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Hany Hassan Awadalla

Principal Research Scientist

About

I am a Principal Research Scientist at Microsoft Research Redmond. My work interests are in the areas of Machine Learning and Deep Learning applied to Machine Translation, Natural Language processing, Speech Translation and Semi-Supervised Machine Learning.

My work focuses on applied research leading to innovative and practical solutions for challenging real-life problems.

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.

My Publications

Projects

TrueText

Established: January 1, 2014

A Microsoft Research innovation, TrueText takes the literal text and transforms it to more closely reflect user intent. It achieves this by removing speech disfluencies, such as “um”s and “ah”s, as well as stutters and repetitions. The text is also made more readable and translatable by adding sentence breaks, proper punctuation and capitalization. It is crucial for enabling real-time Speech Transcription, Langauge Undersanding and Speech translation. It is being used by Skype Translator and various…

Publications

2015

2014

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2011

Projects

Other

Thesis

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

Book Chapters

Patents

  • 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)