Dr. Ahmed Abdelali

Senior Software Engineer
Arabic Language Technologies
+974 445 41429

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QCRI is an Institute with full dedication to research and precisely Arabic language - a dream come true. I am proud to join such a group of world-class researchers

Research Focus at QCRI

At QCRI, Ahmed works on projects related to natural language processing in the areas of machine translation, information retrieval and extraction with emphasis on applications related to Arabic language.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining QCRI, Ahmed Abdelali worked for the office of Vice President for Research, New Mexico State University (NMSU). Since he joined NMSU in 2000, he worked as computer specialist for CRL, PSL where he contributed to research projects including DRPA funded projects (Expedition, AQUAINT, GALE), Sandia (LDRD), ONR among others. He worked for the Office of Grants and Contracts in 2008 where he led the implementation of a new Research management system. He published and co-authored research papers in NLP areas such as Information Retrieval, Information Extraction and Machine Translation.

Professional Experience

  • 2008-2013 Senior Analyst, Research Support Services, New Mexico State University.
  • 2004-2008 Analyst, Physical Science Laboratory, New Mexico State University.
  • 2000-2004 Computer Specialist, Computing Research Lab., New Mexico State University.
  • 1998-2000 Teaching Assistant, Computer Science Dept. New Mexico Tech.

Professional Associations and Awards


  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Ph.D. in Computer Science, 2006
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Masters in Computer Science, 2000
  • University of Oran, B.S. Computer Science -Ingénieur d'état en Informatique, 1995

Selected Research

  • Darwish, K., Ali, A. A., Abdelali, A. (2014) Query Term Expansion by Automatic Learning of Morphological Equivalence Patterns from Wikipedia. In Proceedings of SIGIR 2014 Workshop on Semantic Matching in Information Retrieval (SMIR), July 11, 2014, Gold Coast, Australia.
  • A Abdelali, F Guzman, H Sajjad, S Vogel (2014) The AMARA Corpus: Building parallel language resources for the educational domain. In Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-2014). May 26-31, 2014. Reykjavik, Iceland. Pp. 1856-1862.
  • K Darwish, A Abdelali, H Mubarak (2014) Using Stem-Templates to Improve Arabic POS and Gender/Number Tagging. In Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-2014). May 26-31, 2014. Reykjavik, Iceland. Pp. 2926-2931.
  • Zaidi, S., Abdelali, A., Laskri, M. T. (2012) Extracting and Formalizing Terms and Relations to Build Ontology. International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies. 6(3). pp. 241-253. ISSN: 1744-2621.
  • Chew, A. P., Bader W.B. Helmreich, S., Abdelali, A., and Verzi, J. S. (2011) An information-theoretic, vector-space-model approach to cross-language information retrieval. Natural Language Engineering, 17(1), Pp. 37–70.
  • Zacharski, R, Abdelali, A., Helmreich, S., and Cowie, J. (2009) Linguistic Dumpster Diving: Geographical Classification of Arabic Text. Proceedings of the Chicago Colloquia on Digital Humanities and Computer Science. University of Chicago. IL. November 14-16, 2009.
  • Chew, A. P., Bader W.B., Abdelali, A. (2008) Latent morpho-semantic analysis: multilingual information retrieval with character n-grams and mutual information. The 22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics CoLing 2008. Manchester, UK Aug 18-22, 2008.
  • Chew, P. A., Abdelali, A. (2007) Benefits of the ‘Massively Parallel Rosetta Stone’: Cross-Language Information Retrieval with over 30 Languages. Proceedings of the 45th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, ACL 2007. Prague, Czech Republic. June 23–30, 2007. Pp. 872-879.
  • Abdelali, A. (2004) Localization in Modern Standard Arabic. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), 55(1), 2004. Pp. 23-28.

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