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CSE, QCRI send student to Heidelberg Laureate Forum

CSE, QCRI send student to Heidelberg Laureate Forum

Tribune News Network
Doha
As part of its mission to build the country’s innovation and technology capacity, the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) and Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), parts of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), recently saw the participation of one of their aspiring students at the Seventh Heidelberg Laureate Forum.
Initiated by Germany’s Klaus Tschira Stiftung, the annual event brings together 200 carefully selected young researchers to spend the week with the most exceptional mathematicians and computer scientists of their generation, helping them sharpen their scientific knowledge while providing them with ample networking opportunities.
The 2019 Forum saw the attendance of reputed laureates including Caucher Birkar, Yoshua Bengio, Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hairer.
Ghadeer Abouda, a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering student, who is jointly mentored by QCRI’s Senior Research Director Dr Ashraf Aboulnaga, attended the forum as one of this year’s qualifying researchers. Joining her was QCRI’s Executive Director Dr Ahmed Elmagarmid, who was among the guests list for the event.
This year’s forum brought together 23 laureates of mathematics and computer science to discuss some of the most fundamental issues facing science and humanity at large. These were tackled through a series of lectures, workshops, institute visits and other activities. The forum also provided student participants with valuable opportunities to interact with the laureates in less formal settings.
Dr Elmagarmid said, “The Heidelberg Laureate Forum has quickly become one of the most esteemed platforms for expert discussions on mathematics and computer science. Its commitment to encouraging the next generation of leading academics and scientists is as refreshing as it is inspiring. To have an HBKU student among the 200 participants invited to this year’s forum also shows how far the Qatar Computing Research Institute has come over the past nine years. We’re of course determined to continue being at the cutting edge of relevant debates, as well as innovations in research and development.”
Reflecting on her trip, Ghadeer said, “I am fortunate and grateful to have been selected for this year’s Forum, and I would highly encourage HBKU’s capable students to follow in similar footsteps.”
Dr Aboulnaga commented, “The Forum is a great educational and networking opportunity for our researchers, enabling them to get a broad overview of state-of-the-art concepts in mathematics and computer science from some of the best minds in the field, and form professional connections with the laureates and their counterparts within a hand-picked group of attendees.”
The CSE offers 14 state-of-the-art degrees tackling topical issues that include Sustainable Development, Information and Computing Technology, and Engineering Management and Decision Sciences.
The Qatar Computing Research Institute provides cutting-edge solutions through Arabic language technologies, social computing, data analytics and cyber security tools.

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