Amir-Ahmad Habibi amirahmad@ualberta.ca

EDUCATION

2018 - Present

University of Alberta

M.Sc. in Computer Science

2013 - 2018

Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic)

B.Sc. in Computer Software Engineering

INTERESTS

I believe Language to be quite a fascinating phenomenon and I am very passionate about studying it. Whether it's Linguistics, the philosophical aspects of language understanding in the human mind or even the history of languages. I'm also interested in learning to speak new languages and look into their differences and similarities. That said, since I'm also interested in computer science and AI, my focus is on the computational analysis of different aspects of natural language using Linguistics and building AI that can understand language in a more explainable way.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2019-2020   |   Master’s Thesis Project

Homonym Detection

We worked on parallel corpora and resources such as BabelNet and WordNet and explored different methods of extracting semantic relations between senses to detect homonymous words.

Dr. Kondrak   |   University of Alberta

2018-2019   |   Research Internship

Chaining and the Growth of Linguistic Categories [GitHub]

We explored how linguistic categories extend over time as novel items are assigned to existing categories. As a case study we considered how Chinese numeral classifiers were extended to emerging nouns over the past half century.

Dr. Xu   |   University of Toronto

2017-2018   |   Research Internship

Causal Relation Extraction

This was my first project in NLP during my undergraduate studies. The goal here was to develop an NLP-based tool for extracting causal relations from environmental science literature. Machine Learning techniques will be used afterward, on a corpus that we have annotated its causal relations.

Dr. Batista-Navarro   |   University of Manchester

2017-2018   |   B.Sc. Thesis Project

Question Type and Topic Classification in Community Question Answering [GitHub]

I used Machine Learning techniques to determine the type and the category of questions so that they can be more easily tagged and classified in Q&A forums. There has not been much work done on this topic in Persian language so the resulting tool can be quite useful in Persian Q&A websites.

Dr. Momtazi   |   Amirkabir University of Technology

PUBLICATIONS & SUBMITTED PAPERS

2020

Amir Ahmad Habibi | Charles Kemp | Yang Xu

Chaining and the Growth of Linguistic Categories

Cognition.

2020

Bradley Hauer | Amir Ahmad Habibi | Yixing Luan | Arnob Mallik | Grzegorz Kondrak

Low-Resource G2P and P2G Conversion with Synthetic Training Data

Proceedings of the 17th SIGMORPHON Workshop on Computational Research in Phonetics, Phonology, and Morphology.

2019

Bradley Hauer | Amir Ahmad Habibi | Yixing Luan | Rashed Rubby Riyadh | Grzegorz Kondrak

Cognate Projection for Low-Resource Inflection Generation

Proceedings of the 16th Workshop on Computational Research in Phonetics, Phonology, and Morphology, pages 6-11, Florence, Italy.

2019

Amir Ahmad Habibi | Saeedeh Momtazi

Topics for Types: a Joint Question Type-Topic Classification in Persian Community Question Answering.

(submitted)

PRESENTATIONS

Bilingual Lexicon Induction on Low-Resource Languages [slides]

A presentation for my NLP course project, on using a parallel corpus of the Bible to obtain cognates and then using those, along with word embeddings, to achieve a bilingual lexicon.
Dec 2018 | CS dept., Univerty of Alberta

Chaining & Historical Growth of Linguistic Categories [slides]

A presentation on the project that Dr. Xu and I were working on, mostly during the summer at the University of Toronto.
Aug 2018 | D.L. Pratt, University of Toronto

Game Theory for Morality [slides]

A presentation for my Game Theory course on a paper about the study of ethics in Game Theory.
Apr 2019 | CS dept., Univerty of Alberta

What is Natural Language Processing [pdf]

A presentation (in Persian) for Data Mining course about the general concept of NLP and approaches towards natural language understanding in AI.
May 2017 | CEIT dep., Amirkabir Uni. of Tech.

AI and Consciousness [pdf]

A presentation (in Persian) about the future of AI development and its impact on our notion of the human mind and body, the Dualism theory etc.
October 2017 | Khayyam building, Amirkabir Uni. of Tech.

Last Update Aug 2020