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Palestinian professor in list of 30 Leading Arab Experts in AI

Jerusalem24 – MIT Technology Review Arabia has listed a Palestinian computer science professor in its first edition of “30 Leading Arab Experts in AI” list for 2022.

MIT Technology Review Arabia included Mustafa Jarrar, a computer science professor teaching at Birzeit University, in its recently-released “30 Leading Arab Experts in AI” list for 2022.

Jarrar, who serves as the director of Birzeit University’s Ph.D. Program Computer Science, joins 29 Arabs renowned for being leading experts in the field of AI through their public, private, or academic sector positions in various regional and global organizations and institutions. The winners are credited for playing a key role in increasing the adoption of AI technologies, creating AI start-ups, or driving research in the field. Their contributions cover various disciplines including natural language processing, robotics, artificial vision, machine learning, internet of things, big data, chatbots, and more.

Jarrar was a Fulbright visiting professor at the University at Buffalo in the USA (2016-2017), a Marie Curie fellow at the University of Cyprus (2007-2009), and a senior research scientist at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (1999-2007), where he completed his Masters (2000) and Ph.D. (early 2005). He has won several prestigious awards including, among others, the Shoman Arab Researchers Award in Technology, Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for the Arabic Language, and Google Faculty Research Award.

He has published over 75 articles and refereed reports in the areas of Ontology Engineering, Lexical Semantics, Natural Language Processing, Semantic Web, and Databases. He chaired 23 international workshops, was a PC member of over 100 journals/conferences, a coordinator/manager of 25 large EU projects, a full member of the IFIP2.6 on Database Semantics, the IFIP2.12 on Web Semantics, and the UN ESCWA Technology Centre Board of Governors, among others.

He is also the founder of both Sina Institute for Knowledge Engineering and Language Technologies, and the Palestinian e-Government Academy. He also served voluntarily as an advisor at the Palestinian ministry of Telecom & IT for e-government topics, where he developed and chaired the Palestinian e-Government Interoperability Framework (called Zinnar).

Nadeen Alshaer

Alshaer is a Palestinian journalist, a Birzeit University graduate with a B.A. in TV and Radio Broadcasting Journalism. Alshaer has 6 years of experience in journalism. She currently works as a reporter, editor and presenter/producer for PBC-Palestine TV and Jerusalem24 radio. She’s a UN and Kelley School of Business alumna.

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