CSAIL hosts annual meeting highlighting innovative collaboration with Qatar Computing Research Institute

Monday, October 9, 2017
Monday, October 9, 2017
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This year CSAIL celebrates five years of collaboration with the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), an esteemed research institute that’s part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Doha. This week CSAIL will be hosting the CSAIL-QCRI annual meeting, aimed at highlighting recent work and future areas of exploration.

“Our collaboration with QCRI has been extremely rewarding for our laboratory,” says CSAIL Director Daniela Rus. “We have embarked on a wide variety of research projects that have already had a major impact in the field of computer science.”

The QCRI-CSAIL Computer Science Research Program has focused on a diverse range of topics, from database management and speech processing to shared computing and data analytics:


  1. Pic2Recipe, an AI that can look at a photo of a dish and be able to suggest similar recipes

  2. Data Civilizer, a system for easier data-filtering that finds and linking information scattered across digital files

  3. Interactive Dynamic Video, a new technique that lets you reach in and “touch” objects in videos using a normal camera

  4. Better speech and language processing technologies, particularly for addressing low-resource issues related to the Arabic language

  5. A paper in which researchers showed that they had been able to expose a vulnerability in Tor, the anonymity-minded network of roughly 2.5 million users

  6. 2D-to-3D, a system that automatically converts 2-D video of sporting events into 3-D content that can be played back over any 3-D device