HIA partners with Hamad Bin Khalifa University on big data

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Qatar’s Hamad International Airport (HIA) has announced a joint research partnership with Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) College of Science and Engineering (CSE) to enhance passenger services through the use of visual analytics and dynamic graph research techniques.

The dynamic graphing method detects relationships within vast amounts of information, which are then visualized to assist researchers and airport professionals in identifying patterns such as changing travel routes. Based on these insights, HIA hopes it will be able to offer its passengers customized travel experiences.

As part of the partnership, HBKU’s CSE will offer research technique advice and software programming; synthesize data and share its findings throughout the 36-month program. HIA, and its information technology department, will provide problem statements, relevant data and software programming, review research reports and test software output from the study.

Badr Mohammed Al-Meer, COO at Hamad International Airport, commented, “Our collaboration with HBKU heralds a new era in HIA’s technological evolution, and firmly positions Qatar’s airport as a knowledge hub with the expertise to advance the aviation industry in the country and beyond. As a leading travel hub, our passengers have always been our top priority, and we believe in going the extra mile with research and strategic partnerships to provide our customers with an airport experience like no other. We look forward to utilizing the results of the study to optimize passenger travel time and personalize their experience at our terminal.”

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