QCRI for me is the perfect place where I can apply my ideas to serve my Arabic language and community, while working with high profile scientists and engineers
Walid’s main research expertise is in information retrieval and a bit of natural language processing and machine learning. At QCRI, he mainly focuses on social search and analysis, with special focus on Arabic social media. He works on improving the retrieval effectiveness of searching microblogs, such as Twitter, and creating products that utilize the large amount of information and knowledge in social data.
Walid received his PhD from Dublin City University in Ireland in Jan 2012 in the field of information retrieval. His PhD topic was improving the retrieval effectiveness of recall-oriented IR applications, such as patent search. Walid also received his MSc degree from Cairo University in 2008 with the topic of searching degraded text and correcting errors in OCR text for Arabic. Walid also worked in IBM Egypt then Microsoft Egypt as a research engineer following graduation and before he left for his PhD studies.
In the News
Extracting Information Nuggets from Disaster Related Messages in Social Media authored by QCRI's Muhammad Imran, Carlos Castillo, Patrick Meier, former QCRI post-doc Shady Elbassuoni and Fernando Diaz of Microsoft Research was recognized as the best paper at this year's ISCRAM conference.
Dr. Patrick Meier talks about QCRI's work to solve major humanitarian challenges in Forbes.
Dr. Halima Bensmail, QCRI Scientific Computing, is a key investigator on a research proposal awarded by QNRF's sixth NPRP cycle for the proposal titled: Quantitative mapping of HIV incidence among stable couples and evaluation of impact of interventions targeting sero-discordant couples.
Dr. Halima Bensmail, Senior Scientist of QCRI's Scientific Computing team, is an Invited speaker at the PETRAE, giving a talk on “Time course and Neural Representation of Memorability: faces and places: an alpha-sparse model for classifying memorability regions”
For more info on PETRAE please visit www.petrae.org
Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) will be kicking off its 2013 summer internship program soon, and invites computer science and computer engineering students to apply. The intensive two-month internship program provides students with the opportunity to work closely with top researchers, and receive practical work experience based on their studies. Applications will be accepted until May 12, 2013.
Dr Patrick Meier, Director of Social Innovation at Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) and the world’s foremost expert on humanitarian technology, explores the rise of digital humanitarian response and how new technologies are reshaping the humanitarian space in an upcoming talk.
Joint project will seek to identify patterns in large data streams
Research collaboration broadens Boeing engagement in Qatar, strengthens relationship with Qatar Foundation