Imran Short bio: Dr. Imran is a Scientist at Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI). His research focuses on understanding the role of Social Networks (e.g. Twitter) during mass convergence and time-critical events such as natural or man-made disasters by using big data analysis techniques such as text classification, data mining, machine learning, and deep neural networks. Moreover, he is interested in developing novel computational models, techniques, and technologies which can help stakeholders gain situational awareness and actionable information to improve their decision-making processes during time-critical events.

Dr. Imran has published over 35 research papers in top-tier international conferences and journals. Among them two of his papers have received the “Best Paper Award”. He 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 has worked as a PostDoctoral researcher at QCRI (2013-2015). He received his PhD in Computer Science 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 (1st position) 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)

Public profiles: Google Scholar | ResearchGate | LinkedIn

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).