Bashar Alhafni

Aloha! I am a computer science Ph.D. student at NYU and I am advised by Professor Nizar Habash.

Previously, I was a computer science graduate student at USC and a graduate student researcher at ISI where I worked with Professors Jonathan May and Nanyun Peng on machine translation and event relation extraction.

Before that, I studied computer science and math at the University of Bridgeport.

My research interests are in natural language processing and deep learning. Particularly, I am interested in multilingual NLP and language generation tasks such as machine translation and grammatical error correction.


Feb 20, 2021 Our paper on, The Interplay of Variant, Size, and Task Type in Arabic
Pre-trained Language Models
, has been accepted to 6th Arabic NLP
workshop (WANLP), EACL 2021.
Jan 15, 2021 I will be giving an invited talk at ETH Zürich’s Reading Group.
Oct 2, 2020 Our paper on, Gender-Aware Reinflection using Linguistically Enhanced Neural
, has been accepted to the second workshop on gender bias in
Apr 15, 2020 I will be joining NYU as a computer science Ph.D. student in the Fall.
Let’s meetup and talk about NLP research if you’re in NYC!
Feb 9, 2020 Our paper, CAMeL Tools: An Open Source Python Toolkit for Arabic
Natural Language Processing
, has been accepted to LREC 2020.
Jun 3, 2019 I will be live-tweeting sessions 3D and 7D on Machine Translation at NAACL 2019.
Mar 15, 2019 I will be attending NAACL 2019 in Minneapolis to present our paper on
Contextualized Word Embeddings Enhanced Event Temporal Relation
Extraction for Story Understanding