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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Twitter Data Mining Reveals the Origins of Support for Islamic State

26/03/2015

QCRI research studies the pre-Islamic State tweets of people who end up backing the organization paints a revealing picture of how support emerges.

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QSTP programmes boost Qatar's capacity to create commercial technologies

15/03/2015

Doha - Qatar, 15 March 2015: Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), part of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), recently hosted a special edition of its acclaimed TECHtalk series. ...

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Boeing, QCRI announce speakers for symposium

07/03/2015

Boeing and Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a member of Qatar Foundation, have announced the speaker line-up for the Second Annual Machine Learning and Data Analytics Symposium (MLDAS) that...

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4th International Conference and Exhibition on Metabolomics & Systems Biology

Download ICS File 27/04/2015  - 29/04/2015 ,

Metabolomics is an emerging field which combines strategies to identify and quantify cellular metabolites using sophisticated analytical technologies with the application of statistical and ...

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24th International World Wide Web Conference

Download ICS File 18/05/2015  - 22/05/2015 , Florence, Italy

The annual World Wide Web Conference is the premier international forum to present and discuss progress in research, development, standards, and applications of the topics related to the Web. WWW ...

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The 3rd International Workshop on Social Web for Disaster Management (SWDM'15)

Download ICS File 18/05/2015 , Florence, Italy

Co-located with the WWW'15 conference (May 2015, Florence, Italy). Proceedings published by ACM. QCRI's Dr Carlos Castillo is co-organizer.

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Head of Qatar Computing Research Institute Recognised for Contributions to Advancing Science

26/02/2015

Doha, Qatar, 25 February 2015 — Dr Ahmed Elmagarmid, Executive Director of Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, ...

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Qatar Computing Research Institute and Boeing Bring Top Machine Learning and Data Analytics Experts to Qatar

01/02/2015

Second annual symposium to highlight new approaches to valuable data extraction, provide students with insight into machine learning

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Families Visit Qatar Foundation's Tent at Darb El-Saai National Day Celebrations

11/12/2014

Fun Filled Activities Designed To Raise Awareness Of Local Culture And The Foundation’s Many Initiatives

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