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Google pays tribute to Egyptian Innovator Dr Nabil Ali


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

03rd Jan, 2020. 10:16 am
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Google pays tribute to the Egyptian pioneer of Arabic language computing, Dr. Nabil Ali, on his 82nd birthday.

In this regard, Google honoured Egyptian pioneer of Arabic language computing, Dr. Nabil Ali with its doodle.

Google Pays rich tributes

Dr. Nabil Ali’s innovations in the field of computational linguistics propelled the Arab world into the Information Age by creating programs that enabled computers to understand Arabic in digital form.

Dr. Nabil Ali Profile

Dr. Nabil Ali was born in Cairo on this day in 1938.

Although Expressing an interest in art at a young age, Mohamed was inspired to apply his creative passion for visual aesthetics to the world of engineering.

However, After obtaining his PhD in Aeronautical Engineering at Cairo University, he spent over 20 years working as an engineer with the Egyptian Air Force, as well as with various computer and electronics companies throughout the world.

Professor Nabil Ali also served as part-time lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University and the American University in Cairo, and was Visiting Scholar for one year at the Linguistics Department, University of California in Los Angeles, USA.

Although He supervised post-graduate students in the fields of Arabic computational linguistics at the National Research Center in Cairo and lexico-syntatic properties of Arabic verbs in Dar al-Uloum at Cairo University.

Moreover, He is a member of several national and international scientific and cultural organizations and former Vice-President of the Arabic Language Engineering Society.

Professor Ali published several papers, books and technical reports.

Dr Nabil Awards

Moreover, His deep knowledge and remarkable ability to analyze and present his findings in the form of practical programs that benefit scholars of both linguistics and computerization fields have earned him important awards, namely:

  • 1994 Best Book Award in Futuristic Studies,
  • Cairo International Book Fair; 1996 Award of Excellence for developing the Arabic Linguistic Engine,
  • Sakhr software (described by PC Middle and Near East as the most innovative Arabic Software of the year); 2003
  • Best Book Award in Information Age Challenges,
  • Cairo International Book Fair and 2007 Creativity Award in Information Technology by the Arab Thought Foundation, Lebanon.

Moreover, For Dr. Nabil Ali, digitization of Arabic, with its complex linguistic rules and morphology, was a way to connect Arabic speakers with the world.

Nevertheless, Over the course of his career, Dr. Nabil Ali published a number of papers, books, and technical reports in support of the developments he was making in the field of computational linguistics.

Furthermore, His work won him several awards, including the prestigious Saudi Arabian award, the King Faisal Prize, in 2012—recognizing his pioneering contributions to the Arabic Language and Literature.

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