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Third Research Outcome Seminar focused on ICT research in Qatar

Dr Ali Jaoua, Qatar University
Dr Daniele Trinchero, Polytecnico di Torino
Dr Amr Mohamed, Qatar University
Dr Qutaibah Malluhi, Qatar University

In June QNRF hosted the third in the series of quarterly Qatar Foundation Research & Development (QF R&D) Research Outcome Seminars (ROS), this time highlighting four innovative research projects in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Held in-house, at QNRF’s offices, the public seminars offer a window into the world of research as investigators are encouraged to present the output of their work in clear, layman’s language that the man-in-the street should be able to understand.

Sharing his thoughts on the event, QNRF’s Executive Director, Dr Abdul Sattar Al-Taie said: “Through ROS we provide researchers with a public platform to share the results of their QNRF-funded cutting-edge research projects. We want to spread knowledge about the excellent research taking place in Qatar and it is important to demonstrate to stakeholders from the various sectors - and the public at large - how research funded by QNRF will benefit communities in Qatar and globally.”

Each LPI distilled the output of his work into a 25-minute presentation and then fielded questions and answers from the audience.

In today’s world, where “time is money”, the first project, an innovative text-mining platform was presented Dr Ali Jaoua, Professor from the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Qatar University. As a set of tools designed to extract and analyse online financial data, it alerts decision-makers to any newsworthy developments. Available in both Arabic and English it’s also adaptable to several other languages.

Leakage within water distribution networks can account for a significant loss of revenue, as well as increased costs for the consumer, facts not lost on Dr Daniele Trinchero, Professor and Director of iXem Labs Foundation at Politecnico di Torino, Italy and Dr Abdullah Kadri, Senior R&D Expert from Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC). They presented an innovative solution to monitor underground civil infrastructures for fluid transportation and distribution. The researchers’ technology uses wireless microwave sensors built into a unit that can travel inside pipes monitoring variations in noise levels produced by the fluid flowing in the pipe to determine the presence of existing or potential leakages.

Director of Kindi Lab for Computing Research in Qatar University, Dr Qutaibah Malluhi, presented his team’s research about the secure management of data in cloud computing, protecting the privacy of individuals whilst ensuring that sensitive information is known only to the user.

Finally, Dr Amr Mohamed, Assistant Professor from the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Qatar University, spoke about his team’s development of energy-efficient wireless body sensor networks. Such systems are based on wearable sensors and can be adapted for use in healthcare and biomedical research.

The event was introduced and managed by QNRF’s Program Manager for ICT, Dr Munir Tag, who said “The projects presented today demonstrate Qatar’s capability of producing high calibre ICT research. With continued hard work I expect many more projects to deliver remarkable results across ICT and other research areas.”


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