Greater Road Safety Subject of Collaborative Research by Qatar Computing Research Institute and Qatar Mobility Innovations Center
Doha, 28 October 2014: Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) and the Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC) have signed an agreement to collaborate on intelligent mobility analytics that support the development and delivery of applications and services related to transportation and road safety.
The collaboration will allow scientists from both organisations to conduct research together in a number of areas related to mobility. These include the large number of transport and traffic records in the data bank created by QMIC’s Masarak initiative, a comprehensive intelligent and integrated platform focusing on three main segments including intelligent mobility, telematics/logistics management and road safety.
In support of QF, the joint work underscores QF R&D’s commitment to leading the science and research mission of the State of Qatar.
Mr Abdulla Zaid Al-Talib, Chairman of QMIC, applauded the joint efforts, saying: “The challenges that we see ahead of us for mobility in Qatar are significant, and cannot be addressed through individual efforts alone.
“Local collaboration on these issues is important, and the talent from both QMIC and QCRI will result in faster progress in this area.”
As a principal constituent of QF R&D, QCRI is focused on tackling large-scale computing challenges that address national priorities for growth and development and provide positive impact on the country’s residents.
“QMIC has been a leader in developing and enabling technologies and systems for many societal problems such as traffic safety and environmental issues,” said Dr Ahmed K. Elmagarmid, Executive Director of QCRI.
“There is a natural synergy between QCRI’s expertise in data analytics and applied research, and QMIC’s focus on sensor data integration and systems development. This offers a great opportunity to tackle these big problems together and get results.”
The Masarak platform collects millions of data records on a daily basis, which presents challenges for data storage, as well as high volume and high velocity data analytics. The intelligent mobility analytics collaboration with QMIC will involve QCRI’s distributed systems, social computing and data analytics research teams.
“QMIC has made significant progress and established leadership in key market segments including intelligent transport and road safety,” added Dr Adnan Abu-Dayya, the Executive Director and CEO of QMIC.
“We are focused on using research and development to develop and deploy nationwide platforms and services, with the aim to support a ‘Smart Qatar’. Our Masarak system collects millions of data records a day, and with QCRI’s expertise we will be able to put this data into actionable use and optimise what the country needs.”