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Building a Preeminent Research Lab in the Arab Region: The Case of QCRI

QCRI at Hamad Bin Khalifa University

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The Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) is one of three national research institutes established in 2010 by Qatar Foundation (QF) for education, science and community development. It operates under the umbrella of Hamad Bin Khalifa University and is steered operationally by the Research, Development, and Innovation (RDI) division, which was established within QF to oversee the three national research institutes' day-to-day operations. In this capacity, RDI provides high-level planning, coordination, and oversight to further the institutes' research priorities.

QCRI was created with a mandate to support Qatar's transformation from a carbon economy to a knowledge-based economy. In doing so, it fulfills Qatar Foundation's overarching objectives of enabling national and regional change. QCRI's mission is to conduct innovative, multidisciplinary applied computing research that addresses national priorities that enhance citizens' quality of life, enables broader scientific discoveries, and makes local businesses more competitive globally. The Institute is focused on tackling large-scale computing challenges for growth and development relevant to Qatar, the wider Arab region, and the world. The cutting-edge research that QCRI conducts is AI-based in Arabic language technologies, social computing, data analytics, and cybersecurity.


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