MSc IT students are encouraged to look at innovative contemporary areas where information technology (IT) can be used, scale up their research efforts to present these at international conferences and/or publish in reputable journals . Three recent papers are outlined below:

1. The use of Big Data in the field of Digital Forensics Investigations (Comparative study between digital forensics in UK and Nigeria)

Dr Uma Mohan and Saminu Salisu -International Journal of New Technologies in Science and Engineering, Vol. 2, Issue. 1, 2015, ISSN 2349-0780

The growing reliance on digital devices has exponentially increased data created and stored on a daily basis around the world With more and more data analysts keeping logs about what data is stored and how the data is used, it is becoming a big challenge for digital investigators to process large amounts of data easily. This paper takes a closer look into the challenges of using big data in the field of digital forensics investigation and suggests alternative ways to process large amounts of data effectively with the use of open source techniques and tools.

2. Study of the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) for effective transport planning for London (TFL)

Perdita Okeke and Dr. Uma Mohan – this paper has been accepted by ICDECT-2016 and will appear in the publication by Springer AISC series.

This paper illustrates the impact of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in transport services planning and uses Transport for London (TfL) as the case study. The study involved an identification of GIS features that support the planning of transport services. These features were studied in line with the current challenges faced by TfL and makes practical recommendations to tackle these problems, for instance integrating GIS into travel analysis demands analysis in order to deal with bottlenecks. Both qualitative and quantitative methodologies were used as a means of collecting data useful to the research area.
It was found that even though TfL already use GIS, this is to a minimal extent and the organisation is open to recommendations made.

3. An evaliation of competitiveness and effectiveness of Nepal’s E-Tourism: Case of tourism website

Saloomeh Tabari, Dr. Uma Mohan and Wangchuk Sherpa – EMAC 26-29 May 2015 , KU Leuven, Belgium

The paper explores e-tourism development in Nepal and examines the factors that determine the effectiveness of tourism websites, their comprehensiveness, enhanced engagement and better visual appeal. In addition, it outlines the significance and differences between the range of services provided by e-tourism websites and traditional tourism approaches. The authors highlight the relationship between the tourism industry and the e-commerce approach to enhance tourist satisfaction and make recommendations for further e-tourism improvements including user friendly websites to enhance tourist satisfaction in the Nepalese tourism industry.