Dr. Xiaosong Ma

Dr, Xaiosong Ma 
Principal Scientist
Distributed Systems

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I am fortunate to be part of QCRI's experiments in conducting solid, problem-driven, and impact-oriented research in computer science and engineering

Research Focus at QCRI

At QCRI, Xiaosong works on high-performance computing and storage systems, workload study and benchmarking, as well as cloud computing. Her primary goal is to provide an efficient (performance wise and cost wise) infrastructure to support the diverse data-intensive workloads important to QCRI and other QF research institutes. Specifically, recent explorations include HPC in the cloud, SSD provisioning and management for data centers, creating effective workload/dataset benchmarks to assist R&D without disclosing sensitive information, and hybrid memory management in virtual computing environments. 

Previous Experience

Before joining QCRI, Xiaosong Ma was an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University, where she advised 7 PhD students and 12 MS students. She has published over 60 conference/journal papers, and received multiple awards, including the CS@UIUC Alumni Distinguished Educator Award, and both the NSF and DOE CAREER Awards. Xiaosong received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003, and her B.S. from Peking University in 1997, both in computer science.

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QCRI & MIT-CSAIL Annual Project Review 2018

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Executive Overview Sessions Open to public Date:    Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Time:    9:00AM – 3:00PM Venue:  HBKU Research Complex Multipurpose Room To view full agenda, please click here . To RSVP, ...

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Public Talk by Prof. Regina Barzilay "Artificial Intelligence for Oncology: Learning to Cure Cancer from Images and Text"

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Artificial Intelligence for Oncology: Learning to Cure Cancer from Images and Text A talk by Professor Regina Barzilay, MIT CSAIL Winner of 2017 MacArthur ‘genius grant’ At Education City Student ...

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QCRI Summer Internship Program

Download ICS File 06/05/2018  - 05/07/2018 , Hamad Bin Khalifa Research Complex

Each year, Qatar Computing Research Institute organizes a summer internship program for undergraduate students studying computer science, computer engineering and other disciplines. The internship is unpaid, and QCRI does not provide any visa support.

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MoU will promote collaboration via an exchange of research, academic materials, faculty and research scholars.

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