functions. Not only that, Tickodri-Togboa is greatly interested and involved in research[5] on the links between the potential energy due to a unit point charge, the generating function and Rodrigues' formula for Legendre polynomials. To this end Tickodri-Togboa has published a great number of papers in internationally reputable journals.

Research interests[edit]

Mathematical Modeling of Physical Systems[edit]

There is nationwide interest in training students of mathematics for industrial careers. This is motivated by the fact that over the years mathematics has become truly interdisciplinary in nature and can be used as a valuable tool for problem solving in an industrial environment. Industrial mathematics necessarily involves modeling and analysis of physical systems.[6]

Geographic Information Systems[edit]

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) enabling people to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.

Engineering Hydrology[edit]

Emphasis on engineering applications of hydrological science. Rainfall-runoff analysis. Lumped and distributed flow routing. Reservoir and river flood routing. Kinematic, diffusive and dynamic waves. Precipitation data analysis and optimal interpolation. Hydrological design: risk analysis, hydro-economic analysis, and analysis of uncertainty. Bayesian decision analysis. Design storms. Design flows. Hydrological reservoir design. Watershed modeling applied to hydrological design.

Hydro-power Development[edit]

Tickodri-Togboa is strongly committed to the sustained protection of the environment, in parallel with economic growth and social progress. The tenet is meeting the needs of the present generation, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Current Trends in Computer Engineering[edit]

Emphasis on the wide range of application areas such as optimization, data analysis and data mining, fault diagnosis, control as well as transportation systems using agile methodologies.

Digital Signal and Image Processing[edit]

Signal and image processing incorporates three fundamental areas: signal processing, adaptive filters, and image processing. Tickodri-Togboa's focus is on presenting key concepts and providing the mathematical foundations and advanced algorithms that are essential to the design of any signal processing or image processing system.

Research Activities and Accomplishments[edit]

Academic Records Management Systems[edit]

The Academic Records Management Systems (ARMS) Project aims at the development of a comprehensive user-centric Academic Records Management System to support Makerere University's logical and physical academic infrastructure, using state-of-the-art technologies and current generation industrial aesthetics. A home-born-and-grown project, it incorporates the provision of relevant learning experiences for students in the Faculty of Technology;[7] offers Experiential Learning (Equal Opportunities for Girl and Boy Child) and adds Value to the Pedagogical Experience. The ARMS Project Team is composed of thirteen undergraduate students (five females and eight males), and one junior member of staff. The System is currently being piloted in the Faculty of Technology and will eliminate the current challenges of inaccurate and delayed transcripts.

Electronic Academic-Events Scheduling System[edit]

The Electronic Academic-Events Scheduling System (eAESS) Project is aimed at the development of an eAESS - state-of-the-art, needs-responsive, scheduling system using the Faculty of Technology as the development and test site. The eAESS is envisaged to go a long way in addressing the current challenges in scheduling and to build a robust timetabling system. The system will consist of three major sub-systems, namely; the Online Scheduling System, the Information Display System and the Uninterrupted Power Sub-System. The Online Scheduling System will enable lecturers to book time-slots and be allocated rooms subject to class size and other necessary academic resources. The Information Display System will be used to flaunt compiled schedules, notices and other communications from the administration. The Uninterrupted Power Sub-System will ensure round-the-clock availability. The Project Team includes three undergraduate students (two males and one female) and one junior member of staff.


This project is being undertaken in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, with the goal of developing internet (on-line) Laboratories (iLABS[8]) to supplement conventional laboratories in the effort to meet challenges of scarce financial resources and large student populations. The project engages undergraduate and graduate students, and Members of Staff in research geared towards development of online experiments. iLabs offer a flexible and convenient experimentation platform to an unlimited number of users; thus alleviating space and scheduling problems associated with increasing student numbers. The current core development team is composed of eighteen undergraduate students (nine male and nine female), two undergraduate students and three junior members of Staff. The Project has so far developed over twelve iLabs and working closely with the Electrical Engineering Department these labs have been integrated into the B.Sc.Electrical Engineering and B.Sc.Telecommunication Engineering Programs to provide experimentation experience to students. Soon these will be incorporated in the B.Sc.Computer Engineering Program.

Vehicle Design[edit]

The Makerere Vehicle Design Project, Center for Research in Transportation Technologies (CRTT), is one of the main innovative projects at the Faculty of Technology, Makerere University. Its main goal is to build and later bring to market an energy efficient electric vehicle with Makerere University campus as a test site. The project was inspired by the Vehicle Design summit (VDS[9]) Project, a brainchild of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, in which a group of Faculty of Technology, Makerere University, students participated in building a hybrid vehicle prototype. Its research is fueled by the desire to innovate and impact on society by applying current space technologies in solving current transport and energy constraints. The project team comprises six undergraduate students (four male and two female) and three junior members of staff.


  1. ^ "Dr. Edith Natukunda-Togboa : A challenging Educationalist". The University for Peace. 2004-11-20. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  2. ^ The four-seater hybrid car raised levels of optimism and created the possibility that soon, Ugandans could have the chance to drive homemade cars. Steven Ntambi acknowledges that the curiosity of Ugandan youths today has fueled the surge in scientific innovations. “Yes, Uganda has made a lot of progress. There are so many young people out there now who are curious. When you see what some are doing down there in the garages, you will be surprised,” he says. But his former lecturer, Stevens Tickodri-Togboa, an associate professor at the Faculty of Technology, disagrees. He notes that last year’s car designing feat does not illustrate progress because it was largely based on knowledge that had always been available. “What we have is just a theoretical block of knowledge and we have always had that. I cannot say we have made much progress yet,” he says. Instead, he suggests that it was more as a result of a change in the students’ attitudes. “We had young people with passion who got to know various technologies and decided to use them to solve our problems here on earth,” he says.[1][dead link]. Retrieved 2010-03-10.
  3. ^ [2]. Retrieved 2010-02-09.
  4. ^ "Sandy Tickodri-Togboa". Makerere Staff Directory. Makerere University. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  5. ^ [3] Retrieved 2010-03-10[not in citation given]
  6. ^ Science and engineering majors at the junior or senior level
  7. ^ [4][dead link]
  8. ^ [5]. Retrieved 2010-03-10.
  9. ^ "VDS Mission Statement". MIT Vehicle Design Summit. Retrieved 2010-04-06. [dead link]

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