Bashar Alhafni

(/baʃːaːr elhafniː/ بشار الحفني)

pronouns: his/him

Aloha! I am a research assistant at the CAMeL lab at NYU Abu Dhabi where I am working with Professor Nizar Habash on Arabic NLP. I was a computer science graduate student at the University of Southern California (USC) and a graduate student researcher at the USC Information Sciences Institute (ISI). I was part of the Natural Language Group where I worked on machine translation under the supervision of Professor Jonathan May. I was also part of the PLUS lab where I worked on natural language understanding with Professor Nanyun Peng.

Previously, I was a part of the Center on Knowledge Graphs research group and I worked on knowledge representation and semantic modeling under the supervision of Professors Anoop Kumar and Satish Kumar Thittamaranahalli. Prior to USC, I obtained my bachelors degree in computer science with a minor in mathematics from the University of Bridgeport.

My research interests lie in the fields of natural language processing and machine learning. Particularly, I am interested in solving the exciting challenges which face machine translation, cross-lingual information extraction, and natural language understanding when it comes to low-resource and morphologically rich languages.