Posted on January 09, 2017

Computer Science PhD student Maram Hasanain at Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) has been selected among 10 students from all over the world to represent the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (ACM SIGIR) at the 50-Year Celebration of the ACM Turing Award, which will be held in June 2017 at San Francisco, California.

Maram has been awarded a travel grant to attend the event as an ACM SIGIR ambassador. In her selection letter, ACM SIGIR Chair Diane Kelly has indicated that Maram’s specific attributes and experiences make her uniquely qualified to represent SIGIR at that prestigious event. During the next several months, ACM will celebrate 50 years of the Turing Award, often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Computing”, and the visionaries who have received it. ACM aims to highlight the significant impact of the contributions of the Turing Laureates on computing and society, to look ahead to the future of technology and innovation, and to help inspire the next generation of computer scientists to innovate.

CENG Dean Dr Khalifa Al-Khalifa congratulated the student, saying: “Such an achievement underlines the level of education that students receive at CENG. The College is committed to providing students with an optimum learning environment to explore and achieve their full potential, which will contribute to shaping the future of professional engineers in line with the Human Development pillar of Qatar National Vision 2030.” CENG Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Head Dr Sumaya Al Maadeed said: “CSE proved excellence in different international and regional activities and events. We encourage students to get involved in such events and be a part of them to further widen their knowledge and experiences.”

CSE Assistant Professor Dr Tamer Elsayed said: “Maram definitely deserves that honor. She is a talented and dedicated student with a strong research record relative to her experience. I am sure she will be a great representative of QU there.” Maram Hasanain said: “It is a great honor to be selected by ACM SIGIR to attend such a prestigious event. I am very excited to get the opportunity to meet computing pioneers who helped and continue to help in the development of computers and computing technology as we know it today.”