Chao Charity Mbogo

Researcher and Lecturer of Computer Science, Mentor, Kenya Methodist University

Dr. Chao graduated with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town in December 2015. Her research focusses on supporting learners from resource-constrained environments, to learn programming on their mobile phones. Dr. Chao holds an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Oxford and a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Kenya Methodist University.

Dr. Chao has won several awards and received a number of recognitions for her academic achievements and contribution to research and mentorship. For example, she was a recipient of the Schlumberger Faculty for the Future award in 2015 and was also selected as one of 200 young researchers worldwide in Mathematics and Computer Science to attend the Heidelberg Laureate Forum in in the same year. In 2014, Dr. Chao was one of the winners of the 2014 Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship (EMEA).

Dr. Chao is currently a Researcher and Lecturer in the department of Computer Science at Kenya Methodist University. She also actively participates in mentorship initiatives for students, currently running a 6-month all-gender mentorship program for undergraduate students of Computer Science.

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Researcher, Lecturer, Mentor, Kenya Methodist University
  • 2015–2016
    Lecturer, University of Cape Town
  • 2014–2015
    Teaching Assistant and Tutor, University of Cape Town
  • 2009–2012
    Lecturer, Kenya Methodist University
  • 2010–2012
    Head of department, Kenya Methodist University
  • 2007–2009
    Assistant lecturer, Kenya Methodist University

Education

  • 2015 
    University of Cape Town, Ph.D. Computer Science
  • 2007 
    University of Oxford, Ms.C Computer Science

Publications

  • 2016
    Evaluation the effect of using Scaffolding Techniques to Support Java Programming on a Mobile Phone, IADIS International Journal on WWW/Internet
  • 2016
    Beyond yesterdays tomorrow: future-focused mobile interaction design by and for emergent users, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing
  • 2016
    Design and Use of Static Scaffolding Techniques to Support Java Programming on a Mobile Phone., Proceedings of the 21st Conference in Innnovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
  • 2015
    Scaffolding Java Programming on a Mobile Phone for Novice Learners, Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Mobile Learning
  • 2014
    Supporting the Construction of Programs on a Mobile Device: A Scaffolding Framework., Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on M4D Mobile Communication for Development
  • 2014
    Initial Evaluation of a Mobile Scaffolding Application that seeks to Support Novice Learners of Programming., Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Mobile Learning
  • 2013
    Mobile Scaffolding Application to Support Learners of Computer Programming, ICTD '13 Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development: Notes

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    Travel Grant
    Role:
    Presenter at Grace Hopper Conference 2016
    Funding Source:
    Google
  • 2016
    Conference Grant
    Role:
    Presenter at the ITiCSE Conference
    Funding Source:
    Kenya Education Network
  • 2016
    Faculty Scholarship
    Role:
    Presenter at Grace Hopper Conference 2016
    Funding Source:
    Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
  • 2015
    Conference Grant
    Role:
    Presenter at Moble Learning Conference
    Funding Source:
    ACM-Women
  • 2015
    Travel Grant
    Role:
    Presenter at Grace Hopper Conference 2016
    Funding Source:
    Google
  • 2015
    Research Grant
    Role:
    PhD Research
    Funding Source:
    Schlumberger
  • 2014
    Conference Grant
    Role:
    Presenter at M4D Conference
    Funding Source:
    International Network for Postgraduate Students in the area of ICT4D
  • 2014
    Research Grant
    Role:
    PhD Research
    Funding Source:
    Google Anita Borg
  • 2012
    Research Grant
    Role:
    PhD Research
    Funding Source:
    Hasso Plattner Institute

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Computing Machinery

Honours

Google Anita Borg Winner (EMEA) (2014), Heidelberg Laureate Young Researcher (2015), Schlumberger Faculty for the Future Fellow (2015)