Prof BM Kalema

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Prof Billy Mathias Kalema

Billy Mathias Kalema holds a Doctor of Technology Computer Science and Data Processing from Tshwane University of Technology, a Master of Science in Computer Science, Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science with Education from Makerere University Uganda. Prior to joining the University of Mpumalanga, Billy was an Associate Professor at Durban University of Technology  where he joined after serving as a Senior Lecturer and Head of department of Informatics at Tshwane University of Technology. He is an experienced researcher and mentor.  Prof Kalema has supervised 10 PhDs and 40 masters and has examined 50 postgraduate studies at both masters and doctoral levels in several Universities in Africa.

Prof Kalema has spoken at various international conferences, Doctoral symposiums, seminars and workshops.  He is a National Research Fund (NRF) South Africa C 3 - Rated researcher and a member of the Association of Information Systems (AIS), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); Information Society for Africa (IST-Africa), the International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology (IACSIT) and the Asian Council of Science Editors (ACSE).

He serves on several technical committees as an Editorial board member and peer reviewer for both journals and conferences. Prof Kalema has published 30 accredited journals and over 50 international peer reviewed conferences in areas of socio-cognitive aspects of human response to information technology including acceptance, use, utilization and evaluation of technology for decision-making, ERPs, E-learning, ICT4Education, ICT4Business Enhancement, MOOCs, Big Data, Mobile Computing, Cloud-based integrated systems, and the Statistical Methods for Data Analysis. He is widely recognised by international research bodies and scholars with Science and Scientometrics measures of 727 citations, h-index of 13 and i10-index of 18.

His current and future research plans revolve around the practical application of research in daily life by putting IT to use especially in the economically and technologically disadvantaged developing countries. In this respect, Prof Kalema’s currently running 3 year project on Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) that sought to to help learners in South African areas of low bandwidth to upgrade their Matric exams. The project’s first two years were funded by the National Electronic Media of South African (NEMISA) at a tune of R700,000.