Dr. Firoj Alam
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.
Sept-2016 to Present
Nov-2011 to Dec-2016
SIS Lab, University of Trento, Italy
Sept-2006 to Jul-2010
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, BRAC University, Bangladesh
Professional Associations and Awards
PhD in Computer Science, 2016
ICT Doctoral School, University of Trento, Italy