Dr. Sofiane Abbar

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Senior Software Engineer
Social Computing
+(974) 4454 1736

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I was amazed by the QCRI vision and its ambition to be one of the best research labs in the world. That's why I wanted to be a part of this project.

Research Focus at QCRI

Sofiane's research focuses on developing new algorithms and tools for a better understood of users’ engagement and sentiment in the social web of news. He is also interested on leveraging user generated data, e.g., tweets, comments, shares and visits to identify the most trending topics. This data can be also used to make diversity-aware recommendation for users.

A list of Sofiane's ongoing projects follows:

  • MAQSA: Topic centric dashboard for sentiment analysis (QCRI, MIT, and Aljazeera)
  • DivNews: Sentiment-based and Diversity-aware news recommendation (QCRI, MIT)
  • Ranking item features (QCRI)
  • Mining Frequent Itemsets in uncertain data (QCRI)
  • NegPos-RS: Integrating Negative preferences into recommender systems (QCRI, University of Essenia)

Previous Experience

Before joining QCRI, Sofiane was a PhD candidate at Versailles University. There, he had been involved in two CNRS projects (APMD and AOC), and one industrial project (UUPP) with Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs. His contributions to these projects focused on data personalization, user modeling, context-awareness, and recommendation systems.

Professional Experience

  • University of Paris Dauphine (France), Temporary assistant professor, 2010-2011
  • University of Versailles (France), Lecturer, 2008-2010
  • Alcatel-Lucent Bell-Labs (France), research internship, 2007-2008

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Education

  • PhD, University of Versailles (France), 2010
  • M.Sc, University of Paris Dauphine (France), 2007
  • Engineering Bachelor, Ecole Superieur d’Informatique (Algeria),2006

Selected Research

Book Chapter

  • S. Abbar, M. Bouzeghoub, S. Lopes, Personalization Paradigm in Service Delivery Platforms. In Handbook on “Service Delivery Platforms: Developing and Deploying Converged Multimedia Services”. Edited by Syed A. Ahson and Mohammad Ilyas, CRC Press. ISBN: 978-1-4398008-9-8. 650 pages, February 2011.

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Speechmatics Partners with QCRI for Arabic Speech-to-Text Transcription

22/05/2016

Speechmatics is working with the Qatar Computing Research Institute to transcribe Arabic broadcasts and audio files into text. U.K. firm Speechmatics this week announced plans to use the Qatar ...

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Six Ways Social Media is Changing the World

11/04/2016

Around the world, billions of us use social media every day, and that number just keeps growing. In fact, it’s estimated that by 2018, 2.44 billion people will be using social networks, up from ...

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AI helps answer thousands of health queries in Zambia via SMS

10/04/2016

For many people in Zambia with health queries, sending a text message is the best way to get it answered. U-report, a free SMS-based service set up by UNICEF and run by volunteers, receives many ...

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Upcoming Events

Past Events

2016

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Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference 2016 (ARC'16)

Download ICS File 22/03/2016  - 23/03/2016 ,

The Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference 2016 (ARC’16) will be held on 22nd and 23rd March,2016 at the Qatar National Convention Center. The conference aims to advance Qatar’s ambitious ...

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Coding is Cool 2016

Download ICS File 21/03/2016 , QNCC Room 215-217

Organized by Qatar Computing Research Institute and MIT-Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

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Self-Driving Cars Are Coming - Public Talk by Daniela Rus

Download ICS File 20/03/2016 , QNCC Room 215-217

Abstract: We spend a lot of time in out cars, yet this is a part of our lives where we have been vulnerable to the world's leading cause of bodily harm. Now, the digitization of practically ...

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World Humanitarian Summit invites QCRI to showcase research

18/05/2016

QCRI’s Social Computing team members discuss plans for the summit with Dr Ahmed Elmagarmid (second from left). The Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), one of Hamad bin Khalifa University’s ...

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QCRI in deal with UK’s Speechmatics to take Arabic transcription technology global

16/05/2016

UK-based company Speechmatics is to use technology developed by the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a division of Hamad bin Khalifa University, to take Arabic speech-to-text services to ...

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IT Interrupted

10/05/2016

When it comes to women in information technology, Qatar represents a dichotomy. Many women computer scientists and engineers are involved in cutting-edge research in the field; but this goes ...

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