Issa Khalil | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Dr. Issa Khalil

Dr. Issa Khalil (PhD)

Principal Scientist
Qatar Computing Research Institute QCRI

  • Phone44 546 169
  • Office location1193, 1, B1

Issa Khalil received his PhD degree in Computer Engineering from Purdue University, USA in 2007. Currently, he is a Principal Scientist in the Cyber Security Group at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI). 

Before Joining QCRI, Dr. Khalil was an Associate Professor and Department Head of the Information Security Department in the College of Information Technology (CIT) at the United Arab Emirates University. His novel techniques to discover malicious domains following the guilt-by-association social principle attract the attention of local media and stakeholders, and he received the best paper award in CODASPY 2018.

Dr. Khalil’s research in detecting and predicting threat indicators through data analytics resulted in five US patents and patent disclosures, licensing to national and international security providers, publications in top tier security venues, and has been translated into a full-fledged system for threat intelligence generation and sharing that can be consumed by end users as well as SOC/NOC operators. Dr. Khalil has served as organizer, technical program committee member, and reviewer for many international conferences and journals. He is a senior member of IEEE, a member of ACM, and delivers invited talks and keynotes in many local and international forums. In June 2011, Khalil was granted the CIT Outstanding Professor Award for outstanding performance in research, teaching, and service.


Research Interests

  • Security data analytics
  • Network security
  • AI security
  • Private data sharing


Principal Scientist

Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), Qatar Foundation, Doha, Qatar.

July 2016 - Present
  • Senior Scientist

    QCRI, Qatar Foundation, Doha, Qatar.

    June 2013 - June 2016
  • Department Chair

    Information Security Department (INSE), College of Information Technology (CIT), United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), Al Ain, UAE

    June 2012 - June 2013
  • Associate Professor

    INSE, CIT, UAEU, Al Ain, UAE

    June 2011 - June 2013
  • Assistant Professor

    INSE, CIT, UAEU, Al Ain, UAE

    August 2007 - June 2011


PhD Computer Engineering

Purdue University, USA