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.


SQU and ITA Renew Agreement on Free and Open Source Software

SQU and ITA Renew Agreement on Free and Open Source Software

On Monday, 14 October 2019, the Information Technology Authority (ITA) and Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) renewed the cooperation agreement signed between the two parties to cooperate and coordinate in the area of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). H.E. Dr. Ali Al-Bimani the vice chancellor of SQU and Dr. Salim Al-Ruzaiqi the CEO of the ITA signed the agreement.

The agreement entails executing a joint project aimed to build and enhance the culture of FOSS and to encourage using them in entrepreneurship, academic and applied research, and developing FOSS based solutions. In addition, it aims to support research conducted by students and researchers at SQU and the ITA.

The agreement refers to the importance of collaboration in developing strategic plans to use FOSS and emerging digital technology in different educational, administrative, and industrial sectors in Oman. Moreover, it covers the grounds of collaboration on supporting and executing different entrepreneurial programs that serve the objectives of both parties. These programs might include: FOSS as a suitable choice to go along business programs, introduction to digital technologies and how to benefit from them to establish local SMEs, and raising awareness on intellectual property in relation to using FOSS to limit the usage of unlicensed programs.

The agreement also establishes the ITA’s role to update the lab devoted to conducting research and experiments on FOSS through providing needed software and devices, and supporting the student society’s FOSS activities which are supervised by Information and Communication Research Center at SQU. In the areas of research and strategic plans, SQU will encourage teaching FOSS, 4-IR technologies and entrepreneurship on the curriculums. It will also encourage students and professors to conduct research in the areas of FOSS technologies and applications, and emerging digital technologies.