Posted on July 28, 2019

Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), recently concluded its annual Summer Internship Program for undergraduate computer science students from universities across Qatar.

During the eight-week summer program, 35 student interns worked with 26 mentors on 22 projects covering real computing challenges across QCRI’s five research departments: Arabic Language Technologies, Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, Social Computing, and Software Engineering. While gaining valuable theoretical knowledge in research and programming, students also took part in workshops, discussions, and other skills development activities. The program concluded with students presenting their research projects to a panel of judges comprising QCRI mentors, from June 30 to July 3. Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar student, Zaryab Shahzaib, secured first prize for his project on ‘Graph Theory for Predicting Flight Faults’, which he carried out under the supervision of Dr. Mohamed Elshirif, a data analytics researcher at QCRI.

Commenting on his participation in the program, Zaryab said: "Interning at QCRI has been a memorable experience. From pushing myself out of my comfort zone, to becoming more confident in my potential, I have learned a lot about myself and what I want to pursue as a career. My fellow interns and my mentor have also contributed a great deal to my learning experience. I would recommend all computer science undergraduates in Qatar apply to this program next year, which offers an unprecedented learning experience.”

Dr. Mohamed Elshirif, said: “My role as a mentor for this year's Summer Internship program facilitated synergy between a team of students who come from varying backgrounds and levels of experience. It has been a rewarding experience working with students to accomplish the final objectives of their projects within a short space of time, which resulted in excellent outcomes.” Through its internship programs, QCRI is contributing to developing the skills needed to tackle large-scale computing challenges in areas that address national priorities for growth and development. QCRI strives to become a global leader in innovative applied computing research in areas that will bring a positive impact to the lives of citizens and society.

HBKU is founded on the institutional pillars of innovation, excellence, people and partners. The university regularly hosts outreach initiatives to introduce prospective students to its innovative graduate programs, and contribute to knowledge sharing within the community.

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