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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Using Big Data To Understand Migrations

10/08/2014

FORBES Federico Guerrini, Contributor 8 August 2014 Monitoring migrations is not an easy task. While in today’s economy, survey data about economic confidence or public opinion are collected on a ...

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QCRI Takes Steps to Promote Arabic

07/08/2014

Gulf Times 7 August 2014 Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) is applying technology to speech recognition and machine translation to promote Arabic language, reports Foundation magazine. ...

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Closing the Arabic Language Gap Online

22/07/2014

Dr Stephan Vogel, Research Director, Arabic Language Technologies, Qatar Computing Research Institute, describes how his team is applying technology to speech recognition,
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Upcoming Events

2014

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SpeechTek 2014

Download ICS File 18/08/2014 - 20/08/2014, New York City, NY, USA

QCRI's Arabic Language Technologies team is at SpeechTek to demo some of its latest technology. Booth #612 in the expo hall.

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KDD2014: 20th ACM Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining

Download ICS File 24/08/2014 - 27/08/2014, New York City, USA

KDD 2014, a premier interdisciplinary conference, brings together researchers and practitioners from data science, data mining, knowledge discovery, large-scale data analytics, and big data.

The theme of this year's SIGKDD conference is 'Data Science for Social Good.'

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VLDB2014: 40th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases

Download ICS File 01/09/2014 - 05/09/2014, Hangzhou, China

VLDB is a premier annual international forum for data management and database researchers, vendors, practitioners, application developers, and users.

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To Make Your Mark in Computer Science Visit the QCRI Summer Internship Programme Open House

03/04/2014

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QCRI Organises Talk by the Inventor of the World Wide Web

17/03/2014

Doha, Qatar, 17 March 2014:  Just a quarter of a century since the birth of the World Wide Web, Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) has invited its inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, to deliver a ...

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World’s Top Machine Learning and Data Analytics Experts Come to Qatar

02/03/2014

Joint Boeing and QCRI research symposium to highlight new approaches to valuable data extraction

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