About CIRC

  • The Center was established in 2002. It supports the development of scientific research and contributes to the sultanate by promoting the process of transferring sustainable technology to the country. In addition, the center implements research strategies which meet the information and communication technology requirements of Oman in both the short and long terms focusing on modern digital technologies associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

  • The center is currently hosted at villa 5, Sultan Qaboos University and has two modern labs: Free and Open Source lab and IoT lab. the center is directed by a member of the academic staff from College of Engineering. An Executive Board has been set to supervise the activities of the Center and ensure the directions of the activities of the center are consistent with its mission.


  • Identify relevant world-class technologies and transfer it to industry.
  • Increase the flow of “Sultan Qaboos University” trained researchers skilled in the understanding and application of the strategic technologies.
  • Organize seminars, symposiums, workshops and conferences on ICT issues with the assistance of local, regional and international partners.

Recent Research Projects

  • Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
  • Internet of Things and Smart Cities
  • M-Learning in Oman Development, Adoption and Dissemination.
  • Telemedicine in Oman

Recent and Coming Activities

International Symposium for Telemedicine and AI in Medicine February 2020


Registration for all who are interested to attend the symposium is opened please register. The registration will be closed by the end of January 2020. Registration is Free of charges but it is necessary as we are targeting 500 Attendees.


Efforts to Support FOSS in the Sultanate Hailed

The participants of the Free and Open Source Software Conference 2019 commended the efforts of government agencies and academic institutions in supporting free and open source software in the Sultanate. It was recommended to strengthen these efforts and raise awareness of this software in various educational institutions and in public and private institutions.

The participants commended the good organization of the conference and its success and they called for its continuation every two years to increase awareness of free and open source software and its role in modern digital technologies to keep up with the developments during the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

They commended the Oman Free and Open Source Software Platform, which was announced at the opening of the conference. The participants recommended that this project be strengthened by launching a national free and open source software support center in Oman, in partnership with the public and private sectors. This can start as a non-profit institution that builds upon global experiences.

The participants recommended the adoption of free and open source software to become the engine for localization of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, and linking this with Oman’s national strategies, especially for the ICT sector.

The fourth edition of the Free and Open Source Software Conference (FOSSC 2019 Oman) was held at SQU on February 11 and 12 under the theme of “FOSS as Driver for Technology Transfer, Innovation & Entrepreneurship”. The 2-day conference, the first of its kind in the Mena region, is jointly organized by the Communication and Information Research center (CIRC) at sultan Qaboos University (SQU) and the Information Technology Authority (ITA), represented by the Digital Society Development Division to support the Free and Open Source Initiative (FOSS).