Abdulaziz  Alghunaim

Abdulaziz Alghunaim

Scholar Title

MIT EECS - Quanta Computer Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar

Research Title

Arabic Spoken Language Processing




James Glass


This project involves research in Arabic spoken language understanding to support conversational human machine interaction using a mobile geographical application that supports tourist-type queries. The project will involve several crowdsourcing scenarios both to collect Arabic speech and text data queries, data labeling to support training of a stochastic semantic tagging model, and system deployment. Once sufficient data have been collected, we will develop appropriate linguistic features for successful semantic tagging using a conditional random field (CRF) model, and measure classification accuracies on held-out test data. Finally, we will integrate the semantic tagger into a prototype web-based geographical browser, and evaluate its performance with new users in a mobile environment.


I started working with Dr. Glass in February to deploy an Arabic semantic tagger by collecting training data by crowdsourcing. I created an Arabic crowdsourcing platform that was deployed on Amazon Mechanical Turk and an independent SLS crowdsourcing platform. I also have extensive web development experience that helped me work with those crowdsourcing technologies. Last semester I also was a listener in Dr. Glass’ class in Automatic Speech Recognition.

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