Kemal Oflazer

Associate Dean, Research; Teaching Professor, Computer Science

Kemal Oflazer received his Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and his M.Sc. in computer science and B.Sc. in electrical and electronics engineering from Middle East Technical University in Turkey. At CMU-Q, he serves as the associate dean for research and as faculty head of the Computer Science program.  He held visiting positions at Computing Research Laboratory at New Mexico State University, and at LTI at Carnegie Mellon University. Earlier, he was on the faculties of Sabanci University and Bilkent University in Turkey. Dr. Oflazer has served on the editorial boards of Computational Linguistics, Journal of AI Research, Machine Translation, and Language Resources and Evaluation. He also served as the program co-chair of ACL-05, and was area chair and program committee member for many other conferences.

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Area Of Expertise

Natural language processing, computational linguistics, computational morphology, machine translation

Courses Taught

15-103 Principles of Computation

15-211 Fundamental Data Structures and Algorithms

15-383 Text Processing 

15-453 Formal Languages, Automata and Computability

15-210 Parallel and Sequential Algorithms and Data Structures

15-150 Principles of Functional Programming

Education

Ph.D., Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

M.Sc., Computer Science, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

B.Sc., Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Publications

Kemal Oflazer and (Editors), Studies in Turkish Language Processing, in preparation for Springer Verlag — Theory and Applications of Natural Language Processing Book Series.

Rahim Dehkharghani, Yucel Saygin, Berrin Yanikoglu, and Kemal Oflazer, , Natural Language Engineering, (to appear)

Rahim Dehkharghani, Yucel Saygin, Berrin Yanikoglu, and Kemal Oflazer, , Language Resources and Evaluation, 2016

Kemal Oflazer, , Invited paper, Language Resources and Evaluation, April 2014

Houda Bouamor, Behrang Mohit and Kemal Oflazer, SuMT: A Framework of Summarization and MT, in Proceedings of IJCNLP-2013, Nagoya, Japan, October 2013. (Best Paper Award)

Elif Eyigoz, Daniel Gildea and Kemal Oflazer, Multi-rate HMMs for Word Alignment, in Proceedings of ACL 2013 Eighth Workshop on Statistical Machine Translation Sofia, Bulgaria, August 2013

Ahmed Salama, Kemal Oflazer and Susan Hagan, Typesetting for Improved Readability using Lexical and Syntactic Information, in Proceedings of ACL 2013. Sofia, Bulgaria, August 2013

Elif Eyigoz, Daniel Gildea and Kemal Oflazer, Simultaneous Word-Morpheme Alignment for Statistical Machine Translation, in Proceedings of NAACL 2013. Atlanta, Georgia, USA, June 2013

Nathan Schneider, Behrang Mohit, Chris Dyer, Kemal Oflazer and Noah A. Smith, Supersense Tagging for Arabic: the MT-in-the-Middle Attack, in Proceedings of NAACL 2013. Atlanta, Georgia, USA, June 2013

Mahmoud Mahmoud Azab, Houda Bouamor, Behrang Mohit and Kemal Oflazer, Dudley North visits North London: Learning When to Transliterate to Arabic, in Proceedings of NAACL 2013. Atlanta, Georgia, USA, June 2013

Emad Mohamed, Behrang Mohit and Kemal Oflazer, Generating Colloquial Arabic from Standard Arabic, in Proceedings of the 50th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Jeju, South Korea, July 2012.

Nathan Schneider, Behrang Mohit, Kemal Oflazer and Noah A. Smith, Coarse Lexical Semantic Annotation with Supersenses: An Arabic Case Study, in Proceedings of the 50th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Jeju, South Korea, July 2012.

Behrang Mohit, Nathan Schneider, Rishav Bhowmick, Kemal Oflazer and Noah A. Smith, Recall-Oriented Learning of Named Entities in Arabic Wikipedia, in Proceedings of EACL-2012, Avignon France, April 2012.

Reyyan Yeniterzi and Kemal Oflazer, Syntax-to-Morphology Mapping in Factored Phrase-Based Statistical Machine Translation from English to Turkish, in Proceedings of ACL 2010, Uppsala, Sweden, July 2010

İlknur Durgar El-Kahlout and Kemal Oflazer, Exploiting Morphology and Local Word Reordering in English to Turkish Phrase-based Statistical Machine Translation, IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, 2010

Gülşen Eryiğit, Joakim Nivre and Kemal Oflazer, Dependency Parsing of Turkish, Computational Linguistics, Vol:34 No:3, September 2008.

University Service

Program director and faculty head of Computer Science program

Chair of the Computer Science Program Recuritment Committee

Member of the Dear's Academic Council

 

Research Description

Over the last 25 years, Oflazer has worked in natural language processing concentrating on developing techniques, resources and applications for processing of Turkish. At CMU-Q, he has been involved in seven NPRP projects funded by QNRF. His current research interests are in statistical machine translation into morphologically complex languages.

Consulting

QCRI

Xerox Corp.

IBM Corp.