Dr. Firoj Alam


Postdoctoral researcher
Social Computing

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Research Focus at QCRI

Dr. Firoj Alam is a Postdoctoral Researcher at QCRI, where he is contributing to the AIDR (Artificial Intelligence for Digital Response, http://aidr.qcri.org) project, specifically investigating semi-supervised deep learning algorithms to categorize social media messages related to emergencies, disasters and humanitarian crises. His research interests include Applied Deep/Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Affective Behavior and Speech Processing.

Dr. Alam received his PhD in Computer Science from the ICT Doctoral School of the University of Trento, Italy, and M.Sc in Human Language Technology from the same university. He received his B.Sc. in computer science and engineering from BRAC University, Bangladesh. As a part of his PhD, he has worked on Behavioral Signal Processing (Empathy, Emotion, Personality traits) from Speech and Text. He has been part of an EU conversation summarization project, SENSEI. (http://www.sensei- conversation.eu). During his master’s internship at FBK, Italy, in 2011, he worked on information extraction, particularly, Named Entity Recognition as a part of a live memories project (http://www.livememories.org/). As a researcher at BRAC University, he worked on Speech Synthesis from 2007 to 2010, a first contribution for Bangladeshi Bangla. It was a part of a Pan Localization project (http://www.panl10n.net). More than 20 of his research papers have been published in international conferences and journals.

Previous Experience


Professional Experience

Sept-2016 to Present
Postdoctoral Researcher
QCRI, Qatar

Nov-2011 to Dec-2016
PhD Researcher
SIS Lab, University of Trento, Italy

Sept-2006 to Jul-2010
Research Programmer
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, BRAC University, Bangladesh



Professional Associations and Awards


Education

PhD in Computer Science, 2016
ICT Doctoral School, University of Trento, Italy

Selected Research

https://sites.google.com/site/firojalam/publications-1/publications

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MIT/QCRI system uses machine learning to build road maps

22/04/2018

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Upcoming Events

2018

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QCRI Summer Internship Program

Download ICS File 06/05/2018  - 05/07/2018 , Hamad Bin Khalifa Research Complex

Each year, Qatar Computing Research Institute organizes a summer internship program for undergraduate students studying computer science, computer engineering and other disciplines. The internship is unpaid, and QCRI does not provide any visa support.

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Past Events

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Public Talk by Prof. Regina Barzilay "Artificial Intelligence for Oncology: Learning to Cure Cancer from Images and Text"

Download ICS File 27/03/2018 ,

Artificial Intelligence for Oncology: Learning to Cure Cancer from Images and Text A talk by Professor Regina Barzilay, MIT CSAIL Winner of 2017 MacArthur ‘genius grant’ At Education City Student ...

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QCRI & MIT-CSAIL Annual Project Review 2018

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Executive Overview Sessions Open to public Date:    Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Time:    9:00AM – 3:00PM Venue:  HBKU Research Complex Multipurpose Room To view full agenda, please click here . To RSVP, ...

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QCRI to launch Center for Artificial Intelligence (Q-CAI)

14/05/2018

Initiative plans to ramp up development of artificial intelligence technologies to position Qatar as a global leader in AI.

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QCRI hosts humanitarian data skills workshop

09/05/2018

Joint event with UNOCHA's Centre for Humanitarian Data, the Qatar Red Crescent Society and Education Above All Foundation held to devise common practices for data use in humanitarian action.

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QCRI welcomes 2018 summer interns

06/05/2018

Projects will include developing a TEDTalk visualization, deep maps, learning from time series sensor data, real-time detection of phishing domains and developing a voice ID speaker recognition system.

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