Sofiane Abbar
Urban Computing Expert, QCRI

Speaker Profile

Dr. Sofiane Abbar is a Senior Software Engineer and Researcher at Qatar Computing Research Institute. He is leading the Urban Computing activity at QCRI with a specific focus on leveraging artificial intelligence and data-driven techniques to tackle big urban challenges such as traffic congestion, mobility, air pollution, city planning, and resilience. He has initiated several projects with key entities from the public sector (e.g., Ministry of Transport and Communication, Digital Society Office, and Smart Qatar Initiative), private sector (e.g. Karwa Taxi, QMIC, and Aljazeera Network), as well as academia (e.g. MIT Boston.).

Dr. Abbar has authored and co-authored over 40 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and has deployed several large-scale and real-time systems for road network inference from GPS traces, ride scheduling for taxi fleets, and recommender engines for news. He acts as PC is several international conferences such as ACM CHI, AAAI ICWSM, and ACM CIKM. Prior to QCRI, he was an assistant professor in computer science at University of Paris Dauphine in France.

Dr. Sofiane Abbar earned his PhD from University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France in collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs. He graduated as a CS Engineer from Ecole Superieur d’Informatique (e.x INI, Algiers) in 2006.

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