Achraf Chalabi

Achraf Chalabi
PRINCIPAL RESEARCH SDE MANAGER
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Hi,

I'm an architect at Microsoft Research, I'm particularly interested in:

  • Natural Language Processing
  • Machine Translation
  • Speech Processing

 

Projects

Background

I joined Microsoft Innovation Laboratory in Cairo (CMIC) in October 2008 as a Development Team Lead. Prior to joining Microsoft, I had a pretty long but challeging journey at Sakhr software, a company specializing 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, passing by a broad spectrum of NLP components for 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.

Professional Activities

  • 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
Publications