CMU-Q researchers are active members of the research community in Qatar and around the world. Faculty members contribute to the engines that drive international research, including scholarly publications, professional organizations and academic conferences.
Using AI to optimize greenhouse operations in Qatar
CMU-Q has launched a research project that will optimize the operations of greenhouses in Qatar. The project is supported by a National Priorities Research Program grant from Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF).
Lead principal investigator Gianni Di Caro is an expert in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. He will use machine learning (ML) to coordinate a fleet of mobile robots to autonomously gather visual data of Qatar greenhouse plants. The robots will have RGB and multi-spectral cameras that will monitor each plant, and even each individual fruit, over time. The team will employ AI and ML to build predictive models about the crop’s development status, quality, health, and expected yield.
Statistical Consulting Center open to Education City
CMU-Q is expanding its Statistical Consulting Center to researchers in the Education City community. The center was created in 2019 to support CMU-Q’s faculty, staff and student researchers with data analysis and research design. Co-directors Daniel Phelps and Taeyong Park are now extending the center to researchers at other partner universities.
The center can assist faculty, student and staff researchers in areas such as research design, psychometrics, statistical modeling and analysis, statistical software and data visualization.
Carnegie Mellon professor releases book on design and meaning
Susan Hagan, a CMU-Q associate teaching professor of information systems, has published “The Space between Look and Read: Designing Complementary Meaning” through MIT Press.
Designers have long understood that image, text, and typeface can work together to produce new meanings, creating semiotic registers impossible to achieve with image or text alone. In her book, Hagan presents a framework, called Inter-play, which explains how these new meanings emerge. Inter-play is not simply an analytical tool; it is also a method for using complementary meaning to encourage critical thinking in design audiences.
The Space between Look and Read: Designing Complementary Meaning
Handbook of Multilingual TESOL in Practice
CMU-Q’s Dudley Reynolds, teaching professor of English and senior associate dean for education, has co-edited a practical guide to language teaching in a multilingual classroom. Also co-edited by Kashif Raza and Christine Coombe, Handbook of Multilingual TESOL in Practice provides exemplars of multilingualism by teachers of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) around the world.
Handbook of Multilingual TESOL in Practice incorporates essential topics such as curriculum development, classroom instruction, materials creation, assessment, and teacher training where TESOL and multilingualism co-exist and co-develop. The wide-ranging and international collection of chapters is written by leading researchers in multilingualism and TESOL from around the world. This handbook provides unique insights into a range of practical approaches to promote local, indigenous and national languages in English language classrooms across a range of instructional programs in various geographical contexts.