The College of Public Health and Health informatics takes pride in announcing the awarding of Prof. Sherif Aly Sakr, Professor in Computer Science at the Health Informatics Department as 2019 Best Arab Scholar in the Technological Field by the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation in its Awarding Ceremonies held on 26 October 2019. Prof. Sakr's research interest is data and information management in general, particularly in big data processing systems, big data analytics and data science in various application domains with a main focus on the healthcare domain. Prof. Sakr managed to have his works published in more than 150 refereed research publications in reputable international journals and conferences. He is an Author of 6 books and an editor for 4 other books in various topics on the fields of data management and data analytics. Prof. Sakr is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Computing, Cluster Computing journal and Transactions on Large-Scale Data and Knowledge-Centered Systems (TLDKS). In 2017, he has been appointed to serve as an ACM Distinguished Speaker and as an IEEE Distinguished Speaker. Prof. Sakr is serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the Springer Encyclopedia of Big Data Technologies. In 2016, Prof. Sakr received the best research award from King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (KAIMRC).
The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation was established in 1978 as a charitable initiative launched by the Arab Bank, based on its belief in the importance of developing a common ground for Arab progress. Named after the late Abdul Hameed Shoman, founder of the Arab Bank (1888 – 1974), the Foundation adopted his belief on the importance of supporting and funding science and scientists, hence sponsored creativity and innovation in the Arab World. Abdul Hameed Shoman Arab Researchers Award is the first Award of its kind dedicated for scientific research and to honor Arab researchers since 1982. The award aims to support and highlight scientific research throughout the Arab world as it is awarded in recognition of distinguished scientific outcome of scientific and social value. The award targets Arab researchers who have conducted multiple researches in an Arab country in one of the following 6 fields: Medical and Health Sciences; Engineering Sciences; Basic Sciences; Literature and Humanitarian, Social and Educational Sciences; Economics and Administration Sciences, and Agriculture and Technology.