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Walid Magdy


Arabic Language Technologies

Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI)

Qatar Foundation

I've moved to the University of Edinburgh as a Lecturer at the School of Informatics


Current Research in QCRI

My main research expertise is in information retrieval, computational social analysis, and data mining. At QCRI, I focuses on social search and analysis, with special focus on Arabic social media. I work on improving the retrieval effectiveness of searching microblogs, such as Twitter, and creating products that utilize the large amount of information and knowledge in social data.

Short Bio

I received my PhD degree from the School of Computing in Dublin City University (DCU) in Ireland under the supervision of Prof. Gareth Jones in Jan 2012. My PhD topic was improving information effectiveness for recall-oriented IR applications such as patent search. Before that, I received my bachelor 2005 with honours from Electronics and Communication department, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University. I joined IBM Egypt R&D group just after my graduation. In June 2007 I moved to Microsoft Innovation Centre in Egypt (CMIC) and I worked there till the end of 2008 when I moved to DCU for my PhD degree. I received my masters degree in November 2008 from Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University in the specialization of Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval.

Research Interests

  • Information Retrieval

  • Social Computing

  • Data Mining

  • Natural Language Processing


Research Activities

  • Reviewer in journals: ACM TOIS, ACM TOIT, ACM TKDE, Springer IR Journal, Elsevier IP&M, Elsevier Information Systems, Elsevier Expert Systems, JMCL, Elsevier World Patent Information, and AI Communications.

  • Reviewer in conferences: CIKM 2011, 2015, 2016; IJCNLP 2011; IRFC 2012, 2013, 2014; SIGIR 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; CLEF 2013, 2014; KDIR 2015; ECIR 2015, 2016; ICWSM 2015, 2016; CSCW 2016; EMNLP 2016; HCOMP 2016;

  • Co-organizer of the CLEF-IP track 2012 and SemEval 2015, 2016

  • Co-organizer the 2nd Workshop on Arabic Corpora and Processing Tools occuring at LREC 2016



List of my full publications: publications


List of my patents filed by IBM, Microsoft, DCU, and QCRI: patents

Media Attentions

List of news artciles published on some of my work: here


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