Dr. Muhammad Imran

Scientist
Social Computing

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QCRI provides a unique opportunity to conduct high-impact research with top researchers from all over the world. I feel proud to be a part of QCRI team and look forward to solving real-world problems that can have long-term effects for Qatar and the region as a whole.

Research Focus at QCRI

Dr. Muhammad Imran is a Research Scientist at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) where he leads the Crisis Computing group from both science and engineering directions. Dr. Imran has published over 40 research papers in top-tier international conferences and journals. Two of his papers have received "Best Paper" awards. He has acted as Co-Chair of the Social Media Studies track of the ISCRAM international conference since 2014 and has served as Program Committee (PC) for many major conferences and workshops (ICWSM, ACM DH, ICWE, SWDM, etc.). Dr. Imran has worked as a Post-Doctoral researcher at QCRI (2013-2015). He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science (HCI) from the University of Trento (2013), where he also co-taught various computer science courses (2009-2012). Dr. Imran holds a Master of Science in Computer Science with a distinction from Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Islamabad (2007).

Dr. Imran's interdisciplinary research focuses on social computing, human-computer interaction (HCI), information retrieval (IR) from the real-time web, and stream processing. He analyzes social networks during time-critical situations using big data analysis techniques such as data mining, machine learning, and deep neural networks, to develop novel computational models, techniques, and technologies useful for stakeholders in gaining situational awareness and actionable information.

Previous Experience

Dr. Imran has been actively working in the areas of information processing, information extraction, web engineering, and human-computer interaction. Before joining QCRI, Dr. Imran was a PhD candidate at the University of Trento, where he specifically worked in the Distributed Systems and Data & Knowledge Management research programs.

Professional Experience

  • QCRI, Post-Doctoral Researcher 2013-2014
  • QCRI, Research Associate, 2012
  • University of Trento, Teaching Assistant, 2009-2013

Professional Associations and Awards

Awards

  • 2013: Best paper award ISCRAM : "Extracting Information Nuggets from Disaster-Related Messages in Social Media" Muhammad Imran, Shady Elbassuoni, Carlos Castillo, Fernando Diaz and Patrick Meier.
  • 2015: Grand Prize Winner in Open Source Software World Challenge; Ministry of Knowledge and Economy of Korea; Korea
  • 2016: Winner of the WISH Innovation Competition;  World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH); Doha, Qatar
  • 2017: Impactful Technology Award; Awarded on the World Intellectual Property Day by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce Qatar and Qatar University; Doha, Qatar

Associations

  • ISCRAM (Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management) Association member
  • ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) member

Education

  • PhD, University of Trento, 2013
  • MCS (Computer Science), Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, 2007
  • OCP (Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle Corporation, 2004
  • BCS Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2003

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Improving disaster response efforts through data

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Upcoming Events

Past Events

2018

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QCRI's Creative Space to hold free app inventor workshop

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QCRI is to offer an introduction to mobile app development workshop for boys and girls aged 13-16. Students will learn the basics of mobile app development using the App Inventor platform. The ...

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2017

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QCRI's Creative Space launches free after-school computing courses for teenagers

Download ICS File 01/11/2017  - 20/12/2017 ,

We offer an App Inventor Course in Arabic for students aged 13-15 and an Arduino Programming Course in English for students aged 14-18. Courses are free. Please register quickly as places are limited.

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QCRI conducts first summer computing camps for kids

Download ICS File 16/07/2017  - 27/07/2017 ,

Children and teenagers have been given a rare chance to develop their computing skills with world-class computing scientists at the first summer computing camp conducted by the Qatar Computing ...

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News Releases

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QCRI scientists develop algorithm to detect brain cancer markers

30/01/2018

Scientists from the Qatar Computing Research Institute have developed a new algorithm that can identify driver genes of several types of gliomas, the most common and aggressive forms of primary brain...

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Research by QCRI's Jim Jansen among most influential of decade: top journals

13/12/2017

QCRI Social Computing group's principal scientist achieves rare honor.

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#Halal now a lifestyle definition on Instagram

29/11/2017

The word “halal” is no longer being defined only in a religious context but is becoming a lifestyle term associated with health and fashion around the globe, a new study of Instagram posts led by ...

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