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Dr Walid Magdy

Lecturer in Multimedia Information Retrieval

Research Interests

Dr. Magdy’s expertise areas are:

  • Social Computing - Social content analysis (computational social science), political bias detection, and users' behaviour prediction
  • Information Retrieval - Information filtering, social search, patent search, evaluation metrics, Arabic IR, and cross-language IR (CLIR)
  • Data Mining - Text mining, classification, and sentiment analysis
  • Natural Language Processing - Arabic NLP tasks


PhD: School of Computing, Dublin City University, Ireland, 2012

MSc: Faculty of Engineering, Cairo university, Egypt, 2008

BSc: Faculty of Engineering, Cairo university, Egypt, 2005


Dr. Magdy received his PhD in 2012 from the School of Computing at Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland. Before joining UoE, he worked for five years as a scientist at Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI). Earlier in his career, he was a research engineer for IBM and Microsoft (2005 and 2008). He has over 60 peer-reviewed published articles in top tier conferences and journals. Some of his work was featured in popular press, such as CNN, BBC, Washington Post, the Independent, Newsweek, and Daily Mail. He also has a set of 9 patents filed under his name.

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