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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Can AI Put An End To Fake News? Don't Be So Sure

07/10/2018

Fake news was the Collin’s word of the year for 2017 with good reason. In a year where politics-as-usual was torn apart at the seams, high-profile scandals rocked our faith in humanity and the ...

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2019

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“The Future of Higher Education in the Age of Technological Disruption” by CMU President Dr. Farnam Jahanian

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Dr. Farnam Jahanian, the President of Carnegie Mellon University, will deliver a public lecture, “The Future of Higher Education in the Age of Technological Disruption” at CMU’s Qatar campus on Sunday, March 24.

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QCRI - MIT CSAIL 2019 Annual Project Review

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Executive Overview Sessions Open to publi Date: March 25, 2019 Time: 10:15AM - 5:15PM Venue: Hamad Bin Khalia Reseach Complex Multipurpose Room To view agenda, please click here . To RSVP to this ...

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"Learning to See" Public talk by Professor Antonio Torralba (MIT-CSAIL)

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Visit by Antonio Torralba, who teaches machines to automate tasks that a human visual system can accomplish, is part of annual spring research update between QCRI and MIT-CSAIL.

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QCRI and iMMAP announce Memorandum of Understanding

03/03/2019

Pact aims to apply data analysis and artificial intelligence techniques to solve humanitarian problems.

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UNDP partners with QCRI to use AI for social good

11/02/2019

Qatar forum on leveraging AI to solve humanitarian problems fills to capacity.

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Renowned computing expert C. Mohan to bust blockchain myths in Qatar talk

22/01/2019

Well-known inventor of database recovery algorithms to deliver keynote at QCRI's first blockchain workshop.

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