Nizar Y. Habash

Center for Computational Learning Systems

Research Scientist

Nizar Habash is a research scientist at the Center for Computational Learning Systems in Columbia University, where he has worked since 2004. He received a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a B.A. in Linguistics and Languages from Old Dominion University in 1997. He received his Ph.D. in 2003 from the Computer Science Department, University of Maryland College Park. In 2005, he co-founded the Columbia Arabic Dialect Modeling (CADIM) group with Mona Diab and Owen Rambow.Habash’s research includes work on machine translation, natural language generation, lexical semantics, morphological analysis, generation and disambiguation, syntactic parsing and annotation, and computational modeling of Arabic and its dialects. Habash currently serves as a member of the editorial boards for the journals Computational Linguistics and Machine Translation. He is also the secretary of the board of AMTA (Association for Machine Transla- tion in the Americas) and of IAMT (International Association for Machine Translation). Habash has over 100 publications in international conferences, journals and book chapters. He also authored a book title Introduction to Arabic Natural Language Processing in 2010. He has given numerous lectures and tutorials for academic and industrial audiences. And he has been a PI or Co-PI on a large number of projects supported by DARPA, IARPA, Qatar National Research Fund, Google and NSF.

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