Our Speakers

Dr. Mona DIAB

Dr Mona Diab is one of the most well known people, in the community working  Arabic NLP.  She conducts research in Statistical Natural Language Processing.  She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer ScienceGeorge Washington University (GW). She is also the founder and Director of the GW NLP lab CARE4Lang.

Before joining GW, she was Research Scientist (Principal Investigator) at the Center for Computational Learning Systems (CCLS), Columbia University in New York

Her research interests span several areas in computational linguistics/natural language processing: computational lexical semantics, multilingual processing, social media processing, information extraction & text analytics, machine translation, and computational socio-pragmatics.She has a special interest in low resource language processing with a focus on Arabic dialects.  She is currently the elected President for the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) Special Interest Group (SIG) for Semitic Language Processing (SIG-Semitic).

Dr. Albert GATT

Dr Albert Gatt is a Senior Lecturer and Director, Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology, and a member of the RiVaL (Reseaarch in Vision and Language) group at the University of Malta. For a while he was also affiliated as a Research Associate at the Tilburg center for Communication and Cognition (TiCC)Tilburg University, The Netherlands and held a position as Research Fellow in the Natural Language Generation Group of the Department of Computing Science at the University of Aberdeen. 

His research mostly focusses on the generation of language by machines (a.k.a. Natural Language Generation) and the production of language by humans. He has worked with both experimental psycholinguistic and computational methods, including machine learning and neural approaches. Below are some of the topics he explores:

  • Data-to-text generation, that is, the automatic summarisation of non-linguistic information, in forms that are understandable by people
  • The vision-language interface, especially image captioning and grounded inference
  • The production and generation of referring expressions, especially the question of what to include in object descriptions in visual scenes

Another long-standing interest is in digital language resources for under-resourced languages, including Maltese and in morphology. He is  particularly intrigued by languages such as Maltese, which have hybrid systems of word-formation processes, making them very challenging both from a computational and a psycholinguistic perspective.