Dr. Sofiane Abbar | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Dr. Sofiane Abbar

Sofiane Abbar

Senior Software Engineer
Social Computing
Qatar Computing Research Institute

  • Phone+974 44541736
  • Office location1182E, 1st floor, B1, Research Complex


Sofiane Abbar is a Senior Software Engineer and Researcher at Qatar Computing Research Institute. He is leading the Urban Computing activity at QCRI with a specific focus on using AI and data-driven techniques to tackle big urban challenges related to mapping road networks, traffic congestion, mobility, air pollution, and resilience. He has initiated several projects with key entities from the public sector (e.g., Ministry of Transport and Communication and Smart Qatar Initiative), private sector (e.g. Karwa Taxi, Qatar Mobility Innovations Center), as well as academia (e.g. MIT Boston.)

Dr. Abbar has authored and co-authored over 40 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and has deployed several large-scale and real-time systems for road network inference from GPS traces, map updating from satellite images, in-traffic routing, and recommender engines for news. He acts as PC is several international conferences such as ACM CHI, AAAI ICWSM, and ACM CIKM. Dr. Sofiane Abbar earned his PhD from University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France in collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs. He graduated as a CS Engineer from Ecole Superieur d’Informatique (ex. INI, Algiers) in 2006.


Research Interests

  • Urban Computing
  • Urban Mobility
  • Spatial Computing
  • Data science



University Paris Dauphine, France.




University Versailles Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines; France

  • Msc

    University Paris Dauphine; France

  • Eng

    Ecole Superieure d'Informatique; Algeria


Selected Publications

  • S Abbar, T Zanouda, J Borge-Holthoefer; Structural robustness and service reachability in urban settings

    Journal of Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, 2018

  • Favyen Bastani, Songtao He, Sofiane Abbar, Mohammad Alizadeh, Hari Balakrishnan, Sanjay Chawla, Sam Madden, David DeWitt

    Roadtracer: Automatic extraction of road networks from aerial images; Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

  • Rade Stanojevic, Sofiane Abbar, Saravanan Thirumuruganathan, Sanjay Chawla, Fethi Filali, Ahid Aleimat

    Robust Road Map Inference through Network Alignment of Trajectories; SIAM International Conference On Data Mining (SDM'18.)