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Social Computing in the Middle East


Social Computing in the Middle East

Professor Srivastava returns to campus to share insight from Qatar Computing Research Institute.

Just announced: Computer science Professor Jaideep Srivastava returns to the University of Minnesota on Monday, March 2, 2015. While on campus, he'll give a presentation on his recent experience at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI). Join SOBACO for Professor Srivastava's talk at 2:00 pm, room 5-212 at Keller Hall (East Bank, Twin Cities Campus).

Qatar Computing Research Institute is a unique experiment to establish a world-class computing research lab in a place not traditionally known for advanced technology. In a short time, the lab has made significant progress in selected areas, including social computing. Projects include: The Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Response (AIDR) platform for digital volunteering, which is widely used in operational deployments and has been mentioned by UN-OCHA as one of the top 10 technologies relevant for the future of humanitarian response; news and social media analytics technologies that are used by major media organizations such as Al Jazeera; and analytics technologies for behavioral data from wearable devices being used to address challenging health issues like obesity and diabetes.

In this talk, Srivastava will provide an overview of the Social Computing group at QCRI, and introduce various projects.

QCRI is part of the Qatar Foundation.

Jaideep Srivastava is a professor in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He is currently serving as research director for the Social Computing group at QCRI, where he works closely with other researchers to develop solutions that specifically address social challenges and problems that impact Qatar, the region, and the world.

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Monday, March 2, 2015
2:00 to 3:00 pm
room 5-212 Keller Hall