Posted on November 15, 2014

Guest speakers and participants from 33 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, US and Australia attended the ACS/IEEE International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications (AICCSA), hosted and organized by Qatar University’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering on November 10-13.

Held under the scientific patronage of the ACS and IEEE institutions, the 11th edition of the conference presented papers that included topics on Cloud and  Distributed Computing, High Performance Computing, Big Data, Business Intelligence, Analytics  BPM, Web Services, Security, Privacy, Data and Knowledge Management, Natural Language Processing, e-Learning, m-learning, among many others.

Through support from conference sponsors, QU students participated in conference activities and had the opportunity to network with international students, professors and industry professionals, and deepen their knowledge of current and emerging ICT fields. Also on the agenda were a one-day PhD symposium where research students were able to present their work to the international community and develop their professional network; one-day tutorials delivered by recognized experts; and two half-days workshops on Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data for industry engineers and university scholars.

Attending the opening ceremony were QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad, Qatar Minister of Information and Communication Technology H.E. Dr Hessa Bint Al-Jaber, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy ICT & Stakeholder Manager Ahmad Kawakb, ictQATAR Chair Prof Abdelaziz Bouras, Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) Director Dr Ahmed Elmagarmid, QCRI Principal Scientist Dr Mohammed Zaki, and Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) ICT Program Manager Dr Munir Tag.

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In her welcome address, Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad expressed her pride in the College of Engineering being selected to organize and host the event, noting that QU continues to invest in making the College a leader in the region through quality ABET-accredited programs, Bachelor, Master, and doctoral-level degrees, research opportunities for students and faculty members, and a supportive and rich network of industrial and research partners.

“The conference program reflects a strong commitment on the part of the organizers to bring together academics, policy makers, industry representative, and research funders. This sort of collaborative dialogue has been a long-standing tradition at QU. Alignment with national needs, responsiveness to industry feedback, and reliance on research as a base of evidence for practice are features of our academic offerings, our curricula, and our research agenda,” she said.

Minister Al-Jaber said: “This conference plays an important role in encouraging students and young researchers to pursue studies in advance technologies and applications. I hope the students will take advantage of the opportunity to speak with and learn from senior researchers and build their international network. Ultimately, our youth are the future of the ICT sector and of our nation. It is critical that we continue to encourage and support them in their academic pursuits.”

Highlights of the conference were special ICT sessions and panels that discussed the expertise of Qatari companies as well as ICT challenges and innovations. A panel discussion also presented Qatar national research and development priorities in ICT and contributed to fostering international collaborations with participating companies and universities.