Publications


2017

Maina, ME, Wagacha PW, Oboko RO.  2017.  A Model for Improving Online Collaborative Learning through Machine Learning. IGI Global. :424-440. AbstractFull Text

Online collaborative learning provides new opportunities for student
collaboration in an online learning environment and at the same time spawns new
challenges for teachers supporting group work. With the current Course Management
Systems (CMS) such as Moodle, technology has provided online tools that include
discussions forums, chat rooms, e-mails, newsgroups, workshops, etc. These tools provide a
collaborative learning environment. To include constructivist learning in an online learning ...

Gichamba, A, Wagacha PW, Ochieng DO.  2017.  Designing mAgriculture Applications for Rural Smallholder Farmers. Abstract

ICT has been widely accepted and adopted as a key driver for various sectors of
the economy for both the developing and developed nations. In developing countries, there
have been multiple interventions to employ the available technology such as mobile,
wireless, radio and TV technologies in key areas that concern human development such as
health, agriculture, education and finance. The design and development practices, are
mostly borrowed from established markets with different user profiles, and do not always

Gichamba, A, Wagacha PW, Ochieng DO.  2017.  An Assessment of e-Extension Platforms in Kenya. Abstract

The use of ICT in agriculture within developing countries has quickly gained
popularity among development agencies, the private sector and even the government. ICT
for agriculture (ICT4Ag) services such as trade platforms, notification platforms and
advisory/extension services have been developed. This has been catalyzed by the growing
number of farmers with access to ICT devices such as mobile phones. Among the available
services, advisory/extension platforms have gained popularity among farmers an

Mwangi, HN'u, Wagacha P, Mathenge P, Sijenyi F, Mulaa F.  2017.  Structure of the 40S ribosomal subunit of Plasmodium falciparum by homology and de novo modeling. 7. 1:97-105. AbstractFull Text

Generation of three dimensional structures of macromolecules using in silico
structural modeling technologies such as homology and de novo modeling has improved
dramatically and increased the speed by which tertiary structures of organisms can be
generated. This is especially the case if a homologous crystal structure is already available.
High-resolution structures can be rapidly created using only their sequence information as
input, a process that has the potential to increase the speed of scientific discovery.

2016

Muuro, ME, Oboko RO, Wagacha PW.  2016.  Evaluation of Intelligent Grouping Based on Learners’ Collaboration Competence Level in Online Collaborative Learning Environment. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning. 17(2) AbstractFull Text

In this paper we explore the impact of an intelligent grouping algorithm based on
learners' collaborative competency when compared with (a) instructor based Grade Point
Average (GPA) method level and (b) random method, on group outcomes and group
collaboration problems in an online collaborative learning environment. An intelligent
grouping algorithm has been added in a Learning Management System (LMS) which is
capable of forming heterogeneous groups based on learners' collaborative competency

Mwendia, SN, Wagacha PW, Oboko R.  2016.  Ambient Learning Conceptual Framework for Bridging Digital Divide in Higher Education. IGI Global. 4:179. AbstractFull Text

According to ITU (2012), digital divide is the difference between countries in
terms of levels of ICT development. This difference remains significant. In 2011, the ICT
Development Index (IDI) value of developed countries (6.52) was twice as high as that of
developing countries (3.24). The need to link the digital divide for universal broadband
Internet access is within the key international development goals, which include World
Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) goals and Millennium Development Goals

2015

Wagacha, P.  2015.  SCHOOL OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATICS. Abstract

The increased demand for higher education has made online learning popular
and appealing to many stakeholders including working staff and students. Though online
learning has gained popularity, it is still being criticized for being a faceless medium that
does little to support social interaction. Social constructivist argue that knowledge is
constructed through social activities and therefore, knowledge developed using
collaboration is more than what can be achieved by an individual alone. Online learning,

Maina, ME, Wagacha PW, Oboko R.  2015.  Enhancing active learning pedagogy through online collaborative learning. Handbook of Research on Active Learning and the Flipped Classroom Model in the Digital Age. , IGI Global: Handb. Res. Act. Learn. Flip. Classr. Model Digit. Age Abstract

Learner-centered learning theories such as active learning and collaborative
learning are highly supported by Web 2.0 technologies and they are augmenting traditional
teacher-centered approaches. New teaching pedagogies such as flipped classroom have
also embraced the use of collaborative learning where students engage in group-based
activities during class time and they embark on asynchronous video lectures after the
classroom. However, there is little research on how flipped classrooms can support online

2014

Ombu, E, Wagacha P.  2014.  InterlinguaPlus Machine Translation Approach for Local Languages: Ekegusii & Swahili. Proceedings of the 2014 Workshop on the Use of Computational Methods in the Study of Endangered Languages. :68-72. Abstract

Abstract This paper elucidates the InterlinguaPlus design and its application in bi-directional
text translations between Ekegusii and Kiswahili languages unlike the traditional translation
pairs, one-by-one. Therefore, any of the languages can be the source or target language.
The first section is an overview of the project, which is followed by a brief review of Machine
Translation. The next section discusses the implementation of the system using Carabao's
open machine translation framework and the results obtained. So far, the translation

Muuro, E, Wagacha P, Oboko R.  2014.  Improving Online Collaborative learning Using Machine Learning. Models for Improving and Optimizing Online and Blended Learning in Higher Education. :204-219.
Kang’ethe, SM, Wagacha PW.  2014.  Extracting Diagnosis Patterns in Electronic Medical Records using Association Rule Mining. International Journal of Computer Applications. Full Text
Mwendia, SN, Wagacha PW, Oboko R.  2014.  Culture Aware M-Learning Classification Framework for African Countries. Cross-Cultural Online Learning in Higher Education and Corporate Training. :98-111. AbstractFull Text

African countries are currently experiencing proliferation of mobile phone
subscriptions but no prevalence of personal computers or electricity (Parker, 2011). It is
estimated that, by the end of 2015 in Sub-Saharan Africa, the percentage of people with
mobile network access will surpass that of access to electricity in homes (Rao, 2011). This
phenomenon is also experienced in learning institutions, particularly universities, where
almost every student owns a mobile phone (Kashorda & Waema, 2009). Although there is

Okojie, MCPO, Bourke B, Masoumi D, Lindström B, Mwendia SN, Wagacha PW, Oboko R.  2014.  Designing and Delivering Web-Based Instruction to Adult Learners in Higher Education. Abstract

The essence of this chapter is to discuss theories and practices including
approaches that instructional designers consider when designing Web-based instruction for
adult learners. The importance of the chapter is to discuss best practice activities and
theories as well as technologies that enable adult online learners to be involved in the
design of their Web-based instruction. This represents recognition that adults have
accumulated a repertoire of knowledge and experiences that inevitably will enrich the

Mulunda, C, Wagacha P, Oyugi A.  2014.  Genetic Algorithm Based Model in Text Steganography: A Framework for Securing Online Data Communication. Scholars Press. AbstractFull Text

Steganography is an ancient art. It is used for security in open systems. It focuses
on hiding secret messages inside a cover medium. The most important property of a cover
medium is the amount of data that can be stored inside it without changing its noticeable
properties. There are many sophisticated techniques with which to hide, analyze, and
recover that hidden information. This research work discusses an exploration in the use of
Genetic Algorithm operators on the cover medium. We worked with text as the cover

Muuro, ME, Wagacha WP, Kihoro J, Oboko R.  2014.  Students’ perceived challenges in an online collaborative learning environment: A case of higher learning institutions in Nairobi, Kenya. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning. 15(6) AbstractFull Text

Earlier forms of distance education were characterized by minimal social interaction
like correspondence, television, video and radio. However, the World Wide Web (WWW) and
online learning introduced the opportunity for much more social interaction, particularly
among learners, and this has been further made possible through social media in Web 2.0.
The increased availability of collaborative tools in Web 2.0 has made it possible to have
online collaborative learning realized in Higher Learning Institutions (HLIs). However,

2013

Wagacha, PW, Pauw GD, Githinji PW.  2013.  A grapheme-based approach for accent restoration in Gıkuyu.

2012

Pauw, GD, de Schryver GM, Forcada ML, Sarasola K, Tyers FM, Wagacha PW.  2012.  Language Technology for Normalisation of Less-Resourced Languages. Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC2012). :2012. Abstract

The 8th International Workshop of the ISCA Special Interest Group on Speech and
Language Technology for Minority Languages (SALTMIL) 1 and the Fourth Workshop on
African Language Technology (AfLaT2012) 2 is held as a joint effort as part of the 2012
International Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2012). Entitled
“Language technology for normalisation of less-resourced languages”, the workshop is
intended to continue the series of SALTMIL/LREC workshops on computational language

Atieno, LV, Moturi CA, Wagacha PW, Orwa DO, Ogutu JO, Wausi A.  2012.  Successful Implementation of Digital Village Projects: A Factor to Economic Empowerment at the Community Level.

2011

Kituku, B, Wagacha PW, Pauw GD.  2011.  A Memory-Based Approach to Kikamba Named Entity Recognition. Proceedings of Conference on Human Language Technology for Development. :106-111., Alexandria, Egypt: Bibliotheca Alexandrina Abstract
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Chege, K, Ng’Ang’a W, Wagacha PW, Pauw GD, Mutiga J.  2011.  Morphological Analysis of Gikuyu using a Finite State Machine. Proceedings of Conference on Human Language Technology for Development. :112-117., Alexandria, Egypt: Bibliotheca Alexandrina Abstract
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Pauw, GD, Wagacha PW, De Schryver G-M.  2011.  Exploring the SAWA corpus: collection and deployment of a parallel corpus English—Swahili. Language resources and evaluation. 45(3):331-344.: Springer Abstract

Research in machine translation and corpus annotation has greatly benefited from the increasing availability of word-aligned parallel corpora. This paper presents ongoing research on the development and application of the sawa corpus, a two-million-word parallel corpus English-Swahili. We describe the data collection phase and zero in on the difficulties of finding appropriate and easily accessible data for this language pair. In the data annotation phase, the corpus was semi-automatically sentence and word-aligned and morphosyntactic information was added to both the English and Swahili portion of the corpus. The annotated parallel corpus allows us to investigate two possible uses. We describe experiments with the projection of part-of-speech tagging annotation from English onto Swahili, as well as the development of a basic statistical machine translation system for this language pair, using the parallel corpus and a consolidated database of existing English-Swahili translation dictionaries. We particularly focus on the difficulties of translating English into the morphologically more complex Bantu language of Swahili.

2010

Chege, K, Wagacha P, Pauw GD, Muchemi L, Ng'ang'a W, Ngure K, Mutiga J.  2010.  Developing an Open source Spell-checker for G˜ık˜uy˜u. Website
Mbogo, T, Omwenga E, Waiganjo P.  2010.  A Framework for Distributed Learning Objects Repository. : LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AbstractWebsite
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Pauw, GD, Anyango Maajabu NJ, Waiganjo Wagacha P.  2010.  A Knowledge-Light Approach to Luo Machine Translation and Part-of-Speech Tagging. Proceedings of the Second Workshop on African Language Technology (AfLaT 2010). (Guy De Pauw, H. Groenewald, de Schryver, G.-M., Eds.).:15-20., Valetta, Malta: European Language Resources Association (ELRA) Abstract
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2009

Pauw, GD, de Schryver G-M, Waiganjo Wagacha P.  2009.  A Corpus-based Survey of Four Electronic Swahili - English Dictionaries. Lexikos. 19:340. Abstract
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OBWOCHA, MROBOKOROBERT, I DROMWENGAELIJAH, W DRWAGACHAPETER.  2009.  Using Adaptive Link Hiding to Provide Learners with Additional Learning Materials in a Web-Based System for Teaching Object Oriented Programming. VLIR-IUC-UoN International Conference. : Ahmed C.M., Dabelic R., Waiboci L., Jager L.D., Heron L.L. and Johnson H.M. Abstract
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2008

Dharani, N, Kinyamario JI, Wagacha PW, Rodrigues AJ.  2008.  Browsing impact of large herbivores on Acacia xanthophloea Benth in Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya. Africa Journal of Ecology. 47(2):184–191.
Pauw, GD, Waiganjo Wagacha P, de Schryver G-M.  2008.  Bootstrapping Machine Translation for the Language Pair English - Kiswahili. Special Topics in Computing and ICT Research - Strengthening the Role of ICT in Development. (J. Aisbett, G. Gibbon, A.J. Rodrigues, K.K. Migga, R. Nath, G.R. Renardel, Eds.).:30-37., Kampala, Uganda: Fountain Publishers Abstract
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2007

Pauw, GD, Waiganjo Wagacha P, D.A. Abade.  2007.  Unsupervised Induction of Dholuo Word Classes using Maximum Entropy Learning. Proceedings of the First International Computer Science and ICT Conference. (K. Getao, E. Omwenga, Eds.).:139-143., Nairobi, Kenya: University of Nairobi Abstract
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Pauw, GD, Waiganjo Wagacha P, de Schryver G-M.  2007.  Automatic diacritic restoration for resource-scarce languages. Proceedings of Text, Speech and Dialogue, Tenth International Conference. 4629(Václav Matou{\v s}ek, Pavel Mautner, Eds.).:170-179., Heidelberg, Germany: Springer Berlin / Heidelberg Abstract
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2006

Pauw, GD, De Schryver G-M, Wagacha PW.  2006.  Kiswahili part-of-speech tagger: demonstration system.
Wagacha, PW, Chege D.  2006.  Adaptive and Optimisation Predictive Text Entry for Short Message Service (SMS) . Special topics in Computing and ICT research: Advances in Systems Modelling and ICT Applications. , Kampala: Fountain publishers
Pauw, GD, de Schryver G-M, Waiganjo Wagacha P.  2006.  Data-Driven Part-of-Speech Tagging of Kiswahili. Proceedings of Text, Speech and Dialogue, Ninth International Conference. 4188/2006(P. Sojka, I. Kope{\v c}ek, K. Pala, Eds.).:197–204., Berlin, Germany: Springer Verlag Abstract
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Waiganjo Wagacha, P, Pauw GD, P.W. Githinji.  2006.  A Grapheme-Based Approach for Accent Restoration in Gikuyu, May, 2006. Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation. :1937-1940., Genoa, Italy: European Language Resources Association Abstract
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Waiganjo Wagacha, P, Pauw GD, K. Getao.  2006.  Development of a Corpus for Gikuyu using machine learning techniques, May, 2006. Proceedings of LREC workshop - Networking the development of language resources for African languages. (J.C. Roux, Ed.).:27-30., Genoa, Italy: European Language Resources Association Abstract
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W, DRWAGACHAPETER.  2006.  Capacity building for information and communication technology higher education programmes in Africa: the case of the School of Computing and Informatics, University of Nairobi. Katherine Getao, Peter W. Wagacha, Bernard Manderick.. ICT and Education conference, Santa Clara, Cuba February 2006. : Ahmed C.M., Dabelic R., Waiboci L., Jager L.D., Heron L.L. and Johnson H.M. Abstract
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