Dr. Ahmed Ali is a Principal Engineer at the Arabic Language Technologies group (ALT) at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI). He is the founder of Arabic Speech at ALT . His work interests are in the area of speech recognition and natural language processing. Dr. Ali completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh and BSc at Cairo University. He joined QCRI in 2011. Prior to joining QCRI, Dr. Ali worked for Nuance in Cambridge, UK from 2009-2011, SpinVox (Marlow, startup) 2006-2009, and spent six years at different IBM labs prior to that, including two years at Watson, USA.
His current research on speech recognition has led to the development of state-of-the-art multi-dialect Arabic speech recognition: QCRI Advanced Transcription System (QATS). Al-Jazeera, DW and BCC have all used QATS to transcribe their online content. Dr. Ali’s team won first place in the worldwide MGB-2 speech recognition competition. He also received the prestigious Qatar Foundation Best Innovation Award in 2018.
QCRIFebruary 2016 to Present
QCRIAugust 2011 to February 2016
Nuance, Cambridge, UKDecember 2009 to August 2011
Spinvox, Marlow, Cambridge UKMarch 2006 to December 2009
IBM-Watson Research Center, USA2003 - 2005
IBM, Cairo, Egypt2000 - 2006
University of Edinburgh, Scotland/UK2014 - 2017
Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University; Cairo/Egypt1994 - 2000
e-WER; ACL 20182018
Automatic Dialect Detection in Arabic Broadcast Speech; InterSpeech 20162016