Invited Speaker

Invited Speaker

Prof. Dr. Nizar Habash is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). Professor Habash specializes in natural language processing and computational linguistics. Before joining NYUAD, he was a research scientist at Columbia University’s Center for Computational Learning Systems. His research includes extensive work on machine translation, morphological analysis, and computational modeling of Arabic and its dialects. Professor Habash has been a principal investigator or co-investigator on over 20 grants. And he has over 150 publications including a book entitled “Introduction to Arabic Natural Language Processing”. His website is www.nizarhabash.com.

Title: MADAR: Multi Arabic Dialect Applications and Resources
Date: November 5th, 2017, Auditorium 

Abstract: There has been an increasing number of efforts on modeling Arabic dialects in the last few years. In this talk, I will present the MADAR project, a new effort that is perhaps the largest in scale to date in terms of breadth. MADAR includes the creation of a number of resources covering 25 major Arab cities representing dialects from the Maghreb to the Gulf. Among these resources are parallel corpora and lexicons, not to mention updated standards for working on such a diversity of dialects in the context of natural language processing.