Portrait of Hany Hassan

Hany Hassan

Senior NLP Scientist


I am a Senior Scientist at Microsoft Research Redmond. My work interests are in the areas of Statistical Machine Translation, Speech Translation and Semi-Supervised Machine Learning.

I completed my Ph.D. at Dublin City University and my M.SC. and B.SC. at Cairo University. I joined Microsoft in 2010, before that I had been working in IBM since 1996.

Currently, I am working on turning Machine Translation into reality: Microsoft Translator and Skype Translator.






  • Lexical Syntax for Statistical Machine Translation, PhD thesis. pdf

Book Chapters


  • Method and System for Extracting and Visualizing Graph-Structured Relations from Unstructured Text, US 7730085, issued.
  • Method and System for Detecting and Predicting Anomalous Events, Pending.
  • Method and System for Access of Multilingual Textual Resources using Conceptual Representation Matching , US20090116741 (pending)
  • Method and System for Detecting Anomalous Behavior in Business Process Performance, pending
  • Method and System for Automatically Generating Multilingual Electronic Content from Unstructured Data, pending.
  • Method and System for Selecting a Data Element in a Network, Pending.
  • Method and System for Resolving Out-of-Vocabulary Words during Machine Translation, Filed by Microsoft, 2011

Honors and Awards

  • LRC Best Thesis Award, 2009
  • IBM Software Group Top Talent for Leadership 2008
  • IBM First Plateau Invention Achievement Award 2007, in appreciation and recognition of creative contribution to IBM progress.
  • IBM Watson Research Center Bravo Award 2006, for significant contribution in Information Extraction Research.
  • IBM Invention Achievement Award 2005, for First Patent Application.
  • Science Foundation of Ireland (SFI) 2005, PhD scholarship at Dublin City University.
  • IBM Technical Achievement Award 2001, For outstanding contribution in EMMS development.
  • Technical Services
  • Guest Editor of Machine Translation Journal, special issue on Arabic Translation.
  • Program Committee Member of ACL, EMNLP, HLT/NAACL for several years.
    Reviewer for Machine Translation Journal, ACM Transactions
  • Served as an Executive Member of EAMT (European Association of Machine Translation)