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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“The Future of Higher Education in the Age of Technological Disruption” by CMU President Dr. Farnam Jahanian

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Dr. Farnam Jahanian, the President of Carnegie Mellon University, will deliver a public lecture, “The Future of Higher Education in the Age of Technological Disruption” at CMU’s Qatar campus on Sunday, March 24.

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QCRI - MIT CSAIL 2019 Annual Project Review

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Executive Overview Sessions Open to publi Date: March 25, 2019 Time: 10:15AM - 5:15PM Venue: Hamad Bin Khalia Reseach Complex Multipurpose Room To view agenda, please click here . To RSVP to this ...

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"Learning to See" Public talk by Professor Antonio Torralba (MIT-CSAIL)

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Visit by Antonio Torralba, who teaches machines to automate tasks that a human visual system can accomplish, is part of annual spring research update between QCRI and MIT-CSAIL.

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QCRI and iMMAP announce Memorandum of Understanding

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UNDP partners with QCRI to use AI for social good

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Renowned computing expert C. Mohan to bust blockchain myths in Qatar talk

22/01/2019

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