Murhaf Fares

Email: [first name + first letter of last name]@ifi.uio.no

I am a PhD fellow at the Language Technology Group (Department of Informatics, University of Oslo). My PhD project focuses on ML-based holistic and integrated approaches to noun-noun compound analysis in NLP. “Holistic” refers to jointly studying the three tasks related to noun-noun compounds, i.e.: identification, syntactic disambiguation and semantic interpretation. “Integrated” refers to studying noun-noun compounds in a wider context that involves existing linguistic annotation frameworks and datasets.

Publications
Murhaf Fares, Andrey Kutuzov, Stephan Oepen and Erik Velldal. Word vectors, reuse, and replicability: Towards a community repository of large-text resources. Proceedings of the 21st Nordic Conference on Computational Linguistics [PDF]

Murhaf Fares. A Dataset for Joint Noun–Noun Compound Bracketing and Interpretation. Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics – Student Research Workshop. [PDF]

Murhaf Fares, Stephan Oepen and Erik Velldal. Identifying Compounds: On The Role of Syntax. Proceedings of the Fourteenth Workshop on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories (TLT14). [PDF]

Murhaf Fares, Stephan Oepen and Yi Zhang. Machine Learning for High-Quality Tokenization Replicating Variable Tokenization Schemes. In International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics (pp. 231-244). Springer Berlin Heidelberg. [Link]

Murhaf Fares. ERG Tokenization and Lexical Categorization: A sequence labeling approach. Master's Thesis - University of Oslo. [PDF]
Education

PhD CandidateUniversity of Oslo, December 2014 - December 2018

Language Technology Group

MSc Language and CommunicationUniversity of Oslo, 2011 - 2013

An interdisciplinary, research-oriented two-year Master of Science degree at the interface of Computer Science and Linguistics.

Bachelor of EngineeringDamascus University, 2006 - 2011

Five-year Bachelor of Engineering degree in informatics covering wide variety of topics in classical computer science and artificial intelligence.
Experience

Search Consultant Comperio AS, Oslo - August 2013 - December 2014

Implemented customized search solutions using open-source search engines

Research Assistant University of Oslo - June 2013 - August 2013

Wrote a free and open-source Python package for English tokenization using CRFs

Teaching Assistant University of Oslo - August 2012 - March 2013

Ran the laboratory sessions and graded assignments of INF4820 Algorithms for Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing and INF4800 Search Technology

Research Assistant DFKI Saarbrücken - June 2012 - August 2012

Summer intern at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Language Technology Lab
Teaching
Autumn 2016: INF4820 Algorithms for Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing
Autumn 2017: INF4820 Algorithms for Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing