Lab Director


Nizar Habash

Professor Nizar Habash is a computer scientist specializing in natural language processing and computational linguistics. Before joining NYUAD, he was a research scientist at Columbia University's Center for Computational Learning Systems, where he co-founded the Columbia Arabic and its Dialects Modeling (CADIM) group. Professor Habash received a B.S. in Computer Engineering and B.A. in Linguistics and Languages from Old Dominion University; and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Maryland College Park. His research includes work on machine translation, morphological analysis, and computational modeling of Arabic and its dialects. Professor Habash has been a principal investigator or co-investigator on over 15 grants. And he has over 100 publications including a book entitled Introduction to Arabic Natural Language Processing.




Jerome White

Jerome is a lecturer of computer science at NYAUD. His research interest lies in spoken document retrieval for low-resource languages. Prior to joining NYU, Jerome was a researcher at IBM, where he developed and deployed voice-based mobile applications to underserved populations in India. He holds a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology.


Salam Khalifa

Salam is a Research Assistant at the CAMeL lab. Her current research area in the lab is in the Gulf Arabic Dialect, which includes corpus creation.

She completed both her M.S. and B.S. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Sharjah, UAE. Her research topic during the M.Sc. was Computer Vision and Computer Graphics.

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Dima Taji

Dima is a Research Assistant in Computational Linguistics. She has a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from Birzeit University, Palestine. She began working in the field of Natural Language Processing in 2014 with Thomson Reuters, and joined NYUAD's CAMeL lab in November 2015. Dima's current research focuses on Arabic morphology.



Sara Hassan

Sara is a Research Assistant at the CAMeL Lab. Prior to joining the lab Sara worked as an interpreter at the office of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University.

Sara received a B.A. in Translation Studies from the United Arab Emirates University. Sara is a 2014/2015 Scholar of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Scholars' Program, a New York University Program. Sara is a member at the UAE University Translation Alumni Association.