QU Ranked among Top 100 Universities Worldwide in Computer Science (THE 2023)

Qatar University has been ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide in Computer Science, according to Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking of 2023 that was just released. This is indeed a big achievement for our department. It is surely a result of years of active and hard work in planning, teaching, and research. Congratulations to all members!

QU’s rank has jumped this year over about 25 positions in THE CS subject ranking. With a steady progress over years, here are the CS ranks of QU since 2018:

  • 2018: 251-300
  • 2019: 201-250
  • 2020: 201-250
  • 2021: 101-125
  • 2022: 101-125
  • 2023: 95


Invitation to seminar: Deep Learning Based Sematic Segmentation for Different Retinal Morphologies Detection

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We are organizing WISE-2024: Calls for Papers, Special Tracks & Workshops

We are organizing WISE International Conference at QU!
CSE department invites you to contribute with your research papers and participate in our hosted and organized International Web Information Systems Engineering conference (WISE 2024).

You can find all details at the conference website at

Invitation to seminar: Self-Supervised Learning for the Classification of Retina Diseases using OCT images

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CSE receives Three QRNF Academic Research Grants (ARG)

Our CSE department has just been awarded three Academic Research Grants (ARG) from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) in its inaugural round. The three awarded projects are led by Prof. Amr Mohamed, Prof. Somaya Almaadeed, and Dr. Ahmed Badawy.

Here are more details about the awarded projects:

ARG Awarded Project: PervasiveAeroAgents: Empowering Resilient, Smart, and Secure Post-Disaster Management
Project abstract: This project aims to develop PervasiveAeroAgents, an intelligent and resilient multi-drone swarm system built primarily for disaster management applications. The system offers efficient and effective disaster response by equipping UAVs with wireless charging and sensors such as LiDAR, thermal cameras, GPS, and more. The main goal is to develop a coordinated swarm of autonomous drones capable of performing critical functions in disaster circumstances, including post-war destructions, where network infrastructure and the ground station may be compromised or non-existent, and traditional communication methods may not be available, making the swarm relies mainly on ad-hoc communication.

The PervasiveAeroAgents platform’s primary objectives are designed to address important challenges facing disaster scenarios, including 1) establishing the system architecture and describing coordinated multi-drone features such as sensing specifications, wireless charging, intelligent detection algorithms, and autonomous navigation. 2) Developing AI-based computer vision techniques using machine learning, to detect and identify objects and individuals among the debris, while using Reinforcement learning (RL) and online learning (OL) techniques for autonomous navigation, speeding up search and rescue operations in stochastic and highly changing environments. 3) Developing new security protocols suitable for dynamic ad hoc group communications amongst the drones to guarantee integrity and confidentiality. Finally, 4) build a comprehensive proof-of-concept using digital twin technology to demonstrate system features and insure the efficacy of the proposed sensing and AI-based techniques for group ad hoc communication.

ARG Awarded Project: Deciphering the Molecular Pathogenesis of Breast Cancer using Artificial Intelligence by combining Histopathological Images and OMICs data from Different Breast Cancer Subtypes
Project team: Dr. Sumaya AlMaadeed (Lead-PI), Dr. Rafif Alsaadi (QU), and other PIs from Qatar Cancer Society, University of Sharjah, and Hamad Medical Corporation
Prof. Sumaya Al-Maadeed

Project abstract: Cancer, which has been identified as a significant public health issue in Qatar and worldwide, can be diagnosed early and accurately with the help of biomedical imaging. It is true that there has been a significant increase in cases of breast, thyroid, colon, prostate, lung, and stomach cancer over the past five years [1]. For instance, Qatar has one of the highest rates of female breast cancer incidence and mortality when compared to the other Middle Eastern regions. In Qatar, the latest Qatar National Cancer Registry (QNCR) report of 2020 revealed that breast cancer had the highest incidence among all types of cancers. It accounted for 37% of all cancer cases, with 218 new cases reported. Colorectal cancer ranked second among female cancers, comprising 10.7% of cases with 62 reported instances. Thyroid cancer held the third position, representing 7.2% of female cancer cases with 42 reported cases [2]. Due to a variety of factors, including lifestyle choices, environmental effects, and other factors, there are an increasing number of cases of breast cancer in Qatar and the surrounding nations. Imaging and biomedical imaging techniques, such as histology image [3], and/or positron emission mammography (PEM) for breast cancer screening [4], are frequently used by caregivers to accurately detect the spread of cancer in the human body. To locate, segment, and categorize malignant tumors, these biomedical imaging approaches rely on image processing and Artificial Intelligence (AI) [4]. Both AI and computational imaging and analytics for cancer detection layer of these imaging approaches are not sufficient to provide accurate diagnose of cancer and doctors do not understand the science behind the result. Therefore, we need a much smarter way to explain and hence link the results to the clinical data. Together with medical doctors in Qatar and UAE we aim to develop new tools and techniques for multimodal breast tumor classification based on integrative data analysis from imaging and clinical data including histopathological and OMICs. We aim to develop explainable AI tools to outline how the AI produced a certain result. AI can be used as a support system that scans image and process corresponding clinical data by extracting the areas, features, or data with a high probability of cancer to simplify a doctor’s job and provide additional hints for medical care and competence. Furthermore, this proposal aims to decipher the molecular pathogenesis of breast cancer using artificial intelligence through integration of histopathological images and OMICs data from different breast cancer subtypes. Multimodal data fusion of morphology, gene expression, and DNA mutations using IHC and OMICs technology has yet to be explored in depth. Implementing this approach using AI and Deep Learning (DL) can lead to a more accurate diagnosis of the disease and timely treatment. This will improve their overall survival and decrease the economic burden of breast cancer.


ARG Awarded Project: O-RAN for Reliable Healthcare Applications
Project team: Dr. Ahmed Badawy (Lead-PI), Dr. Amr Mohamed, Dr. Saeed Salem, and Prof. Carla-Fabiana Chiasserini (Politecnico di Torino)
Dr. Ahmed Badawy

Project abstract: The Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) is on track to completely transform the telecommunications ecosystem in the coming decade. O-RAN specifications are expected to drive 50% of RAN-based revenues by 2028 for public networks and by 2027 for enterprise and industrial cellular segments and will exceed traditional RAN by 2030. This research proposal aims to investigate and develop a reliable O-RAN framework for time-critical and high-resource-demanding healthcare applications.

CSE members win the best paper award at ISNCC 2023

A team of CSE faculty members and undergraduate students has received the best paper award at the 10th International Symposium on Networks, Computers and Communications (ISNCC’23), held in Doha, Qatar, between October 23-26, 2023. 

The awarded paper is titled “Asthma Assessment Device for Pediatric Patients: A Proof of Concept” and co-authored by Dr. Khalid Abualsaud and Dr. Elias Yaacoub, in addition to a group of undergraduate students (Muneera Al-Ghafran, Fatemeh Ahmadizadeh, Asma Alnaimifrom our CSE department, who worked on this idea in their senior design project in the academic year 2022-2023. The work consists of building a proof of concept that uses various sensors to monitor asthma attacks for children under twelve years of age, achieving high levels of accuracy. This paper was contributed as an outcome of research project NPRP13S-0205-200270 from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) led by Dr. Khalid Abualsaud.

Invitation to seminar| Accurate Detection and Mitigation of Interest Flooding Attacks in Named Data Networks

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