Communication & Information Research Center

The Communication and Information Research Center (CIRC) was established in 2002 with a mission to promote and advance research and education through Government/University /Industry partnerships in focused and shared competitive ICT research programs. Its vision is to promote joint research and development (R&D) efforts in various areas of Telecommunications and Information Technology, with relevance to the priority needs of the Sultanate. Since its inception, the center has accomplished a number of achievements mainly in capacity building, setting R&D labs, contributing to research and consultancy, organizing scientific events, serving the community, building links with different research and industry units, and cooperating with academicians and researchers within and outside SQU.

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CIRC has signed a number of research cooperation agreements with public and private institutions in the ICT sector in Oman namely, Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA), Information Technology Authority (ITA), Omantel, Ooredoo and others in progress. CIRC is building a strong research plan aligned with the short and, and long term needs of the Sultanate of Oman in ICT with the believe that human resources are the most valuable component for obtaining strong research results. These are to be developed in parallel with granted projects and adequate infrastructure, enrollment of high quality full time personnel, a strong Master’s and PhD programs and candidates, and goals set in line with the funded research projects.


CIRC aspires to have a national and regional leading role in research and also to be internationally recognized as an excellent hub of innovative research in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).


The research mission of CIRC is to develop a research culture and capacity, generate knowledge and find solutions to the current and future challenges for ICT strategic issues in the Sultanate with the collaboration of national and international partners.


The goal of the Communication and Information Research Center is to team with industrial partners to generate solutions to current and future technical challenges related to ICT topics. These solutions are most likely to involve the amalgamation off-the-shelf technology, advanced prototype technology and basic information technology research.

CIRC strives to achieve the following objectives:

1- Identify relevant world-class technologies and transfer it to industry.

2- Increase the flow of “Sultan Qaboos University” trained researchers skilled in the understanding and application of the strategic technologies.

3- Organize seminars, symposia, workshops and conferences on ICT issues with the assistance of local, regional and international partners.

4- Recent and Coming Activities Second Blockchain Symposium December 2018.

5- Fourth Free and Open Source Software Conference February 2019 International Symposium for Telemedicine and AI in Medicine February 2020.

6- Third Information Security Gathering April 2020 Fifth Free and Open Source Software Conference February 2021.


The Center has a new laboratory that is equipped by Information Technology Authority (ITA) to support Research and Capacity building in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). The FOSS laboratory is located at the Center’s Complex, 2nd floor, Labs 2010 A, B, and C

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Research, Consultancy and Training on Communications and Information technology which includes:

1- Artificial Intelligence.

2- Biomedical Engineering.

3- Communication Systems

4- Coding & Cryptography

5- Computer Hardware Design

6- Computer Networks (Wired, Wireless, Optical...)

7- Database Systems

8- Data Transmission

9- Electronic Commerce Information Systems

10- Internet of Things (IOT)

11- Multimedia (Computer Graphics, Audio and Image and Video Processing)

12- Network Security Robotics & Automation

13- Software Engineering

14- Sensors Networks

15- Signal Processing

16- Telemedicine

17- Smart Cities

Our Offices At Sultan Qaboos University (SQU). All offices of the Communication and Information Research Center are located temporary in Villa 5. 

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The Communication and Information Research Center

P.O. Box 17, Postal Code 123

Sultan Qaboos University

Al Khoud, Sultanate of Oman

Tel No.: (968) 2414 3696 / 2414 1325

Fax No.: (968) 2441 4336


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