Muhammad Imran, Ph.D., is the Lead Scientist of the Crisis Computing team at Qatar Computing Research Institute. His research interests cover Natural Language Processing, Social Computing, Applied Machine Learning, and Computer Vision. He analyzes social media communications during time-critical situations such as natural disasters using big data analysis techniques such as data mining, machine learning, and deep neural networks. He develops novel computational models, techniques, and technologies useful for humanitarian organizations to gain situational awareness and actionable information for rapid disaster response and management.
Dr. Imran has published over 80 research papers and articles in top-tier international conferences and journals. Three of his papers received the "Best Paper Award" and two "Best Paper Runner-up Award." His work has been featured in several international media including The Wall Street Journal, Nature, New Scientist, BBC News, WIRED magazine, and Forbes.
Dr. Imran is serving as the lead chair of the social media studies track at the Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management Conference. He has delivered several keynotes and invited talks at international conferences and organizations. Dr. Imran has served as an editor of four special issues in international journals and program committees of several prestige conferences.
Dr. Imran is the lead researcher and engineer of the Artificial Intelligence for Digital/Disaster Response (AIDR), a system that won the grand prize at the Open Source Software World Challenge in 2015. Moreover, he led several deployments of the AIDR system to assist United Nations OCHA and other humanitarian organizations during many major disasters including Hurricane Dorian, 2015 Nepal earthquake, Typhoon Hayan in the Philippines.
Dr. Imran establishes and coordinates international collaborations with regional and global humanitarian organizations. He has been leading several ongoing collaborations with stakeholders including United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), Education Above All (EAA), and The Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services (FRES) in New York, USA.