Mona Diab

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I am Full Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science, George Washington University (GW). My general research area is Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Applied Machine Learning (AML), a subfield of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

I am also the founder and Director of the GW NLP lab CARE4Lang.

Before joining GW in Jan 2013, from Feb 2005 to December 2012, I was Research Scientist (Principal Investigator) at the Center for Computational Learning Systems (CCLS), Columbia University in the city of New York, which is currently incorporated in the Data Science Institute. I am also co-founder of the CADIM group, one of the leading reference points on computational processing of Arabic and its variants.

My research interests span several areas in computational linguistics/natural language processing: conversational AI, computational lexical semantics, multilingual and cross lingual processing, social media processing with an emphasis on computational socio-pragmatics, information extraction & text analytics, machine translation. I have also been looking recently at health analytics especially mental health. I have a special interest in low resource scenarios. I used Arabic and its variants as a microcosm representation of such scenarios. For Arabic, I helped organize several workshops on Arabic language processing.

I served as the elected President for the ACL SIG for the Lexicon (SIGLEX) (October 2013-September 2016). Prior to that, I served as elected Secretary and board member for SIGLEX for 6 years. I was also elected President for the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) Special Interest Group (SIG) for Semitic Language Processing (SIG-Semitic) till December 2016.

I am a founding member of the *SEM conference inaugurated in 2012. I have served as editor, board member, general chair, PC chair, Senior Area Chair, Area Chair and PC committee member for top NLP/CL conferences (ACL, *SEM, NAACL, COLING, IJCAI, ECAI, EMNLP, etc.) and Journals such as TACL, JNLE, CSL, LRE, Journal of Computational Linguistics, etc.

I have co-established two major research trends in the community: Computational Approaches to Linguistic Code Switching since 2007 and Semantic Textual Similarity since 2010. For both areas, I have collaborated with other researchers to establish several associated workshops and community wide evaluation taskbeds.