Ensuring that the Arabic language flourishes in the digital world is a priority area of QCRI’s research. We are dedicated to promoting the Arabic language in the information age. Some of our current research projects address the challenges related to lack of content and equally important, extracting that content, analyzing and transforming it.
Our Arabic Language Technologies research department is a recognized world leader in the areas of speech recognition, machine translation and question answering.
Our focus areas include:
The ALT department in 2014 organized one of the premier conferences in the field of natural language processing, the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP). Members of the group are frequently chairs of major conferences and workshops.
We have collaborated and continue to collaborate with a number of academic institutions and industry partners including MIT, CMU, Al Jazeera, Qatar Living, The Boeing Company, and stakeholders including the Supreme Council of Education, Sidra, and the Social and Cultural Center for the Blind.
ALT strives to keep a balance between world-class research and creating impactful technologies. On one hand this means having published more than 200 papers, on the other it has resulted in transferring technology through licensing or the creation of a startup company. Besides the aforementioned Jalees Reader and BrailleEasy, the following technologies have been commercialized: TweetMogaz (Tweet analysis platform), Farasa (the Arabic NLP toolkit) and QATS (QCRI advanced speech recognition).