Researcher Profiles

Comprehensive Database of all UZ leading Research and Innovation endeavors

Mr. Ngonidzashe Zanamwe

Qualifications:

Master of Science in Computer Science, Univiersity of Zimbabwe, 2010

Academic Appointments:

Lecturer

Research Interests:

Evolutionary Computation
Machine Learning


Faculty: Computer Engineering Informatics and Communications
Department: Computer Science
Research Category: Computer Science
Biography:

Mr Zanamwe is a committed lecturer with over 15 years of experience at leading Zimbabwean academic institutions teaching students from various social and cultural backgrounds. Possessing excellent administrative, verbal communication and written skills along with constructive and effective teaching methods that promote a stimulating learning environment. Able to work in a managerial role or as part of team and having the proven ability to successfully work to tight schedules and deadlines. Seasoned software developer who can develop database driven web-based applications and able to teach Computer Science courses such as Programming (Java, PHP, Python, C#, C++), Databases Management Systems, Programming Languages, Theory of Computation, and Machine Learning.


Email: nzanamwe@ceic.uz.ac.zw
Phone: +263773400869
Publications:

Dube, K., McLachlan. S., Zanamwe, N., Kyrimi, E., Thomson, J. S. and Fenton, N (2019). Managing knowledge incorporated into solutions for customisable global health technologies. In Proceedings: IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC), 17 -20 October, Seattle, WA, USA: pp. 303 – 310.

Zanamwe, N., Dube, K. & Thomson, J. (2018). Manageability challenges for knowledge incorporation in genetic algorithms: A study using the meal planning problem. Proceedings of the EAI International Conference on Research, Innovation and Development for Africa, ICST.20 -21 June 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.4108/eai.20-6-2017.2270664

Zanamwe, N., Mapako, B., Rupere, T. & Nyambo, B. M. (2018). Fostering Affordability of ICT Access in Developing Countries Through Infrastructure Sharing: The Devil Is in the Detail. In Takavarasha, S. and Dams, C. (Eds). Affordability Issues Surrounding the Use of ICT for Development and Poverty Reduction (pp.72-89). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. DOI:10.4018/978-1-5225-3179-1.ch004Corpus ID: 198566929

Zanamwe N., Dube, K., Thomson, J. S., Mtenzi, F. J., Hapanyengwi, G. T. (2014). Characterisation of knowledge incorporation into solution models for the meal planning problem. In: Gibbons, J. & MacCaull, W. (eds). Foundations of Health Information Engineering and Systems. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 8315. Berlien: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-53956-5_17

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Consultancy and advisory work (current and past):

1. Lead Trainer on Open Data Kit. This is consultancy work which University of Zimbabwe did for UNDP. It involved training users on how to conduct surveys using mobile devices. This work was done in 2020
2. Data Manager and Research Associate in a Baseline Survey for the Beef Enterprise Strengthening and Transformation Project for World Vision Zimbabwe conducted in 2019/2020.
3. Data Manager and Research Associate in a Survey for the VALUE project for Action Aid Zimbabwe conducted in 2020.
4. Development of a Performance monitoring database for the Dairy Services sector in Zimbabwe in 2019/2020. This project was funded by We Effect Zimbabwe.
5. Development of a Systems Requirements Specification document for the Electronic Case Management System for the Labour Relations Department under the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare. The project was funded by the International Labour Organisation and was done in 2019.
6. Development of a web-based One-Stop Database for the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement. This system was integrated with mobile data collection tools. This was an individual consultancy project funded by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This system was developed between 2018 and 2019 and as developer I was responsible for drawing up requirements specification and design documents, developing a web-based application integrated with mobile data collection tools, training system users and report writing.
7. Development of web-based databases for departments within the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement between 2017 and 2018. The databases were for the following departments; Veterinary Services, Tsetse Control Services, Crop and Livestock Production, Irrigation Department, Dairy Services, Crop Production and Economics and Markets Department. As an application developer, I was responsible for drawing up requirements specification and design documents, developing a web-based application integrated with mobile data collection tools, training system users and report writing.
8. Development of GIS Based Lands Information Management System for the Ministry of Lands and Rural Development. Consultancy work involved having meetings with stakeholders aimed at eliciting requirements for the system and then developing process and data models for the systems. These models were then implemented using PHP as the main server-side scripting language and the front-end was developed using HTML5, Bootstrap and JavaScript. I used MySQL as the database management system because we wanted to system to store GPS coordinates among other forms of data. The main security features of the system were the audit trail, input data sanitisation and user privileges in which we had 5 levels of users with different access rights. The system allowed users to capture, search and update records. The system also allowed users to generate reports and offer letters. The system is hosted at the Ministry of Lands at Makombe Building. It is hosted on a LAN implying that it can also be hosted on a public server and accessed from anywhere without modification. This work was done in 2012.
9. Lead Trainer on near-real time data collection using mobile devices. This is consultancy work which University of Zimbabwe did for UNICEF. It involved training users on how to conduct surveys using mobile devices. This work was done in 2014.
10. Research Associate in a National Consumer Satisfaction Survey for POTRAZ. This consultancy work involved data collection using mobile devices, data analysis and report writing. This work was done in 2015.
11. Lead developer of two web-based databases for UNDP in 2017.
12. Research Associate in a National Consumer Satisfaction Survey for NSSA. This consultancy work involved data collection using mobile devices, data analysis and report writing. This work was done in 2017.
13. Research Associate in a National Consumer Satisfaction Survey for the Public Service Commission of Zimbabwe. This consultancy work involved data collection using mobile devices, data analysis and report writing. This work was done in 2017 under the University of Zimbabwe.
14. Database Developer for the ZERA Pilot Global Fuel Economy Initiative. This consultancy work involved setting up of fuel economy database and report writing as well as presentation of findings. This work was done in 2017 under the University of Zimbabwe.
15. Lead Trainer on mobile data collection using Open Data Kit (ODK). This is consultancy work which University of Zimbabwe did for UNDP. It involved training users from government ministries on how to conduct surveys using mobile devices. This work was done in 2017.
16. Research Associate in a National Consumer Satisfaction Survey for ZETDC. This consultancy work involved data collection using mobile devices, data analysis and report writing. This work was done in 2018 under the University of Zimbabwe.

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External Profile Links (Google Scholar, ResearchGate, LinkedIn, other social media links):

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