I'm an Architect at Microsoft Research, I'm particularly interested in:
- Natural Language Processing
- Information Extraction
- Machine Translation
- Speech Processing
I joined Microsoft Innovation Laboratory in Cairo (CMIC) in October 2008 as a Dev Lead. Prior to joining Microsoft, I had a pretty long and productive journey at Sakhr Software, the leading company in Arabic technologies including NLP, OCR, Speech and Search. At Sakhr, I gained an extensive experience in Arabic/English NLP, starting with the implementation of the first Arabic Morphological Analyzer, ending with the R&D of a two-way Arabic-English speech-to-speech translation system, and in between covering a broad spectrum of NLP tasks targeting both Arabic and English languages, including the Lexicalizer, Parser, POS tagger, Analysis and Transfer Grammars, and many of their direct applications such as the Diacritizer, Transliterator, Text Mining and Arabic<>English Machine Translation.
I was granted a US Patent in the field of NLP and more precisely in Word Sense Disambiguation. I was born in France, grew up in Zaire, and graduated from the computer engineering department at Ain Shams university, Cairo.
Member of the Scientific Committee for the Workshop "Second Workshop on Advances in Text Input Methods" in COLING, Mumbai 2012
Member of the program committee for the workshop “Arabic & Local Languages" at LREC2008 Marakech.
Member of the program committee for "The 6th International Conference on Informatics and Systems", 2008, EGYPT
Member of the program committee for the workshop “Computational Approaches to Semitic Languages, ACL 2007” .
Member of the program committee for MT SUMMIT 2007
Participated in NIST 2005,2006 and 2008 for MT Evaluation, Washington DC
Member of the program committee for MT SUMMIT 2005
Participated in AMTA 2004, Georgetown University, Washington DC
Member of the Program Committee for the Workshop : Arabic Language Processing Text & Speech, JEP-TALN 2004
Member of the scientific committee at NEMLAR workshop2004, Cairo
Member of the Program Committee for the Workshop : MT for Semitic Languages, MT Summit 2003
Member of the Scientific Committee for the Workshop : Arabic Language Resources (LR) and Evaluation , LREC 2002 Status and Prospects
Member of ACL
- Ahmed Said, Mohamed El-Sharqwi, Achraf Chalabi, and Eslam Kamal, A Hybrid Approach for Arabic Diacritization, in Natural Language Processing and Information Systems, Springer, January 2013.
- Achraf Chalabi and Hany Gerges, Romanized Arabic Transliteration, in CoLing 2012, WTIM02, 2012.
- Achraf Chalabi, Sakhr Arabic Monolingual Lexicon, NEMLAR, 2004.
- Achraf Chalabi, Elliptic personal pronoun and Machine Translation in Arabic, JEP-TALN, 2004.
- Achraf Chalabi, Challenges in Arabic Natural Language Processing, Multilingual Technology & Computing, issue 51, in Multilingual Technology & Computing, 2002.
- Achraf Chalabi, Sakhr Web-based Arabic-English MT engine, ARABIC Language Processing: Status and Prospects , ACL , Toulouse, 2001.
- Achraf Chalabi, MT-Based Transparent Arabization of the Internet TARJIM.COM, AMTA, 2000.
- Achraf Chalabi, Software Development in Egypt: New Technology & Career Trends, AIP, in Arab Information Project at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, March 1998.
- Achraf Chalabi, Sakhr Arabic-English Computer-Aided Translation System, AMTA, 1998.