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May 17, 2016

World Humanitarian Summit Invites QCRI to Showcase Research

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The Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) has been invited to showcase some of its groundbreaking technologies at the inaugural World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul later this month.
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The summit, organized by the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), aims to propose solutions to humanitarian challenges around the globe. It will bring together governments, people affected by humanitarian crises, humanitarian organizations and businesses.

QCRI’s Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Response (AIDR) technology and MicroMappers will feature at the summit’s Innovation Marketplace during the event on 23 and 24 May.

The tools use data to provide insights for humanitarian responders following emergencies. AIDR collects and categorizes social media data. This can be combined with news and aerial imagery information from MicroMappers, a community that analyzes data using a tagging system. MicroMappers is a collaboration between UN OCHA and the digital humanitarian NGO, Standby Task Force.

QCRI has also partnered on the project with organizations including the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to improve the technology and address common research questions.

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