Dr. Muhammad Imran

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. Imran’s research focuses on mining of Social Media streams during mass convergence events by using big data analysis techniques such as text classification, data mining, and interactive machine learning.  Dr. Imran leads the research and development of Social Computing flagship product “AIDR: Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Response” in an effort to mine and classify information that can help stakeholders gain situation awareness.

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, Research Associate, 2012
  • University of Trento, Teaching Assistant, 2009-2013

Professional Associations and Awards



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


  • PhD, University of Trento, 2013
  • MCS (Computer Science), Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, 2007
  • OCP (Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle Corporation, 2004

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In the Media


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Upcoming Events

Past Events


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Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference 2016 (ARC'16)

Download ICS File 22/03/2016  - 23/03/2016 ,

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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Self-Driving Cars Are Coming - Public Talk by Daniela Rus

Download ICS File 20/03/2016 , QNCC Room 215-217

Abstract: We spend a lot of time in out cars, yet this is a part of our lives where we have been vulnerable to the world's leading cause of bodily harm. Now, the digitization of practically ...

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News Releases


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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