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Meriem BELOUCIF مريم بلوصيف

Postdoctoral Researcher

Informatics Department
Hamburg University
beloucif (at) informatik (dot) uni-hamburg (dot) de

I am a postdoctoral researcher at Hamburg University, working on Comparative Question Answering at the LT group under the supervision of Prof. Chris Biemann. Before that, I spent one year at the University of Copenhagen under the supervision of Professor Anders Søgaard. Before joining the CoAStaL group in Copenhagen, I obtained a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) under the supervision of Professor Dekai Wu. I did a Master degree in Software Engineering and a Bachelor degree in Academic Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science, University of Science and Technology Houari Boumedienne, Algiers, Algeria.

My current research focus now is on neural machine translation with a particle focus on using reinforcement learning for NMT. However, I am passionate about NLP in general and thus collaborating on multiple projects like semantic role labelling and fact checking. Please feel free to check my curriculum vitae and my Google Scholar.

Research interests

Question Answering, Neural Machine Translation, Co-reference NMT, Semantic parsing, Statistical Machine Translation, Word Alignment, Semantic Role Labeling, SMT for Low Resource Languages, Fact checking, Quality Estimation, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning.

Education

  • 2013-2018: PhD in Computer Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong, China.
  • 2008-2010: Master in Softwares Engineering, University of Science and Technology Houari Boumedienne (USTHB), Algiers, Algeria.
  • 2005-2008: Bachelor in Academic computer science, University of science and technology Houari Boumedienne (USTHB), Algiers, Algeria.
  • Teaching Experience

  • Spring 2019: Guest lecturer, Machine Translation, Hamburg University.
  • Fall 2018: Guest lecturer, Natural Language Processing, University of Copenhagen.
  • Fall 2018: Guest lecturer, Introduction to Computer Science, University of Copenhagen.
  • Fall 2016: COMP4911 IT Entrepreneurship, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
  • Spring 2016: COMP3211 Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
  • Fall 2015: COMP4221 Introduction to Natural Language Processing, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
  • Spring 2015: COMP4211 Machine Learning, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
  • Fall 2014: COMP1022Q Introduction to Computing with Excel VBA, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
  • Spring 2012: Project Management at the University of Boumerdes, Algeria.
  • Fall 2012: Logic and Lambda Calculus at the University of Blida, Algeria.
  • Internships

  • 2012: Internship at the HLTC lab under the supervision of Prof. Dekai Wu.
  • 2010: Internship at the Advanced Technologies Center (CDTA), Algiers, Algeria.
    • Study and implementation of a face authentification and recognition system based on the fusion of Principal Components Analysis (PCA) and Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA) scores.
  • 2008: Internship at Naftal (Number one Oil Company, Algeria).
    • Design and implementation of an information system for hardware monitoring for NAFTAL Algeria.
  • 2008: Technical training in Computer Networks at Mozy telecom, Algiers, Algeria.
  • 2008: Entrepreneurship for beginners at the National Agency in Support of Youth Employment (ANSEJ), Algiers, Algeria.
  • Grants and Awards

  • 2019: Awarded a 17K Euros Grant for Organzing a Workshop from Hamburg University.
  • 2019: Awarded Amazon AWS Grant Worth 20K Euros.
  • 2018: Awarded the NVIDIA GPU Grant Program.
  • 2018: Passed the thesis defence examination.
  • 2016: Travel Award to attend ACL (Association for Computational Linguistics).
  • 2016: Grace Hopper Scholarship.
  • 2016: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Scholarship.
  • 2015: Google Anita Borg Scholarship.
  • 2015: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Scholarship.
  • 2014: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Scholarship.
  • 2014: Google Grant Travel Award to attend ACL (Association for Computational Linguistics).
  • 2013: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Scholarship.
  • 2011: Ranked first in the Algerian national selection for graduate school entrance.
  • 2010: Ranked fourth over two hundred during the Master studies.
  • 2008: Ranked third over eighty during the Bachelor studies.
  • Publications