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. 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.
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
Area Of Expertise
Natural language processing, computational linguistics, computational morphology, machine translation
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.
natural language processing, computational linguistics, computational morphology, machine translation
Kemal Oflazer and (Editors), Studies in Turkish Language Processing, in preparation for Springer Verlag — Theory and Applications of Natural Language Processing Book Series.
Kemal Oflazer, , Invited paper, Language Resources and Evaluation, April 2014
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
Program director and faculty head of Computer Science program
Chair of the Computer Science Program Recuritment Committee
Member of the Dear's Academic Council
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
Testing English Reading Comprehension through Deep Text Analysis and Question Generation (QNRF)
MADAR: Multi-Arabic Dialect Applications and Resources (QNRF)
OPTDIAC: An Optimal Diacritization Scheme for Arabic Orthographic Representation (QNRF)
Automatic Correction of Standard Arabic Text: Resource and System Development (QNRF)
Learning from Comparable Corpora for Improved English-Arabic Statistical Machine Translation (QNRF)
A natural language processing-based active and interactive platform for accessing English language content and advanced language learning (QNRF)
Improved Arabic Natural Language Processing through Semisupervised and Cross-lingual Learning (QNRF)
Statistical Machine Translation between English and Turkish (TUBITAK — Turkish NSF)
Developing a Lexical Functional Grammar for Turkish (TUBITAK — Turkish NSF)
LingBrowser: A NLP-based tool for Linguistic Exploration (TUBITAK — Turkish NSF and US NSF)
Balkanet – Developing WordNets for Balkan Languages (EU Framework 5)
Unified Electronic Lexicon of Turkish (TUBITAK — Turkish NSF and US NSF)
Design and Implementation of a Finite State Parser for Turkish (TUBITAK — Turkish NSF)
Developing a Turkish Treebank (TUBITAK — Turkish NSF)
Establishing Computational Foundations and Resources for Natural Language Processing In Turkish (NATO)