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Imed Zitouni

Imed Zitouni

Research Manager

Imed Zitouni is a Principal Research Manager of the Conversation Understanding Sciences group at Microsoft AI+R, in charge of dialog systems and language understanding technology for the digital assistant Cortana.  Prior to joining Microsoft in 2012, Imed was a Senior Researcher at IBM for almost a decade, where he led several Multilingual NLP projects, including Arabic NLP, informatics extraction, semantic role labeling, language modeling and machine translation. Prior to IBM, Imed was a researcher at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, for almost half dozen years working on speech recognition, language modeling and spoken dialog systems. Imed received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University-of-Nancy1 in France. He also obtained a MEng degree in computer science from ENSI in Tunisia. Imed is a senior member of IEEE, served as a member of the IEEE Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee, and is the associate editor of IEEE Trans. on Audio, Speech and Language Processing as well as TALLIP ACM journals. He is also the Information Officer of the ACL SIG on Semitic-Languages and served as chair as well as reviewing-committee-member of several conferences and journals. Imed is the author/co-author of two books as well as more than 100 patents and scientific papers. His research interest is in the area of Natural Language Processing, including dialog systems, language understanding and Information Retrieval.

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