Our People

At QCRI, our people help define who we are as an organization. We value the diversity of our teams which gives us the edge to be more innovative in our research, deliver more collaborative solutions for society, and foster more effective capacity building for Qatar. Our teams are staffed with over 100 renowned experts from more than 25 countries.

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Our People

QCRI Alumni

Arabic Language Technologies

Dr. Francisco Guzmán, Scientist, ,
Yasser Makram, Software Engineer, ,
Dr. Abdelhakim Freihat, Research Associate, ,
Akiel Khan, Research Associate, ,
Kenton Murray, Research Associate, Pursuing PhD at Department of Computer Science and Engineering - University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, 06/14
Massimo Nicosa, Research Associate, PhD Student - University of Trento, 05/2014
Iman Saleh, Research Associate, ,
Barbara Sepic, Research Associate, ,
Zhongyu Wei, Research Associate, , 12/2013
Lanjun Zhou, Research Associate, PhD candidate, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 5/2013
Fahad Ahmed Al Obaidli, Research Assistant, QSLP, 08/14
Tuka Al Hanai, Research Assistant, pursuing master's degree at MIT, 8/2013
Hind Al Merekhi, Research Assistant, pursuing master's degree at Qatar University, 6/2013
Mohammed Idwan, Research Assistant, , 2015
Waleed Mustafa, Research Assistant, , 6/2013
Erik Scharwachter, Research Assistant, pursuing master's degree at RWTH Aachen University, 8/2013
Felix Stahlberg, Research Assistant, ,

Cyber Security

Dr. Dimitrios Serpanos, Principal Scientist, University of Patras, Electrical & Computer Engineering, 04/16
Raymond Filippi, Senior Scientist, ,
Omar Alrawi, Senior Software Engineer, ,
Zuochao Dou, Research Associate, PhD Student in ECE Department of New jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), NJ, USA., 09/2014
Abdulla Abu Nada, Senior Research Analyst, Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute,

Data Analytics

Dr. Divyakant (Divy) Agrawal, Research Director, University of Santa Barbara, 06/2015
Dr. Ihab Ilyas-Kaldas, Principal Scientist, Associate Professor at University of Waterloo, 9/2013
Dr. Felix Naumann, Principal Scientist, Professor at Hasso-Platt Institute at the University of Potsdam, 3/2013
Dr. Mohammed J. Zaki, Principal Scientist, RPI, 8/2015
Si Yin, Senior Software Engineer, Amazon, 1/2015
Dr. George Beskales, Scientist, Data Tamer start-up, 3/2013
Yin (Ian) Ye, Software Engineer, Google - Beijing, 11/2014
Dr. Shady Elbassuoni, Postdoctoral researcher, PhD from Max Planck Institute for Informatics, 1/2013
Ziawasch Abdejan, Research Associate, PhD candidate,Potsdam (HPI), 6/2013
Dr. Cuneyt Gurcan Akcora, Research Associate, Turkish Army, 07/14
Pranay Anchuri, Research Associate, ,
Amr Ebaid, Research Associate, PhD Candidate, Purdue University, 9/2013
Mohamed Hassan, Research Associate, IUPUI, 8/014
Matteo Interlandi, Research Associate, Post Doc, UCLA,
Madian Khabsa, Research Associate, PhD candidate, Pennsylvania State University, 8/2013
Zuhair Khayyat, Research Associate, , 12/2013
William Lucia, Research Associate, , 12/2013
Mohammed Mansurul, Research Associate, Purdue University, 09/14
Mahmood Neshati, Research Associate, Faculty, University of Iran,
El Kindi Rezig, Research Associate, PhD Candidate, Purdue University, 9/2013
Dalia Attia, Research Assistant, PhD Student at POLYTECHNIQUE de MONTRÉAL, 08/14
Jian He, Research Assistant, ,

Distributed Systems

Dr. Mohamed Hefeeda, Principal Scientist, Simon Fraser University, Canada, September 2016
Simon Ponsford, Senior Scientist, CTO at Cloud Direct, 2/2013
Simon Guerrero, Senior Software Engineer, , 4/2013
Maged Zereba, Senior Software Engineer, ,
Tarek El Gamal, Software Engineer, PhD Student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 6//2015
Safdar Kureishy, Software Engineer, , 7/2013
Dr. Gokop Goteng, Postdoctoral researcher, PhD Cranfield University, UK, 3/2013
Dr. Maysam Yabandeh, Postdoctoral researcher, , 8/2013
Kiana Calagari, Research Associate, ,
Tarek Elganainy, Research Associate, ,
Kareem El Gebaly, Research Associate, PhD Student in University of Waterloo, 11/2014
Ahmed El-Roby, Research Associate, PhD Student in University of Waterloo, 11/2014
Ye Jin, Research Associate, , 12/2014
Mingliang Liu, Research Associate, Amazon, Palo Alto - CA, 09/14
Khaled M. Diab, Research Associate, , 10/2013
Yehia Zakaria Rabei, Research Associate, , 6/2013

Computational Science and Engineering

Dr. Mohammed El Anbari, Postdoctoral researcher, Sidra,
Haya Al Thani, Research Associate, ,
Ishita Khan, Research Associate, PhD Student in Purdue University, 08/2014
Robert Ness, Research Associate, Ph.D. candidate, Purdue University, 8/2013
Kawthar Al Dabhani, Research Assistant, PhD candidate, Imperial College London, 9/2013

Social Computing

Dr. Sihem Amer-Yahia, Principal Scientist, Research Director at CNRS-LIG, 9/2012
Dr. Carlos Castillo, Principal Scientist, University of Sapienza, Rome, 8/2015
Dr. Gautam Das, Principal Scientist, Professor, University of Texas at Arlington, 8/2013
Dr. Patrick Meier, Director of Social Innovation, International Consultant, 11/2015
Dr Koushik Sinha, Senior Software Engineer, ,
Dr. Javier Borge-Holthoefer, Scientist, ,
Dr. Sarah Vieweg, Scientist, Facebook, July 2016
Dr. Muzammil Hussain, Postdoctoral researcher, , 10/2013
Lu Chen, Research Associate, ,
Kiran Garimella, Research Associate, , 12/2013
Naeemul Hassan, Research Associate, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Texas at Arlington, USA, 8/2013
Wenyi Huang, Research Associate, , 8/2013
Suin Kim, Research Associate, ,
Janette Lehman, Research Associate, PhD candidate, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 2/2013
Zhe Liu, Research Associate, PhD candidate, Pennsylvania State University, USA, 8/2013
Alexandra Olteanu, Research Associate, ,
Minsu Park, Research Associate, PhD at Cornell University, 07/14
Habibur Rahman, Research Associate, PhD candidate, University of Texas at Arlington, USA, 8/2013
Jakob Rogstadius, Research Associate, PhD candidate, Madeira University, Portugal, 8/2013
Diego Saez, Research Associate, PhD candidate, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 5/2013
Saravanan Thirumuruganathan, Research Associate, PhD candidate, University of Texas at Arlington, USA, 8/2013
Fatema Akbar, Research Assistant, MA at the Oxford Internet Institute, 08/14
Brittany Card, Research Assistant, ,
Justine Mackinnon, Research Assistant, ,
Peter Mosur, Research Assistant, ,
Kunwoo Park, Research Assistant, Pursuing PhD at KAIST, 08/14
Gabriel Silva, Research Assistant, ,

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QCRI - IBM Data Science Connect 2016

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QCRI–IBM Data Science Connect 2016  Doha, Qatar 10.30am – 5pm, Wednesday, November 16 HBKU Research Complex, Ground Level Multi-Purpose Room   Romeo Kienzler, Chief Data Scientist @IBM Watson IoT, ...

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Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference 2016 (ARC'16)

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The Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference 2016 (ARC’16) will be held on 22nd and 23rd March,2016 at the Qatar National Convention Center. The conference aims to advance Qatar’s ambitious ...

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Coding is Cool 2016

Download ICS File 21/03/2016 , QNCC Room 215-217

Organized by Qatar Computing Research Institute and MIT-Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

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QCRI’s BrailleEasy app launched on iOS store


BrailleEasy, a custom one-handed Braille keyboard developed by the Qatar Computing Research Institute, is now available on the iOS App Store. The Braille keyboard was developed by Barbara Šepič, ...

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QCRI researcher jointly develops new film-making technique


 A scientist at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a division of Hamad bin Khalifa University, has jointly developed technology that can recreate films and portraits in the style of ...

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QCRI launches RHEEM big data app


The Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a division of Hamad bin Khalifa University, has launched an application that can draw insights from big data across many software platforms. The ...

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