This is my personal website where I share the latest news about myself and my professional life. I also discuss my ideas and whatever I think is worth to write about here in my blog.
As of June 2019, I am a first-year Ph.D. student at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at the National University of Ireland, Galway where I am advised by Dr. John McCrae in the Unit for Linguistic Data. My research is broadly on cross-lingual data linking and natural language processing (NLP). My Ph.D. project is supported by the Insight Centre and ELEXIS - a European Lexicographic Infrastructure.
I hold an M.Sc. in Machine Learning from Paris Descartes University (2016-17) and an M.Sc. in Natural Language Processing from Sorbonne Nouvelle University (2014-16). During my masters, I worked in different research groups, namely at LIP6, LIMSI, and LIPN, on quite various fields of co-reference resolution, language generation and neural machine translation (here is one of my master’s theses). Back in 2013, as a member of the Kurdish Language Processing Project (KLPP) I developed some of the fundamental language processing tools for Kurdish. I obtained my B.Sc. in Software Engineering in 2014 at University of Kurdistan, Faculty of Engineering.
As a multidisciplinary explorer, my research experiences and academic background lie at the junction of Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing. I am also interested in applied mathematics, less-resourced languages processing and particularly, Kurdish language processing. I still work on Kurdish-related NLP projects part-time in collaboration with Kurdish-BLARK where I am a project leader.
My first experiences in NLP date back to 2010, when I started my Bachelor’s. Interested in linguistics, I was curious in creating language processing tools by extracting rules. In addition to the basic courses in programming and data strucuture, formal languages and theory of automata showed me the way towards NLP in a “formal” way. This is a video of my spell-checker and translator (Kurdish ↔ English/Persian/Arabic)) for Kurdish language, implemented based on the Soundex algorithm.
On my personal side, I have a voracious appetite for knowledge about languages. In 2011, I wrote a formalizion of the Sorani Kurdish grammar and published it in the form of an e-book (in Persian). The book got mostly positive feedbacks and, was and is still being downloaded. Currently, I spend part of my spare time on learning languages, Modern Greek and German. I am also interested in history and admire Hellenism, with all its glorious aspects. Although I like all types of art, my only artistic competence is in violin. I have had two public performances so far, Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor in my home town, and Telemann’s concerto for 4 violins No. 2 in D major in Hôpital de la Collégiale.
In addition to this web site, you can find information about me at various social networks outlets which are linked to in the left section.