Imran Short bio: 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. His interdisciplinary research focuses on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Information Retrieval (IR) from the real-time Web, and Stream Processing research areas. He studies user-generated content on Social Networks (e.g. Twitter) during mass convergence events such as natural or man-made emergencies, by employing big data analysis techniques such as data mining, machine learning, and deep neural networks, to develop novel computational models, techniques, and technologies that can be helpful for stakeholders gain situational awareness and actionable information to improve their quick decision-making processes during time-critical events.

Dr. Imran has published over 40 research papers in top-tier international conferences and journals. Two of his papers have received the "Best Paper Award". He is a Co-Chair of the Social Media Studies track of the ISCRAM international conference (2014-2017) and has served as Program Committee (PC) of 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 PhD in Computer Science (HCI) from the University of Trento (2013), where he also used to co-teach various computer science courses (2009-2012). Dr. Imran holds a Master of Science in Computer Science degree with a distinction from Mohammad Ali Jinnah University (new name: Capital University of Science and Technology) Islamabad campus (2007). He also holds an Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) certification from the Oracle Corporation, California, USA.

For more information, see his detailed curriculum vitae. (Updated September 2016)

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Latest news:

October 2016 - Our paper got accepted in ICDM 2016 conference.

September 2016 - Delighted to give a keynote talk at the ICIC-2016 conference.

May 2016 - Our paper received the Best Paper Award at ISCRAM 2016 conference.

May 2016 - Happy to give a keynote talk at the ISCRAM 2016 conference.

April 2015 - Journal paper got accepted @ ACM Computing Surveys

September 2014 - Paper accepted @ SocInfo'14

[April, 2014] - Paper accepted @ SocialCom-Standford'14
Our paper "Understanding Types of Users on Twitter" has been accepted for publication at SocialCom-Stanford-2014 conference, California, USA.

[Jan, 2014] - Paper accepted @ WWW'14
Our paper "AIDR: Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Response" has been accepted for publication at WWW-2014 conference, Seoul, Korea.

[Jan, 2014] - Paper accepted @ ISCRAM'14
"Coordinating Human and Machine Intelligence to Classify Microblog Communications in Crises" . Accepted for publication at the 11th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, Pennsylvania, USA.

[Nov, 2013] - AIDR platform launched @ ICCM'13
I feel proud to announce that our team at QCRI has successfully launched AIDR (Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Response)platform at the ICCM-2013conference. AIDR is a free, open-source, and easy-to-use platform to filter and classify relevant microblog messages during humanitarian crises. AIDR uses human intelligence and machine intelligence to collect and automatically tag up to thousands of messages per minute... more

[May, 2013] - Best Paper Award @ ISCRAM'13
We were delighted to be awarded the best paper award for our paper Extracting Information Nuggets from Disaster-Related Messages in Social Media. This described our recent work submitted to ISCRAM2013 where we explored the role of microblogging websites during emergencies... more

[July, 2013] - Paper accepted @ JCDL (WOSP)'13
Our paper A Real-time Heuristic-based Unsupervised Method for Name Disambiguation in Digital Libraries has been accepted for publication at JCDL (WOSP).