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Department of Computer Science
Dr. Shady Elbassuoni
Assistant Professor


    • Ph.D. Max-Planck Institute for Informatics, 2012
    • M.Sc. Saarland University, 2007
    • B.Sc. Alexandria University, 2003


Shady Elbassuoni is an assistant professor at the Computer Science Department of the American University of Beirut. He received his B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Alexandria University, Egypt and his master and PhD degrees from Max-Planck Institute and Saarland University in Germany.

During his PhD, Shady worked on tackling various problems in the areas of information extraction and retrieval. In particular, he developed novel models for effective and efficient searching of RDF knowledge bases. During his PhD, Shady also joined Yahoo! Research Lab in Barcelona as a research Intern where he worked on keyword search for RDF Data. After graduating from Max-Planck Institute, Shady joined Qatar Computing Research Institute as a postdoctoral researcher in the Data Analytics team where he worked on information extraction from social media for crisis management.

Research Interests

Information Retrieval, Information Extraction, Data Mining

Sample Publications

    • Muhammad Imran, Shady Elbassuoni, Carlos Castillo, Fernando Diaz, Patrick Meier "Extracting Information Nuggets from Disaster-Related Messages in Social Media" The proceedings of the 10th International conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2013), Baden-Baden, Germany
    • Mohamed Yahya, Klaus Berberich Shady Elbassuoni, Maya Ramanath Volker Tresp, Gerhard Weikum "Natural Language Questions for the Web of Data" The proceedings of the 2012 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing and Natural Language Learning (EMNLP-CoNLL'12), Jeju, Korea
    • Steffen Metzger, Shady Elbassuoni, Katja Hose, Ralf Schenkel "S3K: Seeking Statement-Supporting top-K Witnesses"(pdf) The proceedings of the 20th Conference on Information and Knowledge Managment (CIKM 2011), Glasgow, UK
    • Shady Elbassuoni, Roi Blanco "Keyword Search over RDF Graphs"(pdf) The proceedings of the 20th Conference on Information and Knowledge Managment (CIKM 2011), Glasgow, UK
    • Shady Elbassuoni, Maya Ramanath, Gerhard Weikum "Query Relaxation for Entity-Relationship Search"(pdf) The proceedings of the 8th Extended Semantic Web Conference(ESWC 2011), Heraklion, Greece
    • Shady Elbassuoni, Maya Ramanath, Ralf Schenkel, Marcin Sydow, Gerhard Weikum "Language-model-based Ranking for Queries on RDF-Graphs"(pdf, bib) Proceedings of the ACM 18th Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2009), Hong Kong
    • Julia Luxenburger, Shady Elbassuoni, Gerhard Weikum "Matching Task Profiles and User Needs in Personalized Web Search"(pdf, bib) Proceedings of the ACM 17th Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2008), Napa Valley, California

Courses Taught

    • CMPS 277 - Database Systems
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