Dr. Zaghouani is an Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities within the Middle Eastern Studies department of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU).
He received a Ph.D. in Natural Language Processing from the University of Paris Nanterre, and an M.A in Linguistics from the University of Montreal. His research interests span several areas of computational linguistics: Arabic Data Analytics, Linguistic Annotation, Language Resources and Evaluation, Fake News Detection, Sentiment Analysis, Lexical-Semantics and Computational Morphology. Over the years, he participated in multiple large scale human language technology projects such as the Penn Arabic TreeBank and PropBank, the Multi-Arabic Dialect Applications and Resources project (MADAR), The Qatar Arabic Language Bank in several universities and research institutions such as the University of Colorado Boulder, the Joint Research Center of the European Commission, the University of Montreal, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Zaghouani worked as a consultant in various international companies specialized in Big Data and Information Management such as Nuance, OpenText, Nstein Technologies, Temis France and Lionridge. He co-organized several international conferences and workshops such as Arabic Natural Language Processing workshops, the Social Media Analysis in the Arab World SocInfo 2019 workshop, The QICC Fake News Detection Contest, the CheckThat! Fact Checking CLEF Lab, The Arabic Author Profiling and Deception Detection FIRE 2019 Task, and the Association of Computational Linguistics (ACL) Conference.