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Our proposed workshop on Open-Source Arabic Corpora and Processing Tools (OSACT) was accepted at LREC 2018. The workshop is co-organized with Dr. Hend Al-Khalifa (King Saud University, KSA), Dr. Walid Magdy (University of Edinburgh, UK), and Dr. Kareem Darwish (Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar).

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October 17th, 2017

Arabic Processing Workshop accepted at LREC 2018!

Our proposed workshop on Open-Source Arabic Corpora and Processing Tools (OSACT) was accepted at LREC 2018. The workshop is co-organized […]

October 12th, 2017

BroDyn workshop accepted at ECIR’18!

Our proposed workshop on Analysis of Broad Dynamic Topics over Social Media (BroDyn) was accepted at ECIR 2018. The workshop […]

September 14th, 2017

Another journal article accepted at IP&M

Our journal article titled “Intelligent topic selection for low-cost information retrieval evaluation: A New perspective on deep vs. shallow judging” […]

September 12th, 2017

Fact-Checking Lab accepted at CLEF 2018!

Our lab proposal titled “Automatic Identification and Verification of Claims in Political Debates” has been accepted at CLEF 2018. The […]

August 15th, 2017

Journal article accepted at IP&M!

Our journal article titled “Query Performance Prediction for Microblog Search” has been finally accepted for publication at Information Processing and Management (IP&M) […]

June 20th, 2017

Elected as coordinator of Data Science group at CSE dept!

I have been elected as the coordinator of the Data Science research group at the Computer Science and Engineering Dept […]

June 6th, 2017

Maram Hasanain: SIGIR Student Liaison!

My Ph.D student Maram Hasanain has been selected as SIGIR Student Liaison (for the Middle East region) among only 6 students worldwide. […]

May 18th, 2017

Gave a “How to Give a (Research) Talk” talk at QU!

I have given a “How to Give a (Research) Talk” talk at the CSE dept seminar series today at QU. […]

February 13th, 2017

Teaching Data Science course this fall!

I’m proud to be the first to teach a “Data Science” course in Qatar this Fall at Qatar University! Starting […]

February 3rd, 2017

My students win best 3 posters at Women in Data Science (WiDS) in Qatar event !!

Reem Suwaileh (my MSc student) and Maram Hasanain (my PhD student) won the first and the first-repeated places in the poster […]

January 9th, 2017

In the news: Our historic TREC success!

Our historic 1st rank at TREC 2016 was featured heavily in the local news today! Articles were written in Gulf […]

January 8th, 2017

“QU at TREC .. A Success Story”: an article at CSE newsletter!

I have contributed an article that is featured in the first issue of CSE newsletter about our team’s success story […]

December 31st, 2016

Maram Hasanain: SIGIR Ambassador at ACM Turing Award 50-Years Celebration

My perspective PhD student Maram Hasanain has been selected among 10 students from all over the world to represent ACM […]

December 2nd, 2016

Demo accepted at ECIR 2017!

A demo paper has been accepted at ECIR 2017, titled “QweetFinder: Real-time Finding and Filtering of Question Tweets” with Ameer Albahem […]

November 30th, 2016

In the news: our HComp best paper!

Our HComp 2016 best paper award has been featured in a news release: https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/news/professor-lease-wins-hcomp-2016-best-paper-award  

November 22nd, 2016

Joined IP&M Editorial Board!

I have been invited to join the editorial board of Elsevier Information Processing & Management Journal (IF = 1.397), one […]

November 18th, 2016

Gave real-time summarization talk at TREC!

I have given the QU talk of real-time summarization track at TREC today. You can find the slides here.

November 17th, 2016

Gave LiveQA talk at TREC!

I have given the QU talk of LiveQA track at TREC today. You can find the slides here.

November 16th, 2016

Our team achieved a historic 1st rank at TREC 2016 !!!

Our bigIR (representing QU) team has been ranked first at TREC (Text REtrieval Conference) 2016 international research competition in the […]

November 1st, 2016

Best paper award at HCOMP 2016!

Our paper titled “Why Is That Relevant? Collecting Annotator Rationales for Relevance Judgments” has been awarded “Best Paper Award” at […]

October 30th, 2016

Our team selected to present at TREC RTS 2016!

We have been “selected” by the organizers to present our work at TREC-2016 Real-time Summarization track!

October 6th, 2016

Gave a talk at HBKU!

I have given a talk titled “Research Issues You MUST know!” at “Cybersecurity Policy, Management and IT ethics” graduate course […]

September 18th, 2016

Appointed as manager of Data Science area at KINDI

I was appointed as a manager (along with Dr. Noora Fetais) of the newly-added “Data Science” research focus area at […]

September 7th, 2016

Our team invited to present at TREC LiveQA 2016!

Due to our “high performance” in TREC-2016 LiveQA track, we have been “invited” by the organizers to present our work […]

August 3rd, 2016

Full paper accepted @ HComp 2016 !

Our full paper titled “Why Is That Relevant? Collecting Annotator Rationales for Relevance Judgments” co-authored with Tyler Mcdonnell and Matt Lease (University […]

July 18th, 2016

EveTAR is released!

Our test collection for Arabic event detection in Twitter has just been released. Please check it out here!

May 17th, 2016

Gave a talk at SMNews Workshop, ICWSM’16

I have given a talk at Social Media in the Newsroom (SMNews) workshop held at ICWSM’16 conference in Cologne, Germany, […]

May 14th, 2016

Our papers @ SIGIR 2016

Hind Almerekhi, Maram Hasanain, and Tamer Elsayed. EveTAR: A New Test Collection for Event Detection in Arabic Tweets. Proceedings of […]

April 27th, 2016

2 students got SIGIR travel grants!

Reem Suwaileh (MSc student) and Maram Hasanain (PhD student) have been selected to get SIGIR travel grant to support their […]

April 5th, 2016

Gave a talk at “Big Data Management” workshop at QU!

I gave a talk titled “bigIR: When Big Data meets Information Retrieval” at “Big Data Management” workshop organized at QU.

March 30th, 2016

2 short papers accepted at SIGIR 2016 !!!

Our group got 2 short papers accepted at ACM SIGIR conference (the top conference in our IR field) this year for […]

March 11th, 2016

Full paper accepted at SMNews workshop at ICWSM 2016!

We got a full paper titled “What Questions Do Journalists Ask on Twitter?” accepted at the Social Media in the […]

February 22nd, 2016

Hind defended her thesis!

My MSc student, Hind Almerekhi, has successfully defended her MSc thesis titled “Building a Test Collection for Significant-Event Detection in […]

December 5th, 2015

Short paper accepted at ECIR 2016!

Our short paper “On the Evaluation of Tweet Timeline Generation Task” (with Walid Magdy (QCRI) and Maram Hasanain) has been accepted at ECIR 2016!

December 3rd, 2015

Talk at AIRS 2015

Gave a talk at AIRS 2015 at Brisbane, Australia on our accepted paper “Detecting Automatically-Generated Arabic Tweets”.

December 3rd, 2015

Best paper award at AIRS-2015!

Got “Best Paper Award” at AIRS 2015 for the paper titled “Improving Tweet Timeline Generation by Predicting Optimal Retrieval Depth” co-authored with my […]

November 24th, 2015

Journal article accepted at IP&M!

My journal article jointly authored with Walid Magdy and titled “Unsupervised Adaptive Microblog Filtering for Broad Dynamic Topics” has finally been accepted […]

November 18th, 2015

Ranked 2nd at TREC-2015 real-time filtering track!

QU team is ranked 2nd at TREC’15 microblog track, real-time filtering task (scenario A) among 14 participating international teams!! The team includes […]

September 2nd, 2015

“Big Data” course approved!

My proposed “Big Data Analytics” PhD course has been approved and is offered in Fall 2015. It’s the first ever […]

September 1st, 2015

New postdoc joining the team!

Mucahid Kutlu has joined my research team as a PostDoc.

June 25th, 2015

Latifa defended her thesis!

My MSc student, Latifa Al-Marri, has successfully defended her MSc thesis titled “Utilizing Hashtags for Microblog Adhoc Retrieval“. Her thesis […]