Dr. Preslav Nakov

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Senior Scientist
Arabic Language Technologies
+(974) 4454 1733

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I was excited by the challenge QCRI offered: help build a new world-class institute. I am glad to see it growing as a stimulating international research environment.

Research Focus at QCRI

Preslav’s research interests include computational linguistics, machine translation, lexical semantics, Web as a corpus, and biomedical text processing.

At QCRI, he works on Arabic language processing, with an emphasis on machine translation to/from Arabic, both written and spoken.

Previous Experience

Before joining QCRI, Preslav was a Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore for three years, where he worked on text and spoken language machine translation for Asian languages, including Chinese, Malay and Indonesian. Prior to that, Preslav spent nine months at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Sofia University, where he was an honorary lecturer. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 2007 (supported by a Fulbright grant and a UC Berkeley fellowship).

Professional Experience

  • National University of Singapore, Research Fellow, 2008-2011
  • Sofia University, Honorary Lecturer, 2008
  • Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, post-doc, 2008
  • University of California at Berkeley, Research Assistant, 2003-2007
  • University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute, summer intern, 2005
  • Rila Solutions, Programmer Analyst, 2000-2002
  • Comsoft Ltd, RDBMS developer, 1996-2000

Professional Associations and Awards

  • Elected to the SIGLEX board (2013)
  • Association for Computational Linguistics, 2003-present

Education

  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, USA, 2007
  • M.Sc. and B.Sc., Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria, 2001

Selected Research

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2015 Machine Learning and Data Analytics Symposium

Download ICS File 09/03/2015  - 10/03/2015 , Doha, Qatar

Organized by QCRI and Boeing, the 2nd Machine Learning and Data Analytics Symposium will take place in Doha on March 9 - 10, 2015.

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Download ICS File 12/03/2015 , Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Lecture Hall 1202

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QCRI-MIT Annual Meeting 2015

Download ICS File 22/03/2015  - 23/03/2015 , Qatar National Convention Center, Doha, Qatar

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