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Cyber Week, organized by KINDI Research Center, is an annual event that aims to raise cyber-security awareness in Qatar through numerous activities. Furthermore, it aims to discuss current challenges and future trends related to security and privacy in the region. This event intends to bring together cyber-security and artificial intelligence experts from Academia, Industry, and Government to meet, discuss, share ideas, and establish contacts. This year, we will have a three-day event that includes inspiring talks, panel discussions, and Capture-The-Flag Challenge. The event would be themed upon the topics of Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security. Additionally, it will provide hands-on training and awareness sessions about Cybersecurity to students, along with demonstrations.



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Due to COVID-19 precautionary measures and to comply with the MOPH guidelines, physical attendance to the first day of the event is by invitation only. Please request for an invitation below if you wish to attend the event physically.

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Note: Physical attendance to the event for the 2nd and 3rd day does not require registration.

CtF was broadcasted live on this channel.


Please note that all talks will be held in H10 auditorium unless otherwise mentioned.

Time & TopicDescriptionSpeakers
08:00 - 09:00 | Welcome Coffee & Registration
09:00 - 10:00 | Opening & VIP Talks

09:10 - 09:20 Prof. Maryam Al-Maadeed Speech, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies Office

09:20 - 09:30 Speech by Colonel Meshaal Mubarak Al-Mesalam, Cyber Space Academy- Qatar Emiri Signal Corps and Information Technology-Ministry of Defense

09:30 - 09:40 KINDI’s Next Steps: Cyber Security and Artificial Intelligence Research (Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Ali, Director of KINDI Center for Computing Research)

09:40 - 10:00 | Coffee Break
10:00 - 12:20 | Session 1 - Cyber Security

10:00 - 10:20 On Japan Strategy and Practices of Cybersecurity (Prof. Fathelalem Hija Ali, Joaan Bin Jassim Joint Command and Staff College)

10:25 - 10:45 Ransomware - An old enemy (Mr. Kenan Begovic, Group Director of Information Security, beIN MEDIA GROUP)

10:50 - 11:10 Mobile Spyware and its Effects on the Institutions and Governments ( Dr. Devrim Unal, Research Assistant Professor, KINDI Center for Computing Research

11:10 - 11:55 Cyber Sovereignty & Cyber Resilience (Mr.Christophe Negre, Cybersecurity Technical Director, Thales France)

12:00 - 12:20 Electronic Identity and Blockchain (Dr. Oktay Adalier, TUBITAK BILGEM)

Mr.Christophe Negre

Dr. Oktay Adalier

Dr. Devrim Unal

Dr. Kenan Begovic

12:20 - 12:40 | 2nd Coffee Break
12:45 - 14:10 | Session 2 - Artificial Intelligence

12:45 - 13:10 Artificial Intelligence in Critical Environments (Louis Brayle, Strategy and Digital Business development, Thales, France)

13:15 - 13:40 Importance of Natural Language Processing (NLP) in Healthcare (Dr. Naveed Afzal, Lead Data Scientist, Humana)

13:45 - 14:10 AI for Autonomous Transportation (Dr. Cetin Mericli, CEO, Locomation)

Dr. Naveed Afzal

Dr. Cetin Mericli

14:15 - 14:55 | KEYNOTE 1: Artificial Intelligence & Society: The Next Thirty Years,
Prof. Michael Wooldridge, University of Oxford, UK
15:00 - 15:40 | KEYNOTE 2: Goal Based Security Improvement and its Links with QoS and Energy,
Prof. Erol Gelenbe, Polish Academy of Sciences
15:40 - 16:00 | 3rd Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:00 | AI Panel Session


  • Prof. Junaid Qadir, Department of Computer Engineering, Qatar University.


  • Dr. Naveed Afzal, Mr. Radhakrishnan Mahalingam - AI in Healthcare
  • Dr. Cetin Mericli - AI in Transportation
  • Louis Brayle, AI in Critical Envornments

Dr. Naveed Afzal

Dr. Cetin Mericli

Dr. Naveed Afzal

Louis Brayle

Time & TopicDescriptionSpeakers
09:00 - 09:15 | Coffee Break
09:15 - 10:45 | Session 3 - Cuber Security

09:15 - 09:45 Security Enhancements for 5G Wireless Cyber Security (Prof. Maode Ma, Research Professor in Cyber Security, KINDI Center)

09:50 – 10:15 Web Application Security and AI (Dr. Mohamed Y. Nabeel, Qatar Computing Research Institute)

10:20 - 10:45 Emerging security issues in 5G mobile networks and how to combat them: Trends from Denmark (Dr. Soren Sennels, Dencrypt, Denmark)

Prof. Maode Ma

Dr. Mohamed Y. Nabeel

Dr. Soren Sennels

10:45 - 11:00 | 2nd Coffee Break
11:05 - 11:50 | Cyber Security Panel Session


  • Dr. Devrim Unal, KINDI Center for Computing Research


  • Mr. Thomas Allan Reimann, Hamad Medical Corporation Ambulance Services
  • Dr. Soren Sennels, Dencrypt, Denmark
  • Prof. Maode Ma, KINDI Center for Computing Research
  • Mr. Kenan Begovic, Group Director of Information Security, beIN MEDIA GROUP
  • Khalid Al-Khubaisi, Practice Head — Cybersecurity at Malomatia

Dr. Soren Sennels

Prof. Maode Ma

Mr. Thomas Allan Reimann

Khalid Al-Kubaisi

12:00 - 12:30 | Lunch Break Lunch Break with Sandwiches
12:35 - 13:25 | Session 4 - Artificial Intelligence

12:30 – 12:55 BlockChain as a Service (BCaaS) for healthcare (Mr. Radhakrishnan Mahalingam, Mr. Nandakumar Chandrasekharan, Health Information Communication & Technology, Hamad Medical Corporation)

13:00 – 13:25 Ransomware – The Cybersecurity Dilemma with real life cases (Dr. Erdal Ozkaya, Cheif Cybersecurity Strategist, Comodo)

Mr. Radhakrishnan Mahalingam

Dr. Erdal Ozkaya

13:25 - 13:40 | 3rd Coffee Break
13:45 - 15:45 | Parallel Session 1 Capture the Flag (CTF) Training | Research Projects Showcase
15:45 - 16:30 | KEYNOTE 3: Blockchains with AI for Risk Management,
Prof. Dr. Raj Jain, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Washington University in Saint Louis
Time & TopicDescriptionSpeakers
09:00 - 09:25 | Coffee Break
09:30 - 11:30 | Parallel Session 2

9:30 - 10:25 Workshop 1: Cybercrime and How to Tackle It (Ahmed Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Economic & Cyber Crime Combating Department - Ministry of Interior) Location: F101, H10

9:30 - 11:30 Capture the Flag Competition, Location: B09

11:45 - 13:45 | Parallel Session 3

10:45 - 13:45 Workshop 2: A Hands-on Experience with AI for Visual Recognition and Reconstruction (Dr. Abdelhak Belhi, Joaan Bin Jassim Joint Command and Staff College) Location: F101, H10

11:45 - 13:45 Capture the Flag Competition, Location: B09

14:00 - 15:00 | CtF Winner Announcement & Lunch

14:00 - 15:00 Winner Announcement

14:00 - 15:00 Lunch

Important Dates




Cyber Week event 25th - 26th OCTOBER 2021
Deadline for CtF Registration 20th OCTOBER 2021, @11AM
Date for CtF Training Session 25th OCTOBER 2021, @11AM
Date of CtF Competition 26th OCTOBER 2021, @10AM