QCRI system wins Open Source Software World Challenge 2015 Grand Prize

DOHA: Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) of Hamad Bin Khalifa University has won the Open Source Software World Challenge 2015 Grand Prize for its humanitarian technology ‘Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Relief (AIDR)’.The annual competition is hosted by the Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning. QCRI’s project involved the creation of a system that aggregates and analyses tweets and text messages related to disasters on a large scale, enabling people from humanitarian relief organisations, such as International Red Crescent, to easily understand a situation in real-time.In building the system, a QCRI  team collaborated with United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. It also received input from International Federation of the Red Cross and Qatar Red Crescent. The project combines human interactions with artificial intelligence to automatically identify urgent and important…


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