Dr. Ahmed K. Elmagarmid

Dr. Ahmed
Executive Director
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Research Coordinator:  Reham Sayed (rsayed@qf.org.qa)

Computing has brought disruptive innovation to our daily lives - transforming the way we interact with each other, enabling new discoveries, accelerating development of global society. At QCRI we have created a vibrant research environment that facilitates this progression and that positions Qatar as a leader in advancing research and technology.

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Previous Experience

Dr. Ahmed K. Elmagarmid founded the Qatar Computing Research Institute in 2010 and has served as its Executive Director since. Prior to joining the Qatar Foundation, Dr. Elmagarmid served as a chief scientist in Hewlett-Packard and Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University. 

Dr. Elmagarmid serves as the Vice Chair of the IT Executive Committee of Sidra Medical and Research Centre and is on the board of directors of MEEZA. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Kasra (formerly MENAPOST), the Qatar National Library, a member of the board of Governors of the Qatar Academy, a founding member of Qatar Genome Project National Committee and the Sidra External Scientific Advisory Council.  Dr. Elmagarmid served on the Arab Expat Scientist Committee that laid the plans for the research programs at QF and started the three National Research Institutes: QCRI, QBRI and QEERI.

Dr. Elmagarmid is a recipient of the NSF Presidential Young Investigator (PYI) award from President Reagan in 1988.  He is an IEEE Fellow, an ACM Fellow and an AAAS Fellow. The University of Dayton and Ohio State University have both named him among their distinguished alumni. 

Dr Elmagarmid received his B.S. in computer science from the University of Dayton (1977) and his M.S. (1981) and Ph.D. (1985) from Ohio State University.

Professional Experience


  • 2005-2010 Director, Cyber Center, Purdue University Discovery Park
  • 1999-2001 Director of the Indiana Telemedicine Incubator
  • 1993-2010 Professor of Computer Science, Purdue University
  • 1990-2009 Director of the Indiana Center for Database Systems
  • 1988-1993 Associate Professor of Computer Science, Purdue University
  • 1985-1988 Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering, Pennsylvania State University


  • 2014-present    Executive Committee Member, KASRA, (formerly MENAPOST)
  • 2013-present    Member of Board of Directors, MEEZA
  • 2009-present    Enventix, Board Member (Environment-Gasification)
  • 2008-present    Chatterspike, Inc., Board Member (Business Intelligence)
  • 2007                   Renaissance Ventures, Founding Member
  • 2006-present    Sidra Medical and Research Center (Vice Chair of the IT Executive Committee)
  • 2006-present    Renaissance Science and Technology Institute, Founding Board Member
  • 2006-present    Colbell International, Inc, Director of the Scientific Advisory Board
  • 2006-2010        Qatar Foundation (advisor on research initiatives)
  • 2006                   Ministry of Finance, Italy (Consultant assigned to SOGEI)
  • 2001- 2003       Corporate Chief Scientist, Hewlett-Packard Company
  • 1998-1999        Telcordia, Inc. Chief Scientist for Data Quality
  • 1996-1998        Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) (Established a Data Quality Program for all the baby bells)
  • 1994-1995        UniSql Inc. (Advisor to the President)
  • 1994-1995        IBM (Consultant)
  • 1993-1994        MCC (Consultant)
  • 1991-1992        Molecular Design Ltd. (Consultant)
  • 1991-1992        Computer Sciences Corp (Consultant)
  • 1990-1991        Harris Corporation, Chief Architect

Professional Associations and Awards


  • Special Achievement Award University of Dayton Alumni Association, 1995
  • 1993: Ohio State University Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award, 1993
  • NSF Presidential Young Investigator by President Ronald Reagan, 1988
  • AAAS Fellow, 2014
  • ACM Fellow, 2012
  • IEEE Fellow, 2010
  • CIC (Big Ten) Fellow, 2007


  •  M Yakout, A Elmagarmid, H Elmeleegy, M Ouzzani, Y Qi, Behavior Based Record Linkage, US Patent No. 9514167 B2, December 2016.
  •  I Kaldas, M Yakout, A Elmagarmid, Holistic Database Record Repair, US Patent No. 9116934 B2, August 2015.
  •   N. Talukder, M Yakout, M Ouzzani and A Elmagarmid, Detecting Inconsistent Data Records, US Patent No. 9037550, May 2015.
  •  I. Ilyas, G Beskales, A Elmagarmid, Data Cleaning. US Patent No. 8,805,798, August 2014.
  •  I. Ilyas, M.Yakout, A Elmagarmid, Database Record Repair US Patent No. 8,782,016, July 2014.
  •  M. Yakout, A Elmagarmid, M. Ouzzani, I. Ilyas, J. Neville, Guided Data Repair. US Patent No. 8,577,849, November 2013.
  •  W Du, M Shan, A Elmagarmid, Pre-locking Scheme for Allowing Consistent and Concurrent Workflow Process Execution in a Workflow Management System, US Patent No. 6078982, June 2000.
  • Special Interest Groups and Technical Committees: SIGMOD, SIGOPS, SIGSOFT, SIGMETRICS, TCDP, TCDBE
  • Served on the search committee for the Vice President of Information Technology
  • Senior Member of IEEE Computer Society, 1978-present
  • Science Advisory Committee for Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute
  • Purdue University Senate
  • Participated in the Science Discovery and Diversity Pillars Town Hall, 4/9/2007.
  • Participated in the Multicultural Diversity Forum, 3/31/2008-4/2/2008.
  • Participated in Strategic Leadership for Diversity, Academic Leadership Forum.
  • Industry Consultant: Bellcore, Harris, IBM, UniSql, MCC, MDL, CSC, Sente Corp, DHBrown
  • Gender Issues Forum, 4/2/2009-4/3/2009.
  • Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), 1978-present
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • 1990/1991: IEEE Distinguished Lecturer
  • 1985: Member Sigma Xi


  • Ph.D. Department of Computer & Information Science Ohio State University, 1985
  • M.S. Department of Computer & Information Science Ohio State University, 1981
  • B.S., Department of Computer Science University of Dayton, 1977

Selected Research


  • Elmagarmid, A.K. (Editor). Database Transaction Models for Advanced Applications.Published by Morgan Kauffman Press, Mar. 1992, 611 pages. (Not a collection of articles).
  • Bukhres, O.A. and Elmagarmid, A.K. (Editors). Object-Oriented Multidatabase Systems.Published by Prentice Hall Publishing, Aug. 1995, 712 pages. (Not a collection of articles.)
  • Elmagarmid, A.K., Jiang, H., Helal, A., Joshi, A., and M. Ahmed. Video Data Bases: Issues,Products and Applications. Kluwer Academic Press, March 1997.
  • Elmagarmid, A.K., Rusinkiewics, M., Sheth, A. Management of Heterogeneous and Autonomous Database Systems. Published by Morgan Kaufmann, Oct. 1998, 432 pages.
  • Bougettaya, A, Benatallah, B., and A.K., Elmagarmid. Interconnecting Heterogeneous Information Systems, Kluwer Academic Press, 1998.
  • McIver, William J. and Elmagarmid, A.K. Advances in Digital Government, Kluwer Academic Press, 2002.


  • Abonamah, A. and Elmagarmid, A.K., A Survey of Deadlock Detection Strategies in Distributed Database Systems, Advances in Distributed and Parallel Processing, Vol. 1,Applications, H.W. Tyrer Ablex publishing Corporation, August 1992.
  • Ahmed K. Elmagarmid, Yungho Leu, James G. Mullen, Omran A. Bukhres: Introduction to Advanced Transaction Models: Database Transaction Models for Advanced Applications, pp. 33-52, 1992.
  • Ahmed K. Elmagarmid, Eva Kuhn, Franz Puntigam: Multidatabase Transaction and Query Processing in Logic: Database Transaction Models for Advanced Applications, pp. 297-348, 1992.
  • Helal, A., Kim, Y., Nodine, N., Elmagarmid, A.K., and Heddaya. A. Transaction Optimization Techniques. Advanced Transaction Models and Architecture. Edited by Sushil Jajodia and Larry Kershberg, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Chapter 9: 237-255, August 1997.
  • Heddaya, A. Helal, A., and Elmagarmid, A.K. Recovery-Enhanced Reliability, Dependability and Performability. Recovery in Database Systems. Edited by V. Kumar and M. Hsu, Prentice-Hall, Chapter 4: 56-70, 1998.


  • Axel Heitmueller, Sarah Henderson, Will Warburton, Ahmed Elmagarmid, Alex "Sandy" Pentland, and Ara Darzi: Developing Public Policy To Advance The Use Of Big Data In Health Care, Health Affairs September 2014 33: 1523-1530.

  • Elmagarmid, A.K., Sheth, A.P., and Liu, M.T.: A Partially Distributed Deadlock Detection Algorithm. International Journal of Computer and Information Science, Vol. 14, pp. 307-329, Plenum Publishing Corp., 1985.
  • Elmagarmid, A.K., Fault-Tolerant Deadlock Detection in Distributed Database Systems. Journal of Computer Systems Science and Engineering, 2(1):16-28, Butterworth & Company Ltd Publishers, 1987.
  • Datta, A.K., Ghosh, S., Harms, D., and Elmagarmid, A.K. Deadlock Avoidance Mechanisms in Distributed Systems. Journal of Computer Systems Science & Engineering, Vol. 3:67-82, Butterworth & Co. Ltd. Publishers, 1988.
  • Ajoy Kuman Datta, Sukumar Ghosh, Muhundan Gopalan, Ahmed K. Elmagarmid: Pipelining and concurrency in graphics and image-processing applications. Journal of Computer Systems Science and Engineering, 3(3):107-116, 1988.
  • Elmagarmid, A.K., Sondararajan, N., and Liu, M.T. A Distributed Deadlock Detection and Resolution Algorithm and its Correctness Proof. IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 14(10:1443-1452, IEEE Computer Society Press, 1988.


  • El Kindi Rezig, Eduard C. Dragut, Mourad Ouzzani, and Ahmed K. Elmagarmid. Query-Time Record Linkage and Fusion over Web Databases.  The 31th International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE), Seoul, Korea, 2015.
  •  Elmagarmid, A.K., Datta, A.K., and Liu, M.T. Distributed Deadlock Detection in Transaction-Processing Systems. Proceedings of the IEEE COMSAC' 84, pp.81-90. IEEE Computer Society Press. (A revised version shown in 11), 1984.
  • Elmagarmid, A.K. and Liu, M.T. Fault-Tolerant Deadlock Detection in Distributed Database Systems. Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Fault-Tolerant Computing,pp. 240-245, IEEE Computer Society Press. (A revised version shown in 9), 1985.
  • Elmagarmid, A.K., Sheth, A.P., and Liu, M.T.: Deadlock Detection Algorithms in Distributed Database Systems. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering, pp. 556-564, IEEE Computer Society Press, 1986.
  • Nagi, M.H., Helal, A.A., and Elmagarmid, A.K.: Optimistic vs. Pessimistic Concurrency Control Algorithms: A Comparative Study. Proceedings of the International Conference on Parallel Processing, pp. 131-138, IEEE Computer Society Press, 1986.
  • Tsai, W.C., Elmagarmid, A.K., and Hurson, A.R.: Deadlock Detection and Resolution in Distributed Databases. Proceedings of the IEEE INFOCOM Conference, pp. 77-85, IEEE Computer Society Press, 1987.
  • Ahmed K. Elmagarmid, Ihab F. Ilyas, Mourad Ouzzani, Jorge-Arnulfo Quiané-Ruiz, Nan Tang, Si Yin: NADEEF/ER: generic and interactive entity resolution. SIGMOD Conference 2014: 1071-1074
  • Ahmed Elmagarmid, Zbys Fedorowicz, Hossam Hammady, Ihab Ilyas, Madian Khabsa, and Mourad Ouzzani          Rayyan: a systematic reviews web app for exploring and filtering searches for eligible studies for Cochrane Reviews Cochrane Colloquium 2014: Sept 21 – 26, Hyderabad, India

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