Yaser Al-onaizan  Yaser Al-onaizan photo       

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Principal RSM, Manager, Statistical Machine Translation
Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY USA


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Professional Associations:  Association for Computational Linguistics


I'm a Research Staff Manager at IBM TJ Watson Research Center. I have been managing the Statistical Machine Translation (SMT) group at IBM since 2006. I joined IBM in 02 as a Research Staff Member. I received my MS. (1995) and Ph.D. (2002) in Computer Science from the University of Southern California. While at USC, I worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Knight. I also received an MBA from Columbia University in 2011.

I'm currently the Machine Translation Principal Investigator for the IBM-led consortium in the DARA-sponsored BOLT project where I'm leading a team of research from IBM and partner Universities: Cambridge University (UK), leMans University (France), Johns-Hopkins University, MIT, RWTH (Germany), Stanford University, and University of Maryland.

My research interests in Statistical Machine Translation include: word alignment, distortion models, language modeling, syntactic models, and decoding algorithms. My broader research interests include: pattern recognition, search, finite state automata, machine learning for text analytics, search, Arabic NLP (parsing, morphology, normalization, dialect normalization).

I'm currently serving as an Executive Board Member and Director for Research of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas (AMTA). I'm also serving in Editorial Board for ACM Transactions on Asian Language Information Processing (TALIP).

I served as a program committee member of many international conferences in NLP, including: MT Co-Chair at NAACL-HLT 2010 and Demo Co-Chair at NAACL-HLT 2012.