Dr. Sarah Al Humoud

Assistant Professor
Computing Science
Imam University
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

MIT Department/Faculty Supervisor(s): 

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Una-May O'Reilly

Fellowship Dates: 

02/01/2016 to 01/31/2017

Sponsors: 

Saudi Aramco

Biography: 

Sarah is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computing Science, Imam University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In 2005, she got her MSc in Computer Science from King Saud University in Riyadh. She has been a research candidate for 4 years at the University of Glasgow, UK in the field of Wireless Networks. She was awarded her PhD degree in 2011 with no corrections. Her major research findings are included in a published book here: http://goo.gl/X3BEkS . She has taught several different BSc and MSc courses while being an academic in several universities through the past 12 years. Besides teaching, she has played different managerial roles in the past four years. She was the first female vice dean to the Creativity Talent and Excellence Deanship. She is currently appointed as the first female Vice Dean of the Information Technology Deanship at Imam University. Moreover, she is the Vice President of the Saudi Computer Society’s female division. Her major research areas of interests include Mobile Networks, Human Computer Interaction and Data Mining.

Research Plan: 

On Riyadh Transportation Visualization

Data explosion coincides the extensive digital employment in multiple domains like telecommunication, government, commerce, economy and health. Extracting value out of the large-scale data lead to a better understanding and enhances decision making enabling for more tailored services. 

One of the interesting domains to analyze and harness value from, is Riyadh Urban Data. Riyadh is the capital of Saudi Arabia and it is going through major changes in public transportation to meet the demands of the rapidly growing inhabitants. Visualizing this data is vital in planning a sustainable transportation system that utilizes current flows and demographics. 

Dr. Sarah works in the ALFA group in the CSAIL lab, with Professor Una-May O'Reilly focusing on large-scale data analysis and visualization for knowledge mining and prediction. In specific, she will be studying Riyadh Urban Data.