Dr. Halima Bensmail | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University



Dr. Halima Bensmail

Principal Scientist
Qatar Center for Artificial Intelligence
Qatar Computing Research Institute

College of Science and Engineering

  • Phone+974 44540195
  • Office location1116, First Floor, HBKU Research Development Complex


Dr. Halima Bensmail obtained a PhD at the Pierre & Marie Currie University. She spent three years at the University of Washington and FHCRC as a postdoc and was a researcher in the Data Theory Group, University of Leiden. Dr. Halima held the positions of assistant and associate professor at the University of Tennessee and Virginia Medical School. Currently, she is a principal scientist at the Qatar Computing Research Institute and a joint associate professor at the College of Science and Engineering at HBKU. She is also a visiting professor at TAMU-Q.

Dr. Halima published more than 120 peer reviewed papers in high impact journals (Nature Communications, Nucleic Acids Research, Genome Research, Briefings in Bioinformatics, Bioinformatic among many). She has received numerous prestigious honors, taught numerous courses in Qatar, the US, and Europe, and mentored numerous Master's and PhD students. Dr. Halima has been Co-PI on several research grants in Qatar and abroad. She is a mentor for a $2 millions newly created center awarded by USDA grant agency to the obesity center in Texas Tech and serves as a reviewer for the NIH and NSF and is a board member of Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Technology Foundation, Davos and an AdCom representative of IEEE EMBs in MENA.


Research Interests

  • Statistical Machine Learning
  • Bioinformatics-Computational Biology
  • Statistics-Biostatistics
  • Artificial Intelligence


Senior and Principal Scientist

QCAI, Qatar Computing Research Institute

2011 - Present
  • Joint Associate Professor

    College of Science and Engineering, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

    2016 - Present
  • Associate Professor

    Virginia Public Health Program, Eastern Virginia Medical school (EVMS) Virginia, USA

    2006 - 2009
  • Assistant and Associate Professor

    Department of Statistics and Operation Management Sciences (SOMS), University of Tennessee, Knoxville USA

    2000 - 2006
  • Scientist

    Data Theory Center, University of Leiden, Netherlands

    1997 - 2000
  • Scientist

    Modeling and Data Science for Population Studies, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, USA

    1996 - 1997


Ph.D. in Biostatistics/Statistics

University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI

  • MSc in Statistical Machine Learning

    La Sorbonne University

  • B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics

    University of Sciences Mohamed V


Selected Publications