Imran Short bio: Dr. Imran is a Scientist at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI). Prior to this, he worked as a PostDoctoral researcher at the same institute. Dr. Imran received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Trento (2013), where he also used to co-teach courses on Web Service Design and Web Engineering (2009-2012).

His current research focuses on social computing, crisis & humanitarian computing, and crowdsourcing research areas. He has published over 30 research papers in top-tier international conferences and journals. Dr. Imran is a co-chair of the Social Media Studies track at the ISCRAM international conference and served as PC of many major conferences.

Dr. Imran holds a Master of Science in Computer Science degree with a distinction (1st position) from Mohammad Ali Jinnah University (Islamabad campus, 2007). He is also an Oracle Certified Professional (OCP). He obtained the OCP certification in 2004 from the Oracle Corporation, California, USA.

For more information, check his detailed curriculum vitae (Updated April 2016).

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Latest news:

[April, 2015] - Journal paper accepted @ ACM Computing Surveys
Our journal paper Processing Social Media Messages in Mass Emergency: A Survey. Accepted for publication at the ACM Computing Surveys journal.

[September, 2014] - Paper accepted @ SocInfo'14
Our paper Integrating Social Media Communications into the Rapid Assessment of Sudden Onset Disasters. has been accepted for publication at SocInfo conference.

[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).