Wajdi Zaghouani | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Wajdi Zaghouani

Dr. Wajdi Zaghouani

Associate Professor
Middle Eastern Studies Department (MESD)
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Master of Arts in Digital Humanities and Societies

  • Phone+974 4454 5601
  • Office locationC.01.040, First Floor, Minaretein Building


Dr. Zaghouani is an Associate Professor in Digital Humanities within the Middle Eastern Studies department of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU).

He received a Ph.D. in Natural Language Processing from the University of Paris Nanterre, and an M.A in Linguistics from the University of Montreal. His research interests span several areas of computational linguistics: Arabic Data Analytics, Linguistic Annotation, Language Resources and Evaluation, Fake News Detection, Sentiment Analysis, Lexical-Semantics and Computational Morphology. Over the years, he participated in multiple large scale human language technology projects such as the Penn Arabic TreeBank and PropBank, the Multi-Arabic Dialect Applications and Resources project (MADAR), The Qatar Arabic Language Bank in several universities and research institutions such as the University of Colorado Boulder, the Joint Research Center of the European Commission, the University of Montreal, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Zaghouani worked as a consultant in various international companies specialized in Big Data and Information Management such as Nuance, OpenText, Nstein Technologies, Temis France and Lionridge. He co-organized several international conferences and workshops such as Arabic Natural Language Processing workshops, the Social Media Analysis in the Arab World SocInfo 2019 workshop, The QICC Fake News Detection Contest, the CheckThat! Fact Checking CLEF Lab, The Arabic Author Profiling and Deception Detection FIRE 2019 Task, and the Association of Computational Linguistics (ACL) Conference. He published over 50+ peer-reviewed journal and conference publications cited 912 times with an h-index of 17.


Research Interests

  • Digital Humanities
  • Social Media Data Processing
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Language Resources Annotation and Evaluation
  • Computational Social Science
  • Arabic Natural Language Processing
  • Computational Linguistics
  • Rhetorical Analysis
  • Author Profiling
  • Open Sources Tools and Resources
  • Educational Technologies


Postdoctoral Research Associate

Information Systems Program, Carnegie Mellon University (Qatar)

  • Senior Research Associate

    Computer Science Program, Carnegie Mellon University (Qatar)

  • Visiting Scholar at the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC)

    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

  • Consultant (Computational Linguist)

    University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA

  • Researcher in Arabic Natural Language Processing

    The Language technology group of the Joint Research Center (JRC), Ispra, Italy

  • Computational Linguist

    OpenText Inc., Montreal, Canada

    2002- 2004


PhD in Computational Linguistics

University of Paris Nanterre La Defense, (Paris, France)

  • MA in Computational Linguistics

    University of Montreal, (Montreal, Canada)

  • BA in Computational Linguistics

    (Minor in Computer Science, Major in Linguistics), University of Quebec in Montreal, (Montreal, Canada)

  • BA in French Literature

    Language and Civilization, Université de Kairouan, (Kairouan, Tunisia)


Selected Publications