Day 1 - Monday 19 March 2018

11:00 – 12:30  Parallel Research Paper Presentations – Session 1

  •  Energy and Environment Pillar: Oil and Gas

o    ‘Towards Predictive Reactive Transport Modeling’
       Priyank Maheshwari - Total Research Centre, Qatar

o    ‘The state-of-the-art prototype design for clathrate hydrate based desalination (HyDesal) process utilizing LNG Cold Energy’
       Ponnivalavan Babu - National University of Singapore

o    ‘Novel AGR-EOR Integration for Enhancing Gas Loading, Saving Energy, Maximizing Oil Production and CO2 Emissions Mitigation’
      Abdukarem Amhamed - Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

o    ‘CO2 Utilization through Dry Reforming of Methane Process’
      Nimir O. Elbashir - Texas A&M University at Qatar

o    ‘Screening Of Qatari Microalgae And Cyanobacteria For Application In CO2 Utilization’
       Kira Schipper - Qatar University

o    ‘Selective Catalytic Valorisation of Carbon Dioxide Towards Building Block Molecules’
      Sarim Dastgir - Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qata

•    Health and Biomedical Pillar: Diabetes – Prediction and Prognosis
           o    ‘Early predictors of incipient metabolic syndrome in an Arab population’
                 Waseem Hasan Samsam - Anti-Doping Lab Qatar

o    ‘Screening for diabetic retinopathy with a deep learning network: Evaluation of retinal images from the Qatar Biobank’
      Patrick De Boever - Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), Belgium

o    ‘Characterization of human microbiota of biological samples collected from healthy adult volunteers using different DNA extracting protocols’
      Souhaila Al Khodor - Sidra Medicine, Qatar

o    ‘Non-Invasive Wearable Sensors To Detect Onset Of Hypoglycemia:  A Literature Review’
      Karim Zahed - Texas A&M University, US

•    Computing and Information Technology Pillar: Cyber Security
           o    ‘Implementing and Analyzing a Recursive Technique for Building Path Oblivious RAM’
                 Maan Haj Rachid - Qatar University

o    ‘A simple and secure framework for protecting sensitive data stored on the cloud’
      Elias Yaacoub - Beirut Research and Innovation Center, Lebanon

o    ‘Substring search over encrypted data’
      Abdullatif Shikfa - Qatar University

o    ‘A Fast and Secure Approach for the Transmission of Monitoring Data over Multi-RATs’
       Elias Yaacoub - Beirut Research and Innovation Center, Lebanon

o    Announcement of Cyber Security Joint Call Awards by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) – TÜBİTAK Room 106 12:30pm
      Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Executive Director, QNRF – Opening Remarks
      Dr. Orkun Hasekioğlu, Vice President, TÜBİTAK – Opening Remarks
      Ms Noor Al Merekhi, Deputy Executive Director & Director of Programs, QNRF – Award Announcement

•    Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Pillar: Education: Education
           o    ‘How Qatar English Teachers Think about Professional Development’
                 Dudley Reynolds - Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar

o    ‘Students’ understanding of chemistry concepts in a pre-medical foundation year POGIL–oriented chemistry course’
      Sheila Qureshi - Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar

o    ‘Utilizing Digital Literacy in the Arts & Humanities Classroom’
      Sam Meekings - Northwestern University in Qatar

o   ‘The State of Higher Education in Developmental Projects in the Arab World – Special Issues, Accelerating Roles, Theoretical Visions’
      Abdallah Sahraoui - University Mohamed Lamine Debaghine - Setif2, Algeria

o    ‘Smart Application for Learning Pre and Post-Prepositions in the Arabic Language’
      Hany Abdel Ghlel Fazza - Georgetown University in Qatar

11:00 – 12:30    Research and Innovation for Qatar’s Competitiveness

•    ‘Innovation Strategies, Policies and Councils for the Support Of National Competitiveness’
      Mr. Chad Evans - Executive Vice President, Council on Competitiveness, US

•    ‘Policies to Promote Growth and Sustainable Development in Qatar’
      Mr Saud Abdullah Al-Attiyah - Director, Economic Policies and Research Department, Ministry of Economy and Commerce, Qatar 

•    ‘Research Impact and Competitiveness’
      Dr. Dimitris Lagoudas  - Associate Vice Chancellor, Engineering Research,
      Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, US

•    ‘Empowering Qatari Entrepreneurs and Innovators to Diversify Qatar’s Economy’
      Dr. Alexis Antoniades - Associate Professor and Director of International Economics, Georgetown University in Qatar



Day 2 - Tuesday 20 March 2018

07:30 – 08:00      Registration
08:30 – 10:00      Plenary Talks & Panel Discussion – ‘Delivering Impactful Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy’

•    Professor Mariam A. Al-Maadeed
Vice President - Research & Graduate Studies, Qatar University, Qatar

•    Professor Teck Seng Low 

CEO, National Research Foundation, Singapore

•    Dr. Orkun Hasekioğlu 
Vice President, Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey  

•    Datuk Dr. Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman
President & CEO, Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), Malaysia

•    Dr. Hamad Al-Ibrahim (Moderator)
Executive Vice President, Qatar Foundation Research and Development 

10:00 – 10:30      Break

10:30 – 12:00      Qatar National Research Strategy - Review Session 1 (Parallel Workshops)

•    Energy and Environment
•    Health and Biomedical
•    Computing and Information Technology
•    Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

10:30 – 17:30      The Future 20 Startups Presentations (at The Future 20 Pavilion)

12:00 – 13:00      ARC’18 Poster Display, Startups Exhibition, Networking

12:30 – 13:30      Buffet Lunch

13:30 – 15:00      Qatar National Research Strategy - Review Session 2 (Parallel Workshops)

•    Energy and Environment
•    Health and Biomedical
•    Computing and Information Technology
•    Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

15:00 – 15:30      Break
15:30 – 16:30      Qatar National Research Strategy - Review Session 3 (Parallel Workshops)

•    Energy and Environment
•    Health and Biomedical
•    Computing and Information Technology
•    Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

16:30 – 17:00      Break

17:00 – 17:30      Closing Plenary – Summary of Qatar National Research Strategy Review Sessions