Mourad Ouzzani - Project Lead - Dr. Mourad Ouzzani is a principal scientist in the he Data Analytics at the Qatar Computing Research Institute. Before that, he was a Research Associate Professor at Purdue University. Mourad conducts research in data integration, data quality, spatio temporal data management, and database systems for scientific data. Mourad has published extensively in top database venues including SIGMOD, VLDB, and ICDE.
Hossam Hammady - Lead Software Engineer - Hossam Hammady is a Senior Software Engineer in the Data Analytics at the Qatar Computing Research Institute. He is leading the engineering of Rayyan, the systematic reviews web and mobile app. He has more than 10 years of experience in software development across a diverse set of platforms. His current focus is on the architecture of large-scale web applications. Hossam is also an open source enthusiast and has numerous contributions on Github. Prior to QCRI, he worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program at Texas A&M University at Qatar. He also worked as a software engineer in several start-ups and software houses in Alexandria, Egypt. He received a Master degree in Computer Engineering from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology (2009) and a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Alexandria University (2004).
Ahmed Elmagarmid - Project Member - Dr. Ahmed Elmagarmid is the inaugural executive director of the Qatar Computing Research Institutei and a member of the Data Analytics group at QCRI. Before joining Qatar Foundation in 2010, he was founder and director of both the Cyber Center in Discovery Park and the Indiana Center for Database Systems at Purdue University. He was a full professor of computer science at Purdue, where he had been actively involved in teaching and research for 22 years. Early in his career he received the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Young Investigator award from President Ronald Reagan. The University of Dayton and Ohio State University have both named him among their distinguished alumni. He is an IEEE Fellow, an ACM Fellow, and is a member of Sigma Xi American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr Elmagarmid has chaired and served on several program committees and editorial boards. His expertise spans foundational and application-oriented database research. Dr. Elmagarmid sits on the Meeza board of directors.
Zbys Fedorowicz - Project Consultant - Dr. Zbys Fedorowicz is the Director of the Bahrain Branch of the UK Cochrane Centre. Zbys graduated from the Royal Dental Hospital of London in 1971. His clinical experience includes postings in Holland, South Africa and over the last 30 years in the Middle East (UAE, Saudi Arabia & Bahrain).
His publications include 50 Cochrane systematic reviews and protocols covering Upper Gastrointestinal & Pancreatic Diseases, ENT, Eyes & Vision, Oral Health, Colorectal Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis and Genetic Diseases, Prostatic Disease & Urologic Cancer, Skins and Multiple Sclerosis.
He has coauthored two books on Cross-cultural Healthcare and his research interests include healthcare research priority setting in lower to middle income countries.
Former Members and Interns
Ihab Ilyas - Project Member - Dr. Ihab Ilays has participated in the initiation of the Rayyan project. Ihab is a full professor at the University of Waterloo.
Madian Khabsa - Research Associate - While a PhD student at Penn State, Madian worked on a machine learning algorithm for classifying relevant studies. He is now part of the Knowledge and Technologies group at Microsoft Research, Redmond.
Cheng Liang - Research Associate - Cheng is a PhD student at Penn State. He worked on the risk of bias analysis and full text upload in Rayyan.
Tanay Kumar Saha - Research Associate - Tanay is a PhD student at IUPUI. He is working several aspects of Rayyan including full scale evaluation of the prediction module for included/excluded module inside Rayyan, proposing a novel model for the prediction based on multiple learners and word2vec features, and improving the deduplication of citations inside Rayyan.
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