Projects

Current Projects
  • AIDR (Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Response).  In collaboration with the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the UN International Children’s Fund (UNICEF). AIDR combines human computing with artificial intelligence to automatically identify relevant information in very large volumes of tweets and text messages (SMS). AIDR is also powering our Artificial Intelligence for Resilient Societies (AIRS) and Artificial Intelligence for Monitoring Elections (AIME) platforms (both under development).
  • MicroMappers (Microtasking Apps for Disaster Response). In collaboration with OCHA. MicroMappers is a collection of microtasking apps called Clickers used to crowdsource the analysis of tweets, text messages, Instagram pictures, Youtube videos, satellite imagery as well as UAV/aerial imagery. We combine AIDR and MicroMappers to take humanitarian technologies to the next level. MicroMappers is also being used to support wildlife protection efforts, human rights and soon archaeological research in the region.
  • Verily (Crowdsourced Verification for Disaster Response). In partnership with the Masdar Institute’s Social Computing and Artificial Intelligence Lab. Using time-critical crowdsourcing to rapidly verify information posted on social media during disasters. Collaborators include humanitarian organizations and high profile international news organizations.
  • TweetCred (Automatically Predicting Credibility of Tweets). In collaboration with Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Delhi.
  • Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators). In collaboration with multiple partners. UAViators promotes Big Data solutions for aerial imagery analysis and facilitates the safe & responsible use of UAVs in a wide range of humanitarian settings. UAViators was recently endorsed by the United Nations.
  • Internet Response League (Using Massive Multiplayer Online Games to make sense of "Big Data" during disasters). In collaboration with the United Nations.
  • Digital Humanitarians (Optimizing Organizational Processes for Digital Disaster Response). In collaboration with Microsoft Research and the Standby Volunteer Task Force (SBTF).
  • Twitter Analytics (Capturing Real-Time Socio-Economic Trends). In collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Egypt.

P
rojects Under Consideration
  • AIDR/SMS to support social good initiatives in Doha.
  • MicroMappers & SkyBox Satellite Imagery to support the landrigts of indigenous communities in South America.
  • MicroMappers & Drones for Good to support marine biologist efforts to estimate the unique Dugong population in the Arabian Gulf.
  • MicroMappers & Drones for Good to support archaeologists in the region by analyzing and protecting important archaeological sites.
  • Mobile Analytics (Analyzing Call Record Data for Social Impact). In collaboration with Vodafone Qatar and Flowminder.
Completed Projects

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When disaster strikes, count on tweets and data

24/05/2015

Contrary to what seems to be the norm in Hollywood movies, people don't run in circles screaming and shouting when facing an emergency situation. The immediate, widespread, and ineffective mayhem so ...

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Info sharing best defence against cyber threat

24/05/2015

High-profile breaches and new trends in cybercrime targeting governments, critical infrastructure and sensitive data have led to a heightened interest and need for security. From online bank heists ...

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How data gathering has helped in Nepal

21/05/2015

After a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal at 11.56am on Saturday, April 25th, an army of volunteers mobilised and worked around the clock as part of the relief effort. These volunteers were not ‘...

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2015 ACM SIGMOD/PODS Conference

Download ICS File 31/05/2015  - 04/06/2015 , Melbourne, Australia

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The Network Inside Out: New Vantage Points for Internet Security

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      J. Alex Halderman is the Morris Wellman Faculty Development Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, and Director of Michigan's Center for Computer...

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The 3rd International Workshop on Social Web for Disaster Management (SWDM'15)

Download ICS File 18/05/2015 , Florence, Italy

Co-located with the WWW'15 conference (May 2015, Florence, Italy). Proceedings published by ACM. QCRI's Dr Carlos Castillo is co-organizer.

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Qatar Computing Research Institute Boosts Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts with High-Tech Digital Initiatives

25/05/2015

Doha, Qatar, May 25 2015: Emergency responders are still dealing with the fallout of Nepal’s two devastating earthquakes and using advanced technology and platforms, some of which have been developed...

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Qatar Computing Research Institute Inspirers Local Youth About Relevance of Computing

05/04/2015

‘Coding Is Cool’ Aimed At Encouraging Secondary School Students To Explore The Field Of Computer Science And Potential Careers Doha, Qatar, 5 April 2015 : Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a...

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Top Machine Learning and Data Analytics Experts Lead Discussions in Healthcare and Security

06/03/2015

Boeing And Qatar Computing Research Institute Announce The Speakers For The Second Annual Machine Learning And Data Analytics Symposium In Doha

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