June 24, 2018

AI Things Considered

Welcome to the Qatar Center for Artificial Intelligence (QCAI) blog “AI Things Considered.”  The aim of the blog is to be a platform for discussion about all aspects of Artificial Intelligence ranging from technical research to policy implications.

In the first post, Dr. Ahmed Elmagarmid will outline the rationale for the launch of QCAI. Dr. Ahmed is the founding executive director of Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) and is an ACM, IEEE and AAAS Fellow.

October 2, 2018|    Dr. Ahmed Elmagarmid| Executive Director, Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI)

Impetus for QCAI

I propose to consider the question, ‘Can machines think?’ ” and thus begins Alan Turing’s seminal 1950 paper on computing and intelligence. The phrase “Artificial Intelligence” was coined six years later by John McCarthy, then a young assistant professor in mathe…Read more

December 26, 2018|    Dr. Preslav Nakov| Senior Scientist, Arabic Language Technologies, QCRI

“Fake News” at QCRI: Follow the Source

Recent years have seen the rise of social media, which have enabled people to share information with a large number of online users, without quality control. Read more


January 7, 2019|    Lokendra Chauhan| Program Manager – QCAI

QCAI releases Blueprint of “National AI Strategy for Qatar”

Today Qatar Center for Artificial Intelligence (QCAI) has released a Blueprint for a “National Artificial Intelligence Strategy for Qatar”. The objective of this blueprint document is to inform and advise Qatar’s leadership on AI’s potential and the path ahead for Qatar. Read more


Mar 29, 2019|    Dr. Ingmar Weber | Research Director, Social Computing, QCRI| and Jennifer Colville | Innovation Team Lead, Arab States, United Nations Development Programme

AI for Social Good: A technological nudge for development

Are you an optimist or a pessimist when it comes to Artificial Intelligence? Do you think AI will bring apocalyptic scenarios where the disruptive forces of technology take over the world and make us humans redundant or the servants of technology? Or do you think AI presents opportunities for solving the world’s most pressing challenges? Read More


Apr 15, 2019|   Stefaan Verhulst | Co-founder and Chief Research and Development Officer | The GovLab at New York University

Data Collaboratives as an enabling infrastructure for AI for Good 

The “AI for Social Good” conference that recently took place at the Qatar Computing Research Institute examined the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for good. It was widely agreed that the potential is real, and that AI could help jumpstart economic development and support humanitarian causes when used responsibly. Read More


Nov 20, 2020|   Lokendra Chauhan| Qatar Center for Artificial Intelligence

Impact of AI on Qatar’s Job Market

Expert consensus on Artificial Intelligence (AI) is that it is a transformational technology and will alter the very nature of jobs as we know. We have released a QCAI whitepaper addressing this issue and this post presents a summary of our whitepaper Read More