• November 2016
    Ranked 1st at TREC RTS Track 2016
    Our bigIR (representing QU) team has been ranked first at TREC (Text REtrieval Conference) 2016 international research competition in the “Real-time Summarization” track (mobile notification task) among 19 research teams (who have participated with automatic systems) from all over the world (see a list of teams below). This is the first time in the history of this prestigious conference (which is celebrating the 25th anniversary this year) for an Arab Muslim team to be ranked first in any of the tracks. Among the participating teams are 2 teams from University of Waterloo (Canada) and 2 teams from University of Maryland (US).

    QU team includes Reem Suwaileh (MSc student) and Maram Hasanain (PhD student), besides me.

    The same QU team has been also ranked 2nd among 15 research teams at another task (Email Digest) within the same track! Moreover, another QU team (including Rana Malhas (PhD student), Marwan Torki (PostDoc), and Rahma Ali (MSc student), besides me) has been ranked 4th among 16 research teams at the “Live Question Answering” track. Both were also impressive rankings.

    Participating teams (Real-time Summarization, Push Notification Scenario):

    • University of Waterloo (Clarke group), Canada
    • University of Waterloo (Lin group), Canada
    • Beijing University of Technology, China
    • NLP Lab, Central China Normal U., China
    • IRIT (Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse), France
    • CLIP Lab, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
    • The Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    • Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, India
    • Heilongjiang Institute of Technology, China
    • Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication, India
    • Indian Statistical Institute (Kolkata), India
    • Social Network Analysis Lab, School of Computer, NUDT (National University of Defense Technology), China
    • Peking University, China
    • Philips Research North America, USA
    • Qatar University, Qatar
    • Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia
    • University of Delaware (Carterette group), USA
    • InfoLab @ University of Delaware, USA
    • Human-Computer Interaction Lab, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

  • November 2016
    Best Paper Award at HCOMP 2016
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    Got best paper award at ِThe 4th AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP 2016) for the paper titled “Why Is That Relevant? Collecting Annotator Rationales for Relevance Judgments” co-authored with Tyler Mcdonnell UUT-Austin), Matt Lease (UT-Austin), and Mucahid Kutlu (QU).

  • December 2015
    Best Paper Award at AIRS 2015
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    Got best paper award at ِAsia Information Retrieval Societies Conference (AIRS) 2015 for the paper titled ``Improving Tweet Timeline Generation by Predicting Optimal Retrieval Depth`` co-authored with my prospective PhD student Maram Hasanain and Walid Magdy (QCRI).
  • November 2015
    Ranked 2nd at TREC Microblog Track 2015
    Our QU team (Reem Suwaileh, Maram Hasanain, and me) got ranked 2nd at TREC 2015, Microblog track, realtime filtering task, push notification scenario among 14 participating international teams!! This is really a BIG achievement for our research group (الحمد لله) and I'm really proud of my students!!

    Participating teams:
    - Dalhousie University
    - East China Normal University (ECNU)
    - Institute of Information Science and Technologies (ISTI-CNR)
    - Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse (IRIT)
    - Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MPII)
    - Social Network Analysis Lab, School of Computer, NUDT (NUDTSNA)
    - Peking University
    - Philips Research North America (PRNA)
    - Qatar University
    - University of Delaware
    - University of Maryland - Human-Computer Interaction Lab
    - University of Maryland - CLIP Lab
    - University of Waterloo - MDS
    - University of Waterloo - Clarke

  • September 2015
    Teaching First Big Data Analytics course in Qatar

    In Fall 2015, I was honored to teach the first-ever “Big Data Analytics” course in Qatar (and probably the region!) as a PhD course in CS at Qatar University (which was also the first-ever course that was solely dedicated to PhD students at QU).

  • June 2015
    Best CSE Senior Project Award (2014/2015)
    My senior students Abdelrazek Ibrahim, Karim Fahmi, and Ahemd Abdelhamid team won the ``best CSE senior project award`` of academic year 2014/2015 with their senior (graduation) project titled ``Smart Shopping Cart`` that I supervised!
  • September 2014
    First MSc with Distinction in QU-CENG History (Maram Hasanain)
    My student Maram Hasanain has successfully defended her MSc thesis titled ``Query Performance Prediction for Microblog Search`` and got her degree *with Distinction* (with consensus of all membes of the examination committee) in the first time in the history of College of Engineering at Qatar University!
    Examination committee included Prof. Ali Jaoua (QU), Dr. Abdelkarim Erradi(QU), and Prof. Franciska de Jong (University of Twente).
  • April 2014
    NPRP Research Grant Awarded (7th Cycle, $883,847): Efficient and Scalable Evaluation for Searching Massive Arabic Social Media and Web Collections
    Efficient and Scalable Evaluation for Searching Massive Arabic Social Media and Web Collections [as Lead-PI]

    Funded by: Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)
    Project no.: NPRP 7 – 1313 – 1 – 245
    Role: Lead-PI
    Awarded Amount: $883,846.90
    Collaborator: Dr. Matt Lease (University of Texas-Austin)
    Start Date: 01-Apr-2015
    End Date: 05-Jul-2018

  • April 2014
    NPRP Research Grant Awarded (7th Cycle, $899,234): Scalable Analytics Engine for Big Graphs on the Cloud
    Scalable Analytics Engine for Big Graphs on the Cloud [as PI]

    Funded by: Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)
    Project no.: NPRP 7 – 1330 – 2 – 483
    Role: PI
    Title: Scalable Analytics Engine for Big Graphs on the Cloud
    Collaborator: Dr. Mohammad Hammoud (CMU, Qatar)
    Start Date: 01-Dec-2015
    End Date: 01-Dec-2018

  • April 2013
    NPRP Research Grant Awarded (6th Cycle, $1,045,414): Answering Real-time Questions from Arabic Microblogs
    Answering Real-time Questions from Arabic Microblogs [as Lead-PI]

    Funded by: Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)
    Project no.: NPRP 6 – 1377 – 1 – 257
    Role: Lead-PI
    Awarded Amount: $1,045,432.80
    Collaborators: Prof. Doug Oard (UMD, US), Mark Sanderson (RMIT, Australia)
    Start Date: 10-Feb-2014
    End Date: 10-Feb-2017