Prof Muliaro Wafula was elected for 2 years term with effect from September 2016-September 2018 as an executive member of CODATA. He is the first Kenyan and African besides South Africa to be elected hold this distinguished position. The election was held in Denver Colarado USA this September 2016.
CODATA is an interdisciplinary Scientific Committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU), was established 40 years ago. CODATA works to improve the quality, reliability, management and accessibility of data of importance to all fields of science and technology. CODATA is a resource that provides scientists and engineers with access to international data activities for increased awareness, direct cooperation and new knowledge. CODATA was established in 1966 by ICSU to promote and encourage, on a world-wide basis, the compilation, evaluation and dissemination of reliable numerical data of importance to science and technology.
CODATA is concerned with all types of data resulting from experimental measurements, observations and calculations in every field of science and technology, including the physical sciences, biology, geology, astronomy, engineering, environmental science, ecology and others. Particular emphasis is given to data management problems common to different disciplines and to data used outside the field in which they were generated.
Prof Wafula is the Chairman of the CODATA Kenya and now having joined the executive, he hopes to do the following especially for Kenya and Africa
Articulated and promote improvement of the quality and accessibility of data, as well as the methods by which data are acquired, managed, analysed and evaluated,
Seek and lobby for facilitation of international cooperation among those collecting, organizing and using data
Promote awareness of CODATA activities.
Support the newly established CODATA Task Group on Agriculture Data, Knowledge for Learning and Innovation. JKUAT is a core member of this task group.
Prof Muliaro Wafula is amember of the editorial board of the Data Science Journal; editorial board of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development; committee of the AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Project Taskforce Project sponsored by JICA; training committee of the National Industrial Training Authority-Kenya; and the ccommittee of the United Nations SDGs on Agriculture and Climate Change Pillars of Kenya.
He holds a BSc. Science (Hons) (Kenyatta University), MSc. Physics (University of Nairobi), M.Phil. Microelectronic Engineering and Semiconductor Physics (University of Cambridge –UK), Summer Doctoral Program (Berkman Centre for Internet & Society/Oxford Internet Institute’s -Harvard University Law School), and PhD Information Technology (JKUAT).
Prof Muliaro Wafula is a recipient of two IBM awards namely: the 2016 IBM Shared University Research Award on Open Data Cloud Project for JKUAT for building an open data platform for researchers in Africa, and the 2014 IBM MEA Award, for capacity building in Mobile Application development. He is professionally certified in various fields including Cyber Security, Mobile Application, ISO/IEC 27001:2005 Information Security Management System, Leadership and Management capacity Development, Sage ACCPAC ERP Financial and Operations Management Systems, and ISO 9001:2000 on Quality Management Systems.
He is a fellow of the Computer Society of Kenya and the Cambridge Commonwealth Society and has published book chapters, a book and research papers in peer reviewed international journals. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computing at JKUAT and the founder Director of the ICT Centre of Excellence and Open Data (iCEOD).