Dr. Ahmed Abdelali

Senior Software Engineer
Arabic Language Technologies
+974 445 41429

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QCRI is an Institute with full dedication to research and precisely Arabic language - a dream come true. I am proud to join such a group of world-class researchers

Research Focus at QCRI

At QCRI, Ahmed works on projects related to natural language processing in the areas of machine translation, information retrieval and extraction with emphasis on applications related to the Arabic language and its dialects. In addition, he contributes to building resources such as QED and WAW corpus and speech translation, among other tools and resources.

His research areas include Arabic language technologies, machine translation, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining QCRI, Ahmed Abdelali worked for the office of Vice President for Research, New Mexico State University (NMSU). Since he joined NMSU in 2000, he worked as computer specialist for CRL, PSL where he contributed to research projects including DRPA funded projects (Expedition, AQUAINT, GALE), Sandia (LDRD), ONR among others. He worked for the Office of Grants and Contracts in 2008 where he led the implementation of a new Research management system. He published and co-authored research papers in NLP areas such as Information Retrieval, Information Extraction and Machine Translation.

Professional Experience

  • 2008-2013 Senior Analyst, Research Support Services, New Mexico State University.
  • 2004-2008 Analyst, Physical Science Laboratory, New Mexico State University.
  • 2000-2004 Computer Specialist, Computing Research Lab., New Mexico State University.
  • 1998-2000 Teaching Assistant, Computer Science Dept. New Mexico Tech.

Professional Associations and Awards


Education

  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Ph.D. in Computer Science, 2006
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Masters in Computer Science, 2000
  • University of Oran, B.S. Computer Science -Ingénieur d'état en Informatique, 1995

Selected Research

  • Darwish, Kareem, Hamdy Mubarak, Ahmed Abdelali, and Mohamed Eldesouki
    "Arabic POS Tagging: Don’t Abandon Feature Engineering J ust Yet." WANLP 2017. pages 130–137, Valencia, Spain, 2017
  • Dalvi, Fahim, Yifan Zhang, Sameer Khurana, Nadir Durrani, Hassan Sajjad, Ahmed  Abdelali, Hamdy Mubarak, Ahmed Ali, and Stephan Vogel. "QCRI Live Speech Translation System." EACL 2017. pages 61–64, Valencia, Spain, 2017
  • Shafiq Joty, Nadir Durrani, Hassan Sajjad, and Ahmed Abdelali
    Domain Adaptation Using Neural Network Joint Model. Computer Speech & Language, In Press. 2017
  • Nadir Durrani, Hassan Sajjad, Shafiq Joty, and Ahmed Abdelali
    A Deep Fusion Model for Domain Adaptation in Phrase-based MT. In Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING). Osaka, Japan. 2016
  • Wajdi Zaghouani, Ahmed Abdelali, Francisco Guzmán and Hassan Sajjad
    Normalizing Mathematical Expressions to Improve the Translation of Educational Content. Proceedings of the Workshop on Semitic Machine Translation, pages 20–27, Austin, Texas, USA, 2016
  • Hassan Sajjad, Francisco Guzmán, Nadir Durrani, Ahmed Abdelali, Houda Bouamor, Irina Temnikova and Stephan Vogel
    Eyes Don’t Lie: Predicting Machine Translation Quality Using Eye Movement. In Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association of Computational Lignustics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL), San Diego, US, 2016
  • Ahmed Abdelali, Nadir Durrani, Francisco Guzmán
    iAppraise: A Manual Machine Translation Evaluation Environment. In Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association of Computational Lignustics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL), San Diego, US, 2016
  • Ahmed Abdelali, Kareem Darwish, Nadir Durrani, Hamdy Mubarak
    Farasa: A Fast and Furious Segmenter for Arabic. In Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association of Computational Lignustics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL), San Diego, US, 2016
  • Darwish, K., Ali, A. A., Abdelali, A. (2014) Query Term Expansion by Automatic Learning of Morphological Equivalence Patterns from Wikipedia. In Proceedings of SIGIR 2014 Workshop on Semantic Matching in Information Retrieval (SMIR), July 11, 2014, Gold Coast, Australia.
  • A Abdelali, F Guzman, H Sajjad, S Vogel (2014) The AMARA Corpus: Building parallel language resources for the educational domain. In Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-2014). May 26-31, 2014. Reykjavik, Iceland. Pp. 1856-1862.
  • K Darwish, A Abdelali, H Mubarak (2014) Using Stem-Templates to Improve Arabic POS and Gender/Number Tagging. In Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-2014). May 26-31, 2014. Reykjavik, Iceland. Pp. 2926-2931.
  • Zaidi, S., Abdelali, A., Laskri, M. T. (2012) Extracting and Formalizing Terms and Relations to Build Ontology. International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies. 6(3). pp. 241-253. ISSN: 1744-2621.
  • Chew, A. P., Bader W.B. Helmreich, S., Abdelali, A., and Verzi, J. S. (2011) An information-theoretic, vector-space-model approach to cross-language information retrieval. Natural Language Engineering, 17(1), Pp. 37–70.
  • Zacharski, R, Abdelali, A., Helmreich, S., and Cowie, J. (2009) Linguistic Dumpster Diving: Geographical Classification of Arabic Text. Proceedings of the Chicago Colloquia on Digital Humanities and Computer Science. University of Chicago. IL. November 14-16, 2009.
  • Chew, A. P., Bader W.B., Abdelali, A. (2008) Latent morpho-semantic analysis: multilingual information retrieval with character n-grams and mutual information. The 22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics CoLing 2008. Manchester, UK Aug 18-22, 2008.
  • Chew, P. A., Abdelali, A. (2007) Benefits of the ‘Massively Parallel Rosetta Stone’: Cross-Language Information Retrieval with over 30 Languages. Proceedings of the 45th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, ACL 2007. Prague, Czech Republic. June 23–30, 2007. Pp. 872-879.
  • Abdelali, A. (2004) Localization in Modern Standard Arabic. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), 55(1), 2004. Pp. 23-28.

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